“I am excited to be joining what I consider a fast moving and dynamic company who, over the last few years, have garnered a reputation for breaking acts that is second to none,” said Parker, who before joining WME in 2007 ran Concorde International Artistes. “Between the partners there they have created a fantastic culture and following their recent far-reaching partnership with Paradigm Talent Agency in the U.S. they are now perfectly placed to deliver a bespoke service to their clients that is second to none.”
Claire Horseman, managing director of Coda Music Agency said, “Bringing someone of Sol’s standing into the Coda team further demonstrates our ambition to continue building a world class agency. His experience and reputation in the industry are second to none and he will add real value to our overall offering.” Parker will be based in Coda’s London office.
It’s a homecoming of sorts, as explained by Coda partner Alex Hardee.
“Solomon Parker’s dad, Louis gave me my first job,” Hardee said. “Cris Hearn who recently joined CODA also worked there, the company was called Concorde. I think Cris left with Solomon’s Dad’s car and I took a tankful of terrapins. Solomon’s dad and those early days at Concorde were very influential to my career.
“It’s great that Solomon, Cris and myself are back under one roof, along with Tom Schroeder, James Whitting, Rob Chalice, Nick Matthews, David Exley, and Paul Buck plus the multitude of younger agents and bookers,” Hardee added.