British producer and impresario Sydney Rose, who exec produced “The Kids Are Alright” and mounted the Glad Rag Ball concerts, died of pancreatic cancer on April 30. He was 68.
His career spanned more than four decades as an entrepreneurial producer, writer, personal manager and agent.
Rose entered the film industry as a freelance writer, photographer and publicity agent.
He produced the Glad Rag Ball concerts at Wembley Arena in 1965 and 1966, with performances by the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, Manfred Mann and Donovan, and was also responsible for the television broadcast of both concerts.
During the 1970s, he worked on both sides of the Atlantic as an agent with Management Agency & Music, also known as MAM, and the European representatives of Creative Management (CMA) Associates, now International Creative Management (ICM.) During his time with MAM, he worked on productions with Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Grace Kelly and Dean Martin.
In 1979, he served as exec producer on Who rockumentary “The Kids Are Alright.”
After founding Airshow International, which produced promotional travel films for the airlines, he went on to produce TV docu “The Innovators,” featuring interviews with Terence Conran, Anita Roddick and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
His sole directing credit was “The Ravenswood Experience,” a docu broadcast on Thames Television about residential village for the severely handicapped.
His other credits include exec producing “An Audience with Alf Garnett” for ITV, TV special “A Royal Celebration for Prince Charles’ 50th Birthday” and “Hollywood Costume Carnival.”
He is survived by his wife, Judith, a daughter and a son.