SBJ/July 22 - 28, 2002/Labor Agents

Duffy talking with 'Sopranos' producer

Hollywood management and production company Brillstein-Grey is in talks with rising star basketball agent Bill Duffy about a strategic alliance.

"This will involve international television programming and event creation and create a synergy with our athletes and their entertainment clients," Duffy said. "There will be business projects entertainment-wise in Europe and China."

Brillstein-Grey produces such television shows as "The Sopranos" and "Just Shoot Me" and manages more than 120 celebrities, including actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

Duffy, owner of BDA Sports Management, has enjoyed phenomenal success this year, representing five players taken in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft, including No. 2 pick Jay Williams. SFX Basketball, which has been the most dominant basketball representation firm over the last few years, also represented five picks in the first round this year.

Duffy represents 25 NBA players and 30 basketball players overseas.

"I would like to think that BDA has a very good reputation in the sports world, and there is no doubt in my mind that Brillstein-Grey has the most impeccable reputation for integrity in the entertainment industry," Duffy said.

Duffy said the deal, which has not yet been completed, involves an alliance and not an acquisition of his firm.

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