Grant Feller
I’m a media executive who has spent more than two decades at the top of his profession. I’ve now started my own business inspired, rather bizarrely, by Hollywood actor and director Ben Affleck whose recent award-winning speeches had the theme of living a ‘Second Act’. It’s never too late, he said, to reinvent yourself. Well here's another 40-something, bruised, bewildered and spurned by Jennifer Lopez, looking to star in his Second Act. And win an Oscar.

It took redundancy – and the naïve wisdom of children – to make me realise that all that’s holding us back is the fear of doing something different. I ought to be more afraid than ever but really I feel liberated. And inspired.

You can view my thought bubbles at or twitter: @grantfeller

Please do get in touch – to abuse or amuse. Preferably both at the same time.

Alternatively, if it’s about work come and find me (us) at

Entries by Grant Feller

Why London's Newspaper Needs Sadiq Khan to Win

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2016 | (12:37)

One of the great lessons I learned from an editor was about campaigning journalism. I had been tasked with creating a series of articles to spearhead a 'Scrap inheritance tax for everyone' campaign. But it's never going to happen, I protested. Aren't we more likely to achieve success by trying...

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How to Solve Google's Tax Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2016 | (10:22)

Adidas is clearly a brand that cares about its reputation. So much so that it recently cancelled its high-profile sponsorship of international athletics after a series of damaging stories about drug-taking amongst athletes, international cover-ups and even bribery allegations. The 11-year sponsorship deal was set to run until 2019 and...

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Here's How to Rise Up and Beat the Local Government Bullies

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (08:32)

Bullies get away with it because of bluster. Sometimes they're just the ones who shout loudest, whose size intimidates, whose refusal to budge an inch no matter how wrong they are pulverises the weaker into submission.

And they hate it when you fight back. It only makes them want to...

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Peston's Mistake: Don't Fall For Your Own Hype

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (09:54)

I don't mean to sound harsh but Robert Peston is a Number Two. A quite brilliant Number Two, one of the best in the business. The sort of Number Two everyone wants by their side because he makes their job easier and them look better. But he's still a Number...

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Why Facebook Users May Prefer to Hate Than Like

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2015 | (17:43)

I used to work for a newspaper editor - one of the best, in my opinion - whose unofficial mantra used to be 'Don't just give them what they want, give them what they hate.' For him, fear, envy, hatred and dislike were far more powerful motivators in terms of...

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Not All Us Men Are Emotionally Constipated

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2015 | (13:10)

'Cheer up, it might never happen.' Yes, my best friend really did proffer those priceless words of wisdom as we sat having a drink during one of my periodic lows. The fact that I had been made redundant recently - that it had actually happened! - didn't seem to have...

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Elitism: The Curse of The British Summer

(1) Comments | Posted 12 July 2015 | (12:21)

When I was growing up I wanted to be the American tennis champion Jimmy Connors. To be honest, I wanted to be sweary, stroppy, petulant John McEnroe (which I kind of was anyway) but my mum preferred his more charming, coiffured rival so Jimmy it was.

Anyway I saw a...

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I Want to Grow Grumpy Not Happy

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (14:31)

There are few benefits to being old. Spending a pension, perhaps, enjoying free transport, heating my house (or bedsit) just for the hell of it because I have a taxpayer-funded allowance, and getting half-price tickets to West End matinees. No one would dare deprive people in their twilight years of...

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The Lesson of Rugby's Super Saturday: Let's Reward Risk

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (11:12)

Like the spectacular solar eclipse that many were fortunate to witness the previous day, last Saturday's extraordinary day of rugby was an event made more memorable by its rarity.

There were 221 points scored in three matches, the winners of which could all have won the championship. Seemingly liberated from...

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The Key to Winning This Election Will Be to Fake Authenticity

(2) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (12:38)

I always wanted to be in a band but an inability to sing, play an instrument, dance or disguise my lack of stage presence held me back. Which is why I've always so admired Celine Dion.

So whenever a more gifted friend of mine holds a gig in a sticky-floored...

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Attack HSBC for Tax Evasion - But Not the Clients Who Accept Their Cash

(2) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (14:21)

One of the best holidays I ever had cost just under £7,000 and I didn't pay a penny. Our family of four were privileged enough to enjoy an idyllic holiday in Mauritius and no expense was spared by our obliging hosts and the PR company that had been the go-between.

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Why I Find The Galliano Love-In Hard To Take

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (11:45)

Saying sorry can do wonders for your rehabilitation - especially if you blame outside forces for your transgressions. So I hope shamed footballer Ched Evans finds time to learn the lessons of previously-shamed fashion designer John Galliano - a man who has not only returned to the catwalk but has...

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This Is How to End Fifa Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2014 | (12:25)

As undemocratic dictatorships go, Sepp Blatter's FIFA is pretty much the perfect model. Yes, North Korea has a formidable set-up but it lacks the financial clout of the Swiss. And I suppose Isis is trying hard to be the planet's most feared organisation but, faced with an increasing number of...

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The Joy of a Jewish Row

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (16:08)

My wife's introduction to the Feller family was traumatic. In the first tentative weeks of learning about each other, we met my parents in a swish restaurant. I thought the evening went well until, in a taxi later, Sian asked with a worrying frown: "Do you actually like your parents?"

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Authentic and Classy - Why Journalism Is the New Vinyl

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (17:17)

A vinyl collection, according to Nick Hornby in his brilliant novel High Fidelity, is a metaphor for relationships. Filled with precious moments and a fair few forgettable ones too, to be obsessed over and treasured for their authenticity.

And now I'm convinced that, in this age of branded content, it...

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Why Every Woman Should Indulge Their Man's Midlife Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2014 | (11:49)

It started with an extravagant 40th birthday party and ended in a tangled heap of fast cars, unsuitable women and illegal stimulants.

Well, that's not strictly true. It certainly did begin on a balmy and raucous April evening five years ago, when I inexplicably convinced myself that my guests had...

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Wake Up Football And Stop Pretending Racism Doesn't Exist

(2) Comments | Posted 22 August 2014 | (13:57)

Excusing racism is as bad as expressing it. The former fuels the latter, almost as if it's a subtle - though often completely unintentional - form of endorsement.

It is one of the reasons we have seen such a spate of anti-semitic attacks in the past weeks, because the language...

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Be Brave Bercow - Or You'll Be the One Out of Your Depth

(1) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (16:33)

John Bercow's questionable motives for wishing to employ a key assistant who, according to one of his predecessors as Speaker, is 'totally out of her depth', says less about his character than it does about the notion of leadership in Britain.

Baroness Boothroyd spoke out after it was revealed that...

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The Curse of the Deputy

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (16:36)

It was always Gordon Brown's problem. It's turned out to be Philip Clarke's as well over at Tesco. And, despite his recent runs for England, it may well be Alastair Cook's too.

But why are deputies so often such failures? Why, when they have spent years planning their accession and...

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What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

(2) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (00:00)

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste...

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