Giles Cooper
Giles Cooper began his career in entertainment in the late 1980’s, working on the legendary weekly music papers, 'Melody Maker' and the 'NME' (New Musical Express). He was also integral to the launch and management of many new entertainment magazines, including 'Uncut', 'Vox' and 'Loaded'.

In 1990, he joined advertising agency, 'Sold Out', as an Account Director where he marketed numerous tours for bands including U2, Oasis, Blur and the Rolling Stones, as well as dozens of music festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival, Womad, Creamfields and Reading.

In 1998, he founded the arts and entertainment agency, 'Media Junction', later developing it into the 'Soho Media Group' of media and entertainment companies.

Some of Soho Media Group's most notable projects have included:-
Sir Paul McCartney’s world tours in 2010, 2013 and 2014
Sir Elton John’s UK tours in 2009 and 2010
Take That’s record breaking UK stadium tours in 2009 and 2011
Harry Hill’s triple BAFTA award-winning peak ITV1 show, ‘TV Burp’.
West-End musicals: Jerry Springer the Opera and Blue Man Group
Seasons at the Royal Opera House for the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets
Launch of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Launch of the London O2 Arena
UK comedy stand-up tours for Bill Bailey, Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Jenny Éclair, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais, Frank Skinner, Omid Djalili, Al Murray and Harry Hill.
 

Giles has frequently offered the services of Soho Media Group free of charge in support of numerous charities including: Children In Need, Comic Relief, the Royal Masonic Variety Show, the Forces Children’s Trust and, of course, the EABF.

In 2006, Giles Cooper was elected a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts).

The following year, in December 2007, Giles volunteered his services to the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (EABF) and after spending just shy of 3 years as a Member of the Executive Committee, Giles was voted Chairman of the charity in November 2010. The EABF assists thousands of sick, elderly or impoverished entertainers each year and also owns and runs its own nursing and residential care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, for people who have spent their lives working in the entertainment industry.

In partnership with Laurie Mansfield (Life-President of the EABF), Giles Cooper as Chairman, is responsible for the annual Royal Variety Performance and, as such, is one of the EABF's Executive Producers of the show. The Royal Variety Performance reaches over 150 million television viewers worldwide and is one of the most important events in the entertainment industry's global calendar.

In May 2014, Giles was invited to work as a permanent consultant to an All-Party Parliamentary Committee for the promotion of UK comedy and regularly visits the House of Commons to give advice and opinions on the industry.

In July 2014, Giles Cooper was awarded 'Freedom of the City of London'.
 

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