Bicknell is WMA's music man


WMA is making a major push to expand its international music operations with the appointment of prominent music manager Ed Bicknell as head of the agency's international music division and a number of other hires in its London office.

Bicknell, former manager of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Gerry Rafferty and the Blue Nile, will oversee an expanded group of music-focused agents that includes representatives newly recruited from top European talent and booking agencies, including David Levy from International Talent Booking; Adele Slater and Russell Warby from the Agency Group; Nick Cave, Steve Hogan and Solomon Parker from Concorde International Artists; and Diana Richardson from Sensible Events.

The new hires will work with existing WMA music agent Hamish Crombie and other agents in WMA's London office, overseen by managing director Caroline Michel.

Bicknell reports to WMA chief executive Jim Wiatt and Peter Grosslight, WMA's worldwide head of music.

Wiatt said the expansion "underscores our commitment to the importance of the international marketplace." Grosslight said the new hires will expand the scope of WMA's music operations in key international territories.

"WMA is now poised to provide an all-encompassing range of services to managers, artists and promoters around the globe," Grosslight said.

Bicknell said he had turned down job offers during the past few years but found that "the opportunity to work with great people, at a company I consider No. 1 in the world, was irresistible."