A Worldwide Sales Company to exploit the productions of Emperor Media.
CARDINAL RELEASING Ltd. was established to control the Worldwide Sales of the productions of sister company Emperor Media. Ltd, such as BB King – The Life of Riley, The Classic Artists Series, The Loved One – Michael Hutchence, All Apologies – Kurt Cobain, Mix of Nations (Tv Series) and most recently Nat King Cole – Afraid of the Dark.
With Jon Brewer’s sales experience, who had a major foothold in the burgeoning video industry in the 1980′s as the third largest video distributor in the UK , he moved into production and sales of his own productions. Along with Laura Royko, who brought pre sales of over $1 million to the Classic Artist Series alone, Cardinal Releasing is a fully fledged sales concern that represents one of the finest music oriented film catalogues in the industry. Cardinal Releasing are one of the few remaining independents in the UK to sustain.
Cardinal Releasing is based in the Cotswolds and conducts its business worldwide. Specialising in export for broadcast markets, dvd and digital distribution. Cardinal enjoy strong and continuing relationships with majors such as Universal Music International, BBC, SKY, SBS, HBO and ABC networks.
Director / Producer
“Mr. Rock & Roll” as he affectionately known, Jon Brewer is the Producer/Director of the much-lauded feature documentary, “ BB KING : The Life of Riley,” and most recently the biopic feature on Nat King Cole ‘Afraid of the Dark’, commissioned by the Cole family estate and featuring on BBC in the UK . Brewer kicked off his Directing career in 2005 with “The CLASSIC ARTISTS Series“ followed by “Jimi Hendrix – The Guitar Hero“, Rock Poet’ and ‘Legends of the Canyon’. Jon also directed a 14 Camera shoot at The Royal Albert Hall of the BB King 2011 final UK performance, and was responsible for bringing to the show Ronnie Wood, Slash, Mick Hucknell, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi.
For over 30 years, he has continued to play a pivotal role in the careers of some of rock’s most legendary artists.
Beginning his career in music management, Brewer quickly rose to the top of his profession, aligning himself with up-and-coming artists such as David Bowie/Gem Productions, Gene Clarke of the Byrds, Rolling Stones members Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman and Alvin Lee and 10 Years After.
Jon Brewer was awarded the much-coveted Ivor Novello Award for “Best Publisher” and another for “Best Song” in 1979 for Gerry Rafferty’s timeless hit “Baker Street” and another for the album “City to City”, which seized the number 1 position in the Billboard charts and also topped the charts in the UK and Europe.
He was responsible for the re-formation of the band “Yes” with Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White, and Rick Wakeman – well known for their on-going acrimonious relationship with each other. ‘Yes’ went on to record the“Keys to Ascension” project with Brewer at the helm.
In the early 1980′s Jon Brewer was a pioneer of the Video Industry, and creation of the 4th largest Independent in the UK, ” Avatar Film Company”, forming strong associations withCBS/FOX, and EMI, Universal/ CIC. In the first year of Avatar Film Corp being launched, it was responsible for 20% of the turnover for CBS/FOX. The distributions branched out to Europe, Australasia, Japan, and through Universal in America, allowed Brewer to become a Producer in his own right. To control his own destiny, a sales company was set up and Brewer learned from the sales markets, the efforts of selling to distributors around the world. This brought him into the Television business, and Television Sales.
In the year 2000, Jon Brewer was responsible for bringing to the BBC “The FUGI ROCK FESTIVAL” a 69-camera shoot, shot at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan with such artists as Oasis, Eminem, Alanis Morissette, and Neil Young, amongst others. This led to the making of the authorised documentary of Michael Hutchence, and also “Kurt Cobain – All Apologies”, on the 10th Anniversary of his death.
Having foreseen the inevitable connection between Music and the new “DVD” with all its various capabilities, Brewer began to formulate ideas for this new medium. He produced the 1st DVD on “Dance” Music in association with “Ministry of Sound” a DVD entitled “The Annual“, incorporating 5.1 surround sound and fantastic graphic visual effects to make a home entertainment DVD, whereby the hit songs of the time could be played during a party to combine the audio and visual experience in the home. Interviews with the latest top DJ’s were then placed on the DVD for more added options. This success led to the creation of the “Cream the DVD” which was of a similar nature, with the popular “Cream” brand acquired and utilized.
With a continuing participation in artists’ management, and now the worldwide acclaim of BB KING ‘The Life of Riley’ as well as “The Classic Artists Series”, for Television, DVD, IPTV, VOD, and all associated future Brand activity, as well as various other spin-offs relating to well developed with Rock Music’s legends and their management, Jon Brewer has created a niche in the industry which continues to flourish.
Previously the Sales Director of Cardinal Releasing and responsible for most Media deals , on a worldwide basis, Laura Royko has been responsible for deals with BBC, SKY, MTV (USA), FOX, SBS, ABC, Channel 4 (UK), Channel 5 (UK), Biography and Universal.
Upon the creation of “The Classic Artists Series”, Royko brought the (Classic Artists) Series and the brand to the marketplace in a Pre-Sales capacity and signed deals for DVD Distribution in U.S.A. ,Canada, Japan, Australia, UK and Europe, setting the series on a strong footing from prior to the completion of the first Episode. The distribution in new and diverse platforms continues, as well as her involvement in the development of new programming concepts.
Laura now writes all script , press and packaging for the company, including treatments and scripts for upcoming series (working title) ‘ On the Trail of the Blues’.