CHICAGO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Effective immediately, Aon/Albert G. Ruben, the leading provider of risk management services in the film and entertainment business, will become part of Aon's Entertainment Group. The 120-employee business manages risks associated with all aspects of entertainment, including film and television, music, theatre, commercials, multimedia, hospitality, gaming and professional sports.
George Walden, who for the past 30 years has been president of Aon/Albert G. Ruben in New York, has been named the company's new CEO, succeeding Sam Cargill, who assumes the role of group chairman.
In addition, Paul Jones and Brian Kingman have been appointed co-managing directors in Ruben's 88-employee Los Angeles office. Jones focuses on new business development and managing the risks associated with reality television productions. Kingman manages sales and services a variety of motion picture studios and other film and TV production companies. Aon/Albert G. Ruben President Peter Robey will continue his association with Ruben, focusing on expanding the Ruben brand worldwide. He will be based in the UK.
"This is an important step for our organization," says Entertainment Practice CEO Joe Addison. "Many of the companies Ruben deals with are large conglomerates that are diversifying their entertainment, media and hospitality portfolios. It's important that we be in a position to deliver an equally diverse range of products and services to meet clients' needs." — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner