LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Paradigm will further broaden its base of artist representation with the acquisition of Monterey Peninsula Artists, it was announced today by Sam Gores, President and CEO. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041101/LAM130 ) Monterey Peninsula Artists is a leader in the world of music talent booking, winning Pollstar Magazine's Agency of the Year Award 9 times in the past 15 years. Monterey represents a diverse roster of artists including Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Steve Miller Band, Trey Anastasio/Phish, Toby Keith, The Dead, Gov't Mule, Chris Isaak, kd lang, Live, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, moe., O.A.R., Medeski Martin & Wood, Tracy Chapman, The Doobie Brothers and Wyclef Jean, among others. Sam Gores, President and CEO of Paradigm states, "Monterey Peninsula Artists is a 'Tiffany' agency, and like Paradigm, they represent unsurpassed talent on every level. Continues Gores, "Our primary goal has always been to grow our business and make a meaningful difference in our clients' careers, without getting so big that we risk losing focus." With the acquisition, Paradigm and Monterey will be able to offer a new synergy to their clients, consistent with a mandate of fostering creative development. The acquisition will provide crossover opportunities for musical artists achieving success in the worlds of film, television and stage. Monterey Peninsula Artists was founded nearly three decades ago by Dan Weiner and Fred Bohlander, whose impeccable reputations have helped them to build an extraordinary, yet distinctive business by providing a certain caliber of attention to detail and representation that Monterey Peninsula Artists has become known for, and furthermore have remained impressively independent in the midst of other industry giants. In a joint comment from Weiner and Bohlander, "After years of receiving offers from the other major agencies, it is no surprise that this is the first time we became very serious about the unique opportunity to join forces with a company like Paradigm and a leader like Sam Gores, who shares the same focus, dedication to artists and approach to business that we have at Monterey -- simply stated, we all strive to represent the best, and put the artist and their careers first. It's a great fit." With offices in Monterey, Calif., Nashville and New York, Weiner, Bohlander and the entire Monterey Peninsula team will continue to work in the same capacity, and now operate as a division of Paradigm. This includes long time luminary agents Jonathan Levine and Chip Hooper. Hooper, who received Pollstar's Concert Industry Award for Agent of the Year three times, including 2002, will take on increased responsibility at Monterey. At a time when other major agencies are cutting back, Paradigm's acquisition of Monterey comes on the heels of several key strategic moves to expand the agency's base of agents and artist representation over the past year. Beginning with setting up shop in the world-renowned former MCA Headquarters in Beverly Hills, Gores also, in recent months, snapped up boutique literary agency, Genesis, making Paradigm's literary Department one of the most formidable in the industry, repping such high-profile projects as 24, RESCUE ME and television's new critically acclaimed smash hit, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, as well as this week-end's box-office success, SAW. Over the past year, Gores has consistently focused on bulking up all areas of the agency, including the acquisition of Writers & Artists Agency, and the addition of several key executive agents, who have moved from the other major agencies to join Paradigm. Motivated by a philosophy that puts artists first and demands focus on core agency business, Paradigm boasts talent and literary agents in Los Angeles and New York which provide comprehensive representation in motion pictures, television, commercials and legit theater, among the company's various divisions are Talent and Literary (operating in all areas of film and television), Legit Theater, Commercial, Voiceover and Below the Line.