Evolution, which recently financed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” will become part of Primary Wave’s Talent Management division and will operate under the Primary Wave name.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In an announcement Monday, the companies touted the combination as a major expansion of Primary Wave’s existing in-house film/TV development, management and production division.
“The partnership also offers Primary Wave Music’s talent roster the ability to tap the Evolution managers’ reach in film and TV while further enabling both companies to expand their development projects,” they added.
The new company will move to expanded offices in 2015.
Managers joining Primary Wave from Evolution include Mark Burg, Michael Menchel, Tiffany Kuzon, Brad Kaplan, Margot Menzel, and Ben Press as well as Stephen Gates, Sekka Scher and Dan Patack in the New York Office.
“Mark and I have been friends for decades and over the years, we’ve completed many successful business deals together,” said Larry Mestel, CEO of Primary Wave. “This was an inevitable partnership and now as a formal alliance, we will combine our companies expertise and relationships in music, TV and film.”
Evolution recently financed “Grace Unplugged,” starring A.J. Michalka, James Denton and Kevin Pollack. Burg has produced over 40 films including “Bull Burham,” “The Sandlot” and the “Saw” franchise along with exec producing “Two and a Half Men” and “Anger Management.”
Menchel most recently produced “One Chance,” directed by David Frankel and he and Burg are producing the upcoming “Granite Mountain Hot Shots,” to be directed by Scott Cooper. “Cook,” to be directed by Bruce Beresford, is exec produced by Brad Kaplan and starts shooting this month in Los Angeles.
Menchel and Burg are producing “Prison Town” for FTVS/Cinemax starring Laurence Fishburne and “Rocket City” for Lionsgate Television and are exec producing “White City” at Amazon Studios written by Ron Bass.
Primary Wave’s roster includes CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Cypress Hill, Tank, Natalie Imbruglia, The Go-Go’s, Trevor Jackson, Ginuwine, Cris Cab, producer/DJ Audien and writer/producers Ryan Hadlock, Jon Levine, Mag and Mitch Allen.
Primary Wave TV has overseen a development and production slate of over a dozen original projects including Green’s “The Good Life.”