Mel Brown has worked in PR since 1988 starting at CBS Records (now Sony) at just 18 years old! She continued to work in house at record labels East West and Arista/BMG before joining two independent PR companies – during this period she worked with major international artists that included Usher, TLC, Barry Manilow, Snap, En Vogue and many acts with Simon Cowell’s label alongside indie talent like James, St. Etienne, David Devant & His Spirit Wife, Minty and Adamski . Eventually she set up Impressive PR in 1998, initially as a music PR company, and was pivotal in breaking the likes of Muse, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, The Cooper Temple Clause and A Place To Bury Strangers amongst many others. She continues to work with numerous music clients that include new and emerging artists like Milk & Bone, Pi-Ja-Ma, The Gift, The Sounds, Goose, The Griswolds, The Magnettes, as well as more established and heritage acts that include Paul Oakenfold, The Bluetones, The Human League, Roy Harper, Glen Matlock (From the Sex Pistols), The Osmonds, David Essex, Paul Young, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Nick Heyward & The Zombies.
Mel’s love for comedy and entertainment saw a new department created in 1999 with an international roster that includes comedians such as Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho, Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Michael Che, Tom Stade & Lucy Porter and many more of the best new and established comedians in the business with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival being a highlight of the comedy year. This department also handles personal representation for actors/ celebrities and tours – where she launched the career of Helen George (Call The Midwife) and worked with many others that include Joan Collins, Nancy Dell’olio, David Hasselhoff, Steve O (Jackass), Hannah Spearrit (for Casualty), Olivier nominated Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots /Lazarus), Immodesty Blaize, BGT winners Ashleigh & Pudsey, Collabro and many more. Expanding even more into Festivals & awards ceremonies that include the Brighton Comedy Festival, London Sketchfest, the inaugural Just For Laughs London, Chortle Comedy Awards and Loaded Lafta’s. This department also handles DVDs, books and more!
With undeniable high level contacts and relationships across all areas of the music, comedy and entertainment industry, Mel’s hands on approach provides the necessary support that helps all her clients develop their careers.
Beth Heath Netherton graduated from Goldsmiths College with a degree in Media and Communications where she specialized in Film and Cinematography. Beth then worked at the Central Film School where she assisted students with the production of their films. Beth started in music PR on an internship for Republic Media where, after a month, she was asked to run the newly created online department and developed the business with clients that included Katie Melua and Caro Emerald.
Beth then moved to Impressive PR where she mostly covered music accounts. She was then promoted to Senior Publicist where she headed up many accounts for music and comedy that included 3 successful Edinburgh Festival seasons.
Helen has over ten years experience in entertainment, working as Promo Manager for an international nightclub brand as well as a strong history in publishing and music tech marketing & PR, she has worked with the biggest names in computer music worldwide which saw her secure the Sound on Sound magazine award for 'Outstanding Marketing' in 2016 as well as an appearance as an industry expert on 'BBC Introducing round table' in her native Devon.
Michelle Thomas graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature and, after two years teaching English in Japan, began a career in marketing and PR at Oxfam. She has more than twenty years experience in the entertainment industry; her clients have included Walt Disney, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and EOne; Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, London and Venice Film Festivals and Sega Games. Michelle has also worked as a journalist, reviewing films for www.futuremovies.co.uk and writing for the Africa Channel, and was on the committee of the British Independent Film Awards for ten years.