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Articles by Chris Cooke

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CHRIS COOKE co-founded ThreeWeeks in 1996 while studying English at Edinburgh University, with two then fellow students Geraint Preston and Alex Thomson. In 1998 he co-founded music business news network CMU and UnLimited Media, subsequently setting up UnLimited’s creative and media consultancy UnLimited Insights, education business UnLimited Learning and ThreeWeeks’ sister media ThisWeek London. He also later studied for and received a degree in Law.

All these businesses now operate as part of 3CM UnLimited, the company Chris co-owns and heads up as MD. CMU is now a leading service provider to the music industry and, as well as its various media – CMU Daily, CMU Podcast, CMU Digest and CMU Trends – provides training and consultancy to music companies, hosts the UK’s biggest music business conference at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, and runs the CMU:DIY education programme for new talent. Chris writes for CMU’s media, co-hosts the podcast, curates and presents CMU@TGE, and leads the company’s training and consultancy projects.

Meanwhile, through UnLimited Insights he has worked on creative and consulting projects for numerous consumer and media brands, innovative SMEs and ground-breaking start-ups, including Associated Newspapers, Clear Channel Radio, Sony, Orange, Virgin, Motorola and Tiger Beer. While, with UnLimited Learning, he also helped launch and continues to provide PR and media training to the award winning Taylor Bennett Foundation which is enabling more diversity in the public relations industry.

Chris regularly speaks about the music and media industries, and intellectual property law, at conferences, academic institutions and for other media, most notably the BBC. In 2015 he debuted his first spoken word show ‘Chris Cooke’s Free Speech’, which returns to the Fringe this year.

For ThreeWeeks, Chris oversees the production and commercial side of the operation, coordinates website development and liaises with the wider Fringe community and the Festival Media Network. He also writes news and interview content. [Biog updated 17 Jul 2016]