Sovereign Media Group is a global entertainment and investment company, founded in 2008 and headquartered in London.
Our work spans film, television, theatre and music, including multiple award-winning productions such as Tony award-winning Broadway shows 'Kinky Boots', 'The Cher Show' and 'Network', plus the Academy Award nominated film 'The Tree of Life', the acclaimed 'Voyage of Time' narrated by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, and the award-winning documentary 'Cradle of Champions'.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Andreas is the founder and CEO of Sovereign Media Group. Andreas started his media career in 1991, presenting a Saturday night Norwegian national television show.
Andreas has over 17 years experience in investment and finance in film and media and has advised several investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds on their media interests.
He holds a B.A in Film and Media Studies from the University of Sterling and a Masters of European Audiovisual Management from the Media Business School in Madrid. As a former officer of the Royal Norwegian Navy, Andreas served as Platoon Commander.
Donald has had a successful and distinguished career as a film producer spanning three decades. Over the course of eleven years as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, Donald produced a number of critically acclaimed, award winning films including Mr and Mrs Bridge (which received two Oscar nominations), Howards End (nine Oscar nominations) and The Remains of the Day (eight Oscar nominations).
Other films include The Tree of Life, starring Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt, which won the Palme D’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three Oscars in 2012 - Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
Richard is the former Global President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Richard worked for Sony Music (previously CBS) for twenty five years, negotiating the acquisition/merger of Sony Music and ATV Music Publishing. The acquisition famously included the Beatles catalogue, purchased as a joint venture with Michael Jackson.
During his time at Sony, Richard was responsible for signing major artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Sade, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams, the Fugees and Oasis. Richard is a UK-qualified solicitor.
Gary Telford has over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of tax. He was formerly a Tax Partner at both PwC and Ernst & Young, and Tax Director at Eversheds. Gary specialises in reviewing and advising entrepreneurial clients to help them achieve their business and personal objectives in the most tax effective way.
Gary is a long-term adviser to Sovereign. Gary is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Palme d'Or Nominee
Winner - Cannes Jury Prize
Palme d'Or Nominee
BAD LUCK BANGING
OR LOONY PORN
Winner - Berlin Golden Bear
Winner - Best Director
Whistler Film Festival
Winner of 3 Oscars, 1 Golden Globe and 2 BAFTAs
REMAINS OF THE DAY
BAFTA award winner
and 8 Oscar nominations
ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL
Starring Andrew Scott, Tobias Menzies and Fiona Glascott
THE TREE OF LIFE
Palme d’Or winner, and three Oscar nominations
Starring Emma Thompson
and Dakota Fanning
Sundance Film Festival
World Cinema Jury Award
Venice Film Festival Silver Lion and Grand Jury Prize
Oscar short list nomination
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
BBC’s three-part TV series of
HG Wells’s classic
Cannes Film Festival
Golden Camera Nominee
VOYAGE OF TIME
Narrated by Brad Pitt
and Cate Blanchett
CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS
Best Feature at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
London Film Festival, Grierson Award nominee. Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival
THE CHER SHOW
Music by Cher
Two Tony Award wins
Brian Cranston from 'Breaking Bad' wins Tony Award
6 Tony Award wins 13 nominations Grammy award winner
HERE LIES LOVE
Musical by Fatboy Slim and David Byrne, at the National Theatre in London and The Public Theatre in New York
Signed Paul Cantelon, music composer for films including Effie Gray, and W. by Oliver Stone
Warner Chappell contract with Radiohead for music publishing rights
Signed award-winning singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi
Cannes Film Festival
Palme d'Or Nominee
THE MIDDLE MAN
From award-winning Norwegian director Bent Hamer
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
From Palme d’Or winning
director Ruben Östlund
starring Woody Harrelson
Starring Viggo Mortensen
Starring Willem Defoe
Awards received by our directors and investment team include:
• Oscars - 3 wins, 21 nominations
• Grammy Awards - 1 win
• Cannes - 1 Palme d’Or win, 7 Palme d’Or nominations
• Berlinale - 1 Golden Bear win, 1 nomination, 4 other nominations
• Venice - 5 wins, 3 Golden Lion nominations, 8 other nominations
• Sundance - 1 grand Jury Prize, 4 nominations 12 other nominations
• BAFTAS - 3 wins, 16 nominations
• London Film Festival - 1 win, 1 Grierson Award nomination
• Golden Globes - 1 win, 9 nominations
• Tony Awards - 9 wins, 21 nominations
'The Remains of the Day'
'Verdict' Director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Venice Film Festival
Special Jury Prize
'Song Without A Name' director Melina León
Stockholm Film Festival
Bronze Horse Winner - Best Film
Sovereign Media Group operate investment funds for institutional investors, family offices and high net worth individuals, attracted to stable investments that benefit from non-correlation to mainstream markets. These include tax-efficient investments for EIS and Inheritance Tax.
The directors and investment team have over 400 years combined expertise. The strategy is to create and acquire high quality content that will deliver long-term income and growth for investors.
Sovereign has established a diligent approach to media investments that has proven resilient in turbulent economic cycles, as the market for content continues to grow exponentially.