7:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Ari Emanuel Brings Meditation to WME-IMG With Tony Robbins
WME-IMG co-CEO Ari Emanuel's passion for meditation (he called in to a New York Times interview in April while on a retreat in India) has spread to the agency's Beverly Hills headquarters. Earlier this summer, a Monday morning staff meeting was led by meditation guru Preetha ji of One World Academy, described on its website as a "wisdom school for enlightenment."
According to sources, her appearance came on the heels of well-received time spent at the company's three-day retreat in January at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, where she and a colleague led morning and evening meditation sessions.
At the same retreat, the spirit of mindfulness and spirited motivation was kick-started with opening remarks by Tony Robbins. "People were so blown away by him," said one attendee.
The gravelly voiced entrepreneur surely made a mark on the agents over the course of that summit, as he signed with WME-IMG at the end of May. He also made a splash in Los Angeles with his "Unleash the Power Within" seminar in March, an outing that drew Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Robbins could not be reached for comment on the WME-IMG event.
A version of this story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.