Dave Shapiro is not your typical suit-and-tie company man. The punk rock talent agent is covered from his neck down in tattoos and is a licensed stunt pilot who once dabbled in base-jumping and wingsuit flying.
Now Shapiro has a new title to add to his bio: free agent. On Friday (Oct. 5), UTA emailed a brief statement to Billboard that both Shapiro and fellow agent Tim Borror are leaving the agency in December, likely a result of their contracts not being renewed.
“It was mutually decided that Dave and Tim will depart the agency at the end of the year. We will work closely with them through this transition,” the statement reads. Also out is Steve Kaul, who quietly parted ways with UTA last month, a source confirms.nic Roster, Lays Off Touring Division
Shapiro, who was promoted to VP at UTA following the 2015 purchase of The Agency Group, represents bands like The Devil Wears Prada, A Day to Remember, Of Mice & Men, Memphis May Fire and Pierce the Veil. A hardcore punk fan from upstate New York, Shapiro’s Instagram feed documents his high velocity stunts, like him doing a barrel roll over the California coastline.
“When I got married, I kind of stopped jumping off buildings and cliffs,” he told Amplify in February. “My wife was not really a big supporter of it. It is a pretty dangerous sport. Now I have been focusing more on aerobatic flying.”
Borror also has roots in punk, coming of age in Philly with clients that include Glenn Danzig and has worked at agency Artist and Audience and for a time oversaw UTA’s rock department.
“There is an energy that goes on between an artist and a live audience and the magic that happens between the two when there is a show,” Borror told Amplifylast year. “I’ve never been able to get that out of my system thankfully. It’s the reason that so many years later I still do this and still have a passion for it.”
All three men had joined UTA when the firm purchased The Agency Group in 2015. The talent agency has made a number of big moves over the last 12 months, hiring David Zedeck from Live Nation to run the agency’s music department. In April, UTA completed the purchase of Circle Talent Agency, one of the leading independent agencies in electronic music, bringing Marshmello, Kaskade, Excisionand Illenium to the UTA roster.
Not included in the Circle Talent acquisition was Circle’s rock department, with a number of agents parting ways with the agency after the sale. Last year UTA closed its Canada operations, leading to the exits of longtime talent agents Jack Ross and Ralph James, who landed at APA, while Rob Zifarelli and Adam Countryman landed at Paradigm to open the company’s first Canadian office in Toronto. Canadian-owned Paquin Artists Agency hired Adam Kreeft, Rob Thornton and Sarah Litt from the original UTA group.
News of the exits was first reported by Pollstar on Friday.