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
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.