WME Launches Wealth Management Company/WME Legends Brand – Pollstar News


– Phil Sandhaus
WME captions manager

WME recently announced the launch of WME Legends, a management company focused on property and brand management with the aim 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 spent over 35 years in the business as an artist manager, record label executive, estate manager and consultant. Sandhaus served as David Bowie’s creative director for music, film and theatre. 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 and anti-Vietnam War activist Eartha Kitt; and esteemed reggae musician and co-founder of The Wailers, 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 the existing list of WME estates 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 by WME as partners and co-managers of the Music Division’s hip-hop/R&B team, where they join fellow co-managers James Rubin and Kevin Shivers. Yim and Lucy Dickins, Co-Director of Music at WME, were recently honored as two of Pollstarit is Women of Live 2021.

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