CAA (the famous talent firm Creative Artists Agency www.caa.com) is heading into celebrity sports representation as you may know if you read deeply into the David Beckham story and news from USA TODAY on NFL drafts being repped by CAA also .
Top athletes follow celebs in picking A-list agentsUSA Today -
and in other media recently, by Joyce Schwarz, blogging at www.hollywood2020.blogs.com.
Personally, I did not get that far in the press release or the story, so I was glad when my colleague,Jordan McAuley, Founder at http://www.ContactAnyCelebrity.com commented on this development in his weekly ezine to his readers like me. Check out his story asking where have all the sports stars gone? http://www.contacthollywood.com/celebrity_addresses/2007/04/top_athletes_si.html
PS, Jordan's Celebrity Blackbook is invaluable....
Simon Fuller and Beckham? -- I'm sure you probably DID see that Simon was the one who brought Beckham to the table...amazing stuff huh...here's a blurb I found about Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment company that may be of interest:
About 19 Entertainment:19 Entertainment, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc. , was founded by Simon Fuller 21 years ago and acquired by CKX in March 2005. The company is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music-based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands."Simon Fuller, who serves as Chief Executive Officer of 19 Entertainment, is the creator of AMERICAN IDOL in the United States, "Pop Idol" in the UK, as well as versions of the IDOL format in more than 30 countries around the world. Fuller is also the co-creator of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, which aired in the U.S. on FOX during summer 2005 and was the top-rated television show in its time slot.Fuller has made music history in the UK and the U.S.A., producing a stream of No.1 hits and managing multi-platinum-selling acts. Fuller recently became the world's most successful manager - breaking a record set by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s - when three of his artists occupied the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions on the U.S. single chart as well as the No. 1 position on the album chart.19 Entertainment has been involved in the creation of 109 No. 1 singles and 87 No. 1 albums in the UK alone, with an impressive tally of 296 Top-40 albums and 465 Top-40 singles.