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]