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pub·li·cist   [noun]   One who publicizes, especially a press or publicity agent.

Celebrity publicists promote the careers of celebrities by generating publicity through sending out press releases, scheduling radio and TV interviews and arranging personal appearances. They also use their industry connections to help celebrities find projects to work on and to help keep them fresh in the public’s eye.

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Established by Jonathan Hay, a PR powerhouse and multi-platinum media guru, Jonathan Hay Publicity (JH Publicity LLC) has launched national media campaigns for a wide range of entertainment clients. Our company, otherwise known as JHP, has expanded worldwide to include international clients, as well as domestic. However, we are a boutique agency that specializes in giving individualized attention to each and every client.

Our fully-staffed publicity and marketing team goes above and beyond the call of standard unit publicity, and will assist you every step of the way, from getting your project acquired, marketed to audiences, or seen by major critics and media outlets.

 

JONATHAN HAY PUBLICITY offers these in-house services:

+ Publicity // Public Relations
+ Product Placement
+ Media Training // Interview Prep
+ Image Evaluation & Consultation
+ Graphic Art Services
+ Websites
+ Production

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We also offer Emergency Crisis Management (Damage Control), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on holidays. Please click here for more information.

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JONATHAN HAY PUBLICITY has placed content and maintains a working relationship with top media outlets such as: TMZ, Radar Online, Billboard, HipHopdx, MTV, Perez Hilton, Complex, Celebuzz, The Wendy Williams Show, XXL Magazine, USA Today, SOHH, Hollywood Life, The Source, Rolling Stone Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, US Weekly, Wet Paint, New York Post, E! News, ESPN, OMG from Yahoo!, Power 106, The Boombox, The DailyMail (UK), AOL Blackvoices, 2DopeBoyz, Fox News, Concrete Loop, VH1, BallerStatus, News.com (Australia), Ace Showbiz, WorldStarHipHop, Playboy Magazine, Reuters, Yahoo! News, DJ Booth, Hip-Hop Weekly, TheStir, Funkmaster Flexx, Jossip, Shade45, Greg Street, Variety Magazine, Vevo, Dubcnn, KarmaLoop, VladTV, AllHipHop, HotNewHipHop, Black Enterprise, MSN News, VIBE Magazine, MediaTakeOut, RapRadar, OhNoTheyDidnt, Blabbermouth, BlackSportsOnline, DramaLikeTheDJ, KevinNottingham, Fader, Dr Funkenberry, CNN, TheCoreDJs, New York Times, ABC 20/20, Inside Edition, Necole Bitchie, Inquisitr, Zap2It, Contact Music, Howard Stern, In Touch Magazine, Hollywood Scoop, BET, Hollywood Reporter, Bootleg Kev, JackThriller, Live Mixtapes, The Christian Post, Pink Is The New Blog, Dat Piff, NecoleBitchie, NahRight, The YBF, ThisIs50, Star Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, AmbrosiaForHeads, SwaysUniverse …and many, many more.

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Jonathan Hay Publicity and Rogue Entertainment have partnered to start the new record label SMH Records out of Charlotte, North Carolina with a reported capital raise of $30 million. SMH Records is part of Caroline (a division of Capitol/Universal Music Group). Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith are the owners of SMH Records. John Nicholas is the General Manager of SMH after leaving Universal Music Group where he worked for 25 years. He was the Vice President of Sales for Universal and helped launch major acts like Katy Perry and Coldplay.

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Jonathan Hay is part of the TV Show One Shot where he serves as Music Producer and Artist Mentor. Celebrity Judges for the show include T.I., The Game, Tech Ni9e, DJ Khalid, DJ Drama, Scarface, The RZA, Joell Ortiz, Twista, Charlemagne The God, E-40 and more.

Mike Smith, Kxng Crooked (from Shady Records Slaughterhouse) and DJ King Tech are the reoccurring judges, while Sway Calloway is the host. Kathy Iandoli (Complex, Noisey), Kim Osorio (The Source, VH1) and Jack Thriller (ThisIs50) are also involved with the show.

Artists are competing for $100,000 dollars and a record deal with SMH Records.

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We find it unfortunate but necessary to address this subject.

There are some seriously evil people out there in the world. Being in the internet’s public eye can have a real life downside, and we’ve experienced this ugly side to the extreme. A former company of ours (and their social media guy) have directly targeted us online, in a pathetic attempt to cyberbully and cyberattack all of our companies, spreading outlandish and ridiculous personal lies, and viciously attempting to slander our online reputation.

Jonathan Hay has been in the business for almost 20 years and has never once received a bad review or complaint, or experienced any malicious cyber attacks or bullying. This malicious activity directed at us began in September of 2014. Among the sinister and nefarious things that have been said about us online by these known people, are repulsive, stomach-turning false accusations involving minors, completely fabricated domestic violence claims (using convicted criminals with similar names), unsubstantiated crimes that have supposedly taken place, fake client reviews and so much more that are meant only to deceive, defame and destroy our reputations and the lives of our families. However, Cyberbullies’ cowardly and destructive actions are often more about their own problems than they are about you. It really shows the character of who these wicked people are and the deeply evil and disturbing thoughts they have within their heads.

This cyberbullying attack on us has been under investigation for the past five months and, recently, we were able to confirm that these false claims and vicious cyber attacks have been traced to IP addresses in Charlotte, North Carolina (Cornelius/Huntersville area). Thankfully, the state of North Carolina recognizes cyberbullying as a crime and we now have over 20 acts of documented cyber attacks coming directly from this area. Considering the nature of the content within these attacks, we will be prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.

That being said, this industry can be tricky to navigate, especially for newcomers. There are wolves out there who are only interested in money, and who do not care about the art of perfectly strategized media placements as we do. To help you determine the difference, we can offer some advice when pursuing services from a publicity or entertainment company. Please read our tips on protecting yourself from scammers by clicking here.

We’ll leave you with one of our team’s favorite quotes:  “Make sure everybody in your boat is rowing…and not drilling holes in your boat when you’re not looking. Know your circle.” — Unknown

 

Jonathan Hay Publicity was hired to do publicity and marketing for two major releases through EMI (which is now part of Universal Music Group). EMI Music is a multi-national music company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and is one of the world’s leading music companies, home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists of all time.

“Seeing two of my company’s projects with the EMI logo stamped on the back was like seeing a childhood dream of mine come to fruition. After all, the EMI logo has been associated with The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, and so many more throughout the last 50+ years.”Jonathan Hay

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In 2009, Jonathan Hay was hired by Sony Music Entertainment for his Publicity and Urban Media Expertise. In his own words, Hay describes his experience working with Sony by saying: “It’s amazing to me to be working along side the same individuals who handle Michael Jackson‘s music catalog and other legendary artists.”

Interesting fact: Jonathan Hay once tried to sign Michael Jackson during MJ’s dispute with Tommy Mottola and Sony Music Entertainment. With the help of influence of Uri Geller, Hay even sent a letter of intent to Jackson’s manager, Trudy Green. Years later, Hay went on to work with Jackson’s longtime music collaborators, Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley.

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In 2014, Jonathan Hay started Producing records full-time.  After spending two decades in recording studios all across the country (with some of the worlds most esteemed artists, musicians, producers and engineers) it was fairly easy for him to transition into creating records.  With his Co-Producer, Mike Smith, Hay has already amassed their own production portfolio that includes some of the biggest acts known to man.

Starting in July, Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith will being releasing their first major production through their own label SMH Records/Caroline.

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Since 2010, Jonathan Hay Publicity in association with HMG has been working for Death Row Records/WIDEawake Entertainment.  WIDEawake Entertainment purchased Death Row Records out of bankruptcy for $18 Million. The main objective of our publicity outreach is to preserve and add on to the legacy of Death Row Records. WIDEawake/Death Row Records offered HMG (founded in Louisville, KY with Chad Kiser) a full blown distribution deal. The distributor of this venture, eOne Entertainment (formally Koch Records) is a leading international entertainment content and distribution business.

HMG distributes music to numerous major markets worldwide, also offering these services:

+ Distribution
+ Marketing
+ Advertising
+ Branding

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Jonathan Hay Publicity has worked with The Vladar Company (a film company based in New York, NY) on four successful releases. The first release was “Big Pun: The Legacy” film through Vivendi/Universal; a film that HipHopdx called an “engagingly brilliant, top-notch documentary.” The second release (through Entertainment One) was called “Last Day of Summer” which starred Dj Qualls, William Sadler and Nikki Reed (who starred as Rosalie Hale in “Twilight”, “Twilight: New Moon” “Twilight: Eclipse” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn”). The third and fourth releases (released through EMI) were called “Big Pun: The Special Collector’s Edition” and “Mr Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista.”

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John Houston, once a prestigious Entertainment Executive and father of the late Whitney Houston, founded his entertainment company through which he once helped manage the career of his daughter, one of the greatest and most award-winning singers of our time. Before Jonathan Hay Publicity was established, publicist Jonathan Hay worked for John Houston Entertainment alongside the President of the company, Kevin Skinner.

John Houston Entertainment is best known for masterminding Whitney Houston’s $100 Million deal with L.A. Reid and Arista Records.

Interesting fact: JHE was the acronym of John Houston Entertainment. Before John Houston passed away, he talked about launching a publicity firm called John Houston Publicity, or JHP for short. JHP is the acronym for our company Jonathan Hay Publicity and has always been a tribute to the late, great John Houston.

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Jonathan Hay and Sabrina Hale are partners in a record company that owns a back catalog (that features major stars) through INgrooves Fontana.  Hay and Hale’s catalog is under the same umbrella as Rostrum Records (Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller), BMG (Bruno Mars, Estelle, The Jacksons), Downtown Records (Gnarls Barkley, Mos Def), Kedar Entertainment (Joe, Genuiwine, Keith Sweat), Shangrila Music (Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis), Strange Music (Tech N9ne) and many more.

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Thanks to strong relationships with media partners and journalists, Jonathan Hay Publicity‘s staff has facilitated coverage on a broad range of projects, generating prime time placements in virtually every major media market available. For more info, see our Affiliations.

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When it comes to representing clients at the absolute highest level, Jonathan Hay Publicity boasts a wonderful track record. JHP has developed publicity campaigns for A-list celebrities, Artists, Actors, Entertainers, Record Label Companies, Major Motion Films, Professional Athletes, Brands and Products.

 

Please Note:  At JHP, we respect the privacy of our clients therefore we do not list all names or discuss every client we’ve worked with or are currently working with. For a list of some of our affiliations, click here. Or visit our blog at www.JHPWorld.com to check out some of the projects we are talking about.

 

 

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