John Legend Manager Upped to Atom Factory Co-President

Troy Carter associates Ty Stiklorius, who manages Legend, K'Naan and Lindsey Stirling, and Julius “J” Erving see expanded duties.

Atom Factory Management, the entertainment, tech, and branding firm founded by Troy Carter, has named Julius “J” Erving and Ty Stiklorius co-presidents.

“J and I have a long history, dating back to 2000 when we co-founded Erving Wonder Management,” said Carter, the firm's CEO, in a statement. “He has proven to be an exceptional deal maker and music manager. Ty has been an incredible addition to the team.  Her strategic thinking and creativity has given the company and our clients a tremendous amount of added value.  I’m looking forward to having the two of them help grow and scale our management business.”

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Erving previously served as Sony Music Entertainment’s Vice President of Artist Relations and Brand Integration, and fostered partnerships with Reebok, AXE, GTV Vodka, PopWater, Songza, and Harper Collins.

“Troy and I both grew up in Philly and have been friends since early on in our careers,” Erving commented. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and what he has accomplished, and I am looking forward to adding value to the Atom Factory platform; whether it is in branding, technology, or management.”

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Stiklorius, who works out of the LA office, first partnered with Carter in 2012 and co-manages musicians John Legend, K’naan and Lindsey Stirling. She is also a partner with Legend and Mike Jackson in Get Lifted Film Co. Her work with Legend began with the formation of John Legend Ventures [JLV] in 2006, which focused on brand strategy, technology, business development, and philanthropic opportunities.  Previously, Stiklorius was a consultant in the Media and Entertainment practice at LEK Consulting in Los Angeles, and worked in business development and strategy at Ascent Media.

“Atom Factory provides an innovative and creative platform for artists to thrive in, Stikorius stated, “and I am pleased to partner with Troy and J to help lead the company in continuing to push the boundaries of what a forward-thinking artist management company can be.”