Talent management company YMU has launched a US Entertainment division, under the leadership of agent April Tombs.
The company currently holds offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, as well as London and Manchester in the UK.
YMU’s global clients include Steve Aoki, The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, Pentatonix, Common, Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Tyler Adams, Clint Dempsey, 3LAU and Slime Sunday.
YMU says the launch of its US Entertainment arm aims to “replicate the success and ambition” of its UK Entertainment division, with the 60+ UK team led by Global MD of YMU Entertainment, Holly Bott.
April Tombs joins YMU after a career at United Talent Agency, where she previously helped navigate partnerships for clients including Hilary Duff, Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, Jenna Dewan, and Brooke Shields.
As Managing Director, YMU Entertainment, US, Tombs will be joined at the YMU US offices by two additional appointments – former UTA agent Spencer Goldstein and agent Jared Greenwald from ICM.
Between them, Goldstein and Greenwald have worked with talent including Emily Ratajkowski, Cillian Murphy, Jessica Alba, Laverne Cox, Don Cheadle, Madelyn Cline, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Maitreyi Ramakrisham, Eric Andre and Christopher Walken.
The trio are expected to launch the US Entertainment division with “an impressive client list”, says YMU.
Taren Smith was also recently promoted to Senior Manager at the YMU US Music division, while in February, Anthony Rodol was promoted to Managing Director – US Music.
In February the company hired Brad Pophal to the position of Head of Web3 and NFT for YMU US Music.
“I am thrilled to join this amazing team.”
April Tombs, Managing Director, YMU Entertainment, US, said: “As the entertainment landscape continues to evolve, I’ve admired – and share – YMU’s client-first business approach executed through creativity and innovation.
“I am thrilled to join this amazing team and lead the expansion of the Entertainment division within the US.”
“The launch of a US Entertainment division is incredibly exciting.”
Mary Bekhait, YMU
Mary Bekhait, Group CEO, YMU, added: “The launch of a US Entertainment division is incredibly exciting and is the first in a number of investments the Group will be making as we further establish our reach in the US.
“In April we found an exceptional leader who will work closely with our Group Entertainment MD, Holly Bott, to deliver first class 360 client service.
“I am excited to build and replicate the success we have enjoyed in the UK within the US.”
“April’s appointment feels like an exciting, natural expansion to the YMU Entertainment division.”
Holly Bott, YMU
Holly Bott, Global MD, YMU Entertainment, said: “April’s appointment feels like an exciting, natural expansion to the YMU Entertainment division and furthers our commitment to delivering world-class, talent-first management.
“We have a unique opportunity in the US market with this outstanding number of appointments in April, Jared and Spencer, and I look forward to working with them to deliver an exceptional service and business offering for our elite YMU talent.”Music Business Worldwide