Monday, May 27, 2024

The Weeknd Changes Talent Agencies, Jumps to CAA, After Grammys, NAACP Snubs


The Weeknd aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is looking to add more days of the week.

The R&B pop star has jumped talented agencies, leaving William Morris Endeavor for Creative Artists Agency.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Weeknd’s hit album “After Hours” was totally snubbed this year by the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. The singer and his album were totally overlooked, and it was embarrassing.

So, on to greener pastures.

“Abel, Sal and their team are as ambitious in their thinking as we are, clearly seeing the special opportunities they have, both in building their business to new heights and having a meaningful cultural impact,” CAA’s Christian Carino said in a statement. The Weeknd is managed by Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and Amir “Cash” Esmailian.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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