NEWS: JWT’s Foster takes up top European TV production role

Nigel Foster, the head of television at J. Walter Thompson London, has been promoted to the new role of executive director of TV production across Europe. In the UK, Foster’s day-to-day role will be taken by Paul Fenton, a senior producer.

Nigel Foster, the head of television at J. Walter Thompson London, has

been promoted to the new role of executive director of TV production

across Europe. In the UK, Foster’s day-to-day role will be taken by Paul

Fenton, a senior producer.



Foster, 44, has been handed the task of creating a ‘centre of

excellence’ for all JWT’s TV production across Europe, including the UK.

Foster will also work closely with JWT’s worldwide creative director,

Allen Thomas, on global productions originating from Europe.



Foster replaces Mike Hall, who is retiring after handling the European

job since 1989.



Foster said: ‘We are combining the TV production expertise of our London

and our other European offices so that JWT can benefit from a wider

choice of commercial directors and investigate alternative production

methods that continue to reduce and control costs.’



Foster joined JWT as a senior producer in 1986 and was promoted to head

of television in 1990.



Thomas commented: ‘We have decided to bring the London and European

roles together. This is a big job and it takes a big man to do it. I am

sure that under Nigel’s guidance, the quality of our TV production in

all our areas of operation will achieve increasingly higher standards.’



Fenton joined JWT in 1993 from Simons Palmer where he was head of

television. Since then he has been involved with a number of the

agency’s accounts. His most recent work includes the Madame Tussaud’s

cinema commercial and the new Kellogg’s Corn Flakes film.