The launch of a US literary agency aims to replicate the ambitions of YMU’s UK books division, which was launched by Amanda Harris, global managing director for literature, and has grown exponentially over the past two years. Reporting to Harris, Fox will recruit new clients to its division and represent YMU’s North American roster interests.
YMU has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, as well as London and Manchester in the UK. The company has clients in music, sports, publishing, entertainment and arts, and social, among others. Global clients include Steve Aoki, The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, Pentatonix, Amelia Dimoldenberg, Francis Bourgeois, Graham Norton and Tyler Adams.
Aram joins YMU from Aram Fox Literary Scouting, an agency he started at age 26 that has grown to represent international publishers and American film companies, including HarperCollins UK, Disney Channel, Happy Madison Productions and the key brands of Bonnier Media Deutschland and Vivendi/Editis. , among others.
As founder and chairman, Fox guided company clients to acquire writers such as Brit Bennett, Susan Cain, Emma Cline, Harlan Coben, Anthony Doerr, Glennon Doyle, Angela Duckworth, Lena Dunham, Billie Eilish, Gillian Flynn, Hannah Gadsby, Bill Gates, Malcolm Gladwell and Dave Grohl.
Aram will be based in New York.
“The opportunity to start something, build something, and join something all at the same time is a dream scenario. And from my first conversations with Amanda and Mary Bekhait, it’s been a harmonious meeting of minds,” said Fox.
“YMU and I are passionate about supporting a diverse and creative community of writers and creators, ambitious about forging new pathways between writers and readers, serious about engaging with the complexities of the entertainment landscape and obsessed with bringing a tailored approach to representing our clients. . I am thrilled to join Amanda’s team, launch the U.S. literary agency YMU, and work closely with my new colleagues from the groups of music, entertainment, sports, social, artistic and business management.
The American literary enterprise represents YMU’s commitment to continue growing and investing in the American market and replicating its operations in the UK, just as many American agencies are beginning to cross the pond themselves. UTA has bought the artistic and literary agency Curtis Brown in June as part of a major agreement.
Mary Bekhait, YMU Group CEO, said, “Aram’s appointment in the US further demonstrates our continued commitment to building a best-in-class integrated management business in North America. I am delighted that we were able to attract someone of his caliber and I look forward to seeing YMU Literary soar further with this nomination. Amanda and Aram are a compelling, dynamic and ambitious leadership team that puts our customers at the heart of everything they do – the sky is the limit.
Harris added: “[Aram’s] its reputation for identifying global bestsellers is legendary, as is its in-depth knowledge of the US and global markets. Aram’s expert knowledge coupled with YMU’s client-focused values make our representation offering a compelling one, and our London and New York offices will provide clients with a unified principal agent experience. I am delighted to work with Aram to extend YMU’s best-selling reputation beyond the UK, helping our UK-based literary clients, as well as our global talent clients, develop their literary careers in the United States. United and discover new authorial talent in genres ranging from high-caliber fiction to pop culture and thrillers, from deeply researched history and politics to explainers that make sense of the world in which we live. live right now.
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