MIKE SMITH…CAREER DETAILS: -
Date Name of Company Position Held
1964 – 65 CONTINENTAL OIL (UK) LTD Trainee Accountant
1965 – 68 REDIFFUSION TELEVISION LTD Cost Clerk / Cost Assistant
1968 – 76 LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION LTD Programme Manager
Asst. Head – Light Entertainment
1976 – 78 DECCA RECORDS Head of Artistes & Repertoire
1978 – 80 G. T. O. RECORDS General Manager UK
Vice President USA
1980 to date Own Management/ Consultancy Group – Managing Director of YELLOW BALLOON PRODUCTIONS LTD and subsidiary Music Publishing company MIKE MUSIC LTD.
Other Companies: - UNIVERSAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT LTD
ACCOUNTS AND MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
As part of a team, was responsible for setting up the Programme Budget System for London Weekend Television at its conception.
Programme Manager for DAVID FROST over a three year period.
During period as Unit Manager, was Administrative Controller for Drama, Sports, Children’s and the Entertainment departments.
Also seconded to features on numerous occasions.
Advised Producers and Directors, both creatively and financially, negotiated contracts on behalf of Head of Entertainment (Barry Took then Michael Grade).
Extensive experience in radio – LWT’s freelance Radio Producer, worked with the late RUSSELL HARTY and HUMPHREY BURTON
producing both gentlemen for the successful Capital Radio Arts Programme
‘ALTERNATIVES’ – handled contracts, budgets, voice-overs, commercials etc.
– produced and edited many speech / narrative albums for general release.
Have headed departments from 40 to 400 personnel.
Have been responsible for Management and Programming budgets totalling many millions of pounds, both in the UK and abroad.
Have had personal dealings, over a number of years, with most legal and accounts
departments within the ITV network, BBC and Enterprises and major freelance named Production Companies.
Contracted as Entertainment Consultant for many diverse Companies i.e. American Express, P&O Ferries, Ford Motor Company etc.
Through positions held in the Record Industry and through Management and / or
Production, have been responsible for record sales in excess of 35 million.
Have acted, in an advisory capacity, to the Musicians Union, PRS A. S. C. A. P. North American Entertainment etc.
PRODUCTION & CREATIVE EXPERIENCE
Produced artistes as wide ranging as SPIKE MILLIGAN to BUDDY GRECO, JACK BENNY to JOHN CLEESE, VINCENT PRICE to STATUS QUO
Involved in the Management and / or Production of over 700 theatre shows at all the main venues throughout the UK.
Responsible for the creation of over 200 hours of original television programming, the production and management plus budgetary of same.
Extensive travel on behalf of LWT, DECCA, GTO (and self) for negotiations on behalf of major artists, TV series and product launches.
Contracts handled in (but not limited to) the following countries: -
GAN BAHRAIN MALTA
JAPAN SINGAPORE GERMANY
GIBRALTER HONG KONG NEW ZEALAND
AUSTRALIA HUNGARY SOUTH AFRICA
IRELAND POLAND USA
PORTUGAL FRANCE HOLLAND
CHINA etc. etc.
Produced and directed self packaged charity shows at major club and theatre venues both in this country and abroad – including Royal Albert Hall
‘NOBODY’S FOOL’ concert, starring John Cleese, Barbara Dickson, Jasper Carrott etc. etc.
Consultancy work for Guide Dogs For the Blind, Talking Books, Prostate Cancer & MacMillans etc…..
Created and devised FISHATHON for Cancer Research, National fishing competition. Supported by Chris Tarrant, Nick Hancock, David Seaman etc etc
Budgetry responsibility over all such projects plus man management, show production and control of all media coverage, interviews and newspapers/magizine articles. Regular personal appearances on radio etc etc
Have co-ordinated the careers of many top named, diversified talents. A cross section
BOBBY DAVRO RICK WAKEMAN SALLY JAMES
LINDA LUSARDI KATHY LLOYD BRUCE FOXTON
ADAM & THE ANTS HAZEL O’CONNOR
THE DOOLEYS ROGER WITTAKER BILLY OCEAN
Responsible for launching, writing and producing THE DOOLEYS TV campaign in England and subsequent trips to Japan to launch them in the Far East.
Winners of the Gold Prize at the Tokyo Music Festival at the Budokan in 1980
Responsible for launch of the TV campaign and subsequent success of the animated
characters THE SMURFS both on film and in the Record Charts.
Award winning producer – Art Designers and Directors Award – for self originating
children’s TV magazine series LONDON BRIDGE (LWT) also wrote award winning signature tune for LONDON BRIDGE
Conceived and researched highly acclaimed, award winning TV Drama series ‘LILLIE’
staring FRANCESCA ANNIS – based on the life and times of LILLIE LANGTRY.
Responsible for launching BILLY OCEAN in America.
Discovered ADAM & THE ANTS, BOBBY DAVRO, etc. etc.
Was Executive Producer of five chart videos.
Have worked with many distribution / sales arms of TV Companies – direct selling to third parties
Producer of TISWAS REUNITED fully networked prime time show aired in May 2007.
Theatre Consultant at Leatherhead Theatre (the old “ Thorndike”) responsible for programming, contracts and advising the Board on all matters creative.
I AM A MEMBER OF: -
MUSICIANS UNION (fairs listed)
PERFORMING RIGHTS SOCIETY
SONGWRITERS GUILD OF Gt. BRITAIN
MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED & CORPORATE ACCOUNTANTS
On a personal note, Mike is married to Sally James (ex. Tiswas presenter) – they have three
boys (Adam, Nick and Josh), also he has a son Daryl who is heavily involved in the
music business, both as an artist and a businessman.
Mike’s interest cover classic cars, travel, & football – he has been a
Director of the then Nationwide Conference side Kingstonian F. C. – also managed Junior boys
football teams. Mike has been associated with ‘grass roots’ football for many years. He was Chairman of Oxshott Royals F C - a Club of 26 teams aged 6 years to 18 years – and was responsible for 400 players plus. Currently Chairman of Oxshott Royals Seniors
Through his work and various consultancies, Mike has advised Boards / Companies at the
highest level. The areas include (but are not limited to) commercial TV and radio, the BBC
TV and radio, British Film Board, R. C. A, C. B. S, Sony, American Express, Ford Motor
Company, Independent Production Companies world-wide in TV, film and advertising etc.
Mike has extensive experience in the Law and accountancy appertaining to a broad range of media subjects plus world-wide press contacts.
An area of expertise that Mike is frequently asked to advise on is ‘How do I deal with the Media?’
From televisual techniques to one-to-one with reporters, the explanation of the ramifications of what you have said to the damage that is caused by what you may have left unsaid!
For a person in the public eye, this area of public relations is paramount.
The reader of this document acknowledges that all information herein contained is furnished by way of background to assist in assessing the potential for consultancy contracts or advice to a client.
It is not submitted as a C. V. for employment.
The enclosed information may be used to confirm the credibility and experience of MIKE SMITH and it is expected that the recipient of such information handles such enquiries with discretion.
Name: Mike Smith
Lives in: Guildford, United Kingdom
Company: The Talent Agency Ltd
Occupation: Agent, Author, Creative Executive, Host/presenter, Manager, Producer, Publisher, Songwriter, Theatrical Producer and Voice Artist