Ged Doherty

Ged Doherty

British Music & Film Industry Executive. Chairman of British Phonographic Industry (BPI) & BRIT AWARDS & Co Founder Of Raindog Films

Ged Doherty raised in Manchester, established the British film production company alongside BAFTA and Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth in 2012. Based in London, the company’s debut feature Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman, was theatrically released in the spring of 2016 to critical acclaim and commercial success, making the U.S. box office Top 10. It also reached number 2 in the UK Box office and was a big hit.

Their second film Loving, an interracial love story written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, was released theatrically in the US in November 2016 where it reached the Top 10. Loving has garnered critical acclaim since its release, winning the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, and earning Ruth Negga an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as Mildred Loving.

Currently, Doherty is in the middle of production on his third feature film; Official Secrets, based on the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun, and her leak of an NSA memo during the run up to the Iraq War. The film stars Keira Knightly, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, and Matthew Goode. It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.

Doherty is also the Chairman of the BPI & BRIT Awards Ltd, one of the UK Music Industry’s leading trade bodies, whose members are responsible for more than 85% of the recorded music sold or consumed across the country. The BPI represent over 300 independent labels, alongside industry heavyweights Sony, Warner, and Universal Music; and own and organize The Brit Awards, The Classic Brits, and The Mercury Music Prize.

Doherty assumed the role in January 2015 on the back of garnering an unparalleled wealth of music industry experience, having previously served as Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK. He became Chairman in 2006 – having played an integral role in its merger with BMG two years prior. Doherty worked with artists such as Dido, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, Beyoncé, Kasabian, and Foo Fighters; and was instrumental in launching the joint-enterprise between Sony and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment – an ambitious venture focused on the production and exploitation of music, television, film, and digital content on a global level.

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