Veteran international agent Geoff Meall, whose artistes included Muse, Paramore and Foals, has left United Talent Agency (UTA) and followed colleague Natasha Bent to to rival Coda Music Agency, as predicted in Auidience issue 214.
He was previously MD of the UK office of UTA and had been at the company since 1992, when it was The Agency Group (TAG) – sold to UTA by TAG founder Neil Warnock in 2015.
Meall had been placed on so-called gardening leave by UTA after revealing his intention to leave towards the end of last year.
“Once I made the decision to make a move there was only really one choice,” says Meall.
“Coda in my opinion are the most dynamic agency in the business. Their A&R signings and successes over the last few years have been unparalleled. They have the benefits of their partnerships with Paradigm, X-Ray and ITG yet retain a maverick and independent culture.”
A Coda spokeswoman tells Audience it was yet to be confirmed which of his artistes, which also included Billy Talent,, Doves and Cage the Elephant, will follow Meall to the company.
“It fills us with great pride that someone of Geoff’s experience, influence, and standing in the music industry has joined us,” says Coda partner Alex Hardee. “He will bring a breadth of musical knowledge that will only compliment and strengthen the existing management team.”
Meall’s former UTA colleague and vice-president Natasha Bent moved to Coda in 2016. She had been at UTA and predecessor TAG since 2006.
Coda’s roster includes The xx, Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Take That and Ellie Goulding.