Ariel Emanuel
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United States
2019

Endeavor

Ariel
Emanuel

CEO

While 2019 dealt a big blow to Emanuel when he was forced to scrap his IPO plans, Endeavor hasn’t stopped evolving. The company acquired the Harry Walker Agency in November and folded its own WME Speakers division into it, operating the combined unit separately. Emanuel also brought in industry veteran Lloyd Braun to manage the representation side of Endeavor. Endeavor’s content-production division (a thorn in the side of the Writers Guild of America) is also growing, in part thanks to the launch of a new podcast studio. Since 2009, Emanuel has made a string of acquisitions, including digital-video tech company NeuLion, which helped form the foundation of Endeavor Streaming and served to power such company-­owned OTT ventures as UFC Fight Pass.

Career

  • ICM Partners
  • WME
  • Endeavor

Education

  • Macalester College (MN, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Vanguard
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Endeavor Officially Announces Pay Cuts as Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell Forgo Salaries

Endeavor Officially Announces Pay Cuts as Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell Forgo Salaries

Endeavor has officially begun rolling out pay cuts as it grapples with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the industry. Endeavor heads Ari Emanuel and chairman Patrick Whitesell are forgoing their salaries, with president Mark Shapiro cutting his in half.The pay reductions will proportionately increase according to base salary, from 5% to 30%. The adjustments will be reflected in the next paycheck.Other agencies that have implemented similar cuts include UTA and Verve, with Paradigm and APA having furloughed...

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