EP123 – Jacob Howe-Douglas – Founder of HD Management

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EP123 – Jacob Howe-Douglas – Founder of HD Management


Total run time: 1 hour 04 mins 13 secs.

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About this episode…

Jacob Howe-Douglas (@hdmgt) is the founder of HD Management. A boutique agency that has a focus on film, TV, radio and online content for all of their acts. Jacob has been an agent for more than 12 years building the careers of comedians.

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In this episode we talked about…

  • What you do / don’t do as an agent. [0 mins]
  • Why you founded your agency and where you sit in relation to areas of the industry (eg the live circuit / radio / tv etc) and where you sit in relation to other agencies. [1 mins]
  • How you scout for talent and what you look for in acts. [6 mins 42 secs]
  • Who works for who? (your relationship with clients) [5 mins 30 secs]
  • What’s the process of getting signed? [9 mins 33 secs]
  • What competitions do you rate / watch? [12 mins 30 secs]
  • Social media scouting [14 mins 10 secs]
  • Areas of the industry you’d like to change and why.
  • Your thoughts on social media and on-demand players etc and how they’re impacting acts / your job. [18 mins]
  • Last year you did a showcase at the Bill Murray of your acts, what do these offer for you as an agent? For the acts? Who do you invite to them?
  • Have you ever performed comedy?
  • How often do you go and see live comedy? [19 mins 20 secs]
  • Your relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe? [20 mins]
  • Do you go and see every show or do you have PRs involved in that?
  • Who decides what the targets are for each act going to Edinburgh?
  • Why would you pick a free or paid venue? [23 mins]
  • What does he do in real terms as a producer for a Fringe show? [24 mins]
  • Comedy Surgery at the hospital, why do you run this? How did it get started? Is it a way of you scouting for talent? [31 mins]
  • It’s a private members club, does that mean certain performers wouldn’t get a spot / there’s a few rules to performing? [32 mins]







Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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