Amigo to authors
Richard’s sense of adventure once led him to convert a family caravan into an art deco, eight-seater cinema which he drove (along with a van load of film directors, carpenters and electricians) to the Cannes Film Festival, where he and his troupe made it to the front page of Variety and were lauded as ‘a remarkable example of British ingenuity’ by Barry Norman. Years later, becoming a dad two two girls did little to dampen his desire to do new things. If anything it made him realise that nothing but more meetings come to those who work in a corner office of a global media company. So he did the right thing by his girls and gave up his well-paid, secure job as the boss of channels such as Cartoon Network to launch an author brokerage, matching brilliant authors, among them Jon Ronson, Ruby Wax, Dylan Jones, to companies like M&C Saatchi and AKQA and clubs like Soho House, where he hosts a monthly Books for Breakfast event for members and their guests.