Warner Chappel Music Ltd.
The London-based music subsidiary of the Time-Warner Corporation, this operation too has a Jewish Managing Director – R. Godfrey-Kess.
Less well-known companies
Many smaller companies with less well-known names also play an important part in determining the flavour of popular music and film entertainment. The Managing Directors of the One World Entertainment music company, of Vision Music Entertainment and of record distributor Entertainment UK are, respectively, Alan Bellman, Dan Reedman and Richard Cowan.
|Robert Earl is founder of President Entertainments and owner of the movie-theme restaurant Planet Hollywood. For five years, Earl was President of Hard Rock Cafe International, and he also helped produce the semi-pornographic film Dirty Weekend with his close friend film producer Michael Winner and authoress Helen Zahavi.||
Marshall’s Communications Group is chaired by Mike Isaacson, who is also Executive Producer of its subsidiary company, Film Crest. Mentorn Films is run by Tom Gutteridge, Blue Heaven Productions is headed by Neil Zeiger, and the very English-sounding Stonehenge Productions is in fact controlled by Peter Kosminsky, who has close ties with MAI Productions.
Media Productions was launched in 1993 as the first film and television financing and sales outfit to be created under the Business Expansion Scheme, and quickly achieved success with its low-budget hit, Leon the Pig Farmer – Leon being an orthodox Jew. Its Directors are Stephen Margolis and David Altschuler, who is also Director of feature film production company Cavalier Features, and co-founder of National Leasing and Finance, a company which arranges finance for deals involving past film titles.
The power to decide which films are bought or put back into circulation has a very significant behind-the-scenes influence on the kind of films which get made in the first place. The UK’s largest privately-owned media buying concern, TMB, is headed by Chairman and Chief Executive Alan Rich, and has four Jewish directors.