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Endeavor Sells IMG Academy to Private Equity Firm BPEA EQT for $1.25B

In a blockbuster sports deal, Endeavor says that it has agreed to sell its IMG Academy sports education business to the private equity firm BPEA EQT in a deal valued at $1.25 billion. IMG Academy assets include a campus in Bradenton, Florida, sports camps across the country and worldwide, and online coaching and college recruiting […]

Christian Combs Signs With IMG Models (Exclusive)

Christian Combs, a rising hip-hop artist, actor and model, has officially re-signed with IMG Models. The son of music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late model and actress Kim Porter, Combs first signed with IMG Models for worldwide representation in 2018, and was previously the face of Dolce & Gabbana. In an interview with […]

Live Events Boost Endeavor, as Ari Emanuel Says Firm Is “Well-Positioned” Even if Writers Strike

Endeavor Group Holdings, the owner of WME, UFC, IMG and other ventures, reported revenue of $1.26 billion in its fourth-quarter earnings, reflecting growth at its three operating units: owned sports, events and experiences, and representation. The company once again reported a loss in the quarter, of $226 million, though Endeavor notes that it also made […]

United Talent Agency Launches UTA Fashion 

UTA is formally getting into the fashion business. The agency has launched UTA Fashion, a new division that will be focused on expanding client interests in the fashion and beauty industries, and is headed by New York-based Anne Nelson. She joins from CAA, where she served as an agent in the CAA Fashion division for […]

Former IMG Exec Launches Sports, Media, Entertainment Private Equity Firm

Former IMG executive Bobby Sharma is launching private equity firm Bluestone Equity Partners, with a focus on the global sports, media and entertainment industry.  The firm announced the raise of its inaugural $300 million growth equity round Wednesday to focus on established businesses and proven assets in that area. Sharma leads the firm alongside Kyle […]

FTX Bankruptcy: Endeavor, Tom Brady Among Investors Caught In Fallout

Fallout from the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX is impacting Hollywood. Not only have the tens of millions of dollars FTX spent on advertising gone up in smoke (don’t expect this year’s Super Bowl to have the crypto enthusiasm that swept last year’s broadcast), but a new bankruptcy filing shows that a bevy of high-profile people […]

Endeavor’s IMG Sells Miss Universe Organization to Thailand’s JKN

Endeavor’s IMG said on Wednesday that it has sold The Miss Universe Organization (MUO), which oversees the annual Miss Universe competition, to Thailand-based JKN Global Media Public Company Ltd. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. “Since joining the IMG family in 2015, the organization and its global reach have grown tremendously,” IMG said. “Today, the Miss Universe […]

‘Inventing Anna’ Actor James Cusati-Moyer Signs With IMG Models (Exclusive)

Inventing Anna actor James Cusati-Moyer has signed with IMG Models. The powerhouse agency will focus on nabbing editorial opportunities and fashion and lifestyle endorsements for Cusati-Moyer. He plays high-end fashion stylist Val in Inventing Anna, Shonda Rhimes’ miniseries that stars Julia Garner as Anna Delvey, the real-life scammer who gained entry into New York’s elite […]

Elsa Majimbo Signs With IMG Models, WME (Exclusive)

Instagram star, comic, author, chess champion and model Elsa Majimbo has signed with IMG Models and WME. IMG Models will look to build Majimbo’s portfolio of work through global editorial coverage and fashion, beauty and lifestyle endorsements. And WME said it will amplify her voice, which in part comes through the megaphone of around 2.5 […]

Jordan Firstman Signs With WME, IMG Models (Exclusive)

Writer, director and actor Jordan Firstman has signed with IMG Models and WME, having come to the Hollywood talent agency from rival ICM. WME will build Firstman’s business across film, TV and all ancillary revenue streams, while IMG Models will focus on his work in fashion, whether through strategic editorial opportunities or nabbing global fashion, […]

Naomi Osaka Exits IMG to Launch Athlete Management Banner With Longtime Agent

Naomi Osaka and her longtime agent, Stuart Duguid of IMG, have partnered to launch an independent management company called Evolve, a firm they say is designed to match the changing landscape of sports to help athletes “chart new paths, enter new spaces, and build business of their own.” Evolve is described as “a multifaceted agency […]

Dany Garcia, Lindsey Vonn, Robin Roberts Join IMG Academy’s Women In Sports Committee

Endeavor’s IMG Academy has created a Women in Sports Committee to improve accessibility and participation of young women in sports. The IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida has named as inaugural members for the initiaqtive Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks co-founder Dany Garcia, retired pro skier Lindsey Vonn and ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts. The […]