Syco = record label, Simon Cowell in charge
Modest = management company, Richard Griffiths & Harry Magee in charge
HJPR = public relations firm, Jonathan Hackford & Simon Jones in charge
I think Syco used to be under the umbrella of Sony, but now they’re with Columbia. So 1D’s current record deal is with Syco/Columbia (in the US).
In each company’s own words:
Syco Music, also known as Syco Records, is a British record label founded by Simon Cowell in 2002. It is a subsidiary of Syco Entertainment. Syco artists have been phenomenally successfull, selling more than 200 million albums and delivering more than 180 No. 1 records worldwide.
Since forming in 2003, HJPR has established itself as the UK’s leading entertainment PR company. Specialising in the music and TV industries, we represent artists ranging from One Direction, Ant & Dec, Little Mix, Fearne Cotton and McBusted, to Dannii Minogue, Daisy Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and DJ Fresh. A day doesn’t go by when one of our clients is not in the news - whether it’s national newspaper coverage or strong presence in online media.
Modest! Management are a London based Artist Management Company, formed in 2003 by Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee. We manage all aspects of our artists’ careers including writing, recording, touring, brand partnerships, merchandise, endorsements, theatre, television and publicity.
This has been your One Direction management fuckery primer. LOL