Vangelos bows film music venture

First Artists clients include composers Isham, Kent

NEW YORK — Veteran film-music agent Vasi Vangelos, who parted ways with his Blue Focus Management partner Richard Kraft this spring after a three-year run, has launched filmmusic venture First Artists Management.

The talent lineup at First Artists, whose principals also include Robert Messinger, Rich Jacobellis and Brice Gaeta, includes composers Mark Isham (“A River Runs Through It”), Rolfe Kent (“About Schmidt”) and Lisa Gerrard (“The Insider”), all recently signed.

First Artists’ roster already includes a host of film-music heavies, including Craig Armstrong, David Arnold, Teddy Castellucci, George S. Clinton, David Holmes, Clint Mansell, David Newman, Lalo Schifrin and Gabriel Yared.

Among the principals’ television clients are composers for such shows as “Six Feet Under,” “Survivor,” “American Dreams,” “The Guardian,” “Boston Public,” “John Doe,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Jag” and “Joe Millionaire.”

“We seek to offer a truly hands-on approach to representation and to deliver on the promise of full-service management to our clients in both film and television,” said Vangelos.

Messinger and Gaeta both worked with Vangelos at Blue Focus, while Jacobellis was the founder of Ingenuity, a film-music venture he formed with then-indie giant Zomba Music in 2001. Zomba has since been acquired by label group BMG.

“It is clear from the caliber of artists we have attracted in this short period that there was a need for this type of company in the current marketplace,” said Messinger.

Vangelos’ former partner Kraft said last month that he and former Blue Focus agent Laura Engel were forming their own firm, Kraft-Engel Management, whose roster includes Danny Elfman and Marc Shaiman, among others.

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