Guy Hornsby is one of the most experienced media executives in Europe. He is currently Executive Director of Riverside Studios and Riverside TV Studios in Hammersmith - West London's leading centre for contemporary and international performance, film, exhibitions and television production. Riverside TV is one of the UK's leading independent broadcast production facilities and has been home to shows like Celebrity Juice, Waitrose Weekend, The Last Leg and Russell Howard's Good News. The theatre spaces are host to a wide variety of international theatre and dance whilst Riverside's cinema is one of London's leading independent screens. Guy is the Creator and Co-Programmer of the annual Deep Desires & Broken Dreams film season.
He is also Managing Director of Assembly Theatre who stage Comedy, Theatre, Dance and Music as the largest and most prestigious venue of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a Director or Company Secretary of a range of associated arts organisations including Showcatcher, Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Brighton Comedy Festival and the recent applicant for the London local TV licence, London 8.
Riverside Studios is currently undergoing a three year redevelopment and Guy has executive project management responsibility for providing the new broadcast television studios, theatre and rehearsal facilities, cinema, community resources, two restaurants, three bars and a range of public spaces.
Guy is one of the founder partners and directors of both IT Computer Systems Limited and Out Europe Limited. He is a specialist in website construction and pioneered the use of new technologies in both satellite and wireless broadband as well as mobile telephone publishing. His media consultancy group continues to be engaged by a broad range of high profile clients in the Live Entertainment, Radio, Television and Internet industries.
For nearly 5 years Guy Hornsby was Managing Director and then Chief Executive of Faze FM Radio, which owned and operated Kiss 102 in Manchester and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. Under Guy's leadership both these youth market radio stations achieved an enviable reputation for combining programme excellence with business success. Guy set up both stations from scratch initially employing just 17 staff expanding to over 120 individuals working full and part time in programming, sales, marketing, administration, corporate finance and engineering.
Following approaches by most of the country's key media players, Faze FM was purchased by the Chrysalis Group for £17.6m just over four years after the company had been founded with an initial investment of £600k. Before joining Faze FM, Guy was Group Programme Controller of the Southern Radio Group, responsible for the output of all the Ocean, Southern and Invicta FM and AM stations. Now part of the Global Radio Group, Guy was a senior member of the launch team who founded Ocean Sound in 1986, was the station's first voice on-air and its original breakfast show presenter.
Guy began his radio career at the BBC as an Arts Reporter on BBC Radio London's Look, Stop, Listen presented by Mike Sparrow. Three years later as producer in charge of The Tony Blackburn Show he transformed the programme into one of the most talked about radio shows in the capital. The combination of soul and dance music, together with its risqué style of presentation, brought the station huge success. Guy was one of the team that invented the Radio London Soul Night which attracted to the bill superstars like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Alexander O'Neal. Soon after, he was asked by the BBC World Service to produce a seventeen-part documentary series on the origins of soul and dance music, called Sweet Soul Music. The series was broadcast around the world on three different occasions and won an International Radio Award.
Before joining the broadcasting industry, Guy was a computer programmer for Honda UK, and with the knowledge he gained, he pioneered the use of computer and digital technology in the radio industry. The Faze FM stations led the field in their use of computers in radio programming with much of the output automated. The consequent significant cost savings, together with extremely high sales and marketing revenues, led to early operating profits. Kiss 102 in Manchester was the first commercial radio station in the UK to have its own website.
Guy Hornsby has been featured on a number of high profile TV and radio programmes. The BBC's Newsnight described him as one of the UK's new breed of entrepreneurs who possess the business expertise essential for a successful new media start-up. For more than 20 years Debrett's have listed Guy's interests in New Technology, Arts and Sport as well as his achievements in Media and Broadcasting. Guy is married and has a residence in the UK in West London, but prefers homes in both Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Kissimmee, Florida USA.
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