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Raskin leaves TLA Worldwide, forms own firm

Peter Raskin has left TLA Worldwide and formed his own agency, Rubicon Talent.

Raskin, who was a partner at TLA, is one of six agents or executives who have left the firm in recent months. TLA declined comment on the departures.

Raskin confirmed that he has founded a talent agency and that Brandon Swibel was leaving TLA to join as a partner, but he declined further comment.

Swibel sent people in the industry an email last week saying he was departing TLA after 11 years for the opportunity to be a principal at Rubicon.

At TLA, Raskin and Swibel represented a variety of athletes for marketing work, including Olympians and NFL players.

Dave Maryles, another marketing agent at TLA, who counted Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray as off-the-field clients, has also left the firm. He declined comment for this story.

It’s not clear which clients, if any, will follow the agents to their new ventures. Athletes and other talent clients tend to stay or go with the agent with whom they have the closest relationship, but unlike playing contracts, some marketing contracts may have exclusivity terms.

Among other departures:

Michael McCarthy, who was TLA executive vice president of media, new business and events, joined the Milwaukee Bucks as chief operating officer in late November.

“My migration to the Bucks was organic as a result of consulting with them as a TLA executive for two years,” McCarthy said.

Jonathan Salant, who was TLA vice president of business development and talent marketing, also left the agency recently. Salant confirmed via email that he left in December and was weighing his options in regard to his next move.

Josh Pinkow, a marketing agent for athletes and chefs and broadcasters, left TLA in December. He said last week he took a job representing chefs at The Connect Group, a culinary marketing and talent marketing firm. “It was nothing negative at TLA,” Pinkow said. “An opportunity presented itself. This is me pursuing my passion in the culinary world.”

TLA was formed in January 2012 when MLB representation firm Legacy Sports Group merged with The Agency. Another TLA partner who like Raskin was a founder of The Agency — broadcasting, athlete marketing and coaches agent Jordan Bazant — left last summer to join WME.

Staff writer Ben Fischer contributed to this story.