AOB Client and Co-venturer, 79 Lux Glows with Press & Social Media Plaudits

Spring 2020 was brighter than ever for AOB’s client and co-venturer, 79 Lux, the luxury skincare range, which actually glows with real gold in its ingredients. The brand featured in an edition of Vogue Japan (79 Lux is fast becoming a beauty editor favourite…), in Condé Nast Traveller and was hailed by the Wellness Editor…

AOB Celebrated Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) during the European Football Championships

25 years on from its original release, the No. 1 football anthem Three Lions was once again all over the airwaves, in pubs and homes up and down the country throughout the European Championships. All commercial terms for release of the original track were negotiated by AOB director, Jonathan Dembo, in his then role as…

AOB Directors’ Professional Exploits in the Literary Realm of ‘Big Brother’

Since early 2020, AOB directors Jonathan Dembo and Dej Mahoney have been providing commercial and legal representation to celebrated YBA artist, Jake Chapman in relation to his literary creation, 2+2 = 5, inspired by George Orwell’s classic work “1984” and an homage to the great writer and polemicist. AOB’s services have included advice on the…

AOB Client Soul II Soul Features in Sky Arts Classic Albums TV series

In April 2021, Sky Arts aired the latest in their acclaimed Classic Albums TV series: Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Volume 1, following prior episodes which have revisited albums by The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke and Lou Reed. Artist and producer, Jazzie B featured alongside other collaborators and talking heads discussing the…

SINGER-SONGWRITER AND CELLIST, AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON FEATURES ON BBC RADIO’S WOMAN’S HOUR

In March 2021, AOB client Ayanna appeared in conversation on the flagship Radio 4 programme. She discussed her background, her musical journey and her personal take on contemporary, social issues. She also spoke of her latest collaborations with the likes of multi-instrumentalist, genre-pioneering composer, Nitin Sawhney and rapper-writer-polemicist Akala and was invited to sing/play from…

AOB-affiliated Label Seals Distribution Deal with PIAS

Through its Board advisory role, AOB is a minority shareholder in fledgling, multinational-backed, independent label, Don’t Sleep. In early 2021, Don’t Sleep successfully formalised an alliance with renowned, independent distributor PIAS through signing distribution and label agreements, as a promising foundation for the label’s future exploits. Amongst the offerings of many innovative creators, will be…

AOB Co-venturer Young Voices Releases a Charity Single in Collaboration with Sony Music and Place2Be Mental Health Charity

January/February is usually the touring season in the UK for Young Voices (YV), organisers of the world’s largest children’s choir concerts. In the absence of its arena concert tour commitment due to the pandemic, YV released a February charity single – “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, featuring legendary soul singer Billy Ocean, jazz singer and…

AOB-produced Musical Drama “I Dream” is Showcased in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

In February 2021 – Black History Month in the USA – I Dream, the musical drama based on the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, featured as part of Charlottesville Opera’s program of “Interludes”, including conversations with the show’s principal performers and the writer-composer. AOB director, Dej Mahoney, is credited as producer, being a…

AOB DIRECTOR FEATURES AS AN EXPERT MUSIC BUSINESS COMMENTATOR ON TIMES RADIO

In early December 2020, AOB Director, Dej Mahoney featured in a stimulating discussion as an expert commentator on Times Radio. The central subject was Taylor Swift’s long-running dispute with Scooter Braun/Ithaca Holdings and the contested ownership of her original master recordings, following the acquisition by Ithaca Holdings of her prior label, Big Machine Records. The attached tweet was also…

AOB Represents Former Met Police Officer

AOB director, Jonathan Dembo provided legal representation for Leroy Logan MBE when rights for his debut book, ‘Closing Ranks: My Life as a Cop’ were secured for the audio book market.  A film of Leroy’s life, “Red, White and Blue”, starring John Boyega of ‘Star Wars’ fame in the role of Leroy directed by Oscar-winner Steve McQueen was made and aired as part of the…

AOB Director Appointed as TSG Entertainment’s U.K. Representative in London

In September 2020, AOB director, Dej Mahoney was engaged by Chip Seelig as a London-based adviser and producer representative of TSG Entertainment (www.theseeliggroup.com), New York financiers, who most successfully backed the global success of “The Greatest Showman” (and previously, movies including “Avatar”, Oscar-winner Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and many others). In tandem with London producers and…

AOB continues Further Adventures in the World of Global TV Production

During summer 2020, AOB negotiated and managed the transition of Sarah Doole from her former role as the internationally renowned Director of Global Drama at Fremantle Media to becoming a creative consultant to Fremantle’s CEO, while establishing her own independent incubation company, Sow The Seed Ltd (STS). This development attracted the attention of Paris-based television…

AOB’s Client and Co-Venturer 79Lux Launches New Product

It has been another momentous year for this stellar, emerging skincare brand, 79Lux. In August, it launched the third product in its first range, being an extremely timely and luxuriously healing hand cream for the Covid era which has enjoyed critical and customer acclaim, including a feature in the Sunday Times Style magazine. In parallel with this successful,…

YOUNG VOICES U.K. CONCERT TOUR 2020

The year began as usual with AOB-affiliated Young Voices staging a 22-date tour with arena concerts in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and 8 nights in London (7 at the O2 Arena and 1 at Wembley Arena), featuring primary school choirs of over 8,000 different children per night, singing their hearts out, alongside UK country sensation The…

CULTURAL HIGHLIGHT OF 2019 – AOB DIRECTOR’S VIEW: “DEATH OF A SALESMAN” AT THE YOUNG VIC THEATRE, LONDON

“‘Death of a Salesman’ at the Young Vic is the strongest production I’ve seen for a good while”. Thus began my post-show dispatch by text, continuing: “a great play with a priceless collection of killa lines and concepts, extraordinary performances, an exquisite set, evocative ‘live’ music…etc.”. I was quite happy with this summation, but curious…

AOB Works on The Prince of Wales’s Business in the Community Awards 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall

In negotiating and drafting the agreement for event co-host Gigi Morley (who also hosts the AOB-affiliated Young Voices Children’s Concert Series), AOB was integrally involved in the production of this event, staged by the commercial arm of the Prince’s Trust – from preparatory introductions to nominated companies, to the final delivery of the Big Night…

AOB Engaged by an Iconic New York Label

Through its relationship with Seelig Entertainment (TSG) – producers and financiers of global-hit movies such as “The Greatest Showman”, “Avatar” and many more – in 2019, AOB was introduced to and engaged by the iconic, New York-based Ruff Ryders hip hop label – original home of artistes such as DMX and Eve – to consult…

Warner Chappell Music Engages AOB

In recent months, Dej Mahoney has been engaged in the role of interim Head of Legal & Business Affairs at Warner/Chappell, the music publishing home of celebrated writing talent from Beyonce and Jay Z to George Michael and “Hamilton” creator, Lin Manuel Miranda. Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’ Dated, Will Feature Unreleased George Michael Music Universal…

AOB Performs With Cirque Bijou

AOB has been engaged by Bristol-based show makers, Cirque Bijou, to assist with Business Affairs and rights management strategy as part of its expansion plans. This extraordinary company has staged a number of innovative events in 2018, including at Bestival and Wilderness Festivals in the U.K., as well as the opening of the new Temperate…

AOB Client-Partner ‘Young Voices’ Goes Global

Young Voices International are organisers of the largest children’s choir concerts in the world and as equity partners, AOB participated in the launch of YVI’s global exploits with an inaugural concert in Trinidad & Tobago, where over 4,000 children sang at The Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. The event was supported by the Government…

AOB engaged by Roborace to commission music for branding and marketing of new, driverless, Formula E “Robocar”:

AOB has been engaged by Roborace to contract “Tron” movie composer, Joe Trapanese to create the musical soundbed that will be integral to the branding and marketing of the new, driverless, Formula E “Robocar”. Roborace, the world’s first driverless electric race series that takes place on Formula E city street circuits, unveiled “The Robocar” live…

Artsnight/House of Fairytales – BBC2

AOB clients, fine artist Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis appeared on BBC2’s “Artsnight” programme, presented by supermodel and social activist Lily Cole and featured a discussion about the effects of motherhood and family life on creativity and the couple’s travelling art circus for children, The House of Fairytales. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06157sm

Guest speaker, Dej Mahoney, with Headmaster, Jay Piggot, and Chairman of Governors, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen

Guest Speaker at Epsom College’s Prize-Giving Day

Dej Mahoney was the guest speaker at Epsom College’s 2016 Prize-Giving Day. Illustrious alumni who have also been guest speakers in recent years have included writer-historian and TV presenter Susannah Lipscombe, former Head of MI6 Sir John Scarlett and BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine. “Dej Mahoney, who attended the College from 1977 to 1982 and was…

Young Voices

Young Voices International: As legal and strategic advisor to the organisers of the Guinness Book of Records-accredited, largest children’s choir concerts in the world (featuring choruses of up to 8,000 children per night), AOB’s directors became co-founding directors and equity partners in Young Voices International. Young Voices has now staged concerts in the U.K.’s most…

AOB Advises in the Contemporary Art Market

AOB continued its work in the world of contemporary art by handling legal affairs in a transaction involving two of the most influential British artists of the last two decades.. AOB director, Jonathan Dembo became a trustee of the House of Fairy Tales charitable foundation established by Deborah Curtis and artist Gavin Turk to give…

Sony Music Executive Training

Over a period of two years, AOB director Dej Mahoney was engaged by his former employer to devise, structure and deliver a course for SonyBMG Music Europe: “Legal & Business Affairs for Non-Business Affairs Executives” – from the foundations of copyright law to the application of rights ownership in new ventures across the world of…

World Freerun Championships

Barclaycard World Freerun Championships Highlights Video Trafalgar Square, London This venture began through AOB’s business management of Urban Freeflow (UF), then the most well-established freerunning/parkour organisation worldwide. Work included procuring and negotiation of sponsorship deals, TV deals, event engagements, advertising engagements, endorsement deals, brand licensing, photography agreements, advice on licensing characters for games and trademark…

LVMH/Ozwald Boateng

Over a number of fashion seasons, AOB represented celebrated, Savile Row designer, Ozwald Boateng in his role as Creative Director of Givenchy Menswear, based in Paris. AOB negotiated (predominantly in French) with senior representatives of parent company LVMH, AOB updated the English translation of LVMH’s standard talent agreement and generally managed the business relationship with Givenchy. Boateng’s…

Boavista FC, Porto

AOB were engaged as exclusive brokers to the Club President of Boavista F.C. in his fundraising effort to refinance his club. Through its investment banking contacts, AOB sourced a high-net worth industrialist from Angola in the year of his country’s first-ever qualification for the Football World Cup, drawn in the same group as their former…