Fitzgerald Joins CAA

Former Concorde Artistes director Paul Fitzgerald has left The Creative Entertainment Group to join Creative Artists Agency’s London office.

It puts him in direct competition with Solomon Parker – another former Concorde director and son of company founder the late Louis Parker – who is at William Morris Agency along with former Concorde agents Russell Warby, David Levy, Steve Hogan and Sheraz "Shaz" Qureshi.

Acknowledging that he once said the day he left Concorde would be the day he left the agency business, Fitzgerald said he made something of a U-turn to join CAA but never really stopped being an agent.

After 14 years at Concorde, he left to join The Creative Entertainment Group in October 2006. The company handles corporate entertainment on a worldwide basis, although Fitzgerald still acted as an agent for international opera-singing sensation Paul Potts, singer/songwriter Leona Lewis and other acts from such TV competitions as "The X Factor" and "Britain’s Got Talent."

Most of those acts use CAA for U.S. representation and Fitzgerald often found himself working in cahoots with the U.S. giant.

"I met Emma Banks and Mike Greek to discuss a project we were working on, and that’s when the possibility of joining them first cropped up," Fitzgerald explained. "Then I had a meeting with Rob Light when he came over from the U.S. office, and that went very well. I thought that if I’d been a good agent before, I could become a very good one by joining CAA.

"There are so many tools and opportunities in this company, particularly as the U.S. office represents acts from ‘American Idol.’"

Fitzgerald’s new appointment at CAA became effective August 4.