Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE (55) is Chairman and founder of the ROAR Group, the UK's pre-eminent independent talent management company. He is widely recognised as a leader in the creative industries and as an innovator who influences all aspects of the entertainment business. Jonathan was awarded the OBE* in 2014 for services to the entertainment industry. This followed the Honorary Professorship awarded by Henley Business School faculty of Reading University in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to the Performing Arts. Jonathan also lectures annually at the renowned USC (University of Southern California) in Los Angeles.
Jonathan and his ROAR Group represent and produce a wide range of big name and eclectic talent from the worlds of broadcasting, acting, music, comedy and sport. The Group, which includes leading acting and comedy agencies Cole Kitchenn and Christian Knowles Productions (CKP), is also expert at managing and building branding, digital and intellectual property rights for clients across the spectrum. Jonathan has executive produced films and stage shows in London and Las Vegas.
Underpinning the success of the ROAR Group is its unique level of access to global decision makers and its ability to wield influence among them on behalf of clients, while retaining for them their core creative and brand integrity. Despite its rapid growth, Jonathan has ensured that the ROAR Group continues to offer bespoke and highly personalised career guidance and career strategy in this rapidly diversifying digital age.
Jonathan's clients over the past 20 years comprise an excitingly diverse collection of highly talented people whose success has earned global recognition. His clients have won or been nominated for BRITS, MOBOs, Emmys, Grammys and Olivier Awards. In the last year alone, ROAR Global clients have broadcast over 7000 hours of television and radio, appeared in the best-selling book lists, sold millions of tickets across all entertainment genres and achieved sales of more than £100 million of branded product. Beyond the UK ROAR Global further advises on the careers of broadcasters for the global television networks.
Among the scores of household names Jonathan has worked with are Mel B, Baroness Karren Brady CBE, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, Double Gold Olympian Nicola Adams OBE, Kelly Brook, Emma Bunton, Dame Joan Collins, Vinnie Jones, Britain's biggest selling live comedian Micky Flanagan, Denise Van Outen, Kate Garraway, Kelly Hoppen MBE, Lorraine Kelly OBE, Myleene Klass, Drs Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, Judge Rinder, Arlene Phillips CBE, Jeremy Kyle, Mark Wright, Gregg Wallace. As the nominated management company of Simon Cowell’s global TV franchises, the ROAR Group has also represented winners of both America and Britain's Got Talent and X Factor.
Music has been an abiding passion of Jonathan’s life. Through his companies he has represented musicians responsible for the sale of more than 50 million CDs in their collective careers. ROAR Music has been responsible for building Britain's most successful urban music roster winning 15 MOBO Awards through its work with such artists including Charlotte Church, Cher, Jon Bon Jovi, Jamelia, Katherine Jenkins OBE, Louisa Johnson, N-Dubz, Pixie Lott, Rebecca Ferguson, Sir Elton John, Sir George ‘Beatles’ Martin, Sting, Tulisa and WSTRN (highest debuting new British Urban band in 2014 in UK singles charts).
Jonathan believes there are no real boundaries between the successful management of performers drawn from the various genres of entertainment and performance. His ROAR Group is as adroit at managing big name broadcasters as at discovering and propelling artists to the top of the mainstream music charts: as astute at guiding successful stage and screen stars as managing sporting careers: as innovative at creating branding and IP as in maximising endorsement opportunities.
Alongside his work at ROAR Global, Jonathan also provides personal consultation, top level introductions and career-changing strategies to high profile individuals and commercial organisations. He is also recognised as a respected media commentator on the entertainment industry through his with frequent expert contributions to broadcast, print and online.
Jonathan is also committed to his extensive portfolio of pro bono work which includes his being: Chairman of the MOBO Charity Foundation, a Trustee of ChickenShed (Theatre Changing Lives) and Variety (the Children's Charity), Patron of the Royal Television Society, an advisor to Government, commercial organizations and Arts bodies and a mentor to young people with troubled backgrounds.
* = Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)