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.