Prinz Leaves UTA For ICM

Rob Prinz has left United Talent Agency, where he was head of music/personal appearances, only to be named co-head of worldwide concerts for ICM Partners, the latest move in a game of agency musical chairs that so far had been confined to UTA and Creative Artists Agency.

Joining Prinz at UTA is agent Nikki Wheeler. They bring with them a roster that includes Celine Dion, Daryl Hall & John Oates, John Hiatt, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Jerry Seinfeld and Rick Springfield, among many others.

Prinz takes his seat alongside Steve Levine at the top of the worldwide concerts division.

“Nikki and I are extremely excited to be joining Steve, Mark and the entire ICM Partners team,” Prinz said. “Steve and I have been friends for years, and the chance to work alongside him and the concerts group’s extraordinary artists in music and comedy is energizing.”

It’s not known if Prinz’s surprise departure from UTA had any connection whatsoever with the defection of at least 10 CAA comedy agents to UTA the previous week. Both agents have UTA and CAA on their resumes, with Prinz having worked for each after starting his agency career with William Morris.

Prinz is often credited with “discovering” Madonna and has worked with other A-listers including Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Bon Jovi.

Wheeler began her career at CAA 18 years ago before moving to UTA and now joining Prinz at ICM.

“I am incredibly proud to bring in Rob as a partner,” Levine said. “His leadership, senior relationships in the industry, and diverse list of iconic clients are a perfect fit for us. We’ve been enjoying a tremendous period of growth in our touring business, and I’m thrilled to have Rob and Nikki on board to keep that momentum going.”