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Wasserman Acquires Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Wasserman, a global leader in sports, music and culture, has finalized a transaction to acquire legendary entertainment management and production company Brillstein Entertainment Partners (“Brillstein”). The announcement was made by Wasserman Chairman & CEO, Casey Wasserman, and Brillstein Co-CEOs, Cynthia Pett and Jon Liebman.

The addition of Brillstein adds a strong entertainment management and content vertical to Wasserman’s businesses.

Brillstein’s leadership, including Pett, Liebman, Marc Gurvitz, Sandy Wernick and all the Brillstein partners (George Freeman, Missy Malkin, David McIlvain, Alex Murray, Andrea Pett and Tim Sarkes) will continue to lead Brillstein as well as join Wasserman’s executive leadership team. Additionally, Brillstein’s 30+ managers, across all departments in both its Los Angeles and New York offices, will continue with Brillstein as the company joins Wasserman.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Cynthia, Jon, Sandy, Marc and the entire Brillstein family and roster to our fold. They join our company as we continue to expand the breadth and depth of our capabilities to serve clients globally in unique and innovative ways,” said Casey Wasserman. “While we welcome this storied management and production company to Wasserman, I am also appreciative of our heritage and shared values. Personally, I hope this would make Bernie proud.”

“All of us at Brillstein are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Wasserman and to tap into their extensive resources on behalf of our management clients. We share the same vision, which is to serve all of our clients—in talent, lit, comedy, digital and gaming— in an increasingly complex ecosystem. We can’t wait to get started,” said Liebman and Pett.

Brillstein’s client roster includes Alejandra Marquez Abella, Heather Anne Campbell, Nate Bargatze, Lindsey Beer, Nate Berkus, Maggie Betts, Susanne Bier, Nicholas Braun, Brittany Broski, Rachel Brosnahan, Tanner Buchanan, Kyle Chandler, Courteney Cox, Russell Crowe, Kaley Cuoco, Scott Derrickson, Harris Dickinson, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Megan Ganz, Nikki Glaser, Seth Gordon, Tiffany Haddish, Eve Hewson, Charlie Hunnam, Nick Lachey, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Bill Maher, Rami Malek, Seth Meyers, Morbid, Catherine O’Hara, Jamie Lee, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Pelphrey, Dan Perrault, Brad Pitt, James Ponsoldt, Florence Pugh, John Ridley, Joachim Rønning, Amber Ruffin, Adam Sandler, Martin Short, AustinShow, Radio Silence, David Spade, Cecily Strong, Jason Sudeikis, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Tinx, Katy Tur, Andrew Kevin Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Noah Wyle, xQc and many more.

Brillstein also recently launched Brillstein Creative Partners (BCP), led by Allie Goss, as a standalone TV development and production subsidiary, enhancing its scripted television business, including titles set up at Netflix, Disney, and Amazon. BCP recently entered into a First Look deal with Paramount Television Studios and is developing shows for distribution across all entertainment platforms.