Wasserman Gets Investment Boost From Providence Equity Partners

Wasserman Media Group received an investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners that will provide capital for the talent agency’s growth initiatives and buy out two existing Wasserman investors, RedBird Capital Partners and Madrone Capital Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wasserman’s founder, chairman and CEO, Casey Wasserman, who continues to own a controlling ownership stake, said in a statement “there is no better partner to help us accelerate and scale this purpose-driven model than Providence. Their long relationship with our executive management group plus their extensive experience and established investment approach across the sports, media and entertainment sectors, and a shared commitment to culture will help accelerate the next phase of Wasserman’s expansion.”

Providence Equity Partners has experience in the music and entertainment space. In 2019, the firm created a $650 million investment platform — Tempo Music Investments — with Warner Music Group to invest in music publishing and recorded music catalogs. With interest rates rising in 2022, however, Providence is shopping its stake in Tempo and wants out of the music catalog market, according to reports.


Wasserman is a natural fit for Providence’s numerous investments in the live entertainment space. Providence has a portfolio of music festivals through its Superstruct Entertainment division, including International Concert Service, organizers of the Wacken Open Air metal festival, Dutch promoter ID&T, and Advanced Music SL, which operates Spanish music festival Sónar. Providence also owns majority stakes of U.S.-based music instrument retailer Sweetwater and U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns and operates 58 venues in the U.S. and Europe. Providence also owns a stake in Sofar Sounds through its investment in The Chernin Group.

Scott Marimow, managing director at Providence, complimented Wasserman’s “client-first approach” and influence in sports and music talent representation. “Wasserman is a natural fit with our firm, and we look forward to partnering with Casey and the entire Wasserman team to help fuel the Company’s next phase of growth and success,” he said in a statement.

“Wasserman has the potential to set the bar for the future of talent representation and brand and marketing consultancy,” said Davis Noell, senior managing director and co-head of North America at Providence, in a statement. “With our strong existing relationship, similar cultures and shared passion for media, sports, and entertainment, we are pleased to have reached this agreement to partner together.”

Wasserman became a powerhouse in music through its acquisitions of Paradigm’s North American live music roster in 2021 and U.K. live music business in April from Platinum Equity. Artists on the Wasserman roster include Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Phish, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Sturgill Simpson, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Kaytranada, Normani, Run the Jewels, Tash Sultana, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flume, Jack Harlow, ODESZA and Skrillex.

Marc Schneider