Randy Nader made a name for himself in several facets of the entertainment industry, having launched several successful companies, including Nader Group International and Carbide Records.
A one-time professional actor, Nader was appointed Executive Assistant to entertainment industry giant Norman Lear’s Act III Communications. Nader was involved with films that were produced by Act III Productions, People For The American Way, and Lear’s Democratic campaigning.
Nader made initial inroads in the music industry joining McGhan Radio Productions as an Associate Producer and was then elevated to Executive Producer. He produced live radio remotes from Los Angeles and New York in conjunction with major events such as the American Music Awards, the Country Music Awards, The Howard Stern Show, and the Grammy Awards. McGhan Radio Productions interviewed over 100 major celebrities a week for its shows, broadcasting via 15 major stations with a combined audience of more than 30 million live listeners daily. As a producer, Nader was involved with every popular music format and worked with a broad range of artists from Little Richard and Michael Bolton to Lou Reed to Ned Beatty, and personalities from Howard Stern to Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Nader then developed and launched Nader Group International (NGI), a photo syndication and photographer/journalist management company. From its inception, NGI capitalized on the entertainment industry’s untapped niche markets, including the teen and soap opera markets, as well as high visibility in the rock music world. NGI’s worldwide photo syndication network serves Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, South America, Baltic Countries as well as the United States. The management arm of NGI represented a select group of known album cover and record company publicity photographers who have done photo and publicity sessions for Rod Stewart, Sting, REM, Leann Rimes, Nirvana, The Cranberries, The Beastie Boys, Marilyn Manson, Tevin Campbell, Britney Spears, and numerous other artists. NGI added Marcel Anders, a leading music journalist to its representation in 1996 when it began syndicating celebrity interviews worldwide. Nader Group International (NGI) is currently one of the leading syndication companies in celebrity music interviews globally
Nader also founded Carbide Records, Ltd. Carbide’s first single “Popera” – an innovative dance version of Mozart’s “Il Mio Tesoro Intanto” – was heard in more than 3,500 clubs across America. The single, produced by Nader, spent several weeks on the dance charts. Carbide also introduced adult contemporary artist Jae Cie, whose “Reason for Living,” the first single from “Between the Lines,” received airplay on more than 150 radio stations across America, and spent three months on the charts. Jae Cie’s success in America secured a record deal for the artist in Germany with ISS Records. Carbide Records also added rap/hip-hop artist Cima to its roster and secured a BMG publishing deal in Europe.
Randy was hired as consultant and head of American A&R for EMI/Intercord Records, Germany. He was responsible for handling all the U.S. based talent that was signed to the label as well as finding new talent and product in America and delivering to the German office for European recording and licensing contracts. Artists signed to EMI/Intercord included Carlos Ponce as well as other Estefan Enterprises artists.
Nader then launched an artist management company. NGI’s first signing was multi-platinum Hip-Hop artist Warren G. NGI secured his recording and publishing contracts. He also re-launched Gioia Bruno, the former lead singer of the multi-platinum band “Expose” by licensing her single “From The Inside” to the hit television show “Queer As Folk” and turned her into a club diva on two continents. This led to Gioia to signing a record deal with Koch Records and Koch Records International. NGI then signed Brad Estrin fresh off of being a finalist on the #1 television show American Idol (season 1) and inked a production deal with 360 Music Asia. In 2003. Nader also signed Gabriel Hernandez and begin working on his new solo project while touring with his multi-platinum band “No Mercy.” Nader then took on the helm of the band and handled their contract re-negotiations. They have sold 12 million records worldwide. NGI also signed Alyson and her label PM Media. Nader secured a North American distribution deal for PM Media. NGI brought Grammy-winning producer Hex Hector on board to produce Alyson’s 3rd single. The collaborative successes for NGI and PM Media have allowed Alyson to have five top 5 Billboard dance chart hits. With Alyson’s American success, Nader Group International has inked several licensing deals for PM internationally.
In 2005 through 2007, Randy partnered with media publicist Traci Harper to form Harper/Nader Public Relations. Nader consulted Harper Public Relations from 2000 throughout the formation of their partnership in 2005. Clientele included Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Canon, Louis Van Amstel, Catherine Bell, Dishwalla, Obba Babatunda, Discovery Channel, and other network and celebrity clients. Their firm also represented luxury retail stores and launches.
In 2008, Nader signed music artist “Oryon” to AGR/Universal Records Europe released the first single off of his first CD in September 2008. Oryon released his first album in 2010 throughout Europe.