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Creator of GT Academy (now a Hollywood film ‘Gran Turismo’), Advisor, Innovator, Founder, Speaker
Darren Cox is an Innovator who has launched and run several companies and projects which live mainly in the F1, Motorsport, digital, virtual, marketing, and content worlds.
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"Darren has vision, he thinks out of the box on what businesses can do and how they would execute. He is like a mad wizard who has led innovation in Motorsport and Gaming."
Darren Cox's 2023 biography
Meet Darren Cox
Darren Cox is a pioneer in the F1 Drive to Survive era who has had his biggest project turned into a major Hollywood movie.
As F1 grows exponentially in the ‘Drive to Survive’ era Cox is at the centre of the media and marketing transformation.
His professional motorsport journey started when in 2005 he conceived an idea well ahead of its time. He asked the question – could a Playstation gamer transfer from his sofa to the race track?
Such has been the success (and drama) of the project and results on and off track that a full blown Hollywood movie is being launched in cinemas by Sony Pictures in August 2023.
Darren is played by Orlando Bloom. He is adamant they look very similar on stage and screen.
‘Gran Turismo’ tells the story of how Darren fought to launch and keep the ‘Gamer to Racer’ concept against pressure from Nissan and Playstation and some big challenges including a fatal accident involving one of the gamers.
His story of innovation and grit to change the face of Motorsport has many parallels to todays challenging environment. The project was eventually launched in 2008 at the moment of greatest peril for the Motor industry for decades and under instruction from Nissan President Carlos Ghosn himself not to ‘advertise’ sportscars.
Later, as founder and CEO of a start up independent F1 media group he drove the business to lead in terms of results and reputation in the F1 paddock within 3 years, exploiting the tsunami of interest generated by Netflix.
Innovatively using separate brands to target two different audiences he instilled a ‘digital content first’ mindset into his organisation that drove both brands to top all KPIs for views, listens, visits and engagement.
Regarded as the ‘godfather’ of racing esports, he led the charge towards using gaming as a route to new audiences for Motorsport before founding his independent F1 media company.
Both genres were forced together when weeks after launching his main F1 media brand COVID hit. Darren quickly switched his new ‘real world’ media platform into running a weekly esports brand that was broadcast by ESPN and other global TV companies in place of traditional sport for large parts of 2020.
Darren has many stories of innovating within and with big Brands against internal resistance from conservative influences that naturally attempt to slow down progress towards ‘risky’ new media plays.
As well conceiving GT Academy and other start up motorsport brands Darren is also behind landmark projects and concepts such as the Deltawing Le Mans entry, a new Marketing media awards platform for Motorsport and has run esports teams for Mercedes F1, Racing Point F1 (Aston Martin) and Fernando Alonso.
Darren talks with openness and humour about ‘failing to win’ but ultimately delivering breakthrough innovations despite inherent industry inertia. His stories of building a F1 media group from scratch with the challenge of COVID balanced by the opportunity that Drive to Survive and new F1 owners Liberty provided, illustrates some of the best insights on how the new F1 media landscape can be exploited by brands.
Darren Cox's 2023 talks & topics
Darren Cox's 2023 speaking fees
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