Rob Allyn

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Rob Allyn (born October 18, 1959) is an American film producer, screenwriter, media company owner and New York Times best-selling author. He is chairman and CEO of Margate House Films, based at Fox Studios in Sydney. Working in Indonesia, Thailand, India, China and Australia with his son, director-screenwriter Conor Allyn, he co-wrote and produced the award-winning box office hit war epics Red and White,[1][2] Blood of Eagles[3] and Hearts of Freedom, along with the documentary Hungry is the Tiger, 52 television shows and more than a hundred advertisements for Asian and global markets.

Early career[edit]

Born in California on October 18, 1959, Allyn gained his Bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he attended the School of Foreign Service. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University and began his career as a Capitol Hill aide, PepsiCo executive speechwriter to Texas Governor Bill Clements in the early 1980s.

Rob Allyn was also President and CEO of Allyn & Company, Inc., the high-profile public relations, advertising, public affairs and political media firm he founded 22 years ago in Dallas, according to the website of VOX Global Mandate which he co-chairs.

"The Allyn & Company agency serves Fortune 500 corporations, industry groups, governmental agencies and heads of state in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia. ... A former speechwriter to Texas Governor Bill Clements, Rob served on Capitol Hill as a PR executive for Frito-Lay and PepsiCo, Inc. A graduate of Georgetown University, he holds a Master of Liberal Arts from SMU. He served on the Texas Governor's Criminal Justice Task Force, the 1993 Young Leaders Conference in Berlin, and led a 1999 democracy-training mission to the West Bank of Palestine for International Republican Institute." [1]

Articles on Allyn & Company's website brag of Rob Allyn's political consulting prowess, especially involving his business and political clients in Mexico. An article titled "Mr. Mexico" in D Magazine, March 2001, reads in part: "One of the first phone calls George W. Bush made after the inauguration was to Mexican president Vicente Fox. The men chatted amiably in Spanish. Perhaps President Bush ought to keep Rob Allyn’s phone number nearby, too—Allyn helped put Fox in power. We caught up with the public relations guru in Mexico City, where he’s already working the levers—on behalf of American businesses. If you want to do business in Mexico, Rob Allyn is the man to know. Last year, Allyn helped elect Vicente Fox to the presidency, knocking off the PRI, the ruling party that had dominated Mexico for 71 years. The long-shot win turned Allyn into a valuable liaison between American business and a changing Mexico. In Mexico City on December 2, the morning after Fox’s inauguration, Allyn is already working the levers. Despite a lingering cold, Allyn is in good spirits as he settles down to breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel. The day before, he escorted 7-Eleven CEO Jim Keyes and his wife, Margo, to the inauguration, where Fox delivered a speech that Allyn helped craft. The consultant then hosted a reception for soon-to-be Governor Rick Perry, national Republican Party chair Jim Nicholson, and other notables. Tomorrow Allyn will accompany clients from Deloitte & Touche, Mary Kay Cosmetics, American Airlines, and other corporations to a reception at nearby Los Pinos, the Mexican White House." [2]

According to an April 6, 2000, article in the Dallas Observer, Rob Allyn was a key player in the George W. Bush campaign to discredit his rival for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination Senator John McCain. Millionaire Bush supporter Sam Wyly funded Republicans for Clean Air to attack McCain in key states during the 2000 primary campaign. Rob Allyn was paid $46,000 to help create the ads. [3]. (Merrie Spaeth, PR consultant on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack on John Kerry, played a bit role in the operation according to web intelligence aggregator NNDB.) [4]

On Sunday, July 9, 2000, The Narco News Bulletin announced in headlines on its website: "Texas GOP Political Consultant Rob Allyn Admits Covert Activity in Mexican Presidential Campaign. 'Democracy Watch' Director Boasts to Dallas Morning News that he was Fox's Consultant All Along. Fox has lost all moral and legal authority to expel human rights observers and journalists from Mexico." The gist of the story, as summarized and documented on The Narco News Bulletin website as a statement to Mexico President Vincente Fox, is: "Today's revelations in the Dallas Morning News, Mr. President-elect, are that: For three years you used foreigners -- and were used by them -- to participate in Mexican politics without disclosing that fact. During these three years you said nothing in defense of the hundreds of foreign human rights observers and journalists expelled from the country under Article 33 of the Mexican constitution (prohibiting direct involvement in Mexican political affairs, but not, legally speaking, journalism or human rights observance). That your foreign campaign operatives created a phony human rights group, 'Democracy Watch,' to 'monitor' the elections. Therefore, when you arrive December 1st to the presidency, you will have already lost all legal and moral credibility to continue the policy of expelling and deporting foreign journalists and human rights observers from Chiapas, Guerrero or any other part of Mexico. And you can thank Rob Allyn for that." [5]

According to the website of Ace Cash Express, which " operates 1,230 check cashing, short-term consumer loan stores in the United States," Rob Allyn joined their Board of Directors in 2004. [6]

Media industry[edit]

In 1983, Rob Allyn founded Allyn & Company, an advertising, public relations and political media agency based in Dallas, Austin, Phoenix and Mexico City. In 2002, Allyn sold his agency to Omnicom,[4] one of the world's largest media holding companies, and served for five more years as its CEO. During 25 years in the media industry, Allyn served as a political strategist to presidents, prime ministers, foreign governments[5] and political parties, sports teams and Fortune 500 corporations like Conoco Phillips, AT&T, Coca-Cola, EDS, American Airlines, 7-Eleven, T. Boone Pickens, Marriott, Mexican President Vicente Fox, the Dallas Cowboys and Phoenix Coyotes. He later served on the board of directors of ACE Cash Express, the largest retail financial services provider in the U.S.

Author, novelist and TV commentator[edit]

In 2007, Rob Allyn wrote Revolution of Hope with former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Published in English and Spanish by Viking Press, the book made the New York Times Best-Sellers List.

Allyn's first novel, the political thriller Front Runner, was published in 1990 by Crown/Random House of New York and spent 13 weeks on best-seller lists.[citation needed]

Allyn was also a television commentator, with regular shows on Fox News and PBS. He has appeared on CNN’s Inside Politics, The O'Reilly Factor, The MacNeil-Lehrer Report and Listening to America with Bill Moyers.

Film and entertainment industry[edit]

In 2007, Rob Allyn founded Margate House Films in south east Asia. His first film, Red and White (2009) received strong reviews.[6][7] and won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and First Place People’s Choice Award at the Bali International Film Festival. The film led to two sequels, Blood of Eagles,[8] which was a box office success, and Heart of Freedom, due out in June 2011.

Allyn also created, wrote and produced the feature documentary Hungry is the Tiger which was selected for the Rome Film Festival Asiatica Film Mediale[9] and nominated as Best Documentary at the 53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan and the 2010 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in the United States.

In 2012, Allyn co-wrote and produced Java Heat, a crime-thriller set in Indonesia about an American (played by Kellan Lutz) who teams up with a local cop (Ario Bayu) to track down an eccentric jewel-thief (played by Mickey Rourke). The film was released worldwide in mid-2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Red And White, "About the Film", 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ Peppard, Alan, The Dallas Morning News, "Movies With Rob Allyn", 30 October 2009.
  3. ^ Blood Of Eagles, "About the Film", 8 October 2009.
  4. ^ Cohen, Jeffery M., "Put Options: How To Use This Powerful Financial Tool For Profit and Protection", Page 207, 2003.
  5. ^ Romero, Simon, New York Times, "Republican Strategist Is Taking Heat for Taking Mexico as Client", 18 December 2005.
  6. ^ Edwards, Russell, Variety "Red and White", 14 October 2009.
  7. ^ Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2010, "Red and White", 21 April 2010.
  8. ^ Kurniasari, Triwik, The Jakarta Post, "Blood, Sweat and Tears", 5 September 2010.
  9. ^ Rome Asiatic Film Mediale, "Hungry Is The Tiger", 30 October 2009.

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