The World of Music & Entertainment
Paul has been in the entertainment industry for many years, having started as an actor and songwriter before becoming a record producer and then senior executive in the music and media industry. He has been associated with many successes, hits and ventures and has worked with some of the most famous people in the entertainment and media industry including Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Alvin Stardust (who Paul managed, co-produced and co-wrote with).
Following his career as an actor where Paul worked with Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde, John Gregson and many other famous actors, Paul moved into the music business playing in a group called 'The Method' and then getting signed as a co-writer for songs for Richard Anthony and for David Essex. Paul then started working in the music business for music publishers as a promotion man called a ‘plugger’. He was head-hunted to work at Carlin Music (including artists and labels such as Elvis Presley, Motown, Philadelphia International Records, The Shadows signing the UK entry for Eurovision in Stockholm as well as many other famous labels and artists. Paul then joined Paul Grade, son of Lord Grade, working with Paul and Lord Grade (Chairman ATV Music and Pye Records) where he produced, published and marketed hits by ‘Sheer Elegance’ achieving top ten hits in the UK charts as well as publishing a number one hit from the States. He then joined Hansa Records - one of the most successful independent record and publishing companies in the world - working with international artists. Artists included Boney M, Japan and many other artists and publishing copyrights.
Following his period at Hansa, Paul became General Manager/Divisonal MD at Pinnacle Records creating one of the first independent record distributors in the late 70’s and it was whilst there that Paul signed The Nick Straker Band who went on to achieve huge success with the massive hit “A Walk in The Park” which went to number one in many territories in Europe and with his other colossal dance smash “A Little Bit of Jazz” which went to Number one in the Billboard Dance Charts. Whilst at Pinnacle, Paul met and worked closely with Pete Waterman, one of the biggest producers and songwriters in the world. Paul enjoyed great success at Pinnacle which established itself as the 1st number 1 ‘Independent’ record distributor in the UK. Paul subsequently went freelance to produce, publish his own hit tracks, songs and projects including working with Simon Cowell on various projects including Sinitta.
For a considerable period of time, Paul was involved with Ricall, a leading B2B digital music rights clearance company, allowing commercial users the opportunity to license music for commercial purposes such as advertising, films, TV, games etc. Whilst at Ricall, Paul secured ground breaking licenses for copyright usage in new technology with music industry bodies MCPS, PPL & major recording and music publishing rights owners.
In recent years, Paul managed and co-produced Alvin Stardust as well as other hit artists. Paul created the highly successful TV marketed series of classical artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras as well as the hugely successful 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Megamix Series and Michael Jackson hits Megamix compilation. Paul has worked with leading media companies, is acknowledged as an expert in IP, Digital rights marketing, promotion and licensing for many uses and is a director of Lynton Muir Music Limited.
Specialties: Formerly visiting lecturer/examiner at the University Of Westminster MA MBM Faculty on the B.A. /M.A Commercial Music degree courses.