Andy Nulman: From “Just for Laughs” Co-Founder to Motivational Speaker and Mobile Media Mogul
While young in spirit and snappy in dress, Andy Nulman has been creating and leading major media projects for over three decades.
Andy used to be best known as the co-founder and CEO of the world-renowned Just For Laughs Festival, which he helped grow from a two-night affair to its current status as the top event of its kind, launching talent like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Dave Chappelle.
Late, he became a celebrated pioneer in the burgeoning mobile media space. In 1999, Andy co-founded Airborne Entertainment with Garner Bornstein, and then later sold 85% of the business to Japan’s Cybird for a whopping $110 million. As Airborne’s President and CMO, Andy was instrumental in bringing superbrands like Maxim, Family Guy and the NHL to the mobile world.
Another current venture is Andy’s wildly successful blog “POW! Right Between the Eyes, the weekly learnings of Andy Nulman”.
His blog became so popular, it was released as a book in February 2009, and is available on the Amazon website.
Andy can be seen at right promoting the book in May 2009 on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Andy was the subject of a canada.com feature article about an innovative Youtube Marketing class that he began teaching at McGill University in January 2014. The class uses an online manual from Youtube as its sole text book. Read the article.
In his spare time, Andy is also an engaging speaker (motivating Fortune 500 companies the likes of GM, Eveready/Energizer and 3M), oft-published author, inventive stage director, and (in his own words) a half-decent snowboarder, hot-and-cold hockey goalie, and controversial pop artist.
One of his better-known books was published in 2001, entitled “I Almost Killed George Burns”; a collection of hilarious and true anecdotes taken from his years running the Just For Laughs festival. More info.
Other accomplishments include being named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders by the Financial Post in 1997, voted one of the “Top 100 Montrealers of the 20th Century” by the Montreal Gazette in 2000, and honored as a distinguished recipient of the McGill Management Achievement Award in 2004.
He’s been quoted as saying that his “major disappointment is that he has only one life to live… but he’s working on a solution.”
Andy was featured with his partner and friend Garner Bornstein (also a Vanier alumnus) in a video segment presented on CBC’s “Fortune Hunters” of January 24, 2009 which chronicles Andy and Garner’s role in the tremendous success of their company Airborne Entertainment. Watch the 4-minute clip.