Talent Bureau is a full-service management company and agency founded by industry duo Jeff Jacobson and Jeff Lohnes, who have a combined 30 years of experience working with talent. Their mission is to become the preeminent connectors of talent with opportunities in Canada, the United States and beyond.
Talent Bureau’s roots are in the events industry, booking speaking engagements and appearances, and in recent years, has expanded to include management, brand partnerships, and brokering deals in the podcast, television and literary spaces.
On the client-side, Talent Bureau prides itself on curating the best solutions for events, meeting planners and brands to engage their audiences whether on-stage or online.
From the talent perspective, many are looking for more than just agents to book them appearances. They want advice, guidance and ancillary services. We pride ourselves on helping our talent achieve their dreams, advance their careers and enhance their lives.
Jeff Jacobson has been in the entertainment business since 2007 when he embellished the resume of his young nightclub promotion company and convinced Al Gore to speak at his university.
Since then, he has organized and brokered hundreds of events around the world, working with the likes of General Colin Powell, Sir Richard Branson, Stacey Abrams and Georges St. Pierre. He really wants to book Larry David but he won’t answer his calls.
In addition to the event side, he helps lead Talent Bureau’s Brand Partnerships division, representing clients including Paul “Biznasty” Bissonnette (not a big deal), host of the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast. Jeff played an instrumental part in the creation of their Pink Whitney Vodka.
Jeff is a hyperactive consumer of media, particularly obsessed with American politics and rap music, and tries to refresh Twitter no more than every 5 minutes (seconds).
Jeff Lohnes got his start in the entertainment business running the most impressive high school dances in Southwestern Nova Scotia. They were fantastic. Fast forward a few years, he was coordinating a folk festival, moved on to book rock bands and host rap battles, and by 2005 booked his first speaker – a young(er) Justin Trudeau.
Over the past ten years, Jeff has split his time between working behind the scenes as an event organizer and marketer and pursuing his true passion as a talent agent. From politicians and city builders to famous athletes, actors and influencers, Jeff’s broad interests are at home in the fast and diverse world of speaker and talent representation.
Outside the office, Jeff is the Programming Chair of TEDxToronto; he’s an above-average cook, a Scrabble enthusiast and a very amateur, but very eager, hockey player.