Great Aussie Promoters - 5th October 2003
Australian has produced, or is at least home to,
some of the greatest promoters of all time.
is it about Australia that is able to cultivate the great promoters?
firstly what is a promoter? One who promotes, of course.
this case we are talking about the greats in the entertainment, media and public
relations business. Ah, the lines continue to get blurred as the new wave of convergent
media hits us.
are these mysterious promoters?
starting from the top is the man they call "Harry M", Harry M. Miller
(The Harry M Miller Group). Then we have Max Markson (Markson Sparks!) Michael
Chugg (Michael Chugg Entertainment), Paul Dainty (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment),
Michael Gudinski (Frontier Touring Company) and Michael and Kevin Jacobsen (Jacobsen
Entertainment). Ok, we know that there are others that may feel left out, however,
this elite group has more than cemented their place in the history of Australian
promoting. The waves these guys cause show little sign of flattening out and their
positive influence in the world of entertainment continues. These movers "n"
shakers are indeed here for the long haul. As AC/DC said, "It's a long way
to the top", and these moguls won't be taking a fall any time soon, regardless
of what the rumour mongers may have you believe.
makes these promoters so great you ask?
factors. We could speculate indefinitely. Let's take a look at who they are.
M. Miller - personality management, media management and marketing. His clients
have included Deborah Hutton, the Rolling Stones, Judy Garland and a cast of Reality
TV personalities and deals.
Markson - personality management, specialising in the public speaking circuit.
Speakers Markson has managed include Sebastian Coe, Nelson Mandela, Kieran Perkins,
Maggie Tabberer and Bill Clinton. Markson knows how to sell a story. We can't
forget the Natasha Ryan tale he sold to Nine's 60 Minutes for a reported $200,000
plus. Markson is said to have his fingers in the Big Brother pie also.
Chugg - Tina Arena, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Dixie Chicks and more.
Edgley - tour management. The Moscow Circus, AIDA, Disney's Beauty & The Beast
Gudinski - founder of Mushroom Records. Promoted Split Enz, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy
Barnes and more.
Mostyn - publicist queen. ABBA and more.
Dainty - tour management. World Wrestling Entertainment, ABBA, Michael Jackson,
Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner, Harry Connick Jnr and more.
& Kevin Jacobsen - tour management. Col Joye and the Joy Boys, Michael Jackson,
The Bee Gees, KISS, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Marley, The Three Tenors, Barbra
Streisand, Shout! - the Musical, Elton John, Fame - the Musical and Bruce Springsteen
The very author of this article is tempted to include his own company, Media Man
Australia, but will hold back at this point!
of the above know how to promote not only their talent, but also themselves. They
have a nose for what the public will likely respond to.
stakes are high in this promoting and public relations game, where one scoop can
net hundreds of thousands and conversely a slip up could cost the ranch.
big, what's in, what's out, what's hot or cold
vibe on the street; these are all things to consider in this deadly game of promotion
and P.R. Little wonder some of these operations contain their own crisis management
division, for when things turn sour.
time you ponder how much of your hard earned cash you have forked out to see your
favourite performer, spare a thought for the promoter who helped make it a reality,
by laying it all on the line, to get your favourite gig to town.
may say these promoters are little more than master manipulators, but those in
the know, will tell you that they are smart operators who know all the tricks
of trade; and that only years of trial and error, enormous risk and incredible
judgement can produce the right outcome for their clients and the public.
the logistics involved in promoting a rock band, and making sure they are at the
right place, at the right time, for the right money, and ensuring the right insurance
measures have been taken into consideration! Time has shown that these entertainment
types sure know how to whip up a frenzy in a hotel room. Talk about a recipe for
dealing with the egos of some of the top line performers is enough to make the
average man cringe.
wasn't many decades ago that elite international performers baulked at the idea
of taking the arduous 23-hour flight from the U.S to grace our shores. As recently
as last year, once of the greatest showman of all time, Hulk Hogan, pulled out
of the Australian WWE tour, citing a bad back. Even Vince McMahon, American master
promoter and wrestling puppeteer, apparently couldn't convince the "Hulkster"
to take the trip. The storyline was that one of his opponents put his back out,
but intelligent Australian fans saw through the facade. Perhaps there wasn't sufficient
influence by Australian promoters and P.R. men, to make the "Hulk" deal
true, professional wrestling aka "sports entertainment", is in a phylum
of its own; however the principles are consistent across the entertainment spectrum.
promoters deserve every cent they earn. Sure, they do it for themselves of course,
but they do it for you too.
hard not to typify Australian promoters as some of the best in the world.
our geographic remoteness has necessitated that our entertainment entrepreneurs
have extraordinary insight and acute judgement for what "will fly" in
the land "down under".
Aussies all the way.
M. Miller Group
Frontier Touring Company
Cricket & Sports Ground Trust
World: Panthers Entertainment Group
Media Man Australia interviews:
Markson - 2nd July 2003
Jacobsen A.O.M - 28th August 2003
Tripp - 14th October 2003
Mulray - 18th June 2003
Hruby - 29th July 2003
Bardot - 21st March 2003
Kruger - 12th July 2003
Rackman - 25th May 2003
Hurst - 15th September 2003
Buckland - 7th October 2003
Wiz - 28th August 2003
Herbstreit - 3rd December 2003
Lawrence - 4th January 2004
Fenech - 8th January 2004
"TNT" Bounds - 15th January 2004
Media Man Australia Entertainment News:
Man Australia: Entertainment News
Media Man Australia articles:
Great Yankee Promoters
Man They Call Harry M
Promoters Down Under
World events hit promotions industry
Many leading promoters have publicly
acknowledged that the past year has been one of the toughest for the Australian
entertainment and promotions industry. After the Bali bombing, Australians became
concerned that they were now targets of possible terrorist attacks and audience
numbers at major events dwindled. This situation was further exacerbated by the
SARS epidemic, which caused health fears around the world, and the commencement
of the Iraqi conflict a few months later took its toll on box office revenues.
example, JEL (Jacobsen Entertainment Limited), Australia's only ASX-listed entertainment
and promotions company, believes that the past year's difficulties were unprecedented
in the Jacobsens' long history of presenting attraction with JEL losing $8.5 million
on two world-class shows - the Bruce Springsteen tour and the Witches of Eastwick
- within a short period of time. As a precautionary measure, the JEL board has
appointed administrators KordaMentha to assist the company to work through the
current period, while protecting the company's value as restructuring options
the Jacobsen family are determined that JEL, in which they own 78 per cent, will
continue to operate and believe the strengthening outlook for the promotions industry
will work in their favour.
Environment looking brighter
the severity and length of the recent downturn, the entertainment industry is
cyclical. People want to be entertained. Most promoters are optimistic about the
long-term outlook and are already seeing signs of a pick-up in shows and attendances.
*public thank you to those in the entertainment and media business that made the
article and interviews possible. Greg Tingle
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Entertainment Fights Back (article full credit
to Julius Media) 29th October 2003
entertainment promotion firm Jacobsen Entertainment Limited hope to be out of
administration soon, and expect to announce a restructure on November 21. Director
Michael Jacobsen told CX Web that the firm is working hard on new shows for 2004,
after founder Kevin Jacobsen returned from a round world trip to shore up support.
firm has traded for almost 40 years as a family company, before floating slightly
more than a year ago. No one could have foreseen what happened, Michael
asserts, detailing the difficult trading conditions that lead to a voluntary administrator
15 people prior to becoming a public company, JEL didnt undergo massive
expansion, according to Michael. We had to corporatise, to appoint a CEO
and a CFO. Now some staff have been stood down, but the firm is trading,
with two tours under way.
strengthening of the Australian dollar has assisted, and trading conditions now
are more suitable but it still costs about $3 million to stage an average
theatre production. The cost is relative, it costs 3 million US dollars
there, and 3 million pounds in the UK.
Jacobsen family loaned the public company an estimated $3 million in the months
leading up to the appointment of their administrator, who is able to quarantine
creditors and operate the firm with available resources.
message from the Jacobsen family is that they are on the case, and expect to be
back in business very soon.
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