EXCLUSIVE: Joel Zadak has been promoted to Partner at Principato-Young Entertainment, joining Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and David Gardner in the brain trust of the management/production company. Those partners surprised Zadak during a company-wide pilot season celebration at the racetrack at Santa Anita Park, flashing Zadak’s promotion on the Jumbotron.
Zadak has been a manager-producer there over a decade, managing clients that include Get Out helmer Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Randall Park, Ike Barinholtz, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Tiffany Haddish, Adam Conover and Jimmy O. Yang.
“Joel has been a valuable member of our team for over 12 years now,” the partners said in a statement. “His dedication to his clients and work ethic are second to none. We are so happy to have him join the ranks of Partner at PYE.”
Zadak has been a prolific producer on projects that include the film Keanu and series Key & Peele. He has been exec producer on pilots at all the networks, and he’s producing the Paramount Pictures comedy Substitute Teacher and exec producing the Tracy Morgan starrer The Last O.G. at TBS. The Chicago native started in the business studying improv at Second City and IO Theater before moving into representation and producing.