WME launches property management / branded company WME Legends

Phil Sandhaus head of WME Legends

WME recently announced the launch of WME Legends, a management company focused on property and brand management with the goal of “managing and developing the legacy of artists and brands for a new generation”.

WME Legends is led by music industry veteran Phil Sandhaus, who has spent over 35 years with the company as an Artist Manager, Label Director, Estate Manager and Consultant. Sandhaus was David Bowie’s Creative Director for Music, Film, and Theater. Other artists he has worked with include The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, The Beatles and Whitney Houston.

The launch of WME Legends includes the signing of the estates of performance artist, comedian, actor and musician Andy Kaufman; singer, actress, dancer, comedian, civil rights activist and anti-Vietnam War activist Eartha Kitt; and esteemed reggae musician and Wailers co-founder Peter Tosh, who was also an anti-apartheid, criminal justice and Pan-African activist. The company represents the CBGB club for brand management and also works with Ram Dass’ Love Serve Remember Foundation, which manages the intellectual property of the late spiritual teacher, psychologist and author.

An announcement notes that WME’s existing list of domains includes singer / songwriter Donna Summer; novelist / playwright / short story writer Agatha Christie; novelist, essayist, screenwriter and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald; playwrights August Wilson, Terrence McNally and Edward Albee; writer / teacher Isaac Asimov; and comedian / writer / director Abe Burrows.

Earlier this year, agents Caroline Yim and Zach Iser were hired at WME as partners and co-leads of the Music Division’s hip-hop / R & B team, where they join co-leads James Rubin and Kevin. Shivers. Yim and Lucy Dickins, co-head of music at WME, were recently honored as two of Poll star‘s Women of Live 2021.

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Cathy W. Howerton