The walls are all down with everything. Global socer icon Gareth Bale, who signed with Tottenham Hotspur last month, will be part of ICM's new sports agency. ICM Partners, a Hollywood talent agency representing the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, has agreed to buy London-based Stellar Group … I also spend a lot of my time digging into what athletes. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Welcome to the Stellar Group.. en. ICM is the smallest of the big four entertainment agencies, which also include WME, UTA and CAA. Silbermann started talking to Barnett and Manasseh roughly a year ago about a partnership that would give ICM a foothold in sports and give Stellar clients access to a full-service entertainment agency. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. “It’s a people business. WME-IMG parent Endeavor had its credit rating lowered in April from B to CCC+, indicating “substantial risk.” The company scuttled a planned initial public offering in October 2019. Stellar, which ranked fourth last year in Forbes’ annual look at the world’s most powerful sports agencies, represents more than 800 athletes—mostly in soccer but also in track and field, cricket, rugby and the NFL—and manages current contracts totaling almost $3 billion, according to ICM. CAA Sports acquired London-based Base Soccer Agency last year while Wasserman added a pair of agencies this year to its soccer roster in Spain-based Top Value and Key Sports Management in the U.K. Soccer representation is good business since commissions can reach 10% on playing contracts; they are capped in U.S. sports leagues, ranging from 3% in the NFL to 5% in MLB. Stellar aims for the stars with $3bn of footballer contracts after ICM takeover This year, the coronavirus caused massive layoffs at talent agencies as commissions dried up with live events and filming shuttered. By continuing to exceed expectations with a unique blend of sports and management expertise Stellar Group continues to earn its name. Thu 8 Oct 2020 10.00 EDT We’re not buying a bunch of patents on microchips,” says Silbermann. The 130 Stellar employees are all expected to join ICM. The track record speaks for itself. Stellar Group, which was founded in 1992 by Jonathan Barnett and David Manasseh, is best known for its work and influence in football; the agency has seven members of the current England squad – Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse. “We feel we can apply a lot of the expertise we employ with celebrities and talent to athletes now as well. All rights reserved. Jonathan and David [Manasseh] have built something amazing, and we’re going to take it to the next level.”. Stellar has the biggest scouting network in the world, with global networks and contacts at all levels of football helping to open doors at every stage of a client’s journey. de; es; fr; pt; nl; Contact Us With Stellar, it adds global soccer icon Gareth Bale and rising stars Saúl Ñíguez and Mason Mount to the mix. The NBA and NHL rates are both 4%. All of Stellar Group’s 130 employees will remain and continue to operate the agency, which represents more than 800 athletes under with contracts totaling around $3 billion. Stellar Group, the London-based sports agency that represents more than 800 athletes, including Gareth Bale, and whose contracts are worth close to $3bn (£2.32bn), has been taken over by the US entertainment agency giant ICM partners. Email: kbadenhausen@forbes.com. It’s all about ensuring that clients can concentrate on being the very best they can be while enjoying all the rewards their talent and hard work deserve. I joined Forbes in 1998 after working 3 years at Financial World magazine. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. If we didn’t know they were going to continue with the business, then that would have been a different calculus on how we approached this.”, I am a senior editor at Forbes and focused mainly on the business of sports and our annual franchise valuations. But the job cuts have been deeper at ICM’s larger rivals. “Athletes are brands with global appeal across numerous off-the-field revenue streams, which ICM will help us cultivate and exploit,” Barnett said. ICM handles off-field work for several athletes like New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, but its purchase of Stellar is its first major move into athlete representation, tying it to Jonathan Barnett, Stellar’s cofounder, whom Forbes rated as the industry’s most powerful agent. The deal follows the take over of Base Soccer by Creative Artists Agency – the US entertainment and sports company – in July of last year.

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