Chris Nathaniel

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Chris Nathaniel (born 9 March 1982) is a sports agent and talent manager representing footballers, music artists, actors and models. He founded NVA Entertainment Group in 2005 with his partner Paul Boadi.

He is a former Choice FM DJ and UK promoter for global acts such as P Diddy, Usher and Lil Wayne.[1]

Chris Nathaniel represents television and sport personalities such as Katie Price, Ashley Walters, Paul Ince, and his son Thomas Ince.[2] Kelly Rowland,[3] Usain Bolt[4] and Samuel Eto'o.[5]

In 2006 Chris Nathaniel acted as an adviser to the Football Association on the official England World Cup Song – “World at Your Feet” by Embrace. Chris Nathaniel brokered the deal between Jamaica and England in the negotiation of the last friendly game ahead of the 2006 World Cup. This tournament was Jamaica’s biggest grossing game apart from their World Cup appearance. Chris Nathaniel is notably associated with the first attempt of an African conglomerate to bid for an English Premiership football club, Newcastle United.[6]

In 2007 the NVA Entertainment Group sister company, 2NV Records, released the single "Heartbroken" by T2 featuring Jodie Aysha. The track sold over 300,000 copies and reached No.2 in the UK Charts.

Chris Nathaniel acted as Chief Executive of NVA Entertainment Group - as part of NVA Holdings. In 2007 the NVA Entertainment Group sister company, 2NV Records, released the single "Heartbroken" by T2 featuring Jodie Aysha. The track sold over 300,000 copies and reached No.2 in the UK Charts.[7]

NVA Entertainment's portfolio expanded to include sports management. Chris Nathaniel’s first major sports contract was securing a commercial deal for Chelsea F.C. and England defender John Terry.[8] He worked similarly with Rio Ferdinand, who later became Nathaniel's business partner.[9] Chris Nathaniel created the TV series “Rio’s World Cup wind up’s presented by Rio Ferdinand which was commissioned by ITV and featured high-profile football figures such as David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and Ashley Cole.[10]

The pair met with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to discuss youth issues during their tenures as Prime Minister. This led to the government backing of the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation, which the pair co-founded in 2009. The charity aims to inspire young people to education and employment pathways, as well as providing role models and mentors[11]

In 2009, Nathaniel worked as an executive producer on the movie Dead Man Running starring 50 Cent. Nathaniel worked to ensure that long term unemployed people would be given roles on the film set as part of the production deal. [1] Later on in the year, NVA Management worked with Aston Villa footballer Curtis Davies organising a Christmas Party at the Town Hall in Birmingham for underprivileged children.

Chris Nathaniel negotiated a multimillion-pound contract between Jay-Z, Chelsea F.C. and England footballer Ashley Cole. They worked together to open the US rapper’s 40/40 restaurant/bar franchise in London and other entertainment related projects with emphasis on supporting young talent. Nathaniel was voted one of the top 30 most influential black people in Britain by The Voice. He won this title consecutively from 2009 to 2011, and in 2010 broke into The Times Sport Power 100 list.[12]

Later In 2009, as chief executive Chris Nathaniel was involved with NVA Entertainment Group’s representation of Brazilian footballer Robinho [13] during the frenzy of media interest that surrounded the footballer after being arrested in Manchester on suspicion of rape.[14] On 7 April 2009 West Yorkshire Police announced he would not face any charges and has since been fully cleared of any allegations.[15]

In September 2010, NVA Entertainment expanded its operations to Ghana, focusing on identifying and developing young talent in sport, music and entertainment by securing representation of defender Daniel Opare, who played for the Ghana national team. [16]

In 2010, Nathaniel was instructed by Mumbai entrepreneur Saurin Shah to lodge a £25 million takeover bid for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.[17]

2015 saw the most expensive African footballer Wilfried Bony[18] and boxing champion Adrien Broner[19] added to Chris Nathaniel’s roster of clients.


  1. ^ Ronay, Barney (27 May 2009). "The rise of Rio Ferdinand". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle eyeing January swoop for Blackpool's Thomas Ince". London: The Mirror. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kelly Rowland's got the Next factor". London: Daily Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Kessel, Anna (23 July 2009). "Usain Bolt sets sights on sprinting to top of rich list". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bolt Pens £2-m book deal". Jamaica Observer. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "The rest of the football news". The Sun. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Producer T2's footie match-up". The Sun. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Castles, Duncan (12 July 2009). "Chelsea want John Terry to put up or shut up". London: Times Online. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Ronay, Barney (9 May 2009). "The Rise of RIo". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Kelso, Paul (18 May 2006). "Rio plays for laughs on TV". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  11. ^ McGrath, Mike (9 October 2009). "Ferdinand plans showbiz charity bash". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Times Sport Power 100: How we rated our figures of authority". London: The Times. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Custis, Shaun (10 November 2009). "Robinho's £6million loan". The Sun. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  14. ^ Smyth, Chris (28 January 2009). "Robinho arrested over rape allegation". ListOwn. London. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face any charges". ListOwn. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
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  17. ^ "Indian businessman targets £25m Blackburn takeover". The Mirror. 3 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Wilfried Bony wants to play in the Champions League - and he's prepared to leave Swansea to do so". The Mirror. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Chris Nathaniel Is Back In Business". The Voice. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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