Patrick Whitesell
Courtesy of Endeavor
United States
2020

Endeavor

Patrick
Whitesell

Executive Chairman

As executive chairman of Endeavor, Whitesell works with CEO Ariel Emanuel to oversee WME, IMG and UFC, among other divisions. The job that has been anything but business as usual during the pandemic, which halted income generators including production and live events, leading the company to lay off 20% of its workforce. But there were bright spots, including a slew of major talent signings (Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr., David Harbour, Sir Elton John, Shakira) and the pre-COVID acquisition of the Harry Walker Agency, a speakers bureau whose clients include the Obamas and the Clintons. Through its Endeavor Content division, it co-launched the Social Justice Now Film Festival in October 2020, with WME clients Michael B. Jordan and Opal Tometi serving as co-ambassadors of the event.

Career

  • CAA
  • WME
  • Endeavor

Education

  • Luther College (IA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Endeavor Chief Blasts WarnerMedia's HBO Max Plan: 'A Blatant Attempt to Self-Deal'

Endeavor Chief Blasts WarnerMedia's HBO Max Plan: 'A Blatant Attempt to Self-Deal'

Patrick Whitesell, executive chairman of WME parent company Endeavor, has blasted WarnerMedia’s stunning plan to stream all 17 of its 2021 Warner Bros. theatrical releases on HBO Max at the same time as they play in theaters."Warner Bros. announced a strategy across an entire slate of 2021 movies without consulting with their partners (our clients), not only disregarding our clients’ feelings about the strategy but in many cases constituting a contractual violation," Whitesell said in a note released Friday. "This...

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