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APA has promoted agent John Pantle to vice president in the concerts department, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned.
Pantle’s clients include Public Enemy and Run DMC, as well as Mexican artists Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade and Molotov. He also represents Hatsune Miku, the J-pop hologram “vocaloid” that has become a bona fide sensation in Japan and other international markets.
Pantle, who has been with APA since 2009 and works out of the agency’s Beverly Hills offices, also puts together and implements the nationwide tours and events for corporate sponsors, including AT&T, Coors, Energizer, Honda, Jack Daniels, Levi’s, Magnavox, Procter & Gamble, Rockstar Energy Drink, Sprint and Volkswagen.
“John is an integral part of our team who has done a tremendous job expanding and servicing our roster of artists and live-experience events,” said APA president and CEO Jim Gosnell. “His dedication, track record and passion speak volumes, and I’m very pleased to acknowledge his hard work and success with this promotion.”
Pantle’s career began in 1999 as a talent buyer at the Los Angeles House of Blues, later becoming head of development for the HOB Club Network, where he oversaw direct booking, industry relations and talent procurement for more than 2,500 events for clients that included Disney and Microsoft. At the same time, his John Pantle Presents promoted and presented shows for Beck, No Doubt, Sublime, Korn and The Goo Goo Dolls, among other acts. The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics also tapped his banner to create three concert venues and book artists that included The Neville Brothers, Sergio Mendes, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Cake, Pennywise, Sheryl Crow, Smashmouth and Modest Mouse.
Starting in 2004, Pantle worked for The Agency Group and then for UTA for three years. In addition to developing national and international tours for their respective artist clients, he also worked with corporate sponsors including Coors, Budweiser, Nokia, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Sprint (at TAG) as well as Coors, Televisa and Verizon (at UTA).
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