NEWS: Ex-O&M head of TV takes up managing director job at BFCS

BFCS, one of London’s most successful and longest-standing commercials production companies, has parted company with its managing director, Ann Pugsley.

BFCS, one of London’s most successful and longest-standing commercials

production companies, has parted company with its managing director, Ann

Pugsley.



The production house has brought in Peter Harrison, formerly head of

television at Ogilvy and Mather for 20 years. He has been with Ray

Rathborne Films since February.



Harrison, who was asked to join BFCS on Monday and moved into the

company’s offices the same day, has been briefed to ‘take the company in

a new direction’. This entails raising the profile of its directors

other than the long-established Derek Coutts and Mike Seresin. They are

John O’Donnell, Phil Jude, Rod Waskett and Geoff Darling. The company

also represents Alan Parker, when he is available.



‘I am here to make BFCS a very enjoyable place to work, and to get its

output shown around town,’ Harrison said. ‘I really am very happy to

sell and promote all of the directors and, with a company like this, I

can knock on any door.’



Pugsley was made managing director two years ago after John Cigarini

chose to focus on BFCS’s Los Angeles office. Since then, she has

overseen a period of change at the company, including the arrival of

Coutts (Campaign, 1 July 1994).



Seresin put her departure down to a disagreement over the future

direction of the company. ‘Ultimately, we agreed to disagree,’ he said.



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