CAA Promotes Emma Banks, Darryl Eaton & Rick Roskin To Co-Heads Of Global Touring; Rob Light Elevated To Managing Director

L-R: Darryl Eaton, Emma Banks and Rick Roskin (Photo courtesy of CAA)

Agents Emma Banks, Darryl Eaton and Rick Roskin have been named Co-Heads of Global Touring, while Head of Global Touring and Partner Rob Light is elevated to CAA Managing Director, the company announced today (June 6).

The trio of co-heads will oversee the department’s continued global growth and its more than 340 employees across music, comedy and podcast touring, brand partnerships, tour marketing, private events, and crossover opportunities in film, television and books, according to CAA. 

Banks, Eaton and Roskin, all long-time senior members of the leadership team who have helped drive CAA’s unprecedented run as a leading music and comedy touring agency, will build upon CAA veteran Light’s more than 25 years as Head of Global Touring. Light was recently named a CAA Managing Director, working alongside other company leaders in guiding the agency’s overall strategic direction. 

CAA Managing Director Rob Light

“With the most talented team of agents ever at one agency, and serving the most influential artists in the world, we see unlimited opportunities ahead,” stated  Roskin, Eaton and Banks.  “The live business has never been stronger nor had more momentum, and artists have never had more ways to express themselves and grow their careers, making this an absolutely incredible time to help chart CAA’s path for the future. 

“We’re fortunate to have shared in the success, stability and uniquely strong culture that the department has enjoyed under Rob’s outstanding leadership. Our vision, and commitment moving forward, is to foster cutting-edge ideas that drive the market and ensure  that CAA remains the most exciting and empowering agency for the industry’s best agents and artists to thrive.” 

With employees in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, New York, Austin, Miami, and Toronto, CAA’s Global Touring department boasts a roster of the  world’s most successful artists, across genres and geographies, from superstar headliners to emerging acts. Among many others, CAA’s touring clients include The Weeknd, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, John Mayer, Rüfüs Du Sol, Jelly Roll, Kelly Clarkson, Blink-182, Kelsea Ballerini, Peso Pluma, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Trevor Noah, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and David Guetta. In the past year, CAA has booked more than 38,000 shows.

CAA’s post-pandemic momentum has been highlighted by the hiring of top agents and welcoming many new clients, including Shawn Mendes, My Chemical Romance, Janet Jackson, Cody Johnson, Koe Wetzel, the 1975, and Bleachers, among many others. 

A trailblazer of the business, Banks co-led the agency’s now 60-person London music office since joining CAA in 2006. She was named a Pollstar Impact International honoree in 2021.

See: COVER STORY: Emma Banks, Impact International 2021

In addition to her new leadership position in Touring, she serves on CAA’s internal Agency Board that focuses on the company’s highly regarded culture of service, collaboration, and excellence. She was the first female executive to receive the music industry’s coveted MITS (Music Industry Trust) Award in 2018, was honored with the prestigious Strat award in 2023 for outstanding contributions to the music business, and serves on the board of Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s premier music therapy charity. 

Eaton and Roskin became Co-Heads of Contemporary Music for North America in 2015, running the day-to-day operations of the North American Touring Department and supporting more than 100 agents and 280 employees. 

Eaton, who joined CAA’s mailroom in 1991, has played a pivotal role in the department’s expansion, leading its efforts to launch and grow its Electronic, Latin, and Hip-Hop/R&B divisions.

Roskin began his career at CAA and has worked in the Touring department for 35 years. He was an original member of CAA’s internal Agency Board, formed in 2020, and was part of the company’s leadership group that completed the successful integration of talent agency ICM.

Eaton and Roskin have not only focused their efforts on signing a roster of superstar clients, but on the development and recruitment of leading agents. 

“CAA remains the dominant music and comedy touring agency thanks to a profoundly deep culture of collaboration, innovation, and unyielding devotion to clients,” Light said in a statement. “For years, Darryl, Rick and Emma have been extraordinary partners to me in leading our touring group in North America and London, respectively. I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved to date and look forward to what they will create in the years ahead.” 

The CAA announcement adds that Light as recently signed a long-term contract to remain at CAA, as have all the Managing Directors.

Light has been named to Pollstar’s Impact 50 list of honorees in 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

“Along with my new strategic responsibilities, I look forward to continuing to sign and empower great artists, creatively build long-term careers, and mentor young executives,” Light said.

“Rick, Darryl and Emma have long been among the most talented and widely admired leaders in the industry, not to mention three of the best agents in the world,” said CAA Co-Chairman and CEO Bryan Lourd. “The leadership role they each already play at CAA has earned them deep respect and trust among our colleagues across all departments.”