I’ve learned that Paradigm, CAA and WMA were all pursuing a deal to acquire the independent music agency Ellis Industries based in New York. The reason was Matt Galle and his client list. But then, the tenpercenteries changed their strategies and began to pursue just him. In the end, Paradigm won out — and then hired Ellis Industries founder Andrew Ellis. “We now represent what was the entire client list of Ellis Industries without acquiring Ellis Industries,” an insider tells me. “All parties are very happy.” Galle and Ellis begin in Paradigm’s NY offices Monday morning and bring with them their entire music rosters including My Chemical Romance, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Boys Like Girls, Alkaline Trio, Metro Station, Hellogoodbye, Circa Survive, Thrice, New Found Glory, and Say Anything.
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