Essential Arts Entertainment specialises in music based audio visual content production and music artist management. Founded by Richard Conway, former Head of Business at Molinare, music manager and former Record Company Executive Jim Gottlieb and Film Director Julien Temple, EAE seeks to produce content of integrity, authenticity and passion appealing to both commercial and cultural audiences alike
Following his honours degree in Law in 1987, Richard moved to LA to work for the Hemdale Film Corporation, producers of The Terminator, Platoon and The Last Emperor. Returning to the UK in 1990 he joined music equipment hire company, FX Rentals as Marketing Manager followed by Business Development Manager with Audio Post house Videosonics, establishing their cinema sound division as a world contender working on over 100 feature films, including Love is the Devil, Sexy Beast, Alien Vs Predator and 10,000BC with Directors such as Lynne Ramsay, Julien Temple, Roger Michell, Kenneth Brannagh, Paul Anderson and Roland Emmerich.
In 2008 Richard joined Post Production and Film Investment house Molinare, soon promoted to Head of Business with responsibility for all revenue generation for the company. Projects produced and post produced, included the multi-Oscar winning The Kings Speech, the most successful independent UK film. He has been involved in the finance negotiations, production and completion of over 150 films and television shows over his 25 year career. In spring 2013 Richard became Managing Director of Essential Arts Ltd, the music and Film production Company and remains an active consultant to the industry.
Julien has a wealth of extraordinary film, documentary and music video credits. His early punk interest inspired the The Great Rock And Roll Swindle and seminal videos for the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many other Iconic British artists.
Following the iconic Absolute Beginners, Julien moved to the US, where he directed Earth Girls Are Easy, and further music videos for such artists as Janet Jackson, Neil Young and Tom Petty. Returning to the UK he directed Vigo: Passion for Life about the early French film maker and Pandæmonium about Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Filth and the Fury, Glastonbury and Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten, followed affirming Julien as the leading Director in music feature documentaries. Then came The Liberty of Norton Folgate , Oil City Confidential and
the prestigious Grierson Documentary Award winning Requiem to Detroit. Then London: The Modern Babylon, charted the history of London through culture and music, in his compelling, entertaining and informative unique creative style: a style now both very much in demand and clearly recognisable. More recently projects include Rio: 50 Degrees which provides a raw insight into the city of Rio De Janeiro and New years Day '77 The Clash which takes us back to the early punk era with never before seen footage of the band, shot by Julien. His current projects include The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, The Strypes Documentary and in early pre-production the eagerly awaited biopic of the Kinks, You Really Got Me.
Jim began his career managing Eastcote Recording Studios in 1990, key recordings include: Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Elastica, Brian Eno, Neneh Cherry, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Epworth, Sly and Robbie, Soft Cell.
Jim founded Sugar Records with Paul Hitchman whilst at Eastcote Studios. Sugar Records was purchased by Arista Records (Sony BMG) in 1994 and Jim joined Arista Records reporting to Nigel Grainge. Jim left Arista in 1997 to join East West / Warner Music reporting to Rob Dickins and Max Hole. Key artists during this period included ODB, TLC, Usher at Arista and Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, The Wildhearts at East West. From 1996 -1999 Jim was also a music consultant at Channel 4 Television and Channel Five Television. Jim was instrumental in the Spice Girls launch of C5 and commissioned Damon Albarn to write C4’s football theme’s and acquired the David Arnold ‘Shaken and Stirred” James Bond documentary for C4. After leaving Warner Music Jim co-founded Playlouder as a Joint Venture with Martin Mills, owner of The Beggars Group. Playlouder won a BT award for Best Use of Broadband in 2001 for it’s online coverage of the two main stages of Glastonbury Festival. Jim founded a sister company to Playlouder that provided new media marketing services to clients including Oasis, White Stripes, Dizzee Rascal, Franz Ferdinand, Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music and Beggars Group. Playlouder also launched Consolidated Independent which is one of the largest independent music digital distribution companies in Europe.
Jim’s recent management projects include Congo Natty (Rebel MC), The Strypes, Keith Allen and Dennis Morris (Bob Marley’s official photographer).