Our next instalment of Perform People sees Joe Markowski, DAZN Rights & Partnerships Director, tell us all about himself!
Give us some background on your role at Perform
I’ve been with Perform for 6 years since starting as an Account Executive in the Media Services division. After stints in various commercial roles, I embarked on the DAZN project when it started in late 2014. The early days weren’t particularly glamorous – stuck in a small room in Feltham with James Goldwin on a whiteboard – but from there it’s been very rewarding to play a role in helping build the rights portfolios for our launches in DACH and Japan, and identifying our key partners in those markets. My role encompasses rights acquisition, key partnerships and commercial strategy.
Location of and life in the office
After 5+ years in Feltham and various London offices, I am currently based in Tokyo at the Daimon office.
What do you like most about your job?
Working every day with people who have become good friends, both internally and with our partners.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Right now it’s the language and cultural barriers that are part and parcel of working in Japan.
What drew you to work for Perform, and how has the company changed since?
Warren Palk (now DAZN COO) pitched me the Perform dream at the George IV on Chiswick High Rd. in early 2011 and I was sold. The company has changed hugely since then – we’ve grown on every measure imaginable, launched some great products and hired some very talented people. The biggest changes from then to now from my perspective are the scale of the business and its organisation – we’ve grown up a lot as well as grown!
Favourite Perform Brand, and why?
DAZN, naturally, but I’ve still got a soft spot for my old babies – FEI TV and Live Basketball TV.
What do you get up to out of the office (interests, hobbies etc.)?
I play golf and 5-a-side, both badly.
Now for the fun part…
If you could pick a superpower what would it be and why?
The ability to know where John Gleasure was at all times of the day would be very helpful indeed.
Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too small?
I’m an exceptionally gangly person so I will error on the side of caution and say two sizes too big.
Back to reality…
Best advice you would give someone wanting to work for Perform?
Take the time to learn the unique ways in which we operate. In doing that you’ll learn a lot from those around you and you’ll see areas that you can improve and skills you can develop.
Please could you think of a question for the next Perform Colleague? (Make it absolutely anything!)
Your Question from Ryan Keaney was:
What’s the billion pound business/app/product idea that you’ve got bubbling away in the back of your head?
DAZN is the only billion pound business idea that I’ve got space for in my head to be honest.
Your Question for next Perform Colleague is:
After Content, Media, DAZN and Gaming, what should Perform’s fifth division be?