Julian Henry

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Julian Henry is a PR executive based in London and Los Angeles. He has worked in PR and journalism since the 1980s. He founded the agency Henry's House in the 1990s [1] and was appointed Head of Communication for Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment in 2006.[2]

Family[edit]

Henry is the son of Brian Henry, a well-known figure in the early days of independent TV in London, and Elizabeth Craig, journalist and 1930s child star of various advertising campaigns. She was photographed by Dorothy Wilding for the Daily Express and other newspapers.

He is a great-nephew of Elizabeth Craig MBE, the best-known Scottish cook of the 20th century,[3] and a renowned journalist. She wrote 40 cookery books, and contributed to many magazines and newspapers. She appeared on the 'over 90s' show on BBC TV Parkinson in 1978 aged 95 alongside Rt Honourable Manny Shinwell MP and the playwright Ben Travers CBE.

Julian Henry is great-nephew of Arthur Mann, war correspondent and reporter for the Washington Post, New York Times and the radio broadcaster the Mutual Broadcasting Company. Mann was one of the few reporters to publish reports from both WW1 and WW2 from bases in Europe, a contemporary of Edward Murrow and Richard Dimbleby. Mann became well known across America during the 1940s through his weekly reports from the London Blitz.

He is the brother of copywriter Susie Henry, D&AD Gold Award winner, creator of the slogan "We Won't Make A Drama Out of a Crisis" and founder of advertising agency Waldron Allen Henry & Thompson. He has two other sisters, Louise and Deborah, who is his twin.

Julian Henry lives in London and Oxford and has two children: George (born 1997) and Harriet (born 1999).

Career[edit]

PR and Marketing[edit]

Henry's first job in marketing was as a publicist in London in 1979 repping clients that included Billy Idol, Blondie and The Buzzcocks. He later became PR Manager for the Albion Management company where he promoted The dBs, Hazel O'Connor, Billy Bragg, Joe Jackson while pursuing a career as a songwriter and music journalist for Melody Maker, NME, Record Mirror and Music Week.

In 1986, Henry joined fashion agency Lynne Franks and remained there ten years as she promoted the careers of Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Rifat Ozbek and other influential designers, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. In 1987 Henry met music manager Simon Fuller and began a working relationship that lasts to the current day. His first work for Fuller was for songwriter Cathy Dennis and Annie Lennox while at Lynne Franks PR. He remains one of Fuller closest advisors and has taken on a senior role at 19 Entertainment as global head of communication.

He became a director of Lynne Franks PR in 1991 and developed his own brand roster including Absolut Vodka, Coca-Cola, BBC Radio 1, HMV Music Stores, Yamaha, Sega, The Spice Girls and TV shows including BAFTA award winning C4 show Network 7. While at LFPR Julian Henry co-produced two x 30 minute TV shows for BBC TV 'Yamaha Band Explosion' (BBC),[4] which featured early performances by several notable rock bands including Teenage Fanclub, Manic Street Preachers, Blur and Radiohead.

Between 1996 and 1998, he was a member of the Spice Girls' management team.[5] In 1998 he launched his own PR company, Henry's House with Simon Fuller as a fellow director.[6]While running Henry's House he publicised Tango, Big Brother, Coca-Cola, Absolut Vodka, Pop Idol and various TV shows and celebrities.[7] In 2003 Henry began to represent David & Victoria Beckham.[8]

In 2004 Julian Henry was listed Top 10 Marketing & PR executives in the UK [9] and two years later he took on the role of Head of Communications at Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment. Henry took on David and Victoria Beckham, the American Idol TV show, which was at the time the No.1 rated show in North America, as well as corporate affairs for Fuller. He orchestrated the Beckham move to LA in 2007. In 2008 he moved to work from Fuller's Los Angeles office in West Hollywood.

In 2013 Henry began work in China promoting David Beckham's role as Ambassador for Chinese football.[10] Henry is no longer involved with Henry's House; he was a Trustee of The ICA from 2001 to 2008 and writes an occasional newspaper column for The Guardian.[11]

Writing[edit]

In the early 1980s Henry was a contributor to Melody Maker and other music magazines; He was the first journalist to review the newly formed Simply Red and teenage actress Patsy Kensit, then about to launch her career with Eighth Wonder. He interviewed many 80s music acts including Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Propaganda, Trevor Horn, Wet Wet Wet, Motorhead and others for NME, Melody Maker and Music Week. While contributing to Underground Magazine Henry unearthed Liverpool group The La's who he introduced to Go Discs chief Andy McDonald. He interviewed John Peel and Chelsea footballer Pat Nevin for Underground Magazine. He wrote regularly for The Guardian between 2005 and 2009 on Marketing and Media issues.

In 2008 / 2009 Julian Henry wrote articles in UK press criticising the appointment of Andy Coulson as the British Prime Minister Head of Communications, and commented publicly since on the subsequent phone hacking scandal that has enveloped the British tabloids.[12]

Music[edit]

Julian Henry has written and recorded music with indie group The Hit Parade since 1985. In early 1990s they embarked on a series of tours of Japan and USA and released several CDs that were critically applauded but never commercially successful. In the 1990s the band recorded 'In Gunnersbury Park' for Sarah Records. In 2011, following the release of a new record by the Hit Parade, Guardian journalist Alexis Petridis interviewed Julian Henry about his dual existence as PR agent and musician.[13] Julian Henry has been quoted in several publications concerning popular culture.[14] [15] [16] [17] [18]

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cision.com/uk/blog/sinatra-beatles-stones-which-of-the-uks-power-book-prs-has-the-x-factor/
  2. ^ Rose, James (25 April 2005). "Inside Story: Who's absolutely fabulous in PR?". The Independent. London: Independent News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  3. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/book-of-a-lifetime-collins-family-cookery-by-elizabeth-craig-2366409.html
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1948261/
  5. ^ Henry, Julian (16 July 2006). "Flashback: July 1996". Guardian Unlimited. London: Guardian News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Sanghera, Sathham (22 April 2002). "No business like show biz. No money, either". FT.com. The Financial Times Ltd. Archived from the original on 22 May 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Pop Life, Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Hodder and Stoughton 2002
  8. ^ https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=julian+henry+beckhams&client=firefox-a&hs=nbq&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&imgil=UDOrJW6J9W1h8M%253A%253BS4jGIgM2B1eIyM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fglamvictoriabeckhamcollection.blogspot.com%25252F2011%25252F11%25252Fwalpole-awards-in-london-best-emerging.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=UDOrJW6J9W1h8M%253A%252CS4jGIgM2B1eIyM%252C_&usg=__FrJTtXoKpP2RnoYdXjION19xmQc%3D&biw=1366&bih=580&ved=0CDoQyjc&ei=lkQfVLSeDafY7Aam8IDoCg#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=zyeV4zy81XyyBM%253A%3BQUQNSktQDywJcM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww2.pictures.zimbio.com%252Fgi%252FJulian%252BHenry%252BWalpole%252BAwards%252BExcellence%252BQZ1BlaQ0Jtbl.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.zimbio.com%252Fpictures%252Fgyr1LceW4dC%252FWalpole%252BAwards%252BExcellence%252FQZ1BlaQ0Jtb%252FJulian%252BHenry%3B441%3B594
  9. ^ "Marketing & PR". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "MediaGuardian Innovation Awards Judges". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. 2007. Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  11. ^ Jack, Louise (19 September 2007). "Vamping the Brand". Marketing Week. Centaur Media plc. Retrieved 28 September 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ Burrell, Ian (9 September 2010). "Hack attack: Are the tabloids out of control?". The Independent. London. 
  13. ^ Petridis, Alexis (26 May 2011). "Julian Henry's double life". The Guardian. London. 
  14. ^ Poplife, Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Hodder and Stoughton 2002
  15. ^ Big Brother 2 The Official Unseen Story, Jean Ritchie Channel 4 Books 2001
  16. ^ The Celeb Diaries, Mark Frith, Ebury Press 2008
  17. ^ Where The Truth Lies, Julia Hobsbawm, Atlantic Books 2006
  18. ^ Wannabe, How The Spice Girls Reinvented Pop Fame, David Sinclair, Omnibus Press, 2004