Co-heads of contemporary music for North America, Creative Artists Agency
Last Year's Rank: 9
BIEBER, BRUCE, TIM AND FAITH: Despite the turbulence caused by Justin Bieber cutting his tour short by 14 dates, CAA turned in a very strong 2017. Bieber still logged the No. 8 top-grossing tour of the year ($111.6 million); Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were No. 12 ($79 million); Ariana Grande was No. 13 ($71.1 million); and Bruce Springsteen's sold-out one-man show on Broadway continues to gross a reported $2.4 million a week. The agency also played a key role in producing England's One Love Manchester benefit, following a terrorist attack at Grande's concert there in May.
A GRANDE GESTURE: "Live is the most important part of the business right now," says Light, who's beginning his 20th year as head of CAA's music department. "It's the one direct connection between an artist and a fan." Nowhere was that more true than at One Love Manchester, he adds. "It was an event that galvanized the world through the power of music and the bravery of a brilliant 23-year-old artist."
MEMORABLE CONCERT: (Light) "Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line [in New York] on Aug. 15, 1975. My life changed. I have the ticket framed in my office. It reminds me of why I got into this business, and the power of live."