Mark Borkowski is no academic observer of the media and its celebrity machinations: he's in it, up to his neck, every day. This is the man who has handled PR for some of the biggest names in the business and continues to do so.
He's worked for Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Joan Rivers, Macaulay Culkin, Sir Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Cirque du Soleil, the Three Tenors, and that trio of Michaels: Jackson, Flatley & Moore. He's been behind a string of West End successes and his portfolio of film promotion includes cult classics such as American History X and multi-million-dollar box office hits like The Matrix.
Mark Borkowski views PR as an instinctive, spontaneous, totally creative business whose sole function is to fire the imagination of the reading and viewing public.
The widely held belief that PR should be about the absolute, rigid, undeviating control of a message is anathema to him. The message, he believes, can only be properly communicated by stirring the imagination, and ultimately what stirs the imagination more than anything else is the ability to conceive and tell a great story.
In academic and industry circles Mark Borkowski is a respected lecturer and thinker. Although his profile is connected with celebrity, much of his agency's day-to-day work comes from the representation of major brands.
In this guise, his company manages - or has managed - PR for the likes of Vodafone, Tiscali, P&O, Eurostar, Lotus, Hovis, Virgin Megastores, Selfridges, Horlicks, Bacardi, Pimm's, Gordon's Gin and Hasbro UK. Not headline-grabbing stuff, yet the techniques Mark views as essential to entertainment PR are the identical techniques he strives to use when generating media coverage for corporate clients.
What distinguishes Mark from other publicists and what forms an intrinsic part of his appeal to corporate clients, is the showmanship of much of his work. His engaging speaking style and witty approach, as well as his depth and breadth of knowledge about PR, have brought him to lecture, speak and run workshops for groups as diverse as Aviva, British Gas, NHS , House of Fraser, Cirque du Soliel, the Cornish Development Agency, LSE, the Design Council, Nissan, Lovell's, CBI and the Institute of Management.
He has also presented a well-received show on the history of publicity stunt at the Edinburgh Fringe, spoken at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and taken part in a debate at the Cambridge Union.