EDM Innovator Joel Zimmerman Joins Range Media Partners
Joel Zimmerman, a pioneer in the modern electronic music scene, has joined Range Media Partners as a partner in the company’s music division.
The announcement states that Zimmerman will help advance the company’s global music strategy as a talent representative and mentor, with an emphasis on long-term career strategy, creative development, crossover positioning, branding, IP and global touring.
“I’m most passionate when I have a vision for an artist’s career path or see where a new market can be created, while having the right set of resources to not only ideate but bring it all to fruition,” Zimmerman said in the announcement. “I believe the best and most forward-thinking cultural platform for music talent is at Range. The team’s ability to mobilize with very high-level resources, combined with a truly amazing company culture, makes for the best breeding ground to turn the biggest dreams into reality. I am so excited to be building at Range and to make a positive impact on the continuously evolving industry.”
Zimmerman spent 13 years at WME, where he represented more than 100 artists, developing talent including The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, 88rishing, Steve Lacy, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Psy, Kygo, Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5. He founded his own Division One Talent in 2006, later partnering with WME bringing the company in-house. He left WME in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He’s credited with introducing the concept of electronic music divisions within talent agencies, as well as building the Vegas residency model for electronic artists.
“Joel has consistently managed to cut through the noise – and competition – by landing clients lucrative touring, club and festival deals, as well as, crossing them into other entertainment arenas,” says Range Media Partners CEO Peter Micelli. “The result of his groundbreaking work has created new pathways and platforms that break future stars and legitimize new music genres. We could not be more excited to welcome Joel to Range. He is the preeminent thought leader in the music industry and a true force of nature, with an inherent ability to identify talent and looming trends. We’re thrilled to add an executive and partner of his caliber to the company.”
Formed just over two years ago, Range Media Partners’ music division represents artists including Jack Harlow, Justin Tranter, Cordae, Midland, Nova Wav, Tyga, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Hailey Whitters, Lauv, MAX, HARV, Sean Douglas, Wondagurl, and more. Range also represents actors including Halle Berry, Emilia Clarke, Bradley Cooper, Gabrielle Union, Simon Rex, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Ramy Youssef, Taron Edgerton, and Keira Knightley and directors including Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan and Alma Har’el.