More stories about Buildings, Worlds End & Staff
After working out of my New York Apt for 2 years I moved into this building in Los Angeles in 1988, originally taking over the offices on the Beverly Blvd end.
Gemma Corfield who was working at Virgin USA introduced me to Deb Caponetta and she came on board as the first US employee, we hired Aurora from A&M and we were in business. Unfortunately Debbie moved on. I was told there was a girl working at The Country Club in Reseda, a rock club that had seen better days, that girl was Diane Ball who joined Worlds End and we were back in business. At that time George Harrison’s Hand Made Films decided to move out of the building and I took over their offices and started to hire more people.
When I had moved into the building there was an odd collection of people working there.
A wig maker for Hasidic ladies, a Jewelry maker and a herbal cures company that we worked out was actually selling pot to famous people. I often saw well know actors popping into the ‘Herbal cure’ office.
As Worlds End grew I slowly took over all the offices on the first floor and we built a demo studio, started a label, an artist management company and a sync company, at the peak managing around 75 Record Producers. There are a million stories about all the times spent in that building, some funny, some sad, extraordinary and rewarding, like the days we’d close the office on my birthday and take trips to Santa Ynez, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, La Jolla or Santa Barbara even once all flying to New York to attend the east coast’s attempt to start a Coachella in New Jersey, all crashing at my New York Apt, but eventually I moved on. I could write forever about the wonderful people who worked there and made it such a great company to work at. It was hard to recall all their names but I think these are the key people. I thank them all and in no particular order they were.
Deb Caponetta, Aurora, Diane Ball, Todd Fasen, Lindsay Goldstein, Nicole Harding, Carin Kruger, Cindi Peters, Karen Pinegar, Niki Roberton, Jennifer Du, Jenna Brown, Colin Chambers, Paul Tao, Alison Segura, Kevin Krump, Abby Kirk, Andrew Di Dio, Diane Medak, Eileen Grobe, Deneen Harmon, Mary Hogan, Andrew Brightman, Alia Fahlborg, Martie Muhoberac, Paul Adams, Becka McInnes, Alison Clark, Jennifer Paola, Lisaann Dupont, Tim Dralle, Christine Fiene, Dana Childs, Heather Kenyon McHugh, Karen Lamberton, Carrie Portnoy, Fran Smith, Andrew Harper, Gabe De Luc, Tricia Rice, Melissa Beery and Angela Box, plus a bunch of interns and temporary staff.
These days you can run a company remotely from a laptop but it will never be the same as working with a bunch of friends and colleagues in a great office.