BEVERLY HILLS, CA (January 22, 2007) — The William Morris Agency (WMA), the world’s largest and most diversified talent and literary agency, is expanding its international music operation, Chief Executive Officer Jim Wiatt and Worldwide Head of Music Peter Grosslight announced today.
"I am delighted to announce a significant expansion of the William Morris Agency in London, which underscores our commitment to the importance of the
international marketplace and gives the agency global depth and breadth," said Wiatt.
Ed Bicknell – former manager of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Gerry Rafferty and The Blue Nile – will serve as Worldwide Head of WMA’s
International Music division. Bicknell will be joined by David Levy, from I.T.B.; as well as Adele Slater and Russell Warby, from The Agency Group; Nick Cave, Steve Hogan, and Solomon Parker from Concorde International Artists; Diana Richardson, from Sensible Events; and Hamish Crombie, who was already at
"Under the leadership of music industry veteran, Ed Bicknell, WMA is now poised to provide an all-encompassing range of services to managers, artists, and
promoters around the globe," said Grosslight. "London was the one major music center where we were not present; this new group will be fully integrated with our Los Angeles based international music agents — Brian Cohen, Tony Goldring, Rob Markus, and Akiko Rogers — as well as the music division as a whole," he continued.
"I did not think it was possible to top what I’ve already done and over the last few years, I’ve turned down many offers," said Bicknell, "but the opportunity to work with great people, at a company I consider number one in the world, was irresistible." he continued.
The new music agents will work alongside WMA’s existing literary and television agents in the agency’s London office, which is overseen by Managing Director Caroline Michel.
About the William Morris Agency
Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency is the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai. The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing and Corporate Consulting. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers