PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY (PAA) ACQUIRES APA CANADA
PAA BECOMES THE LARGEST BOOKING AGENCY IN CANADA
TORONTO, ON – June 7, 2023 – Paquin Artists Agency is pleased to announce the acquisition of APA Canada. Effective immediately, this acquisition brings on board two of Canada’s most respected industry veterans, agents, Ralph James and Jack Ross, as Senior Vice Presidents of PAA.
“With this acquisition, PAA expands its footprint by adding an incredible group of people led by Ralph and Jack while also broadening our roster of talented artists,” says PAA Co-President, Julien Paquin. “It’s a humbling moment to be reminded of the value of hard work and a shared vision of highlighting artistic excellence.”
Joining James and Ross in the move is agent, Mike Graham, as well as agency staff, Lorraine Webb, Jean Wilkinson, Jenna MacDonald and Tristan Tammaro, who will be valuable additions to PAA’s North American team.
“I’m thrilled to see the conclusion of this deal and have the team here at APA Canada join Paquin Artists Agency,” remarks Jack Ross. “We know that joining PAA will create new and unique opportunities for our roster of clients. I want to thank Jim Gosnell and his team at APA for all their support and look forward to a continued productive relationship. I’ve long admired Julien and his team and couldn’t be happier to join them.”
Ralph James says, “Paquin has grown into an international industry leader, and I look forward to working alongside them, digging in for our clients.”
Adds PAA Co-President, Vinny Cinquemani, “This is a historic merger and allows vibrant collaborations for all the artists we have the privilege of representing.”
Jim Gosnell, CEO, APA Agency comments, “We have been close friends with Julien and Vinny for many years, they are truly two of the finest people in the business. We are excited for Ralph, Jack and our Canadian team to join them and their outstanding team at PAA. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
The acquisition comes amidst an outstanding year of growth for Paquin Entertainment Group which saw newly formed partnerships with Loft Entertainment, Blue Crane Agency, Action Entertainment and the continued growth of its Exhibition & Theatrical and Brand Partnerships divisions.
About Paquin Entertainment Group:
Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a leading, full-service North American arts and entertainment company with offices operating in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Nashville. Paquin Entertainment Group is home to a diverse portfolio, including artists agency and management, film and television, theatrical production, brand partnership, and touring exhibitions. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group’s core vision has remained unchanged: to foster a creative culture that seeks and develops the world’s premier artists and productions.
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