’Incompatibility’ is cited for RJ Phillips and Union split-up

The production companies RJ Phillips & Co and Union Commercials, which merged last year, are separating citing ’incompatibility’.

The production companies RJ Phillips & Co and Union Commercials,

which merged last year, are separating citing ’incompatibility’.



RJ Phillips joined Union after a desire to increase its size and the

fact that the lease on its premises had expired. It became part of Union

and moved into its offices. Its roster of directors, Richard Phillips,

Richard Tindall and Metin Huseyin, were all represented by Union,

although RJ Phillips claims that it maintained its own identity

throughout.



The directors are now leaving to join Bryan Byfield Films, admitting

that smaller outfits need to consolidate to reflect changes in the

production industry. RJ Phillips will move in to Byfield’s offices and

the company will be renamed in the next few weeks.



Both companies stressed that the split was amicable and that the

partnership simply did not work out.



’It’s just an incompatibility thing. It’s very friendly, however -

they’re happy with it and we’re happy with it,’ RJ Phillips’ director,

Richard Phillips, said.



Claire Timms, the joint managing director of Union, said: ’We are both

busy companies with strong identities and personalities. On this

occasion, the two just did not gel.’



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