Stigwood joins forces with Moran

LONDON — Robert Stigwood, the veteran showbiz impresario behind such hits as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Saturday Night Fever,” has joined forces with millionaire investor Christopher Moran to explore new opportunities in film, theater, music and television.

Stigwood, who is in the midst of planning a London stage version of “Saturday Night Fever,” has been appointed nonexecutive chairman of Galaxy Media Corp., a publicly quoted company in which Moran owns a 30% stake.

Galaxy’s existing business revolves around live events, rock tours, arenas and talent management. It also owns the TV production company Mike Mansfield TV, which specializes in children’s and light entertainment programs.

Stigwood will help lead the company into the production of films, music and theater, in an attempt to relive the glory days of the Robert Stigwood Organization, which had a hand in such pics as “Tommy,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Gallipoli.” Stage productions included “Hair,” “Evita” and “Grease.”

“An integral feature of my role as company chairman will be to advise on group expansion within the entertainment industry,” Stigwood said. “Galaxy is a leisure-based company with substantial growth potential, and I look forward to guiding its expansion up to and beyond the millennium with considerable optimism.”

Moran, who was a shareholder in the Robert Stigwood Organization before it was sold to Polygram in the late 1970s, has been appointed deputy chairman of Galaxy. He said the group’s emphasis would be on investing in rights. It recently bought the TV rights to the classic “Billy Bunter” series of children’s books.

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