Veteran Sports Agent Jay Danzi Joins WME as Partner

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Longtime sports agent Jay Danzi is joining WME as a partner, bringing along his star client, golfer Jordan Spieth. Danzi, formerly chief operating officer of Lagardere Sports, will remain based in Dallas. Spieth will be represented by both WME and IMG, who are agency siblings under the Endeavor umbrella. Joining Danzi at WME will be his agency […]

Peter Bart: Saudi Crown Prince Visit Shows Global Appetite Of Hollywood, And Endeavor

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The demonstrators outside the WME-Endeavor offices Monday provided a reminder that the role of the talent agency is undergoing a radical change – one that is reverberating on varied fronts.
In part, the demonstrators’ presence is a response to the budding relationship between Ari Emanuel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. These ties could result in a Saudi investment of $400 million in the talent emporium — a move with both financial and political ramifications…

Endeavor Acquires Streaming Technology Company NeuLion for $250 Million

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Endeavor acquired NeuLion, a company whose behind-the-scenes technology powers streaming video delivery for such high profile sports clients as the NFL and UFC, in an all-cash deal valued at $250 million.
The deal will enhance the services Endeavor can provide to its sports clients.
“NeuLion provides an ideal combination of technology and client services, and we’re excited for the value it brings to our existing partners and the foundation it provides for our future…

Endeavor Buys Streaming Provider NeuLion for $250 Million

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Endeavor, the holding company controlling WME-IMG, has acquired streaming technology firm NeuLion for $250 million, the companies announced Monday. NeuLion powers the video delivery of a wide range of content owners, particularly major sports leagues. Endeavor owns some of those leagues as well, including UFC and Professional Bull Riders as part of an effort to […]

Amazon Prime Offering UFC Pay-Per-View Starting With 222 Event March 3

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As it continues to negotiate its linear and streaming future, the UFC has made a deal with Amazon to make the mixed-martial arts circuit’s pay-per-view events available on a one-off basis through the retailer’s Prime Video platform.
Starting today, U.S. customers can pre-order March 3 event UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya for $64.99 without a Prime membership. More than 600 devices can connect the Prime Video app to TVs, gaming consoles and mobile.
Upcoming UFC PPV events…

Saudi Arabia Fund Eyeing Endeavor Stake; May Invest $500M+ In WME Parent

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The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia is in talks about buying a stake in WME holding company Endeavor. PIF, as the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund is known, is in preliminary discussions about investing more than $500M for what could be a 5%-10% share, Deadline has confirmed.
Along with the talent agency, Endeavor owns IMG, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Professional Bull Riders and the Miss Universe organization. An investment from Saudi Arabia would help with its…