NEWS: Barron to quit as head of Limelight

Siobhan Barron is stepping down after three years as the managing director of Limelight Films’ commercials division in a major restructuring of the top-ten commercials production company.

Siobhan Barron is stepping down after three years as the managing

director of Limelight Films’ commercials division in a major

restructuring of the top-ten commercials production company.



Barron will resume her career as a producer and her brother, Steve

Barron, the director who co-founded the company in 1979 with his sister

and Adam Whittaker, will return to fill the top slot as chairman. Barron

recently completed shooting a feature, The Adventures of Pinocchio.



News of the restructure scotches persistent rumours that Limelight was

to be sold, or fold under financial strain.



Stephen Navin, an associate of Virgin’s founder, Richard Branson, has

been appointed by Virgin Communications - which owns 26 per cent of

Limelight - to run the day-to-day operations, reporting to Steve Barron.

His masterplan is to focus the company on its core businesses,

commercials and music videos. Meanwhile, Whittaker is to leave the

company.



Steve Barron commented: ‘We continue to have an excellent team here,

serving a first-class network of producer/director teams - I want to

keep it that way.’



Siobhan Barron, who returned to the UK in 1993 after working at

Limelight’s US commercials operation, said: ‘I wanted to go back to

producing. I’ve spent the past three years at a desk dealing with

people’s period pains and I’m looking forward to getting back to film-

making.’



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