Bicknell leaves WMA


NASHVILLE -- Ed Bicknell, head of international music at WMA, said Thursday that he's leaving the company to return to "civilian life."

Bicknell opened the agency's London office about a year and a half ago to complement the Los Angeles international operation. Seven agents were brought into the WMA London fold to focus on the overseas market, integrating with the Los Angeles-based international team.

WMA worldwide head of music Peter Grosslight said Bicknell did "an incredible job in setting up WMA's expanded U.K. music operation. Now that we are fully up and running, Ed has decided to move on."

Before joining WMA, Bicknell was a successful artist manager, with such clients as Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry and Gerry Rafferty.

Grosslight will continue to closely oversee the international music operation, working with senior music staffer Tony Goldring, David Levy, Solomon Parker and Russell Warby.

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