Tolu Akisanya

Communications Project Manager

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Film
  • Marketing PR
  • TV
  • Writing
  • Celebrity PR
  • Consumer PR
  • Events PR
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history

Currently

Communications Project Manager

Directors UK

Oct 2015
  • Worked with internal teams (Marketing & Campaigns) to develop relevant content and materials. Developed relationships with key external journalists to ensure that Directors UK is seen as the go-to voice of the industry in the UK. Project managed publicity campaigns, including the launch of Directors UK’s report on diversity, called ‘UK Television: Adjusting the Colour Balance’. Producing media materials; including press releases, media/press packs, membership brochures and pamphlets, and more. Liaising with members for potential case study/media volunteer opportunities. Assisting with events (both internal/members-only and external/partnerships), which have included guest speakers and screenings with Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Sarah Gavron, Abi Morgan and others. Developing goals, and ensuring project objectives are met whilst promoting the professional association across all national media outlets, and integrating support & media activities from the digital team and social media services. Respond to enquiries from all media, members, services and the general public. Identifying media opportunities and drafting proactive, or reactive press statements, on behalf of the association. Work with directors, and industry professionals that are involved with influencing and changing the industry, such as journalists, production companies, broadcasters and others. Creating targeted media lists, and producing valuable varied coverage. Monitoring, reporting and evaluating media coverage.

2015

Communications Team Project Manager

Directors UK

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
  • • Worked with internal teams (Marketing & Campaigns) to develop relevant content and materials. • Developed relationships with key external journalists to ensure that Directors UK is seen as the go-to voice of the industry in the UK. • Project managed publicity campaigns, including the launch of Directors UK’s report on diversity, called ‘UK Television: Adjusting the Colour Balance’. • Producing media materials; including press releases, media/press packs, membership brochures and pamphlets, and more. • Liaising with members for potential case study/media volunteer opportunities. • Assisting with events (both internal/members-only and external/partnerships), which have included guest speakers and screenings with Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Sarah Gavron, Abi Morgan and others. • Developing goals, and ensuring project objectives are met whilst promoting the professional association across all national media outlets, and integrating support & media activities from the digital team and social media services. • Respond to enquiries from all media, members, services and the general public. • Identifying media opportunities and drafting proactive, or reactive press statements, on behalf of the association. • Work with directors, and industry professionals that are involved with influencing and changing the industry, such as journalists, production companies, broadcasters and others. • Creating targeted media lists, and producing valuable varied coverage. • Monitoring, reporting and evaluating media coverage.

2015

Independent Freelance Publicist & Consultant

N/A Freelance

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
  • • Managing publicity campaigning and PR strategies for Taller Than Your Average (TTYA) fashion brand, Hiype Film Productions, Egnite Film Fans, The Chelsea Day Spa, MyShuBox.com, and Young People Matter Charity • Responsibilities included client liaising, campaign planning, selling-in and gaining national, regional, specialist, consumer and online coverage, writing press releases, assisting with articles and interviews for various publications, whilst developing and maintaining a rapport with key journalists and features writers & editors, etc.

2015

Freelance Account Manager

Neil Reading PR

Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
  • • Talent Management & Personal PR. • Project managed publicity campaigns with a variety of lifestyle clients, restaurants & venues. • Organised and managed features, profile interviews, press dinners and much more.

2014

Publicist

Beaumont Communications

Feb 2013 - Sep 2014
  • • Talent Management & Personal PR (for a range of clients including Joe Dempsie, Gizzi Erskine, Sophie Michell, John Gregory-Smith, Maxine Peake, Vicky McClure, Amanda Byram, Joe Hartley, Portia Freeman, Matt Richardson, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Rob Da Bank and many more). • Project management on publicity campaigns. • Worked on numerous events, launches, features, photoshoots and promotional activities, television and radio appearances, media partnerships, brand partnerships and much more. • Produce clear and comprehensible strategic plans & status reports for status meetings and clients. • Assisted with new business opportunities.

2012

Freelance Senior Publicist

Revolver Entertainment Group UK

Jan 2012 - Dec 2012
  • • Daily management of the in-house Communications and Marketing team. • Project managed publicity campaigns for 2012 Theatrical and Home Entertainment titles, including Payback Season, iLL Manors, SKET, Into The Abyss, Iron Sky and many others, including launch events, film premieres, PR stunts and promotional activities, television and radio appearances, media partnerships, brand partnerships and much more. • Organised and managed profile, reviews, screenings, features and interviews; gained national, regional, specialist, broadcast and online coverage. • Talent Management & Personal PR (for producers, directors, actors, company CEO/Founder) including Plan B, Adam Deacon, Joe Cole, Werner Hertzog, Josh Ragnor, and others. • Organised iLL Manors theatrical film release and premiere in the UK. The directorial film debut from Award-winning singer-songwriter, Plan B, was greatly received by critics and premiere attended by the likes of Riz Ahmed, Professor Green, Millie Mackintosh, Arnold Oceng, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks, Alexandra Burke and Wretch 32.

Education

2006

Public Relations

University of Luton

Sep 2003 - Jun 2006