UTA has hired Live Nation’s David Zedeck as global head of music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Zedeck has served as Live Nation’s executive vp and president of global talent and artist development since 2012. At UTA, he has also been named partner and special advisor to the board of directors.
“We are excited to have a professional of David’s standing lead our team of great agents and executives,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, to whom Zedeck will report, said Thursday in a statement. “His vision of full-service representation meshes exactly with where we have been taking the department. His track record of developing artists, his passion for music and his understanding of how to use all the resources of an agency make David the perfect leader for our future.”
Said Zedeck: “Joining UTA during a period when its music business is accelerating is an amazing opportunity. UTA has a commitment to developing artists and helping them create platforms to share their music with fans around the world. Throughout my career I have been dedicated to working with artists to grow their global audience, so I’m very excited to return to the agency business to lead UTA’s music group.”
Zedeck previously was an agent at CAA, where his roster included Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Ciara, The Jonas Brothers and Il Divo. Even earlier in his career, he represented artists including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Hilary Duff, Chaka Khan, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and NSync.
UTA has significantly boosted its music department since the acquisition of The Agency Group in 2015. TAG founder and president Neil Warnock had been serving as UTA’s head of worldwide music, and will continue in what the agency describes as “an important leadership role within the music division.”