CRAFT: Delaney quits Spots for Tomboy roster

The ad director, Theo Delaney, has left Spots Films, where he has been on the roster for five years, to sign up with Tomboy Films. He is joined at Tomboy by another new director, Liddy Oldroyd, who directed the popular comedy series, Drop the Dead Donkey.

The ad director, Theo Delaney, has left Spots Films, where he has been

on the roster for five years, to sign up with Tomboy Films. He is joined

at Tomboy by another new director, Liddy Oldroyd, who directed the

popular comedy series, Drop the Dead Donkey.



Delaney officially left Spots two weeks ago, after being approached by

the Tomboy partner and producer, Frances Silor. Delaney claims that his

decision to move to Tomboy is not a reflection on Spots, but of his

desire to be part of a ‘young company on the up and to have the

opportunity to be part of that growth’.



Delaney refuted the rumours that Spots is suffering from management

difficulties. ‘All these rumours of Spots’ apparent demise are greatly

exaggerated,’ he said. ‘I left because of Tomboy’s offer and not because

of Spots.’



Delaney began his advertising career as a freelance production assistant

and then switched career path to become an advertising trade-press

journalist. After a stint as the news editor on the now-defunct

Direction magazine, Delaney returned to commercials production, joining

Tony Kaye Films as a producer, working with the director, Patricia

Murphy, before changing tack once more to become a director himself.



Delaney’s humorous spots for Jiffi Condoms and Celsius aftershave were

honoured with awards at Cannes, D&AD and Creative Circle. He joined

Spots in 1991, and in 1993 he was named Best Young Director at Cannes.

His recent work includes an on-going series for the Independent and

spots for Carlton’s SelecTV, both through M&C Saatchi.



Tomboy was launched in 1992 by Glynis Murray, the former managing

director of the Paul Weiland Film Company.



Silor joined in 1994 after working for RSA Films as a freelance producer

with Tarsem, Frank Budgen and Ridley Scott. Oldroyd joins Tomboy with

two commercials on her reel for Beefeater Restaurants and Imperial

Leather, through Bartle Bogle Hegarty and GGT respectively.



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