Alex Fane’s company Fane Management has been taken over by United Agents, it has just been announced. The deal went through on September 1st. For a young, new business, this represents a major, rapid and very promising scaling-up.
Some background: Alex Fane started working at the age of 18 as Assistant Maitre D’ at Brasserie Zedel and then moved over to manage the Crazy Coqs Cabaret & Jazz Club. Since setting up his own company he has produced almost 300 shows. Artists he has worked with have included Barb Jungr, Anne Reid, The Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judy Carmichael, Jay Rayner, Kourosh Kanani, Peter Horsfall, Matthew VanKan, Pedro Segundo, Celia Imrie, Anne Reid and Lizzie Ball. Venues/ Festivals have included the Pizza Express chain, the City of London Festival and the St James Studio. He is producing a fifteen-date tour next month with New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones, plus Joe Stilgoe and Ian Shaw (FEATURE).
Quotes from today’s Press Release
St John Donald, Managing Director of United Agents: “We are delighted that Alex Fane is joining the company to set up and develop a music division, to be called UA Music. With our strengths in live theatre and comedy, music is the next logical step for us. Alex has worked with some of our existing clients, including Celia Imrie, so this partnership has grown from our strong working relationship. We look forward very much to this exciting new partnership and opportunity.”
Alex Fane: “The music scene today is thriving and I am excited to be promoting genres previously thought of as niche. As these types of music are becoming more accessible, there is a bigger appreciation for the live experience, especially amongst the younger crowd. Joining United Agents allows us to develop much faster and further than we could alone.”
Who are United Agents?
United Agents LLP is London’s foremost literary and talent agency with over 40 agents representing 2000 clients across departments including Actors, Books, Film, TV and Theatre. The agency was founded in 2008 is wholly owned by its partners. Clients include Kate Winslet, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley, James McEvoy, James Cordon, Ricky Gervais, Eleanor Catton, Julian Barnes, Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett. Founded in 2008, UA expanded quickly to become the largest agency of its kind in the UK, offering clients dedicated specialist representation by bringing together leading agents from all fields. UA became an LLP in 2011 and is wholly owned by its partners. In the same year UA acquired AP Watt, one of the longest-established literary agencies in the world.
Alex Fane is a great force, and United Agents are lucky to have him on board.