THE MANAGING partner of one of the leading international film and tv production companies is heading back to his roots, as part of Sunderland’s first business festival.
Leo Pearlman, of the Fulwell 73 Group, heads up the company which is responsible for such hits as Carpool Karaoke and Sunderland ‘Til I Die, along with the new version of Cinderella currently on Prime Video and this year’s Friends: The Reunion.
Leo set up the company with his cousins Gabe and Ben Turner, award-winning producer and director Ben Winston along with actor, James Corden.
And now Leo will be sharing the secret of his success and the story of Fulwell 73 – which was named after the year Sunderland won the FA Cup – at a special event on Friday 8 October.
Attendees will get the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about how the company has made such a huge impact in the world of entertainment.
The free event will run from noon until 1pm at The Looking Glass, Athenaeum Street but as spaces are limited, they need to be booked in advance here.
Despite having lived away from the area for many years, Leo still retains a strong bond with the region.
“My family moved to Sunderland in 1892, which is the same year we started our first business in the region,” he said.
“For 124 years my family had an active business in the North East. My ambition is for my great great grandchildren to look back in another 124 years at a thriving production industry and be able to proudly say that their family were part of its creation back in 2021.
“The North East is the most fantastic region in the country, it combines stunning natural beauty and incredible history with some of the UK’s most innovative, ambitious and hard working people.
“Fulwell 73 cannot wait to play their part in the successful creation of a new industry, jobs and opportunities across the region.”
The audience with Leo Pearlman is part of a packed programme of events taking place throughout the week of 4 – 8 October, including in person and virtual events, a week of activities at the shopping centre called Bridges Means Business and a recruitment fair on 6 October at the Stadium of Light.
The City of Sunderland Business Festival is being organised by Sunderland Business Partnership and Chair, Ellen Thinnesen, said it was a huge coup to get someone of Leo’s calibre to take part.
“We have a world-class line up of speakers who will be sharing their insight and experiences as part of this unique festival, and we’re absolutely thrilled to count Leo as one of them.
“Sunderland is rich with inspiring businesses and entrepreneurs who have a strong connection to the city and we’re delighted to be shining a light on them at this not-to-be-missed event.”
For details of the full festival programme visit www.sbfestival.co.uk