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Liz Mullen

Staff writer Liz Mullen covers labor, agents and horse racing.

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Broadcasting Agent Babette Perry, Who Repped Erin Andrews, Joining Innovative Artists

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 25 / 15

Longtime IMG broadcasting agent Babette Perry has joined Hollywood talent firm Innovative Artists to create and run a broadcasting and alternative television division. Perry has repped several high-profile sports broadcasters, including Erin Andrews. Andrews remains a client of IMG. Perry first...

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