Magus Entertainment, which was started by music industry veteran Wendy Laister in the early '90s, is a New-York-based, full-service management company, representing both high profile recording artists and a number of mixers and producers. Prior to establishing Magus Entertainment, Wendy founded and ran one of the largest independent music public relations firms in Europe - Laister Dickson - that had offices in both London and Los Angeles. During her ten-year tenure as CEO and President, the company's client base grew to include The Rolling Stones, Guns ‘N Roses, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson, Aerosmith, Greenpeace, INXS and Tina Turner, among many others. In addition, she coordinated global press and publicity campaigns for many of the world’s largest televised music events including Woodstock, Rock in Rio, the two Nelson Mandela Tributes, the Brit Awards, The Three Tenors concert series and the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert from Madison Square Garden. Prior to forming Laister Dickson, Wendy was Manager of corporate press and public relations for Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Laister's move into management with the formation of Magus Entertainment came through her relationship with Aerosmith, with whom she had worked for some years. As their exclusive, worldwide manager from the early ‘90s she spearheaded successful campaigns around three multi-platinum #1 albums, their first #1 US single, two record-breaking world tours, the launch of an Aerosmith Disney theme park ride and the release of a New York Times best-selling autobiography.
In 1999, with the birth of her son, Wendy took a brief sabbatical from the business, returning later that year to continue to build a client roster that now includes: Duran Duran (Epic/SonyBMG), Daniel Bedingfield (Polydor/IDJ), Fischerspooner (Kitsuné), DJ Ferry Corsten (Flashover/Positiva/Ultra/EMI), Carina Round, Trustfall (Original Signal), and noted Grammy-winning producer/mixers Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah) and Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Dangermouse, Notorious B.I.G.), as well as Ed Raso (P Diddy, Notorious B.I.G., Usher), John Fryer (NIN, Sarah McLaughlin, Depeche Mode), and Michael Patterson (Duran Duran, P Diddy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).
Currently with a staff of eight, there are five experienced managers with the company, each with a different set of specialist skills and diverse backgrounds within the music industry.
Paul Adams – Starting as a promoter in his native city of Manchester, in the UK, at the height of ‘Madchester’ (which spawned bands such as the Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s), Paul relocated to London to take a position with the legendary Bron Agency in 1991. After two years successfully booking bands in and around Great Britain, Paul joined the world of producer management. A whirlwind six years followed with worldwide hits from acts as diverse as Radiohead and Tool. In 1999, Paul established Real Producers with an exciting client list that gradually led him to spend more and more time in the United States. In 2001 he sold his company to Worlds End (one of the leading producer management companies in America) and relocated to run their New York operation.
After two years at Worlds End, Paul joined the team at Magus Entertainment to work on their existing roster of artist clients and to add a new string to the company’s bow with the additional of a few key producers/mixers including Jimmy Douglass, Ben H. Allen and Ed Raso amongst others.
In addition to his activities in the music industry, in 1995 Paul founded and ran Big P.A. Productions in the UK that was a sporting events company that provided Match Day presentation services to clubs around the country. The company continues to trade although he is no longer involved.
Melissa Aubert started out as a costume designer/stylist in Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles working on print, TV and film prior to working in music. She has a strong background in the live business, having worked for many years as both a promoter at various venues in Los Angeles and an agent (at William Morris). In 2005 Melissa moved to New York to join Intrigue Music (James Brown's management team) where she headed up their touring, marketing, and artist development departments. Since joining Magus, Melissa created and currently runs the sponsorship, branding and licensing division at Magus Entertainment and manages Carina Round, Early Winters, and Andy Rourke. Previously she worked with Fischerspooner, Echo & the Bunnymen in the US, and ZAZA.
Sharon Cho has been with Magus Entertainment for six years, working her way up through the ranks to her current role overseeing marketing, imaging and PR initiatives across the Magus Entertainment roster. She also serves as day to day management rep for Duran Duran.