JLA in the Press

Former MI5 boss gets permission to start work as an after-dinner speaker at up to £25k a speech
Posted on November 21, 2020

The former head of MI5 has been cleared to embark on a new career as an after-dinner speaker earning up to £25,000 a speech, less than six months after stepping down as Britain’s spy chief.

Andrew Parker, who headed MI5 for seven years and oversaw the security service’s response to a spate of terror attacks inspired by Islamic State, has been graded “A”, the second-highest band for speakers by Jeremy Lee Associates (JLA).

In his new public speaking role, Sir Andrew joins Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6 also ranked as an “A” by JLA, and Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, one of Sir Andrew’s predecessors at MI5, who is a “B” commanding lower fees of up to £10,000.

Only stellar speakers such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin and comedian Jack Whitehall are in the “AA” category where speakers command fees of more than £25,000.

During lockdown, the after-dinner speaking circuit has remained popular through video conferencing.

Cut-price celebs Zoom in for virtual Christmas parties
Posted on November 15, 2020

The duty mixed with drunkenness of the office Christmas party is bad enough. Joining the fun this year by video call makes the prospect even worse.

But what if Jimmy Carr hosted the quiz, Patsy Palmer was the DJ and Michel Roux cooked?

After a tough year for entertainment, celebrities are flogging their services for festive events, and charging as little as £200. Themes include comedy nights, quizzes, gin tasting and cooking skills.

JLA, which in pre-Covid times specialised in supplying speakers, has been testing people on its list to find out who has a knack for virtual entertaining.

Events held online were going to be “fantastically less expensive”, said Jeremy Lee, the agency’s director. “Companies don’t have to hire somewhere in Park Lane or a fancy hotel somewhere, and they don’t have to pay for dinner.”

So far Jimmy Carr and fellow comedian Al Murray, the pub landlord, have been confirmed.

If a quiz is too tame, Russell Kane is offering a stand-up comedy night, tailored to guests’ interests. The event is not without the usual element of risk as members of the virtual front row may be picked on.

JLA said prices would range from £2,500 for a lesser celebrity to £30,000 for a household name. In the basic option, the star calls in from home, whereas more expensive events will be broadcast from a studio.

Michel Roux, the two-star Michelin chef, will run a Christmas roast session — although guests will not be able to taste the results. Personal trainer Joe Wicks is available through JLA for group fitness sessions.

Original article appears here

Celebrities including Jimmy Carr, Emma Stone and John Barrowman offer their services on Zoom as speakers and quiz hosts for as little as £200
Posted on November 15, 2020

Celebrities including Jimmy Carr, Emma Stone and John Barrowman are offering their services on Zoom as speakers and quiz hosts for as little as £200.

Performers have been listed online by entertainment agency JLA, among others, for events to be held virtually for often far less than the cost of a physical appearance.

Jeremy Lee, the director of JLA, told the Sunday Times these events would be ‘fantastically less expensive’ as companies ‘don’t have to hire somewhere in Park Lane or a fancy hotel somewhere, and they don’t have to pay for dinner.’

Carr and comedian Al Murray are among those confirmed, with the JLA website quoting both their appearances as costing between £10,000 and £25,000.

Russell Kane is also available for the same price, with an appearance from Bill Bailey costing more than £25,000.

 

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The Londoner
Posted on July 8, 2020

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd told a JLA speaking agency event yesterday that Dominic Cummings is “on top of everyone and everything” in Downing Street and “a raised eyebrow from him could spell the end of your career.” Avert your gaze.

At the same event, former Speaker John Bercow said the socially distanced parliament had benefited “calm and penetrating” Keir Starmer, while the PM showed “bluster, abuse … and not much substance”. There’s not much love lost there.

Original article appears here

How many American rappers can you get for one Theresa May?
Posted on June 26, 2020

Obviously nobody is speaking at big corporate events at the moment but Jeremy Lee, of the speaker bureau JLA, says that the market for virtual speaking via platforms such as Zoom is holding up well. Virtual gigs, he adds, tend to be discounted, often by 50 per cent, and there are none of the costly extras such as flights for the speaker and their people.

Original article appears here

Prince Harry and Meghan: How could the couple make money?
Posted on January 15, 2020

As part of their plans to step back as senior royals, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they intend to “work to become financially independent…

So far, they have focused on their plans to launch a new “charitable entity”. But what opportunities might there be for commercial ventures?

Public speaking

[A] potential avenue for the pair to explore could be after-dinner speeches and events.

Jeremy Lee, director at speaking agency JLA, says if they maintained a positive profile the couple could earn six-figure sums for each appearance.

He predicts demand would be higher in US, where Mr Lee says the pair could earn up to $500,000 (£380,000) per engagement.

However, he says companies in the UK would be more sensitive to reputational risk if public opinion turned against the couple.

Mr Lee predicts UK companies would only be willing to take the royals as speakers at an event linked to one of their campaigning interests, in return for a donation to their charitable foundation – rather than a fee – in the region of £100,000.

But in the US, there would be interest from “anybody that wants to show off and has got the budget”, he says.

Original article appears here

 

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