Stephenson and Peryer in launch

Mike Stephenson, the acclaimed director, is leaving the Paul

Weiland Film Company to launch his own production company, MOON.



The director is setting up the company with Linda Peryer, who has been a

senior producer at Paul Weiland for eight years.



Stephenson admitted: "It's quite a wrench - it's a bit like leaving

home. But I've always had a real hankering to do this."



He added: "The premise of MOON will be pure craft and nothing but. It is

a testament to Paul Weiland that I have taken this long to set up my own

company. I'm very grateful to Paul for all he has taught me and the

opportunities he has given me."



Stephenson started his career in advertising in 1979 as an art director

working under John Webster at BMP DDB. He and his partner, Derek Apps,

moved to Lowe Howard-Spink in 1982, where Stephenson built a strong

reputation in television.



While at the agency the pair won awards for work on accounts including

Heineken, Vauxhall, Whitbread Best and Hula Hoops.



His directing career started when he joined the Paul Weiland Film

Company in 1988. Since then, he has directed commercials for clients

including The Independent, Nationwide, COI Army, COI Special Constables,

Teacher Training, Timebank and First Direct.



Recent commercials include the new Lloyds TSB campaign, COI Census,

Persil's "young Winstons" and the Royal & Sun Alliance "where's Lucky?"

spots from Ogilvy & Mather.



Stephenson has indicated that MOON will be looking to expand and

confirmed that he has started looking for directors.



He said: "We will want some more directors soon - at least two or three.

That's why we've chosen the generic name MOON, to reflect the fact that

it's not a one-man band."



Paul Weiland added: "I'm really sad to see him go but you can't hold on

to someone forever. He has always wanted to do his own thing. It's very

brave and we wish him the best of luck."



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