Steve Kaul, Tim Borror, Dave Shapiro Part Ways With UTA: Exclusive
Pollstar has learned that Steve Kaul, Tim Borror and Dave Shapiro, three senior music talent agents from United Talent Agency, have parted ways with the company, according to multiple sources.
Longtime agent Kaul is listed on UTA’s website as responsible agent for artists including Nickelback, Norah Jones, Seether, Oleander and Dinosaur Jr. and works out of the company’s New York office. When reached via phone, UTA’s New York office told Pollstar he is no longer at the agency. Sources say Kaul left UTA in September.
Also departing, according to multiple sources, is UTA’s hard rock veteran agent Borror, also from the New York office, who represents artists including Lamb of God, Clutch, Killswitch Engage and many others. Borror did not respond to request for comment.
Shapiro is listed as an arena/amphitheatre contact for UTA operating from its Beverly Hills office, and has represented acts including A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, and Hanson among others. Pollstar was unable to reach Shapiro.
“It was mutually decided that Dave and Tim will depart the agency at the end of the year. We will work closely with them through this transition,” a UTA representative said in a statement to Pollstar.
All three were previously with The Agency Group, which was acquired by UTA in 2015. The company has aggressively expanded its music operations with acquisitions including Circle Talent Agency this year. In July 2017, UTA brought in industry veteran David Zedek as the company’s Global Head of Music. That same year the agency elected to close down its Canadian office that was helmed by Rob Zifarelli, who later joined Paradigm to head a new Canadian office in Toronto.
The major agency moves add to an already busy year that saw ICM Partners’ Caroline Yim and Zach Iser head to CAA; Billions agents Adam Voith and Andrew Colvin departed for WME, Ali Hedrick joined Paradigm and Steven Himmelfarb went to The Feldman Agency; and Madison House’s Phil Egenthal joined Paradigm, and the recent closure of Nashville staple Buddy Lee Attractions.