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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 DIRECTOR ASSUMES NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR ROLE AT LEADING PRODUCTION MUSIC COMPANY

In August 2020, AOB director Dej Mahoney was appointed to the new position of Non-Executive Chair of West One Music Group, one of the leading independent production music companies worldwide. Originally founded in London, the company has grown globally over the last 18 years to establish offices (and certain recording facilities) in New York, Los…

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, new…

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…

Cultural Highlight 2018 – AOB Director’s View

“Misty” @ Trafalgar Studios, 22nd September 2018 – as submitted by Dej Mahoney to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Review’ I’ve seen some spectacular stuff this year – from “Network” at The National (featuring a mind-blown turn from the Olivier Award-winning Bryan Cranston), to the astonishing “Picasso 1932” at Tate Modern, to Kwame Kwei-Armah’s carnival of a…

AOB’s Contribution to a Career Strategy Publication

AOB Director, Dej Mahoney, was invited by the former Chairman of celebrated advertising agency BBH to contribute to a series of essays intended as career guidance for young, creative strategists. Dej’s piece entitled “The Third Pearl” was largely based on the concept of “being a positive presence” with some particular advice directed at young lawyers.…

AOB Joins The Good Hotel Advisory Board

AOB director, Jonathan Dembo, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of The Good Hotel London, a re-designed floating platform of industrial design, on a unique waterfront location Victoria Docks. Good Hotel offers a premium hotel experience and the opportunity to do something back for the local community while travelling. The hotel is located in the…

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…

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…