WME & IMG sales team merge for new Endeavor

The sales teams at WME and IMG are coming together to form Endeavor Content. Days after WME IMG rebranded as Endeavor, bringing the classic LA agency brand back after its retirement, the company has unveiled the launch of Endeavor Content. Chris Rice (pictured) and Graham Taylor will serve as co-presidents of the unit, with Endeavor […]

Maldini exits WME-IMG for Blue Ant

Alex Maldini is leaving WME-IMG to become VP of international sales and acquisitions at Canada’s Blue Ant International. The former DCD Media formats chief has been working at talent agency WME-IMG as VP of entertainment, sales and acquisitions for the past six years. At Blue Ant, he will be based in London and oversee sales […]

China’s CMC buys into CAA

Chinese media investment giant CMC Capital Partners has bought a minority stake in the CAA talent agency in a deal that sees the establishment of CAA China. CMC has taken an unspecified stake in CAA and its chairman, Li Ruigang, will join the board of the agency. The new CAA China unit, which will have […]

Sky, Amazon team to form Roman Army drama

European satcaster Sky and Amazon Prime Video in the US are to coproduce a big-budget drama focusing on the Roman Imperial Army. The pair have enlisted Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) to pen Britannia, which will be set in AD43 and run to ten episodes. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland on […]

UFC sold for $4bn

A WME-IMG-led consortium has acquired mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship for around US$4 billion. According to various US reports, investors including Silver Lake Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Michael S. Dell’s MSD Capital are part of the group. WME-IMG will not actively run the company, but led the investment group. They have acquired […]

Fidelity buys into WME IMG

Investment firm Fidelity Management and Research has become a strategic investor in WME IMG, sinking US$55 million into the rights, talent and distribution company. WME IMG, which has recently outlined ambitions to move more deeply into content sales with the hire of Gary Marenzi, said it will use the Fidelity cash, along with other recent […]