Kilby oversees all integrated and content-based campaigns on the Ziff Davis brands – IGN, Askmen and Ziff Davis Tech. He runs all events, heads up creative commissioning for third parties and looks after design. Over the last year he has progressed from being someone highly capable at a specific set of tasks to someone who can take on a wide variety of responsibilities and execute them brilliantly. The firm says he’s thorough, and deals efficiently and courteously with stakeholders.
It all started with the Christmas gift of a video camera when he was 15. Eight years later, Edwards is worth an estimated £8m. His YouTube channel, SBTV, which stands for Smokey Barz, made its name with films of performances by rappers and MCs in London’s grime scene. The company, which started in his bedroom on a west London council estate, now employs 12 people and has branched out into different genres – a music video they made for squeaky-clean singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has had nearly 8m hits.
BandPage, an online platform for musicians to build a presence and post content for fans. Today, the San Francisco-based company has more than 500,000 musicians as users–including big names such as Rihanna, 50 Cent, and Arcade Fire. The company uses a “freemium” model for musicians, who can purchase extra promotional tools, and also allows bands to sell unique experiences to fans.
At its most basic, Solomon Group can be described as a live event and multimedia installation production company, but the four-year-old start-up does much more than just construct stages and rent out microphones. It handles every aspect of events and exhibits, from concept development and design to construction and event management, building the broadcast booth for this year’s Super Bowl.