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Louis Theroux's documentaries follow his attempts to get to know the people at the heart of some of the world's most controversial and fascinating lifestyles. In a career spanning nearly two decades he has interrogated the engrained criminals at San Quentin prison; lived with the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church; gambled with the high-rollers at a Las Vegas mega-casino and stalked game with trophy hunters on South Africa's wild animal farms.
Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation before being signed up by the BBC to make his own series, Weird Weekends, about unusual American subcultures. In 2000 he began a series of specials about intriguing British public figures, including one featuring disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile and another which saw him live with the disgraced Tory minister Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine as they were falsely accused of rape and subjected to a media siege.
Louis’s programmes have won numerous accolades including two Baftas and an RTS award and are shown all over the world. He also writes for print publications. His 2005 travel book about some of his adventures, THE CALL OF THE WEIRD has just been re-published with some additional material. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Jo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.
Originally a facial therapist, Jo discovered an instinctual talent for fragrance whilst making scented products by hand in her kitchen. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which quickly gained cult status around the world.
One of the pillars of British comedy, Stephen Fry is also a successful stage and screen actor, a hugely engaging presenter, a best-selling writer and an accomplished director. Alongside the quiz QI, his latest projects involve tracking down species facing extinction and travelling across America in his London taxi. Films include Sherlock Holmes 2 and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Stephen emerged as a major talent with supporting roles in The Young Ones and Blackadder, before becoming one half of Fry & Laurie with university friend Hugh. The two went on to film four series of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster.
Stephen won critical acclaim as the beleaguered but brilliant Irish wit in the Hollywood biopic Wilde. Maintaining a literary connection he went on to appear in Tristram Shandy and direct Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies.
He has brought Harry Potter to life for millions of Radio Four listeners, lifted a taboo with a series on depression and traced his roots in Who Do You Think You Are? He has also become television’s most polished awards host and a favourite guest on countless panel shows.
Stephen Fry’s writing credits include The Liar, Paperweight, The Tennis Stars’ Balls and the memoirs Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. He also wrote the book for the long-running West End revival of Me & My Girl.
Byron Sharp is a Professor of Marketing Science and Director of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute – the world’s largest institute for research into marketing.
His first book How Brands Grow: what marketers don’t know has been called one of the most influential marketing books of the past decade (Warc, 2015) and was voted marketing book of the year by AdAge readers. In 2015 he published the follow-up How Brands Grow Part 2 with Professor Jenni Romaniuk, and he has also written a textbook Marketing: Theory, Evidence, Practice which reflects modern knowledge about marketing and evidence-based thinking.
Byron has co-hosted, with Professor Jerry Wind, two conferences at the Wharton Business School on the laws of advertising, and is on the editorial board of five journals.
Mark Ritson is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University. He has a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools teaching on the MBA programs at London Business School, MIT Sloan, and the University of Minnesota. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best marketing instructors and has been the recipient of awards for his teaching at LBS, MIT, SMU and MBS.
Mark has worked globally on projects ranging from brand strategy, market research, segmentation, CRM, marketing communications, brand acquisition, brand valuation and brand extension. For thirteen years - from 2002 to 2015 - he served as in-house professor for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working with senior executives from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Dior and Hennessy.
Mark has written a weekly column on branding for Marketing Week for over a decade. On three occasions he has been judged the Business Columnist of the Year at the PPA Press Awards, the highest award for magazine journalism in the UK. He is also a columnist for The Australian newspaper. His more scholarly publications include articles published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He was the recipient of the Ferber Award in 2000, one of the most prestigious prizes in Marketing, for his doctoral thesis.
One of the most recognised figures in World Sport, Tom has competed for Great Britain in three Olympics, winning two medals, and is reigning 10 metre World Champion following his gold medal in Budapest earlier this year.
Away from the pool, Tom was one of the first athletes to vlog on Youtube and his channel gained worldwide attention when he released a video to announce he was in a relationship with his now-husband Dustin Lance Black. His content ranges from workout videos, health hacks, recipe videos and vlogs about married life.
Tom hosted the ITV show Splash! From 2013-14 and has been named the UK’s Young Sports Personality of the Year three times.
Rochelle - a self-proclaimed 'professional multitasker' – is just that. As well as being a full-time mum to Alaia-Mai and her latest addition Valentina, Rochelle co-hosts ITV’s hugely popular show “Ninja Warrior” now in its 4th series, fronts various segments on “This Morning” and “Lorraine”, is a co-host for “Children In Need” alongside her husband Marvin, and has her own skincare and body cosmetics range “HiGlow” whilst also representing “Maxfactor” and “Clairol” in Superdrug stores.
Reggie is renowned for his work within TV and Film and most recently appeared in ‘Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia’, in January. ‘Hidden Australia: Addicted to Ice’ explored the drugs epidemic in Melbourne.
Late last year, Reggie was seen in a new investigative documentary on murder culture/gun violence in Chicago, in particular amongst young African American men, Reggie Yates: Life and Death in Chicago which recently aired on BBC. Earlier in 2016, Reggie was seen in BBC Three two-parter series The Insider. The first episode saw Reggie spend a week behind bars in a Texan jail and in the second episode, Reggie joined the army in Acapulco, a city now considered one of the most violent on earth. 2016 also saw Reggie present Billionaire’s Wardrobe, a documentary for BBC Two.
In 2015, Reggie presented the award-winning documentary series, Extreme UK for BBC Three, where he tackled a variety of issues, such as homosexuality in minority communities and the rise of British men against Feminism. Extreme UK won Reggie an RTS Award for ‘Best Presenter’, as well as ‘Best Factual Programme’ at Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2014, Reggie wrote and directed comedy short film, Date Night, which won ‘Best UK Short Film’ at the London Independent Film Festival and has recently completed his latest short film Shelter, presented by BBC Films.
2017 will see Reggie return with a second series of The Insider, for the BBC, airing later this Summer, followed by his debut book in October, ‘Unseen’.
This second series of The Insider, split in to three episodes, follows Reggie as he immerses himself in three very different environments around the world. Reggie first spends a week in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq, finding out what life is like for a 21st Century refugee. He then travels to the US where he spends a week as a prison guard at North Carolina’s High Point Detention Centre, Guildford County Jail. In the final episode in the series, Reggie spends the week in Agbogbloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dumping site and a former wetland in Accra, Ghana where disease and death is rife.
This year will also see Reggie release his debut book with BBC Books in October, taking readers behind the scenes on his journey from TV presenter to documentary maker. ‘Unseen’ will explore the journey Reggie has taken in the documentary world and unpick the stories behind the fascinating characters and situations he has encountered. The book also chronicles Reggie’s own personal growth after each shoot.
In 1996, Katie established herself as a talented and dynamic model when she appeared as ‘Jordan’ in The Sun’s page 3, which quickly made her a regular in one of the nation’s most loved tabloids. Katie has been seen on a number of different front covers including Vogue, Playboy, Elle, New Women, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and many more.
She has also established herself in the publishing industry, releasing her first autobiography, ‘Being Jordan’ in 2004, since then she has gone on to publish four more with her newest book ‘Reborn’ set to be released September 2016. As well as her writing, Katie is a savvy businesswomen and has endorsed many brands and created her own ranges over the years. She has contributed and designed lingerie, jewellery, clothing and hair care which have all been sold in leading department stores throughout the UK.
Since the beginning of 2016, Katie has become a regular panelist on Loose Women, and her new reality series - ‘Katie Price’s Pony Club’ - debuted in August and gave TLC one of their highest rating shows since the network launched in the UK.
Katie is launching ‘Katie Price Beauty’ , ‘Katie Price Nutrition’ and going on the road for a series of ‘Evenings With’.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Keith is a member of the Unilever Executive and responsible for the Marketing, Communications and Sustainable Business functions.
His responsibilities are aligned to support Unilever’s vision: to grow the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. Keith sees sustainability as a driver of consumer-led profitable growth. He led the creation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and has also pioneered new ways of integrating sustainability into the business.
Keith has led a step change in marketing at Unilever, most notably with significant advances in digital marketing and technologies, and has championed the development of brands with purpose through Unilever’s crafting Brands for Life strategy.
Outside Unilever he is a Fellow of The Marketing Society, and as an engineering graduate, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also Chairman of the World Economic Forum Consumer Industry Board, Chairman of Business in the Community International, Chairman of the not-for-profit Collectively, President of the History of Advertising Trust, Global Chairman of the Positive Change Effie Award, and a Non Executive Director of Sun Products Corporation.
Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.
WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications services.
Collectively, WPP employs nearly 190,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries. The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R, Grey, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Kantar (including Millward Brown and TNS), Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, Fitch, The Partners, AKQA and WPP Digital. Clients include 352 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 77 of the NASDAQ 100. In 2014, WPP had revenues of $19 billion and billings of $73 billion.
Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools – advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil. He has been publicly recognised with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. In the Time 100 “Builders & Titans” he was voted one of the world’s most influential figures in business. He was also nominated for CNBC’s First 25 List (“Rebels, Icons and Leaders”) of people judged to have had the most profound impact on business and finance in the last 25 years. He received a knighthood in January 2000. He was awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications. In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review.
Sir Martin contributes to many important organisations and charities. Sir Martin is a non-executive director of Alpha Topco, the Formula 1 company and Alcoa. He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council (having been chairman from 2010-2012) and a member of the Business Council in the US. He is a member of the corporate Advisory Group of the Tate Gallery and on the International Advisory Board of The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Stanhope Capital and Bowmark Capital Group.
He is chairman of IBLAC Shanghai and chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem.