Paradigm music agents Jeffrey Hasson and Matt Meyer have crossed over to UTA, it was announced Tuesday (Oct. 6).
Hasson, who will be part of the agency’s leadership team out of the Nashville office, has worked with artists including Young The Giant, Tori Kelly, Surfaces, Jamey Johnson, Dashboard Confessional, Dayglow, Blues Traveler, Coin and Ruston Kelly. He got his start in 2005 at Monterey Peninsula Artists.
The Los Angeles-based Meyer, who is credited with developing Halsey from an opening act to a festival and arena headliner, has also worked with Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Dicky, Don Toliver, Tinashe, Yungblud, Cash Cash, Eden and The Knocks. At age 23 he was hired as an agent at dance music agency AM Only, which was subsequently acquired by Paradigm.
Both agents have been recognized by multiple publications as rising stars in their field, with Hasson named to Billboard’s 40 Under 40 list in 2017 and Meyer included on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen list last year.
Hasson and Meyer are just the latest big-name hires at UTA, which nabbed powerhouse music agent Samantha Kirby Yoh from WME back in September to serve as co-head of music with David Zedeck.
Since controversially laying off more than 200 employees and instituting drastic pay cuts early in the pandemic, Paradigm has been shedding key agents in its music division, including Dave Kaplan and Randall Uritsky, both of whom decamped for ICM in May along with clients including The Black Keys, Father John Misty and De La Soul. In September, five former Paradigm staffers — Marshall Betts, Avery McTaggart, Amy Davidman, Ryan Craven and Devin Landau — formed the independent agency TBA, in the process luring Paradigm clients including The War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Chvrches, Purity Ring and Hot Chip to the new shop. Also last month, former Paradigm agents Patrick McAuliff and Phil Egenthal formed the Mint Talent Agency with ex-WME agent C. J. Strock., bringing along former Paradigm colleagues Michael Morris and Ryan Owens.
“I’m so excited to join the UTA team, and a music department with such great momentum. The company’s perseverance and navigation through these trying times has been very admirable,” said Hasson. “I can’t wait to share all of UTA’s incredible cross-department resources with my clients to help elevate their business.”
“I am grateful to be joining the team at UTA during a time when they have showcased real innovation and done amazing work on behalf of their clients,” added Meyer. “Everyone has been extremely supportive of this next chapter in my career and I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to both expand my clients’ passions outside of music and creating a great touring business.”
Zedeck added, “Jeffrey and Matt have impeccable track records of identifying and developing emerging artists and creating unique opportunities for their clients. Jeffrey is well-respected within the Nashville music community, and Matt has his finger firmly on the pulse for the next generation of hitmakers. We are thrilled to welcome both of them to our team.”