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The New Paradigm for Social Media: IMG Artists and Barrett Wissman

IMG Artists has been an innovator in the arts and entertainment business over the last decade. With Barrett Wissman at the helm as its Chairman, the Company has transformed itself from its roots as a traditional management and agency business. Wissman bought a controlling interest in IMG Artists from IMG, the global entertainment powerhouse that has most recently joined forces with WME. More..

Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming Reunite in Palm Springs for Inaugural Festival

The Palm Springs Life Festival kicked off with two legends in the desert on Sunday night. “We love opera plots.” So said Renee Fleming from the stage in the early moments of a joint concert with Placido Domingo and the L.A. More..

Barrett Wissman Explores Artistry, Business, and A-List Collaborations

According to Barrett Wissman, the digital age has created one problem that he is determined to solve. Our focus on all that is digital has pulled us away from the in-person experience. As Co-Chairman of IMG Artists, he has been behind the organization of some of the greatest musical experiences and collaborations. More..

The Prodigy Behind Napa’s Festival del Sole

Barrett Wissman is all about the perfect pairing. As the co-founder of Napa’s Festival del Sole, he brings world-class musicians and performers and juxtaposes them with world-class experiences with wine and food. At age 11, he paired up with major symphony orchestras as a piano virtuoso. At Yale he studied a pair of subjects, economics and political science, then collected a pair of advanced degrees in music. More..

The Man Who Launched the ‘Slow Entertainment’ Movement

Kate Fletcher coined the term ‘slow fashion’ to refer to solidly made, eternally stylish ethical clothing that would last throughout the seasons. And now Barrett Wissman brings us the concept of truly allowing ourselves to become absorbed in the arts via what could be called the ‘slow entertainment’ movement. More..

IMG Artists’ Chairman Barrett Wissman and President Alexander Shustorovich Announce the Successful Completion of the Ninth Napa Valley Festival del Sole

Spectacular Performances by the Sphinx Virtuosi and Sphinx Symphony Orchestra – A “Bella Italia!” Tribute to Sophia Loren with Special Guests Robert Redford, Whoopi Goldberg and Francis Ford Coppola – $1.38 million Raised in Support of Music Education Programs and Festival Association Napa Valley More..

IMG Artists Announce Appointment of Robert Cole as Interim Artistic & Executive Director of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

IMG Artists Confirms Further Financial Support to Ensure the Theater’s Future More..

Festival del Sole’s Ninth Season Announced

Ninth Season Hits High Note with Exclusive Star-Studded Performances, Anticipated Debuts, and More than 60 Unforgettable Cultural Adventures More..

Barrett Wissman & IMG Artists Announce Partnership with The Sphinx Organization

Festival Artistic Director Barrett Wissman announces Sphinx Symphony Orchestra residency at Napa Valley Festival del Sole: Partnership designed to further the pursuit of equality in the arts and access for all to the best in arts education. More..

Barrett Wissman – The Medici of the 21st Century

At a time when there is an outcry at how much fine arts and refined music has been neglected, and how the art industry has turned into a moneymaking machine riddled with the cheap tastes and easy profit seeking record labels, an entrepreneur and American impresario is changing the rules of the game. Barrett Wissman is not only a business visionary, but also a patron of the arts who could easily be described as the Medici of the 21st century. More..

IMG Artists Announces Official Achievement of Guinness World Record® For Largest Fireworks Display

New York, NY, 8 Jan, 2014 – IMG Artists, the global leader in the performing arts and lifestyle events management, announced today that the Company’s production of the “Largest Firework Display” has been officially verified as a Guinness World Record®. The rigorous confirmation process included a tour of all 400 firing locations. More..

Ring in 2014 with the World Record Fireworks Spectacular Live from Dubai on New Year’s Eve

The countdown has begun! Join Jerry, Simon and Rachel and blast into 2014 watching the World Record Fireworks attempt show live from Dubai on New Year’s Eve. More…

IMG Artists’ Co Chairmen Barrett Wissman and Alex Shustorovich Announce Ambitious Plan to Break the Official Guinness World Record® for the Largest Firework Display


IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China (

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG), a state-owned entertainment and exhibition agency directly overseen by the Ministry of Culture, to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. More…

Barrett Wissman and Alexander Shustorovich, Co-Chairmen of IMG Artists, Unveil New, Multi-Million Dollar Arts and Entertainment Powerhouse

Largest ever U.S.-China performing arts joint venture seeks to transform and expand access to China’s arts and entertainment industry More…

24 Hour Plays Announced for Festival del Sole

24-Hour Plays returns to Festival del Sole with an award-winning cast. This year’s film and television stars include Allison Janney, Calista Flockhart, Christopher Meloni, Alfre Woodard, Chazz and Gianna Palminteri, Jim O’Heir, Amy Povich, Kathy Garver, Tamara Tunie and Star Jones, as well as Hollywood Directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee (What Maisie Knew).  More…

Festival del Sole’s Eighth Season Announced

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (March 12, 2013) –Napa Valley Festival del Sole returns to the world stage to celebrate its eighth season, July 12-21. With more than 60 custom-curated programs and star-studded performances, this year’s 10-day festival features a compelling and diverse line-up of cultural, culinary, wine and wellness experiences that offer rare insider access to Napa Valley’s most remarkable and authentic settings. More…

Barrett Wissman and Placido Domingo Announce the Inaugural
Placido Domingo Festival 25th OCTOBER – 3rd NOVEMBER, 2012

24th September 2012 – Plácido Domingo and IMG Artists are delighted to announce the first edition of the Plácido Domingo Festival, taking place in Seville and Malaga from 25th October until 3rd November, 2012. More…

Festival del Sole radiates fun, funds

Catherine Bigelow – Published 03:29 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 (LINK)

Festival del Sole‘s summer season raised the stakes and cultural stamina required for revelers, who savor 11 full days of live music and dance paired with meticulous meals from the masters of Napa’s cuisine and viticultural scenes. More…

Tribeca Firenze to Screen Films 13 – 17 June @ Tuscan Sun Festival

31 May 2012 – The Tuscan Sun Festival and Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival for Robert De Niro funded by, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in lower Manhattan in 2002, announced today the list of world-class films to be featured as part of the film initiative, Tribeca Firenze. More…

Robert De Niro and Barrett Wissman bring us Tribeca Firenze

31 May 2012 – The Tuscan Sun Festival and Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival for Robert De Niro funded by, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in lower Manhattan in 2002, announced today the list of world-class films to be featured as part of the film initiative, Tribeca Firenze. More…

Since Barrett Wissman became involved with IMG Artists, the company has been expanding with new offices and festivals around the world.

Robin Newton reports…. THERE WAS A TIME NOT SO LONG ago when IMG, along with CAMI, dominated artist  management. The power they wielded gave them an unprecedented level of influence and control; and that was quickly turned into serious money. More…

The TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL Wins the Tuscan-American Award 2011- Festival Founders Barrett Wissman and Nina Kotova Accept Award

The TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL, produced by IMG Artists, won the Tuscan-American Award (TAA) for 2011 on September 22nd in Florence.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, the Festival was given the award in recognition of its contribution to increasing cultural exchange and friendly relationships between the people of Tuscany and the people of the United States of America. More…

Wine, wedding and song

NAPA, California (CNN) — If Barrett Wissman were in the ministry, his arts festivals would be sunny outposts on a fast-widening mission field. His Tuscan Sun Festival opens Saturday in Cortona, Italy. An all-new Singapore Sun Festival opens October 18.. More…

Barrett Wissman: Renaissance Man

PARVATHI NAYAR meets Barrett Wissman: chairman of arts management company IMG Artists, philanthropist, pianist and bon vivant ‘have always been interested in doing many different things at the same time.’ An unusual admission to make in these specialist times, when the age of the generalist, polymath or Renaissance man seems long gone. But Barrett Wissman – chairman of IMG Artists, also financier, philanthropist, classical pianist and bon vivant – is an unusual combination. More…