Hip-Hop Heavies Caroline Yim and Zach Iser Leave CAA for WME

Caroline Yim
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Caroline Yim

The veteran agents had joined CAA in March 2018 after a long run at ICM Partners.

Powerhouse agents Caroline Yim and Zach Iser are on the move again, leaving CAA after a nearly three-year run to join WME as partners and co-heads of hip-hop / R&B alongside James Rubin and Kevin Shivers.

The moves follow WME's hiring of music agent Aaron Tanenbaum from CAA earlier this month. Yim and Iser joined CAA in March 2018 after a long bidding war to land the two agents following their exit from ICM Partners. The two agents brought  SZAFutureAnderson .PaakDaniel CaesarRae SremmurdScHoolboy QJhené AikoKehlaniThe Internet and Willow Smith to CAA in 2018 -- a list of artists joining WME with Yim and Iser will be announced in the future.

“Caroline and Zach reflect the future of the music business, having already built an incredible roster of artists through their entrepreneurial approach to client representation,” reads a statement from Scott Clayton, Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer, co-heads of WME’s music division. “Their addition underscores our commitment to the hip-hop / R&B space, and their energy will serve as a tremendous benefit to both our colleagues and clients.”

“We are excited to bring our 25 plus years of combined experience to the innovative and forward-thinking music department at WME led by Scott, Lucy and Kirk," say Yim and Iser in a statement. “We are blessed to represent extraordinary, ground-breaking talent, and we look forward to working alongside their management teams to guide their multi-dimensional artistry to the highest levels utilizing the breadth of resources that WME has to offer. We are eager to continue to expand our business and build upon WME’s strength in the Hip-Hop/R&B space."

Yim began her career at MCA Records, before transitioning to ICM Partners. Yim has received numerous accolades for her achievements within the music industry and for the past four years has been an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters LA, starting off as a "Women in Entertainment" mentor before joining the board in 2018. In early 2020, Yim co-founded the Asian American Collective, a community organization that fosters growth, education and connection for current and future Asian American creatives.

Iser began his career as a talent manager and promoter in New York City before joining ICM Partners where he quickly became the youngest agent at the company. For each of the past 6 years, Iser has been featured on Billboard's "HipHop and R&B Power Players List.”

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Zach Iser