Sep 7, 2023 - Economy

Hollywood talent agency CAA changes hands for $7 billion

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TPG is selling its majority stake in Creative Artists Agency to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the company announced Thursday.

Why it matters: One of the largest sales in the Hollywood talent agency space, this is the latest deal following CAA's acquisition of rival firm ICM last year.

Details: CAA will be placed under Artémis, the Pinault family's investment company.

  • Financial terms were not disclosed, but previous reports put the price around $7 billion.
  • Singapore-headquartered global investment firm Temasek will remain a minority investor in CAA, and CMC Capital remains a CAA strategic partner.
  • The deal is expected to close by end of year. TPG owned the agency for 13 years.

Zoom in: CAA's current leadership will remain with the agency. Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, and Richard Lovett will remain as co-chairmen of the agency. Lourd will be named CEO after the deal's close. Jim Burtson, who led the CAA deal team, will remain President of CAA.

Of note: Pinault's wife, Salma Hayek, is a longtime CAA client whose representation team is led by Lourd.

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