Artists First acquires stake in Digital-First Management Firm Select (exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

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Two of Hollywood’s management companies are teaming up.

Artists First acquired a minority stake in Select Management Group as part of a broader strategic partnership between the two companies.

Thanks to this agreement, Artists First (formerly Principato-Young Entertainment), 20, will be able to leverage Select’s digital expertise while supporting the expansion of the film and television activities of the young company.

“Artists First is thrilled to align with Select’s intelligent, creative and energetic team, whose skills and relationships have placed them at the forefront of digital talent management,” the CEO of Artists said on Wednesday. First, Peter Principato, in a statement. “This partnership will provide our clients with a new avenue to develop their digital voice as well as a pipeline to a growing pool of emerging stars online.”

Select partners Lisa Filipelli, Scott Fisher, Amy Neben and Adam Wescott issued a joint statement supporting the agreement with Artists First, noting: “Their expertise and experience will help drive the growth of our business as we continue. to bridge the gap between digital and digital entertainment.

Select works with digital-focused talent including Gigi Gorgeous, Tyler Oakley, Amanda Steele, and Mindy McKnight. In addition to artist management, he also works with clients on content production and assists them with their business projects, including consumer products. As the company strives to bridge the divide between traditional and digital media and develop more film and television opportunities for its clients, it will be able to build on the expertise that Artists First has established in the space. of production.

Artists First, majority owned by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate since 2018, is currently producing projects such as ABC’s Blackish and the feature film Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne Limited partners. Her clients include Haddish, Jordan Peele, Will Arnett, Awkwafina, and Kate McKinnon.

Drew Buckley of Propagate’s Electus and Kelly Fancher of Propagate negotiated the deal on behalf of Artists First. They were replaced by Hanson Jacobson, Eisner and The Raine Group. Select has been replaced by Bryan Bowls and Ron Milkes of Bryor Media Partners, Rob Levy of Columbia Capital Securities and Steve Hurdle of Loeb & Loeb.

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