Madonna, U2 Manager Guy Oseary ‘Steps Down’ From Running Maverick – Variety


Guy Oseary has “stepped down” from the day-to-day operating Maverick, the administration collective he based in 2014. “I’m prepared for my new chapter and welcome the chance to have extra time to concentrate on administration of Madonna and U2 whereas furthering my ardour for figuring out and incubating revolutionary companies,” stated Oseary in an announcement, first revealed by Billboard.

Transferring ahead, Oseary will segue to a consulting position with Stay Nation, particularly for CEO Michael Rapino for the subsequent three years, whereas persevering with to symbolize Madonna and U2 beneath the Maverick banner. A press release by Stay Nation notes that Oseary will probably be “concentrating on his entrepreneurial pursuits, investing in and incubating corporations on the slicing fringe of expertise and leisure.”

Stated Rapino: “Guy constructed an unbelievable crew at Maverick and his work with U2 and Madonna is unmatched. Stay Nation has all the time been about placing the artist first and nobody is aware of that higher than Guy. I sit up for persevering with our work collectively on initiatives together with U2, Madonna and past.”

Partnered with Ashton Kutcher in enterprise capital agency Sound Ventures, Oseary’s investments embrace prescient stakes in Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Pinterest and Sq., amongst others. He’s additionally an investor in Peloton and the co-founder of budding social media platform Neighborhood.

What does the transfer imply for such seasoned managers as Adam Leber (Miley Cyrus. Lil Nas X), Larry Rudolph (Britney Spears, Pitbull), Sal Slaiby (The Weeknd, Doja Cat), Scott Rodger (Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli) and Lee Anne Callahan-Longo (Ricky Martin) — only a handful of the facility brokers beneath the Maverick umbrella — and their purchasers? Not a lot adjustments, it appears, as a lot of the Maverick collective is contracted for employment by Stay Nation and their offers made with Rapino.

Certainly, the variety of acts Stay Nation manages has ballooned over the past 5 years and, as of 2019, counts greater than 500 acts represented by “70 managers throughout 16 administration corporations,” the corporate notes of its Artist Nation administration arm which can be partnered with such issues as Roc Nation (residence to administration purchasers Rihanna, Shakira and Mariah Carey, amongst many extra). Stay Nation “will proceed to speculate on this division,” the assertion continues.

Nonetheless, it stands to cause that some managers would possibly need to pivot off of the Maverick model to a different agency inside the Stay Nation-Artist Nation ecosystem.

Perplexed? You’re not alone. A number of insiders are scratching their heads over the aim of such a “imprecise” announcement, pointing to Maverick’s construction as extra of a free collective of administration silos than one requiring heavy oversight by a chief government. It’s additionally value noting that each Madonna and U2 have touring agreements with Stay Nation (every reported to be value north of $120 million once they have been signed as 360 offers in 2007 and 2008, respectively) — Oseary had labored with the Madonna since he was in his twenties, however got here aboard the U2 practice in 2013 — so they continue to be beneath the tent regardless of their administration illustration.

Oseary himself has made no secret of his need to succeed in past music, amassing credit as a movie producer (4 “Twilight” movies, Rob Zombie’s “Home of 1,00zero Corpses” and “The Satan’s Rejects”) and tv government (“Final Name with Carson Daly”), along with creator and photographer. Extra lately — and with the absence of awards exhibits or afterparties because of the coronavirus pandemic — Oseary has been internet hosting A-list Zoom get-togethers which have drawn the likes of Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Adam Sandler, Dakota Fanning, Laura Dern and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, in line with the New York Publish.

Oseary obtained his begin within the leisure enterprise as an A&R government at Madonna’s label whereas barely out of his teenagers. He credit his longtime shopper for being a grasp of reinvention. “She has loads to do with that as a result of I’ve been round her relentless technique of innovating since I used to be 18 years previous,” Oseary advised Variety final August. Because it seems, Madonna equally formed the work ethic of this visionary who was born in Jerusalem however bred in Beverly Hills. “She doesn’t have many friends and she or he’s all the time pushing new floor — the phrase lazy doesn’t connect with her,” he stated, although he may have simply been speaking about himself.  “Perhaps being round [her] helped to point out me that’s simply the way in which it goes.”

The writing gave the impression to be on the wall as early as final summer time when Oseary mirrored on the potential peak of Maverick’s success. “Let’s have a look at the totality of all of it: Each supervisor is doing very well,” he stated, citing Rudolph, Slaiby, Clarence Spalding (Jason Alean) and “the blokes on the nation aspect,” Nashville-focused Huge Loud Administration. Of Leber and Gee Roberson, who collectively information the profession of Lil Nas X, Oseary added: “I’m proud that two managers got here collectively right here beneath the Maverick roof and have been capable of obtain this unbelievable success and break all these world data.”

When Variety requested Oseary what units him aside from everybody else in enterprise, he replied: “I believe that it’s all the time day one. Each morning I get up like: ‘Okay, now the place do I start?’ I don’t have a way of a way of accomplishment as a lot as I do: ‘At this time is day one — let’s go.’ “


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