“When you strip away being an agent and being a producer, a conductor or even a production facilitator, I am essentially a creator and always have been. My greatest achievements are when I see what I’ve created coming to fruition, be that something I’ve written, a career that I’ve been a part of creating through the agency, or something I’ve put on stage” Jimmy Jewell.
In 2016, Jewell Wright Ltd celebrates 10 years representing artists worldwide on screen, radio and stage. Stronger than ever before, Jewell Wright Ltd prides itself on being honest, fun and approachable, and in so doing helps to build and manage successful careers.
Jimmy Jewell met his business partner Neal Wright in 1999, the first year of Mamma Mia!, and they have worked in tandem ever since. Jewell originally set up the agency with Rebecca Gillett, his then agent. The agency has launched the careers of many aspiring new performers such as Ashley Byam who, fresh from Oxford School of Drama, starred alongside Tom Hardy in Legend, gained the supporting lead role in Warner Brothers’ The Legend of Tarzan, and in The Velveteen Rabbit, which transfers this January from The Unicorn Theatre to off-Broadway in New York.
Other current successes include Irvine Iqbal who is about to star as the Sultan in Disney’s Aladdin; Ashleigh Gray who played Elphaba in the UK tour of Wicked; and Miquel Brown who just finished shooting Genius opposite Colin Firth and is currently on J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Jewell is no stranger to the West End and has been part of the industry since his childhood. Aged only nine, he toured the States and the following year sung a duet with José Carreras and recorded the soundtrack of Spielberg’s The Land Before Time at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra. This was the moment Jewell realised the career he wanted to pursue. His first theatrical role in the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of Bugsy Malone – starring Sheridan Smith and S Club 7’s Hannah Spearritt – transferred from the Edinburgh Festival to the West End when he was 18 years old.
At the age of 21, Jewell returned to Abbey Road Studios to write an arrangement of Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls for the London Symphony Orchestra. His academic studies at the Royal Academy of Music provided him with opportunities to learn under the tutelage of Elton John, Michael Kamen, Jerry Goldsmith and Richard Rodney Bennett. In his second year he took part in a rock tour of the States alongside legends Roger Daltrey and Alice Cooper. He remained alongside them as Associate Musical Director for the following three years. In 2015, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his ‘outstanding contribution to the UK music industry’.
Over the years, Jewell has triumphed as a producer, conductor, writer and agent. His unique relationships and hands-on experiences have influenced his professional approach to artist management and agency. In 2015, Jewell was Associate Producer on Memphis at Shaftesbury Theatre and The Mentalists starring Stephen Merchant at Wyndhams Theatre.
Jimmy Jewell comments: “Neal and I are both creative people. I spend my life creating and Neal has spent his life on stage. We’re immensely privileged and lucky to be working in this industry and are always out there doing things for the industry, which set us apart and give us a unique take.“