Wasserman Media Group Rumors
Wasserman Media Group has rehired Thunder Dir of Strategic Planning Jason Ranne as its new COO & Exec VP/Team Sports. Ranne, who began his career at the L.A.-based agency, will oversee the overall strategic growth and direction of the basketball, baseball, football and broadcasting/coaching management practices at WMG. Ranne will report to WMG President Mike Watts and will work out of WMG’s L.A. HQ. He started today. WMG President & CEO Casey Wasserman in a statement said, “Jason will be a strong complement to our existing team of agents. … He also brings proven principles in closing deals and a standard of practice and approach to this organization that will only advance our leadership position.” Ranne in a statement said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin Wasserman. … I have been very fortunate to work with some of the industry’s leading agents, executives and innovators and will continue Wasserman’s diligent, inventive and aggressive approach to representing the world’s best athletes.”
Wasserman Media Group, a sports and entertainment marketing and management company and Nervve, a video and image recognition technology company, announced a partnership between each other. Wasserman has agreed to work exclusively with Nervve to bring to market their visual search technology, which allows brands to track and analyze brand exposure impact across several sports and entertainment programming more efficiently.
Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The discussion will center on basketball, a league source said. Wasserman Media Group had dismissed various reports that said Aldridge had ruled the Lakers out, tweeting out on Wednesday that Aldridge “has not made any decisions yet. All reports to the contrary are false & he looks forward to sharing his plans soon.” But those outlets outlined in detail that Aldridge apparently was not impressed with the Lakers’ basketball presentation.
Myers anticipates no problems as a result of powerhouse agent Arn Tellem this month leaving the Wasserman Media Group that represents Green to become a high-ranking executive with the Detroit Pistons. Myers worked for WMG before coming to the Warriors four years ago. “No, B.J. Armstrong is going to be the point guy. We have a great rapport — I used to work with him,” Myers said. “So I don’t envision any issues there.”
Tellem will not be directly involved with the Pistons’ basketball side — coach Stan Van Gundy will still have final say over personnel. He will be one of three people who report directly to Gores, along with Van Gundy and CEO Dennis Mannion. And his duties will run the gamut from looking at improvements to the Palace, to improving the team’s footprint in Detroit, to potentially working on the creation of a regional sports network. In switching careers, Tellem is leaving his position at Wasserman Media Group, where he headed the agency’s basketball division, and was considered the most powerful agent in basketball. He represented 42 NBA players — almost 10 percent of all the players in the league, who made more than $324 million this season in salary — and 12 All-Stars.