Johnny Fewings is a record and film industry veteran of over 40 years. Prior to establishing JFMC in 2010 he had been Head of Strategic Initiatives at Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), the home entertainment arm of Universal Pictures.
Starting behind the counter at Virgin Records, Johnny rose to become the first manager of the famed London Megastore in 1979 and subsequently MD of Virgin Retail in 1983, a position he held until 1988, during which time he oversaw the expansion of the chain into Europe and Australia, as well as establishing the Virgin Megastore brand.
Richard Branson, speaking at an awards luncheon in London's Park Lane in the early 1990's said “Without people like Johnny Fewings I wouldn't be where I am today".
Johnny then left retail moving into video publishing holding posts with Parkfield Entertainment and Pearson before becoming deputy MD, and subsequently joint MD, of Vision Video Ltd. (VVL), a video publishing imprint of Polygram Records UK which specialised in non-film entertainment, particularly comedy. VVL was largely responsible for creating the comedy-on-video market for which the UK is the field leader, representing artists such as Billy Connolly, Lee Evans, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais and Eddie Izzard.
Eddie recently said "Johnny was always someone I could count on to have great input. He was always very wise with his advice and I'm sure he always will be".
Following Polygram's acquisition by Universal, Johnny became Joint MD of Universal Pictures (UK) in 2002, holding this position until 2007 when he became Head of Strategic Initiatives and was executive producer on the motion picture ‘4321’, starring and directed by Bafta Award winner Noel Clarke.
This subsequently led to a role involving exec productions and film acquisition and since that time he has been involved in over 250 feature films. Production credits include A Fantastic Fear Of Everything starring Simon Pegg and directed by Crispian Mills, The Time Of Their Lives starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins and the big screen version of Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie.
Stephen McCrum, producer of the D'Movie said “Johnny has a depth of experience second to none, is incredibly generous with his knowledge, and his insight and advice contributed hugely to the success of D'Movie. I can't imagine how it would have been making my first feature without his enthusiastic support, and luckily, I now don't.”
Acquisitions he has been involved in are many and include films such as Wild Bill, Northern Soul, League Of Gentlemen Apocalypse, ‘Marley’, the Bob Marley film documentary, Born To Be Blue, Personal Shopper, Five Feet Apart, Marianne & Leonard and Apollo 11.
Johnny has developed a series of talks/lectures. There are currently three although he hopes to create more over the next 12 months. Currently the talks are:
- Negotiation - the characters and styles you will come across.
- Time - Busy is a State Of Mind, what can you do to achieve more in less time.
- Film Financing - where does the money come from and where does it go.
Music still features prominently in his work and social life and he has exec produced, alongside producer Jan Leman, the feature film documentary Acoustic Routes exploring the life of guitar player Bert Jansch.
He was a founding member of, and still helps run, the music venue Whitstable Sessions - inviting acoustic musicians from around the world to perform at the club. Recent artists have included Mary Gauthier, Sam Lee, Mary Coughlin, Geoff Muldaur and Martha Tilston.
In the early 2000’s he was one of the creators of the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a cross-industry body that helps to address piracy issues in the film business. He is still actively involved in helping the Trust, in particular, its Find Any Film initiative which enables quick and easy access to legitimate film and TV content.
Johnny is available for both short term fixes and advice as well as long term strategic consultancy, applying his talent and wisdom, along with any questions you may have regarding drop thumb clawhammer banjo techniques or whatever is right and appropriate for you, the client.
He is also available for non executive roles and can be contacted via email email@example.com or on +44 (0) 7494 363287.