Live Nation’s executive vice-president and president of global talent and artist development David Zedeck is leaving the entertainment company to run United Talent Agency’s (UTA) music department.

After five years with Live Nation, UTA’s chief executive Jeremy Zimmer recruited Zedeck to take over the agency’s music department.

UTA’s roster of artists includes Guns ‘N’ Roses, Muse and Mariah Carey.

Zedeck (pictured right), who formerly worked at the US talent agency Creative Arts Agency (CAA), was contracted with Live Nation through to the end of 2017.

While working at CAA, Zedeck respresented a host of big names in the industry, such as Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Il Divo.

Billboard reports that Zedeck’s move to UTA has many agencies worried that the music veteran could pilfer their agents or artists off them

“Zedeck is a great agent hunter,” one source familiar with the hiring told Billboard.

UTA has been growing its agency over the last few years, with Zedeck as the latest high-profile hire.

In 2015, Zimmer purchased The Agency Group and hired two top Nashville agents last year, Greg Janese and Curt Motley from Paradigm Talent Agency, as well as 12-year CAA veteran David Kline in April.

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