Temple Management signals new dawn in showbiz
Within it’s short period of operation in the industry, the Temple Management Company (TMC) is set to raise the bar in the creative talent management sphere in Nigeria with the launch of a 360 management company.
At a time of rising global recognition and demand for the work of Nigerian creative talents, the perennial challenge has been that to compete properly with their international counterparts, Nigerian creatives need better branding, access and positioning. Industry experts have also pointed out that brands have failed to maximise their potential because of the sub-par representation they currently get.
TMC, which began operations in March 2016, primarily in the entertainment, sports, media and art sectors, is set to change all that, and bring Nigerian talents to the same table with their international counterparts. Incorporated in Nigeria with strong international affiliations across Africa, North America, and Europe, TMC was founded by serial investor and art aficionado Idris Olorunnimbe.
The company set out with a mission to continually improve on content, bridge the gulf between local talents and their foreign counterparts in line with international best practices.
According to Mr. Olorunnimbe, who also serves as Chief Executive Officer said, “with the constant expansion of the entertainment industry and growth of sporting activities, our vision is to remain the leading African talent and event management outfit, representing the biggest talents in entertainment, sports, media, the arts and other relevant areas.”
According to him, TMC will focus on the core functions of talent representation but will, allied with corporate organisations, also provide a wide range of financial and advisory services, manage endorsement portfolios, and package bespoke events for domestic and international markets.
Within a short spell, TMC has already sent shock-waves into the industry by signing management deals with some of Nigeria’s biggest talents, including Nigeria’s biggest record label Mavin Records, renowned disc jockey DJ Jimmy Jatt, award-winning visual artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor, media personality Bunmi Davies, artist/jeweller Mode Aderinokun and the doyenne of Nigerian broadcast media, Funmi Iyanda.
After signing the deal with TMC a few weeks ago, Mavin Records CEO, Don Jazzy, said, “We are stepping into the future with The Temple Management Company as they redefine creative talent management in Nigeria.”
The TMC board includes notable individuals such as Mr. Tunde Folawiyo and Mr. Ajibola Abudu. The diversity of the Executive team includes individuals who have worked with Nigeria’s leading law firm, Zenith Bank, Samsung, McDonalds, Nestle UK, Eurosport, the English Football Association, 234Next, the Lagos State Government and in the music industry, with LA Reid, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx and Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs.