Ed Simons

Ed Simons Broadcast Advisor

Having qualified as a chartered accountant, Edward has over 40 years’ experience in the Entertainment, Sports and Broadcast Industries.

In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Edward built the Brent WalkerGroup from a standing start to become the UK’s leading independent film company, including the Focus Cinema chain, and specialising in film production and distribution. During this period, amongst many others, Edward produced The Stud and The Bitch with Joan Collins which paved the way to her starring role in Dynasty; Loophole with Albert Finney and Martin Sheen; and the Cannes nominated Return of the Soldier with Ann Margaret.

Also during this period Edward developed an interest in boxing promotion and promoted the pre-Olympic tournament of London vs. New York.

In 1982 Edward developed the Chelsea Farmer’s Market; an outdoor restaurant and shopping centre in London’s Kings Road which still thrives today.

From 1982 to 1999 Edward teamed up with Harvey Goldsmith, the UK’s leading concert promoter, to create the Allied Entertainment Group. During these years the group promoted such artists as The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Luciano Pavarotti. It also promoted events such as Roger Walters’ The Wall at Berlin Wall, and Live Aid.

Edward continued to produce movies including The Lawnmower Man with Pierce Brosnan, Nostradamus with TchekyKaryo and Julia Ormand, and two Harry Palmer movies with Michael Caine.

In 1985 Edward and Harvey joined forces with Boxing Promoter Frank Warren to build the London Arena.

During this period Edward became a Director and founding shareholder of XFM Radio which was eventually sold to Capital Radio and is now a National radio station.

In 1992, firstly together with Harvey and later with Annie-T Simons, Edward created the London Leopards Basketball franchise competing in the professional British Basketball League (BBL). In a short period of time the Leopards rose to become one of the leading teams in the UK winning both the league and the cup competitions. With sponsorship from Adidas and Playboy TV the Leopards vs. the London Towers games attracted live audiences of 10,000 people at the London Arena and Wembley.

On behalf of the BBL Edward negotiated lucrative television deals with Sky broadcasting.

 

In 2000 Edward negotiated with one of the world’s leading boxing promoters Frank Warren to reverse his private boxing promotion business into a listed public company, Sports Network plc. The company promoted in excess of 90% of the UK’s championship boxing matches both in the UK and the USA with fighters including; Joe Calzaghe, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, and Mike Tyson.

Following retirement from Sports Network plc Edward has continued his interest in the Entertainment and Sports businesses as an executive producer of the Terry Jones (Monty Python) Absolutely Anything movie with Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale and Robin Williams.

He also was the co-founder of Power Snooker, a short form events version of the traditional snooker game.

In 2012, Edward became Chairman and Founder Shareholder of That’s Media Group, the UK’s leading independent television broadcaster with 21 stations broadcasting to over 10 million homes in the UK. Broadcast on Channel 7 in England and Channel 8 in Scotland That’s TV is a public service broadcaster on the front page of the EPG on free view television.