NON-EXEC DIRECTOR Business, Artists, Production, Videography
(The amount of info for this founder-member may seem gratuitous, but have a read and see how much of it is potentially relevant to you…)
Ian holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature & Theatre Studies from University of Toronto (Victoria University) an is the owner of Divergent Media. His company offers services in advising on all aspects of release and promotional strategy, digital and traditional marketing, content development (filmed, audio), written content creation and management, creative direction on projects of any scale, copy-writing (biographies, sleeve notes, press releases) and editing. Ian has also volunteered for the Department of Education’s Film Club initiative, bringing high-cinematic art into schools. Clients include CCS Rights Management, JLE Entertainment (Toronto), Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads, (US), and BMG UK.
Ian was the label manager for BMG UK. He was responsible for all aspects of release management including product development (content and packaging) and promotion (PR, sales copy and sales materials), print and digital marketing. Close collaboration included artists such as Slade, The Associates and many others, writers, fans and first-rate graphic designers to create and market best-in-class reissues. Winner: AIM Award 2016 'Special Catalogue Release of the Year'.
Manager, Union Square Music UK - All aspects of label & product management, wide variety of CD and CD/DVD releases from inception to marketplace, development of release concepts including compilations and box sets, management of external suppliers - packaging designers, liner note writers, PR firms and marketing agencies.
Consulting: Provided audio and filmed content creation and release management. Business development, relationship development and management, project management and copy-writing. Clients included CCS Rights Management (www.ccsrightsmanagement.com), abundant communications (www.abundant.co.uk), Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, and others.
Product Development, Delta Leisure Group - Creation and development of audio and digital releases of PD and non-PD music. Development and management of DVD releases of specialty titles.
Project Management, IG Enterprises - Clients and outlets have included; pdoink! publishing (Toronto): Sales copywriting for innovative children’s book publishing start-up; theraygun.co.uk, heyuguys.co.uk (London): Feature and review writer, interviewer; Universal Music Canada (Toronto): Liner note writer.
DVD/Blu-Ray Marketing Management, Peace Arch Entertainment - All aspects of DVD & Blu-ray marketing (trade and consumer) in the U.S. and Canada for a slate of live action titles (features and television series). Design direction and development for DVD & Blu-ray wraps and advertising. Provision of all necessary tools and information to sales teams to facilitate timely account presentations of PAHE releases. Presentation of newly scheduled titles to the Canadian and US teams.
Director of Sales & Marketing for Canada, Rounder Records Group - All aspects of sales & marketing of Rounder Records' music and DVD releases in Canada. Creation of all sales materials, marketing plans and marketing tools (print ads, TV and radio spots) for Canada in conjunction with Universal Music and senior management at Rounder Records HQ in Boston, MA. Liaison with Universal Music Canada's sales & marketing team at head office in Toronto and branch offices in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and other cities.
Director of Marketing DVD for USA, Palm Pictures - Responsible for all U.S. consumer marketing plans, budgets and marketing activities for a varied roster of feature films and music titles (including the seminal Talking Heads' concert film 'StopMaking Sense') on DVD and VHS.
Product Manager, RykoDisc (North East America) - Responsible for all aspects of product management (product and packaging development, provision of information for sales materials for field, creation of consumer advertising). Responsible for the selection and scheduling of titles from the extensive MGM/UA back-catalogue for the MGM/UA Soundtrack reissue series joint venture. Co-producer of acclaimed Meat Puppets 'SST Years' reissue series with Meat Puppets' drummer and archivist Derrick Bostrom.
UK Label Manager, Milan Records - Soundtrack acquisition, sales and marketing, UK licensee liaison. Development and execution of promotional activities in conjunction with major and independent theatrical distributors including 20th Century Fox, UIP and Disney.
Senior Production Co-ordinator, Pioneer LDCE - Supervision of all steps in the creation of Laserdisc production masters. Selection of bonus materials. Commissioning and editing of liner notes, supervision of notes translation. Design direction and co-ordination of Laserdisc packaging. Selector of titles to be released in the premium 'Pioneer Cinema' range of classic films, including titles by Hitchcock, Polanski and other masters of cinema.
Ian is from Canada and has been around the block. Several times. Avert your gaze, we’re not worthy and all that - Ian carries a wealth of experience…he will help us consulting on special projects. People that are intending to be massively successful might well need to talk with him ;-)