Bicknell Exits William Morris

U.K. manager Ed Bicknell has exited the William Morris Agency, where he was tasked with setting up a U.K. office for the company, and has returned to civilian life.

Bicknell was recruited by longtime friend and WMA global music chief Peter Grosslight and the split is amicable. Bicknell is proclaiming mission accomplished and is moving on.

"Peter and I have accomplished what we set out to do – to set up a first-class international U.K.-based music operation for WMA," Bicknell said in a statement. "I am really pleased to have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most creative and passionate people in the business."

Bicknell brought seven agents into the U.K. office, integrating them with William Morris’ international team based in Los Angeles. Staffing includes Tony Goldring, David Levy, Solomon Parker and Russell Warby.

"As we had hoped when we agreed to work together, Ed has done an incredible job in setting up the WMA’s expanded U.K. music operation," Grosslight said. "Ed and I have been close friends for over 25 years, and while I will miss having him here at WMA, I know that we will continue to work together in some fashion in whatever he chooses to be his next adventure."