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Blake Smith

Exec Dir of Ent
Virgin Hotels

Blake Smith brings over a decade of experience programming spaces in locales as disparate as Singapore and Cleveland to his role as Executive Director of Entertainment for Virgin Hotels

• He previously was an artist at three different major labels (Polygram, Island Def Jam and EMI). His ability to land record deals is matched only by his inability to actually sell any records.
• As a writer for Universal, he contributed music to several well-known films and TV shows including Charlie’s Angels, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and CSI:NY, which is not a folk rock super group, but a police procedural starring Gary Sinise.
• He also created music for the soundtrack of GTA IV, one of the biggest selling video games of all time. He stopped working on the sequel as he felt that people beating each other up with golf clubs was amoral at best, even if the golf clubs are only digital.

Passions and Hobbies:

In his spare time, Smith is touching up the libretto for his self-penned rock opera about the 1969 Chicago Cubs entitled “Collapse.”

Smith earned an MA from Northwestern, but on the eve of applying to the PHD program decided to squander his potential and play pop songs to disinterested people instead. Thanksgivings at his parents are still a little frosty.

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Events featuring Blake Smith
Events featuring Blake Smith