Former President and CEO at industry giants Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records and EMI North America. Phil personally signed artists including Linkin Park and Josh Groban, and worked on the careers of Coldplay, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sex Pistols, The Spice Girls, Janet Jackson and more. Phil Q was named Billboard's Music Executive of the Year in 2001, served on the Fender and Gibson Guitar Boards, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Grammy Foundation (Recording Academy) and remains one of the most senior executives in the entertainment industry.
Founder & CEO
TAYLOR JONES - Founder & CEO
Listed by Yahoo Finance in the Top 10 Entrepreneurs U30 to Watch in 2021, Taylor Jones is an award-winning entertainment executive and Founder & CEO of international entertainment agency The Hello Group. He is an experienced leader, with strong expertise in business strategy, global marketing initiatives, and project management across music, digital, tv/film, and startups. As an A&R and talent manager, Taylor is globally recognized as a driving force in the global rise of K-Pop in today's pop culture.
With 12+ years in the business, Taylor has represented winners of The Voice Kids, Pop Idol, and Junior Eurovision, and currently manages multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning producers/writers who in the last 18 months have been responsible for 22 Billboard #1 chart results and 23+ gold, platinum and triple-platinum hit singles/albums for artists including BTS, SuperM, Victon, KAI (Exo), THE9, NCT 127, ITZY, Park Bom, Girls Generation, WayV.
Taylor also manages MTV EMA Winner Emma Heesters (Republic Records), teenage popstar Rosie McClelland from The Ellen Show, the UK's most followed prankster Kristen Hanby (35M followers), Australian pop artist Liam Ferrari, and multi-platinum producer/writers Alawn (SuperM, Flo Rida, NCT 127), Dyson (BTS, Astrid S, Loud Luxury) and Carlos Battey (Justin Bieber, Madonna, Got7, Charlie Wilson).
Taylor sits on the Advisory Board of music tech company LabelRadar and is a music executive member of the Recording Academy (Grammys). Taylor has also served as Chief Commercial Officer for Post For Rent, one of EU's leading influencer marketing tech platforms focusing on digital music marketing.
HEAD OF TALENT & BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
ED BREW -HEAD OF TALENT & BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
Ed has over 11 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Initially working extensively in the music industry with heavyweight brands such as Monstercat, Trap Nation and Disciple, Ed built a large network of contacts at all levels. A seasoned brand campaign consultant, he has worked with household names such as EA, Ubisoft, Hewlett Packard, Entertainment One, ISAWITFIRST, Audible and many more. At present, Ed develops and oversees a variety of tech projects including LabelRadar and Post For Rent, while also managing high profile social media influencers with a focus on diversifying their revenue streams.
KYRAN JONES -COO
COO and Executive Producer with over 6 years experience in entertainment and a strong background in sales, business strategy, and operations. Kyran worked directly alongside his brother since the start of Hello, quickly developing an eye for talent and artist development. Kyran heads up our operations, expansion opportunities and assists the CEO on all corporate matters. Additionally, Kyran oversees Hello's TV/film projects at Hello Pictures.
JAMES FABRICANT -BOARD ADVISOR
One of the original four founders of Myspace. James is a well respected and connected executive in the world of digital and tech. Since the sale of MySpace, Fabricant founded and enterprise social networking company IdeaPlane and most recentlyTuneMoji, a social media and video platform that is one of four companies in the world with global full catalog licenses with the major labels and publishers to combine music with videos and GIFs.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & PRODUCER
KYRAN UNDERHILL -EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & PRODUCER
Kyran Underhill is an executive assistant to the partners at The Hello Group, working closely with Hello's priority clients. Kyran also works heavily on Hello Pictures projects as a producer and creative developer.
KAZ UTSUNOMIYA -BOARD ADVISOR
One of the most respected and famous music publishing executives in the world and former President of Virgin Music, EVP of Epic Records, and EVP of Virgin Records America. Kaz worked on global projects including One Direction and Little Mix in Asia, heavily contributing to 1D's success as the biggest boyband in that territory. He works with Queen, Nirvana, Arashi, and many others.
BILL GERBER -BOARD ADVISOR
Bill is known for producing A Star is Born (2018), Gran Torino (2008), A Very Long Engagement (2004), and Grudge Match (2013). As an executive he had a hand in dozens of movies including LA Confidential (1997), JFK (1991), You've Got Mail (1998), Heat (1995), The Perfect Storm (2000), Three Kings (1999), and The Harry Potter series. Gerber was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for A Star is Born and an Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for James Dean.
JIMMY O’MAHONY -BOARD ADVISOR
The former global CEO of one of the largest marketing agencies in the world, Saatchi & Saatchi for over 6 years - overseeing 114 offices in over 76 countries with more than 6,000 employees. Jimmy brings with him a wealth of experience and connections in the advertising and marketing world. Jimmy also spent 4 years as the Vice-Chairman of Wilshire Axon, a digital product and design company based in Los Angeles.
PARTNER, HEAD OF WORLDWIDE MUSIC
CORY RISKIN -PARTNER, HEAD OF WORLDWIDE MUSIC
Cory is an experienced global music agent and executive, who oversees all live touring and events at Hello Live. With over 12 years of experience in the industry working at major agencies including WME and APA, Cory has represented pop-stars and brands alike, having arranged and coordinated 100+ city world tours in the live & digital space. Cory is also a Partner at Hello Pictures, developing intellectual properties and overseeing production across all media platforms including film, television, music, theatre, publishing and digital.
SETH HARDEN -SVP, PRODUCTION
An experienced cinematographer, animator, motion graphics designer, editor, and writer. Seth Harden spent 5 years directing music videos for numerous artists such as Common, Mos Def, Cypress Hill, Lauryn Hill, and Ariana Grande. In 2011, Seth joined the MotorTrend Channel as a Producer on the series "Epic Drives" and "RoadKill". In 2019, Harden signed on with the Noise Nest Animation Network as Head of Development. Seth won an Academy Award as an editor on Icarus.
CHRISTINE TOLSON -VP, PRODUCTION
Christine is a physical production executive with over 10 years of experience in live-action television series. Christine spent 5 years as a Senior Production Manager for the iconic Marvel Television, working on Daredevil (S2), Iron Fist (S1, S2), Luke Cage (S2), and The Punisher (S1, S2). Christine is a hands-on executive working closely with showrunners and producers and has experience in all stages of production, from budgeting, scheduling, and supervision to assembling crews and overseeing post-production.
SVP, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
SCOTT HOLROYD -SVP, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Former Head of Development for LD Entertainment, Scott has overseen development and production in the family & YA market for over a decade, working on I Can Only Imagine ($86M Box Office), Risen ($46M Box Office), Judy ($46M Box Office), Jackie ($30M Box Office), Words On Bathroom Walls, and many more. He has established strong relationships at Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Amazon, HBO, Apple, BBC, ITV and more.
VP, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
NICK SCHLEIN -VP, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Former team member in management operations at Roc Nation, Nick Schlein worked across their star-studded roster building and developing brand partnerships and helping to actualize their clients’ entrepreneurial aspirations. He’s worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and Kelly Rowland. Prior to Roc Nation, Nick worked in various roles at tech startups and venture capital firms in the Bay Area, developing a network of strategic partners.
DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
MICHAEL MANCUSO -DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
After a successful run as an A&R for The Hello Group's music publishing division, Michael's skill and talent for storytelling and project management were quickly discovered. As an avid gamer, Michael will be assisting on development and production duties, while overseeing our R&D on games development internationally.