Vary Media, the administration and manufacturing firm that’s rapidly establishing a foothold in Hollywood, is increasing its sports activities division.
Vary, led by CEO Pete Micelli, mentioned Monday that it has acquired veteran agent Lowell Taub’s boutique sports activities firm Stoked Administration Group. Taub will be a part of Vary as chief income officer and head of athlete advertising and marketing for the sports activities unit. All 5 staff of Stoked are transferring over to the Santa Monica-based firm.
Taub launched Stoked Administration almost on the similar time that former CAA, UTA and WME brokers decamped to discovered Vary in 2020 throughout the pandemic when manufacturing was shut down in Hollywood. Stoked touts a roster of Olympic stars and professional athletes in motion sports activities, together with surfer John Florence, Peloton teacher Kendall Toole and observe athlete Gabrielle Thomas, who will transfer over to Vary.
“Lowell is a uniquely proficient chief with an impeccable popularity,” acknowledged Vary Sports activities co-presidents Will Funk and Greg Luckman. “We’re excited to have him and the remainder of the Stoked group lead our Athlete Advertising and marketing follow and speed up the expansion of our broader Vary Sports activities platform.”
Taub, who based GFHF Advertising and marketing & Administration in 2005, offered that agency two years later to CAA and spent 13 years on the Century Metropolis-based expertise company, together with as head of sports activities endorsements. Different shoppers have included Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte and ski star Bode Miller. Of his new deal, Taub added, “I’ve been impressed by Vary’s progress throughout the identical interval and I couldn’t be extra thrilled to affix such a formidable group.”
Vary, launched with monetary backing from Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Ventures, is a part of a wave of administration corporations which have fashioned lately amid a fracturing (and consolidating) Hollywood illustration panorama. Final 12 months, A+E Networks invested in Vary as a part of a manufacturing and content material partnership deal.
In June, the corporate made a deal for manufacturing shingle Automatik and enlisted Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger as companions and co-presidents of movie and manufacturing, increasing Vary’s producing to initiatives together with Jeff Nichols’ The Bikeriders, Oz Perkins’ Longlegs, Jonathan Entwistle’s Fred & Ginger and James Mangold’s A Full Unknown.