HDG PROJECTS LIMITED
Multi-Platform Creative Production, Project & Artist Management
HDG PROJECTS was launched in 2011 as a multi-platform creative production, project and artist management company. It’s founder, Holly Gilliam, is a qualified film and television lawyer and a curator, producer, project manager and artist manager.
The philosophy behind HDG PROJECTS is that the best way to shape the world we live in is to first understand how people experience it by exploring and developing new ways to build platforms for creative collaboration and outlets. HDG PROJECTS realizes this philosophy and the company's multi-platform projects by working with a hand-picked team of freelancers, including graphic designers, architects, composers, artists, curators, directors, photographers, and more; and creative entrepreneurs, producers and established industry professionals.
Since 2011, HDG PROJECTS has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Moving Images in New York as part of the Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film 3-year series, looking at craftsmanship in film; an exhibition at The Club at the Ivy in London of pop-surrealist artist Michael Forbes' work; an exhibition, The Wholly Family, for the Jaguar Summer Exhibition series in Moscow; and Terry Gilliam’s contribution to the Terry E Federico: Una Stretta Di Mani exhibition for the Federico Fellini Foundation in Rimini, Italy.
In 2012, Holly successfully landed a publishing deal for a Terry Gilliam illustrated memoir, Gilliamesque. While Holly was responsible for conceptualising and developing what the book would be, HDG PROJECTS took on the curation and project management. The book was published internationally, to mark Terry's 75th birthday, in October 2015.
In 2013 using her experience as a qualified film and television lawyer, who has advised Hollywood studios, major broadcasters and first-time independent producers, Holly took on a management role with comedy group Monty Python. She co-produced Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go, the group's 2014 reunion shows at the O2, London. It was the most anticipated production of 2014. Under her guidance the ten shows sold out, with the final show broadcast live internationally on television and in cinemas, and subsequently released on Blu-Ray, DVD and digitally. The live TV broadcast was nominated for a 2015 BAFTA Television Awards and Broadcast Digital Awards.
In parallel with her co-producer role on the live shows, Holly also produced the newest Monty Python documentary, Monty Python – The Meaning of Live, which charts the group’s history of live performance with the ‘making of’ the reunion shows running through it’s core. The documentary had its international premiere at the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival, Canadian Premiere at HotDocs in Toronto and European Premiere at Sheffield Docs Fest 2015.
With the reinvigoration of the Monty Python brand, HDG PROJECTS is now not only responsible for managing the 4 remaining Pythons, but is also responsible for the management, development and “future-planning” of the brand - everything from developing merchandise, to curating and maintaining the new official website, YouTube channel, social and online presence. From exploring and developing ways to introduce the catalogue to new and younger audiences, to creating a comprehensive archive, from which new books and exhibitions will be created in the future.
HDG PROJECTS' other current projects include conceptualising, producing, curating & project managing a retrospective exhibition of Terry Gilliam’s vast collection of work; developing & producing new digital content and alternative marketing content for a number of global brands and companies; and project managing a new book of Terry Gilliam's storyboards for publication Winter 2020.