Chris Nathaniel

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Chris Nathaniel is a music promoter, sports agent and former DJ. He founded NVA Entertainment Group in 2005 with his partner Paul Boadi.


Nathaniel has promoted the UK shows of global acts such as P Diddy and Usher.[1]

Nathaniel has met with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during their tenures as Prime Minister of the UK Government to discuss youth issues, along with Rio Ferdinand.[2]

Nathaniel's music activities include the 2NV Records release of the Number 2 national chart smash single "Heartbroken", which sold over 300,000 copies.[3]

In November 2010, Nathaniel was appointed by an anonymous rap mogul to find footballers to partner in a new entertainment venture and approached Manchester City players Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott as the potential prospects.[4]

Nathaniel also evolved NVA's portfolio to include sports management. His first major deal was to secure a seven figure book deal for Chelsea and England defender John Terry.[5] He then negotiated another large deal for his Manchester United centre back and England Captain Rio Ferdinand, who has become Nathaniel's business partner as well as a client.[1] NVA has been credited for developing and evolving Rio's personal brand to include more than football; expanding into entertainment and education through connecting him with the right places and people.[6] Nathaniel also created the TV series 'Rio's World Cup Windups' for Ferdinand, which was commissioned by ITV.[7] In December 2009, Chris worked with Rio to cofound the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation, which has received backing from the UK Government and industry.[8]

World Record holding sprinter Usain Bolt, for whom Nathaniel negotiated a seven figure book deal,[9] was briefly another NVA Management client.[10]

Chris was executive producer alongside Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole on the 50 Cents movie Dead Man Running – which was released in 2009. Nathaniel raised funds for the movie and part of the deal he did was that 10 long term unemployed people would be given employment on the film set. He has also raised funds for numerous other film, sport, leisure, property and entertainment projects. [1]

Nathaniel brokered a multi-million pound deal between Jay-Z and Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole to bring a branch of the US rapper's 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise to London with a planned opening in 2014.[citation needed]

Nathaniel also negotiated deals for footballer Thomas Ince, the son of Paul Ince,[citation needed] and the teenage footballer Victor Andrade.[citation needed]

As chief executive of the Canary Wharf-based NVA Entertainment Group Nathaniel was voted one of the top 30 most influential black people in Britain by The Voice and in 2010 broke into The Times Sport Power 100 list.[citation needed]

Brazilian Robinho was briefly a client of NVA Entertainment.[11] On 28 January 2009, Robinho was arrested in Manchester after a disputed allegation of rape. In the subsequent frenzy of media interest, he was represented by Nathaniel, who handed relations with the press during the crisis.[12] On 7 April 2009 West Yorkshire Police announced he would not face any charges at all and has been fully cleared of any allegations.[13]

NVA represents the Aston Villa footballer Curtis Davies. Curtis began his charitable work in December 2009 in Birmingham with a Christmas Party for underprivileged children at the Town Hall, organised by NVA Management.[14]

In September 2010, NVA announced its intention to expand its operations in Ghana by securing representation of defender Daniel Opare, who played for the Ghana national under-20 football team. NVA sees this as a springboard to identify and develop young talent from Ghana in sport, music and entertainment.[15]

In 2006 Nathaniel advised the FA on the creation of the official England World Cup Song and also negotiated England's last friendly before the 2006 World Cup against Jamaica.[7] He was also associated with the first attempt of an African consortium to bid for an English Premiership Football Club, Newcastle United.[16] He also consults for various football players and consortiums that are seeking to acquire football clubs.[17] and has been approached to help create a new Indian football league based on the model of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2010, Nathaniel was instructed by Mumbai entrepreneur Saurin Shah to lodge a £25 million takeover bid for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers[18]

In June 2012, Nathaniel, along with Paul Boadi and seven other men, was charged with the murder of an 18-year-old London man in December of the previous year.[19][20] In June 2013 Nathaniel, who had no previous convictions and always maintained his innocence, was unanimously acquitted at the Old Bailey on all counts of murder, manslaughter and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to commit assault occasioning actual bodily harm.[21]


  1. ^ a b Ronay, Barney (27 May 2009). "The rise of Rio Ferdinand". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Ferdinand, Rio (1 February 2009). "Prime Minister's questions". London: The Observer. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Producer T2's footie match-up". The Sun. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Man City are climbing the rap league". The Sun. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Castles, Duncan (12 July 2009). "Chelsea want John Terry to put up or shut up". London: Times Online. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Ronay, Barney (9 May 2009). "The Rise of RIo". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Kelso, Paul (18 May 2006). "Rio plays for laughs on TV". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  8. ^ McGrath, Mike (9 October 2009). "Ferdinand plans showbiz charity bash". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bolt Pens £2-m book deal". Jamaica Observer. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Kessel, Anna (23 July 2009). "Usain Bolt sets sights on sprinting to top of rich list". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Custis, Shaun (10 November 2009). "Robinho's £6million loan". The Sun. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Smyth, Chris (28 January 2009). "Robinho arrested over rape allegation". ListOwn (London). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face any charges". ListOwn. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Nursey, James (23 December 2009). "Aston Villa star Curtis Davies sets his sights on a memorable New Year double". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
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  16. ^ "Nigerians hopeful of Magpies deal". Sky Sports. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "The rest of the football news". The Sun. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "Indian magnate lines up £25m takeover of Blackburn". The TImes. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  19. ^ Peachey, Paul (22 June 2012). "Agent Chris Nathaniel charged with murder of teen Danny O'Shea". The Independent. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  20. ^ BBC News (6 February 2013). "Danny O'Shea 'murdered' in Canning Town 'over stolen phone'". Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  21. ^ BBC News (13 June 2013). "Sports agent cleared over Blackberry phone murder". Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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