Agents talk: Two giants explore mergermain
We hear that IMG Artists co-owner Alexander Shustorovich has been going around the festival circuit saying that he’s negotiating to buy CAMI.
IMGA and CAMI are the world’s two largest classical agencies.
This may be happy-hour talk, or it may be Russian bluff. But CAMI is ripe for the plucking now that Ronald Wilford is no more and Jean-Jacques Cesbron has hived off the commercial bits into a separate company, CAMIMusic.
Whether fraudster-co-owned IMG is a fit and proper proprietor for CAMI, and whether any such deal would pass US anti-trust laws, is another matter altogether. But a deal is in the air. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Wissman (l), Shustorovich (r), rich pal inbetween