Industry veteran Del Williams has been promoted to Global Head of Talent by independent festival and event producer Danny Wimmer Presents, the company announced.
In this role, Del will oversee the curation and booking of all DWP festivals, one-offs and special events including the current festival roster of Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, GoldenSky Country Music Festival, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life and Welcome To Rockville.
He will also work closely with Billy Brill and Seth Shomes to grow the representation of DWP Talent Services (DWPTS), a division that focuses on entertainment for casinos and fairs.
DWPTS was launched in 2021 with the acquisition of Billy Alan Productions, led by Brill, a highly accomplished industry executive and consultant with more than 40 years of success in the entertainment, interactive media and casino booking industries. Shomes, founder of Day After Day Productions, was named Partner with DWPTS in a Sept. 28 announcement
DWPTS’s current casino roster includes Thunder Valley (Lincoln, CA), Agua Caliente (Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, CA), Spirit Mountain (Grand Ronde, OR), Eagle Mountain (Porterville, CA), Pearl River (Philadelphia, MS), Seneca Allegany (Salamanca, NY) and Seneca Niagara (Niagara Falls, NY).
Williams and Brill secured the Eagles, Bruno Mars, and Santana for the February 2023 grand opening of The Venue at Thunder Valley in Lincoln, California (outside of Sacramento).
“Del is part of the core fabric of DWP, going back to our roots in the Rock On The Range days. He was there when we started this company and it is fitting that he will help guide us as we continue to develop and grow our business,” says Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents. “Our relationships with the artists and their representatives are more important than ever and we are thrilled to have someone as respected and skilled as Del to lead that charge.”
Williams brings to his new role 22 years as a talent booker for some of the biggest brands in entertainment including a previous position as the Head of National Promotion for Elektra Entertainment and was instrumental in breaking and developing the early success of such artists as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Muse, Sublime, Alanis Morissette and Maroon 5, among others.
Williams has also been the co-creator of some of the biggest music festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion and KROQ’s Inland Invasion.