NEWS: Campbell to run Tony Kaye Films

Robert Campbell, the commercials producer who left Spots in February, has joined Tony Kaye Films in the dual role of managing director and executive producer.

Robert Campbell, the commercials producer who left Spots in February,

has joined Tony Kaye Films in the dual role of managing director and

executive producer.



Campbell is best known for his five-year partnership with the award-

winning director, Tarsem, but he also worked with Paul Meijer, Big TV,

and a raft of other directors during his time at Spots.



At Tony Kaye Films, Campbell says he will improve the ‘slightly

shambolic’ perception of the company, and also move the outfit back into

the West End, from its present offices in Ladbroke Grove.



Campbell said: ‘I like the challenge of this situation. I will bring

stability and re-establish a professional attitude towards the

business.’



His main role will be as a central point of contact for advertising

agencies at the company, whose directors include Mark Williams, Jonathan

Barnbrook, Jason Harrington and Matt Forrest, as well as Tony Kaye.



Campbell is particularly keen to develop the career of Rupert Sanders, a

young director who worked on Capital Radio’s ‘Help a London Child’ ad

for GGT.



Since leaving Spots, Campbell has been taking a break from producing

commercials, and has spent some time considering his career options. He

admitted: ‘I thought about doing a start-up.’



Campbell began working on feature films while living in Saudi Arabia in

the 80s.



From there, he became involved in music videos, moving back to the UK

and working at the production company, McCleod and Partners, until he

met Tarsem.



Campbell left Spots in February after finishing two major projects with

Tarsem - the Levi’s ‘washroom’ commercial for Bartle Bogle Hegarty and

the Nike ‘forces of darkness’ ad for Wieden and Kennedy.



Campbell said: ‘I needed to make a break and do something different.’



Tarsem left Spots last week for the new UK office of the US production

company, @radical.media (Campaign, 3 May).



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