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The Breakfast Meeting with Paul McGuinness

The Breakfast Meeting with Paul McGuinness

Room 1 | 10:30 – 12:00 | Friday

Host: Ed Bicknell, Damage Mgmt (UK)

After just over a decade of trying to pin him down for this one, we’re thrilled to finally announce that joining host and raconteur Ed Bicknell for The Breakfast Meeting will be one of the music industry’s most legendary managers - Paul McGuinness.

Paul founded what was to become one of the world’s leading artist management companies, Principle Management, in 1982. He managed U2 from the start of their career until 2013, during which time they won 22 Grammys and sold over 160 million albums worldwide. He also managed multiple Mercury Prize Winner - PJ Harvey and The Rapture.

Paul is also widely known in the film business as a partner in Ardmore Film Studios in Ireland and a member of BAFTA. In 2013, he set-up Primo Productions and is currently in production for RIVIERA TV, a drama series set in the South of France which premieres in May 2017.

After a lifetime at the top of the international touring business, expect a unique hour and a half of conversation and recollection not to be missed under any circumstances!  

Opposite the hot seat will be raconteur Ed-xtraordinaire, the one and only Ed Bicknell.

If there’s a better reason to get out of bed on a Friday morning, we can’t think of one… 

Full Biog | Paul McGuinness

PMcGPaul McGuinness was born in Germany in 1951 and educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College Dublin. He was the founder of Principle Management and is well known throughout the world in both the film and music business.

Mr McGuinness is a partner in Ardmore Film Studios in Ireland. He is a member of BAFTA and was a member of the Arts Council of Ireland for 12 years. In 1998, he was one of the founders of TV3 in Ireland. He is a partner in a number of restaurants in New York including the Spotted Pig.

He established Principle Management in 1982, and managed U2 from the start of their career. U2 have won 22 Grammys and sold over 160 million albums worldwide. Principle Management was one of the world’s leading artist management companies with offices in Dublin & NY, overseeing U2 and multiple Mercury Prize Winner - PJ Harvey and The Rapture. The company was sold to Live Nation in 2013.

Since 1995, McGuinness Whelan Ltd have been the publishers of ‘Riverdance The Musical.’

Paul McGuinness has received numerous awards including Freedom of the City of Dublin with U2 (1999); Honorary Doctorate in Law from University College Dublin (2000); Pollstar Music Awards ‘Personal Manager of the Year’ (2003); Strat Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’ at Music Week Awards, London (2004); Billboard ‘Manager of the Year’ (2005); Peter Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music (2006); and the Billboard Industry Icon Award (2014).

Alongside U2, he was awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Chile in 2006.

In 2013, Paul set-up Primo Productions, Dublin, who are currently (in partnership with Archery Films) in production for Riviera TV drama series set in the South of France for SKY Atlantic, premiere May 2017.

Host's Biog | Ed Bicknell

After moving to London, Ed worked as a drummer for Jess Conrad and then as a booker for John Sherry Artists, finding work for a number of prog-rock/college bands - including Wishbone Ash. Towards the end of 1977 he was working at the NEMS agency when he got a call from Phonogram A&R man John Stainze who had just signed a new band, Dire Straits, to the Vertigo label. Ed got the job as their manager, and continued to manage Mark Knopfler as a solo performer for several years after the dissolution of Dire Straits in 1995. He left the London office of William Morris Agency as head of international music in February 2008, after working there for a year. In recent years, Ed has often appeared on radio and television to discuss music industry issues and his beachfront home in Barbados.