Joel Zimmerman, a top electronic dance music (EDM) agent and a 13-year veteran of WME, has joined Range Media Partners as a partner in the company’s music division.
Range, launched two years ago, is led by partners Matt Graham, Jack Minihan, Tyler Henry, Melissa Ruderman, Chris Thomas and Evan Winiker, and boasts partnerships with Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Virgin Music & Artist Label Services (Virgo) . His clients include Jack Harlow, Justin Tranter, Cordae, Midland, Nova Wav, Tyga, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Hailey Whitters, Lauv, MAX, HARV, Sean Douglas, and Wondagurl, among others.
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While at WME, Zimmerman acted as lead agent for dozens of notable artists, helping grow EDM into a billion dollar business representing artists such as Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, 88rising, Steve Lacy, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Psy, Kygo, Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 (whose real name is also Joel Zimmerman). His run at the agency followed the founding of Division One Talent in 2006, which was brought internally to William Morris, marking the first time a department had been specifically dedicated to EDM. There, Zimmerman helped establish long-term DJ residencies in Las Vegas and around the world.
“I’m most passionate when I have a vision for an artist’s career path or see where a new market can be created, while having the right set of resources to not just ideate but bring it all to fruition,” Zimmerman said in an announcement. of his new position. “I believe the best and most forward-thinking cultural platform for musical talent is at Range. The team’s ability to mobilize world-class resources, combined with a truly amazing corporate culture, constitutes the best breeding ground for turning the biggest dreams into reality. I’m so excited to build in Range and positively impact the ever-changing industry.”
Added Range CEO Peter Micelli: “Joel has consistently succeeded in cutting through the noise – and the competition – by getting clients lucrative deals for tours, clubs and festivals as well as placing them in other entertainment arenas. The result of his pioneering work has created new paths and platforms that break future stars and legitimize new musical genres. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Joel to the Range. He is the preeminent thought leader in the music industry and a true force of nature, with an intrinsic ability to identify talent and looming trends. We are thrilled to add an executive and partner of his caliber to the company.”
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