*New agency acquisition announcement*
The Entertainment Department Ltd (ted) has today, 9th April 2019, announced plans to acquire LaytonDings Entertainments Ltd (LDE) over a phased period of time.
LDE is a growing agency, led by Marc Layton, who already has a working relationship with ted. The two agency businesses have traded for many years and the new partnership will create greater market synergies. Marc Layton will continue to act as Managing Director of LDE whilst also taking on the role of head of tedtalent in May at the ted headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Robin Breese-Davies, ted CEO, said: “Today marks an exciting time for the agency side of our business, tedtalent, and for the company overall. We are delighted to share the news that ted has announced plans to acquire LDE and I look forward to welcoming Marc into the ted family. We continue to press the boundaries of our business with the ultimate goal of exceeding client, venue and artistes needs and expectations.”
LDE is an up and coming agency with a growing market share, whilst tedtalent is one of the leading entertainment agencies in the UK, servicing a wide range of clients.
Marc Layton, Managing Director LDE, added: “This news is an exciting development for our agency. We have our own independent client base and industry leading portfolio of direct artiste access and look forward to developing this further with ted.”
This milestone acquisition is testimony to the forward-thinking approach ted has adopted in the entertainment industry, displaying a dynamic aptitude for new market opportunities.
In 2016, ted set up a separate business, Represented Talent (RT), which is a dedicated artiste management company to provide premium leading talent specifically to cruise, theatre and television. Represented Talent has since flourished and will continue to operate in the premium sector.
This latest acquisition news marks an important fusion of three agency businesses, tedtalent, LDE and RT. Each will continue to trade separately, however together they offer a range of creative and live entertainment product solutions for the industry as a whole.
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ted is a Milton Keynes based company servicing major clients such as TUI Group, Bourne Leisure, Away Resorts & Marella Cruises. It launched a separate talent management company, Represented Talent in 2016 based in central London.
tedtalent is one of the leading entertainment agencies in the UK, operated by a team with over 20 years of experience; offering a wide selection of handpicked comedians through to tribute acts, acoustic musicians, live bands and specialty performers. tedtalent are the sole suppliers of visiting artists for a selection of TUI SENSATORI Resorts, First Choice Holiday Villages, Marella Explorer cruise ships and Away Resorts as well as supplying Celebrity talent for bespoke events.
About LaytonDings Entertainments
LaytonDings Entertainments is one of the key entertainment, consultancy and event booking agencies in the UK, working with a wide range of clients across leisure, cruising, corporate and private sectors.