EXCLUSIVE: Following his recent exit from New Wave Entertainment, veteran comedy talent manager Barry Katz is going solo again with the relaunch of Barry Katz Entertainment. All of Katz’s clients at New Wave will follow him to the new company including Jay Mohr, Christopher Titus, Bill Bellamy, Paul Rodriguez, Cheri Oteri, Nick DiPaolo and Faizon Love. Katz ran his original Barry Katz Entertainment for 15 years before selling it to New Wave at the end of 2003. Over the past eight years, he was involved in New Wave’s transformation into a full-service talent management, digital distribution, and production company with over 25 managers, producers, and development executives. The two sides parted ways last month when Katz’s contract was up. “After being a part of creating a different kind of management company — one that combined representation and production — I wanted to get back to focus less on the issues of a large company, and more on working with my clients in a more personal way to help them achieve their goals,” Katz said.
EXCLUSIVE: Eight years after Barry Katz sold his talent management company to New Wave Entertainment, the two are parting ways. Katz will leave New Wave at the end of the year when his contract is up after the company opted not to renew it. “It has been a great eight years having Barry on our team, as we have truly accomplished a lot together; however, the time is right for us both to move on,” New Wave CEO Paul Apel said. “We sincerely wish him continued success in his endeavors.”
Katz’s official title at New Wave was president of talent management, but he had mostly focused on his clients lately. Head of Production & SVP of Talent Management Brian Volk-Weiss, who has been leading New Wave’s Talent Management, Development and Production divisions, will continue to do so. Volk-Weiss was a longtime associate of Katz at Barry Katz Entertainment whom Katz brought in with him when New Wave acquired his 15-year-old company at the end of 2003.
During his tenure at New Wave, Katz produced several films — Employee Of The Month, Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friend’s Girl — all starring his former long-time client Dane Cook, who left New Wave in the spring. Katz’s top clients include Jay Mohr and Christopher Titus. In TV, Katz executive produces NBC’s freshman comedy Whitney. He previously executive produced ABC’s The Next Best Thing, NESN’S Comedy All-Stars, HBO’s Tourgasm, TBS’s Frank TV, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. “I am very grateful and proud of what we accomplished together, and look forward to what the future will bring,” Katz said.