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WME has launched WME Legends, a management company focused on estate and brand management for late entertainment artists.
The Hollywood agency’s new division will be run by music and entertainment industry veteran Phil Sandhaus, an estate manager and consultant for artists like Buddy Holly, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Whitney Houston.
As it launches, WME Legends has signed up the estates of Saturday Night Live and Taxi alum Andy Kaufman, Emmy winning singer, actress and civil rights activist Eartha Kitt, and The Wailers co-founder Peter Tosh.
The agency will manage the publication of unreleased novels, TV specials and performances by Kaufman, the groundbreaking comedian who died in 1984, while WME is developing a biopic, a stage musical and a possible documentary about Kitt, who broke the racial barrier by playing the first Black Catwoman in the 1960s ABC Batman TV series.
WME Legends and MegaSource Entertainment Group are in development on a limited series biopic, a feature film and a stage musical based around the life of reggae great Peter Tosh. WME Legends will also represent The CBGB Club, the legendary New York City club; and Ram Dass’ Love Serve Remember Foundation.
The new agency division expands WME’s existing roster of marquee estates for Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Donna Summer, August Wilson, Isaac Asimov, Edward Albee, Abe Burrows and Terrence McNally, among others.
The representation of the estate of Peter Tosh is in association with Brian Latture and the MegaSource Entertainment Group.
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