Business Consultant

David has huge experience in the publishing industry, and has brought his insight to bear across a wide range of consultancy projects for a number of clients. Here is a sample of recent projects:

  • Pitching and acquisition – managing pitch and contract negotiation for IP buy-out
  • Common core programme – a major study across multiple countries to assess the viability of standardised publishing programmes.
  • Licensing overview – an overview of the UK licensing and the character book market – how it works, major trends and opportunities, what to avoid, how to buy.
  • Best practice – a multi-territory project designed to identify and share best practice around publishing, portfolio-building, sign off and stock control.
  • Portfolio gaps and opportunities – helping publishing client identify and fill major gaps in their portfolio – £2-3m upside identified.
  • Global v local – helping international client understand the relationship between global and local revenue versus cost in their business.
  • Process review – major study of processes across client’s business, including meetings, reports, decision-making and review points.
  • Efficiency review of client’s product pipeline from creative through manufacturing and distribution. Major operational efficiencies identified.
  • Contract review – assisting client in improving its licensing contracts.
  • Publishing contract support and advice for children’s IP owner.


With a wide range of contacts across the publishing and licensing landscape, David provides agency support for a number of children’s and adult brands.

  • cinderella
  • goldilocks
  • aladdin
  • hare and tortoise
  • midas

LUMA is an independent magazine publisher and the creator of the UK’s only story magazine for children. Working with DRCL, the wonderful stories and newly commissioned illustrations have been re-purposed for the book trade, in multiple 24 page paperback volumes. First titles available Spring 2016. Contact DRCL for further information.