As the president of Ashber Corporation, Bruce Furst pursues high-profile licensing ventures that include supplying music content to film productions. Over the years, Bruce Furst has also merchandised licensed products for organizations such as the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Paramount Pictures Theatrical Library, and King Features Syndicate.
Having syndicated more than 200 comics over its century-long history, King Features dates back to the late 19th century, when William Randolph Hearst acquired the pioneering comic strip The Yellow Kid for his newspapers. He subsequently helped launch early-20th-century favorites such as Krazy Kat, Bringing Up Father, and The Katzenjammer Kids. In 1915, Hearst founded King Features in order to better manage the burgeoning syndication business.
Many of the company's best-known properties have been in print for decades, including Flash Gordon, Dennis the Menace, Prince Valiant, Family Circle, and Bizarro. Notably, the company combines strategies of product merchandising and newspaper circulation with a core commitment to works that have artistic and cultural value.
Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst is the president of Ashber Corporation, an entertainment licensing, production, and negotiating firm. Bruce Furst relocated Ashber Corporation to the City of Austin due to its thriving economy and entrepreneurial spirit. In 2013, Austin was named one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The city continues to draw residents and visitors to its flourishing music scene.
When visitor to Austin want to experience live music, they don’t need to look very far. In fact, live music can be found at the airport, in grocery stores, on street corners, and in over 250 venues featuring every kind of music imaginable. A large number of music festivals occur in Austin each year, drawing thousands of people to city.
The most well-known festival, South by Southwest, occurs every March and draws noted filmmakers, musicians, and artists from all over the world. At the internationally renowned festival, performers showcase their work and introduce new releases. Attendees can experience the festival at over 90 venues across the city.
The Austin City Limits festival also draws thousands of attendees. Hosted in Zilker Park, the two-day festival presents some 130 musical acts from all over the world.
The Pecan Street Festival is a family-friendly event that occurs biannually. The street fair features music, food vendors, and arts and crafts.
The Sound on Sound Festival and Urban Music Festival are also noteworthy Austin events featuring a wide variety of genres of music.
An entertainment executive who has helped launch new talent and produced a number of albums and films, Bruce Furst also performs a range of music licensing functions as the president of the Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas. He is currently working on a project that pushes the boundaries of printed media. Bruce Furst hopes that this printed media project will include Lady Gaga as its initial featured artist.
Mr. Furst is reaching out to Lady Gaga because, as an artist, she embraces futurism as a large part of her self-created musical universe. In 2013, she announced that she would be the first singer to perform in outer space after accepting a ticket through the commercial spaceflight organization Virgin Galactic. This news first broke during Gaga’s ArtRave presentation at Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City.
Gaga announced that she would sing in space in 2015 as part of a special event by the entertainment company Zero G Colony. A source close to Gaga at the time told Us Weekly that the singer would complete a month of vocal training in order to perform in the far thinner atmosphere.
While the 2015 performance did not occur, Virgin Galactic continues to make test flights. One source notes that a realistic timeframe for commercial space flights is 5 to 10 years.
As president of Ashber Corporation, Bruce Furst facilitates licensing and negotiation proceedings for motion picture projects. Bruce Furst has played a key role in the launching of several prominent careers, including that of young leading man Booboo Stewart.
Born Nils Allen Stewart, Jr., Booboo Stewart entered the entertainment industry as a model. He earned recognition as the most sought-after male model under the age of 18 and drew the attention of Walt Disney Records, with whom he signed a recording contract at the age of 12. He toured extensively with Miley Cyrus, the Cheetah Girls, and the Jonas Brothers before finding work in television and film.
Booboo Stewart has worked as a stunt person for a number of films and has appeared in such television series as Everybody Hates Chris and ER. He earned his most widespread recognition as Seth Clearwater in The Twilight Saga, having first appeared in the 2010 episode Eclipse and then later taking on a larger role in the 2011 and 2012 installments of Breaking Dawn. He shares his free time with the community as a celebrity ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a supporter of such outreach initiatives as the Los Angeles Mission and Australia's Channel 7 Telethon.
With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Bruce Furst boasts significant expertise in film and music licensing.