Suzanne Doyle’s career has spanned many aspects of music, entertainment & the arts – both domestically and internationally – including band & project management; promotion, press & marketing; tour & special event management, and film & TV production.
In 1987 she joined Principle Management working directly with U2 manager Paul McGuinness and the band on the day-to-day running of U2’s business including albums, tours, photos, videos, after-show parties and press & promotion. Keen to broaden her international experience, she relocated to Sydney, Australia in 1990 where she worked for INXS manager Chris Murphy’s independent label rooArt Records with responsibility for press, marketing & promotion.
From 1993 to 1996, she was Talent & Artist Relations Manager for MTV Europe in London with direct responsibility for major international events. Liaising with artist management and labels, show producers and publicists, she worked one-to-one with celebrities, from supermodels such as Kate Moss & Helena Christensen to music legends including David Bowie, The Prodigy and Bjork.
Suzanne was lured back to Principle twice more; from 1991-93 to work on U2’s ‘Zoo TV’ and ‘Zooropa’ tours, and from 1996-99 as Management Associate working on the ‘Popmart’ tour. For the album ‘Pop’, she commissioned all music videos and photography. In 1999, Suzanne became Personal Assistant to Bono & Ali Hewson, ensuring the smooth running of the family’s business and personal lives. She organized special events and coordinated Bono’s correspondence, charity projects and individual requests. The job also involved extensive overseas travel with Bono.
In Summer 2002, Suzanne decided to utilize her broad experience and wealth of contacts and began a freelance career in Management and Television/Film Production under the Suzanne Doyle Consultancy banner.
In 2008 she worked as Executive Producer of the charity single & video ‘The Ballad of Ronnie Drew’ with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. It featured such diverse artists as U2, The Dubliners, Sinéad O’Connor, Christy Moore, Glen Hansard & Moya Brennan. The song went to No 1 in the Irish charts where it stayed for three weeks. She also produced a one-hour music special – ‘A Christmas Celebration with Eimear Quinn’ – set in Castle Leslie -that aired on RTÉ 1 over Christmas of 2008 & 2009.
In 2009 Suzanne produced the celebrity/charity episode for the Irish Youth Foundation of ‘The Raw Sessions’ for RTÉ. This included the recording & filming of the making of ‘Trouble With A Capital T’ featuring Horslips, The Republic of Loose, Kevin Godley. Another producer credit under her belt is the concert film by Irish band Kíla – ‘Once Upon A Time’ – featuring endorsements from such luminaries as Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe and Bono.
Suzanne worked directly with Hot Press editor, Niall Stokes, in 2009 & 2010, securing panelists from the creative and business side of the international music industry for ‘The Music Show’, Ireland’s biggest music exhibition in Dublin’s RDS. Other clients over the years include film producer Jim Sheridan, Film Four, UK TV channel E4, Dalkey Arts Gallery, international aid agency CONCERN (for whom she organized an event that raised IR£104,000 in one night), The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, RTE’s coverage of Irish Festival ‘Electric Picnic’, Hugo Arnold (restaurant consultant and writer) & Dun Laoghaire Harbour (bringing live music back to the Bandstand).
She was approached by Warner Brothers UK in 2010 to meet with Inish Turk Beg ‘Chief Islander’ Nadim Sadek with a view to helping pull together a music project. The result was ‘The Brilliant Irish Flute’ – a high end double CD/book which went to No. 1 in the Irish iTunes World Music Charts. Around this time she consulted on the management of young Dublin band Bipolar Empire, whose debut album ‘Feel That You Own It’ was released to critical acclaim in April ‘11. The first single was added to RTE 2FM’s playlist from the word go, and the video for their second single was directed by Kevin Godley and featured world boxing champ Katie Taylor.
In 2012 Suzanne worked with Founder Kevin Godley and the Management team as Director of Talent & Artist Relations on Godley’s new audio/visual music app ‘WholeWorldBand’. This involved developing a strategy to source International music content, (with signed contracts) across all the genres, which helped attract investment of €5million+ to this new Irish start up company. She also helped build and cement relationships Internationally in music & tech at various respected Music/Tech events eg. SXSW, Midem, Eurosonic, CMJ, NMS, The Great Escape, Berlin Music Festival and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival.
In 2014 Suzanne worked with Paddy Cosgrave, F.ounders and Dublin’s Web Summit teams on their evening ‘Pub Crawls’. These were informal gatherings that provided Summit Attendees the opportunity of additional networking once the daily events came to a close.
She worked as Music Associate on the second series of The Imelda May Show, which aired on RTÉ 1 in Summer 2015. She was then hired by RTÉ 2 to work as Artist Liaison for their broadcast from Electric Picnic that same year. She recently finished a six-month contract working as Music Associate on The Late Late Show for RTÉ 1.