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HiBROW's team of curators are exceptional individuals and cultural organisations invited from around the globe and across the arts. Each curator chooses their own projects to share with HiBROW's audience and works with HiBROW's team to produce them.

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Curator's Videos: Jamie Byng

While attending Edinburgh University, Jamie Byng ran a funk, reggae and rare groove night named Chocolate City (after the Parliament classic) at The Venue.

After graduating, he convinced Scottish publisher Stephanie Wolfe Murray to give him a job at Canongate, then a respected but still somewhat marginalised Scottish company founded in 1973. When Canongate was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1994, Byng, then in his mid-20s, instigated a buyout, aided by his business partner Hugh Andrew, his stepfather (former BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland) and then father-in-law (co-chairman of the multinational investment bank Salomon Smith Barney).

His first move in overhauling the company’s image was to establish the ultra hip Payback and Rebel Inc imprints, dedicated to championing cult authors. The Pocket Canons (1998) published in partnership with Matthew Darby was Byng's first runaway success: selected books from the Bible individually packaged with new introductions by the Dalai Lama amongst others. In the wake of the two-million selling, Booker-winning Life Of Pi, Canongate won Publisher Of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2003, reportedly posting pre-tax profits of more than £1 million for that year. 

Byng is the initiator and Chair of World Book Night, an event in which on 5 March 2011 (following World Book Day on 3 March) one million books - 40,000 copies of each of 25 carefully selected titles - were given away to members of the public in the UK and Ireland. It entailed 20,000 "givers" each distributing 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose.
Jamie invited HiBROW to capture the inaugural World Book Night event and supervised HiBROW's access to separate intimate interviews, conducted by Kirsty Lang, with a plethora of the world's greatest living authors including Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, DBC Pierre and Monica Ali.

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