Alexandra Taylor, the joint creative director and former head of
art at Saatchi & Saatchi, is leaving the agency to begin a directing
Taylor, who is one of Saatchis’ longest-serving employees, having worked
at the agency for the past 17 years, is joining the Paul Weiland Film
Company as a commercials director.
She is the first female director to join the company from an advertising
Newcastle-born Taylor joined Saatchis in 1982, reporting to Paul
She left in 1988 to work at WCRS as a senior art director and was made a
member of the board. She returned to Saatchis in 1989 and in 1992 became
head of art. Three years later she was appointed deputy creative
director and then joint creative director.
’Alex has a great visual sense with her background in art directing.
She sees things incredibly differently and is a real perfectionist. She
directed her first commercials through us - they were very successful
and showed that she likes to go against the grain,’ Paul Weiland
Taylor has 175 entries in the D&AD annual, and has won a plethora of
Cannes, British Television and Campaign Press and Poster awards. These
include 12 silver Campaign Press awards; five silver and one gold
Campaign Posters; six Cannes lions and four silver D&ADs.
The award-winning work included executions for InterCity, Castlemaine
XXXX, Silk Cut, the Metropolitan Police, Schweppes and the British Army,
for which she made her directorial debut. Last year Taylor joined the
previously all-male D&AD Executive Committee.
’Since Paul gave me the opportunity to direct, I have become bewitched
by the whole process. I have spent 17 years in advertising and feel I
can now progress in the field of TV and commercials,’ Taylor said.
David Droga, executive creative director at Saatchis, said: ’Alex will
be sorely missed but I’m sure the agency will end up using her in her