BRUCE KIRKLAND

PROJECT OVERVIEW / BUSINESS

Bruce Kirkland’s expertise has spanned a 30 year career in all facets of the entertainment and media industries, encompassing music, film, fashion and events. in  Australiasia, Europe and North America. Bruce and his company, Tsunami Entertainment, offer customized business development services, focused on the growth of talent and brands in the entertainment, media and consumer products sectors.

 

Bruce has been responsible for a number of significant “firsts” during his career, and is an industry-recognized marketing innovator;

  • Launched the first ever dedicated U.S. major label strategic marketing division, as President/CEO of EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties. EPROP was the most profitable division in EMI, and became the benchmark for similar entities at other major labels, changing the way music companies monetized their entertainment properties.
  • Re-engineered the “retail direct” model for clients Target Corporation (U.S.) and Tesco Stores (UK), managing exclusive retail releases for major artists such as Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Collective Soul, Ziggy Marley, Faithless and Simply Red. Prior to that, he directed the campaign for the first ever Starbucks exclusive music release with Blue Note Records.
  • Pioneered the “virtual label” model, offering a turnkey, outsourced marketing and distribution solution for rights holders outside the traditional label system; with artists such as Goldfrapp, Moby, Suicidal Tendencies, Tim Finn and UMG International artists Apocalyptica, Rammstein, Spiritualized, and Nick Drake. The current “label services” function at major labels was modeled on this system.
  • Was among the first to provide a specialized, dedicated marketing services function for major music brands, heading up global campaigns for Bon Jovi, Sarah Brightman, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, and The Bee Gees.
  • Managed one of the biggest and most complex music marketing events and product releases ever. The Beatles Anthology project comprised three albums, a network television special, a DVD box set and various catalogue and ancillary product initiatives over a 3 year period.
  • Prior to EMI, Bruce's New York-based Second Vision, became the leading company to offer specialized marketing services and representation for foreign-based artists in North America. Clients included Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, The Scorpions, Erasure, the Stranglers, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, Sisters of Mercy, Sugarcubes, Electronic, The The, Primal Scream, etc, and the labels Mute Records and Noise Records.

 

Bruce’s music career includes the role of President/CEO of EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties, which was at the time the largest company in the EMI Music Group and responsible for annual sales in excess of $250 million. Bruce also served as EVP of Capitol Records and directed The Beatles Anthology project, the music industry’s most successful marketing campaign with sales exceeding $300 million. While at EMI, Bruce led the product and marketing initiatives for numerous multi-platinum artists, including Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, REM, Tina Turner, The Spice Girls, Radiohead, Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt and the Beastie Boys. Prior to joining EMI, Bruce enjoyed stints as US President of legendary independent labels Stiff Records,  Mute Records and Berlin based metal label, Noise.

 

Bruce entered the world of feature film releasing, working with high profile indie film studios such as the UK-based Tartan Films and L.A. based Indomina Media, where he directed domestic releasing, international sales, acquisitions and business affairs. He has been responsible for the release of over 30 feature films, encompassing theatrical distribution, DVD releasing, VOD and ancillary exploitation platforms. Films included the critically-acclaimed Old Boy, Holy Motors, The Art of Rap, Detective Dee, Filly Brown, Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate, Imposter, and Bodyguards & Assassins.

 

Tsunami is now focused and operating primarily in a business development role, working with international brands in music, film entertainment, lifestyle media and fashion to provide business strategies, operational infrastructure and financing solutions.

EMI-CAPITOL ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES/CAPITOL RECORDS ARTISTS

The Band

Barney

The Beach Boys

Beastie Boys

Pat Benatar

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Blind Melon

Blondie

Blur

David Bowie

Garth Brooks

Butthole Surfers

George Clinton

Joe Cocker

Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole

Concrete Blonde

 

Culture Club & Boy George

George D’Angelo

Digable Planets

Duran Duran

Grand Funk Railroad

Al Green

George Harrison

Heart

Jimi Hendrix

Hot Chocolate

Billy Idol

Jethro Tull

John Lennon

aul McCartney

Steve Miller Band

Monty Python

Pet Shop Boys

 

Edith Piaf

Paul McCartney

Steve Miller Band

Monty Python

Pet Shop Boys

Edith Piaf

Pink Floyd

Poison

Iggy Pop

Louis Prima

Queensryche

Bonnie Raitt

Red Hot Chili Peppers

R.E.M.

Minnie Ripperton

Kenny Rogers

Leon Russell

 

John Secada

Bob Seger

Selena

Frank Sinatra

The Smithereens

Billy Squier

The Stray Cats

George Thorogood

Peter Tosh

Tina Turner

Ultra Lounge Series

The Wallflowers

Bebe & CeCe

Winans Wings

Bobby Womack

 

SECOND VISION CLIENTS & ARTISTS

Accept

Aerosmith

Alphaville

Bananarama

Jimmy Barnes

Big Pig

Blue Murder

Blue Rodeo

Miguel Bose

Jimmy Buffet

Celtic Frost

Chameleons

Cocteau Twins

Communards

Depeche Mode

Thomas Dolby

808 State

Electronic

 

 

Erasure

The Farm

Flesh for Lulu

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808 State

Electronic

Erasure

The Farm

Flesh for Lulu

FM-UK

Peter Gabriel

Gene Loves Jezebel

Girlschool

Grapes of Wrath

Helloween

Inspiral Carpets

Garland Jeffreys

Kraftwerk

 

 

Kirsty MacColl

Madness

Miami Vice – The Movie

Miami Vice – Prodigal Son

The Mission (UK)

Motorhead

MSG

Nitzer Ebb

The Pogues

Propaganda

Psychedelic Furs

Primal Scream

Recoil

Scorpions

The Shamen

Michael Shenker

Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Sisters of Mercy

 

Stranglers

Style Council

Sugarcubes

Swing Out Sister

Texas

The The

Uriah Heep

Various Artists/Mute Records

Various Artists/Noise Records

Voivod

Was Not Was

Whodini

Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics)

Wire

Yello

Yes

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