Williams quits Tony Kaye for start-up

Mark Williams has left Tony Kaye Films to set up his own production company in conjunction with the facilities company, Filmworks.

Mark Williams has left Tony Kaye Films to set up his own production

company in conjunction with the facilities company, Filmworks.



The new set-up, called Filmworks Direct, will operate from Filmworks’

Brewer Street offices and is already looking to build a substantial

roster of directors.



Williams, who began his career in advertising as a copywriter at GGT,

has directed through Tony Kaye for seven years.



He is well-known for his work on Sony PlayStation through TBWA GGT

Simons Palmer, for Club 18-30 and Wild at Heart through Saatchi &

Saatchi, and for the St Mungo’s ’remember me’ spot through Young &

Rubicam.



’We are moving tentatively. We want a tight set-up,’ Williams said.

’I’ve built up a good set of work at Tony Kaye but I wanted to come out

from Tony’s shadow and go my own way. It’s time that I fronted something

myself and took control of my own destiny.’



Filmworks, which began life as African Sky, set up in London four years

ago.



The company has offices in Venezuela, Cape Town and Bombay as well as

satellite offices in mainland Europe.



It works with production companies from around the world to facilitate

filming in different locations.



Fergus Brown, a producer at Filmworks, acknowledged the conflict between

Filmworks Direct and his existing clients.



He said: ’I am prepared to sacrifice the UK market to make way for this.

I have worked with Mark on a number of projects and we have always

talked about setting up together.’



Eugenia Kaye, the managing director of Tony Kaye Films, said: ’Mark is

one of the best comedy directors around. He has the creative talent to

succeed.’



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