David Burgess, the former managing director of Harry Films, has
started up a new commercials production company called the Business.
Five directors - a mix of newcomers and established names - have already
signed up. The most high-profile recruit is the feature-film director,
Roland Joffe, best known for his films the Killing Fields and the
Mission, who has recently completed a Patak Spices ad for Travis Sennett
Burgess said: ’Over the last year I have combined working freelance with
finding the right blend of talents to share my enthusiasm and
The Business is now up and running.’
The company’s four other directors are Kevin Hewitt, Zowie Broach, Dean
Stockton and Richard Raymond. Hewitt collaborates regularly with Don
Letts, an alternative film-maker who has worked with the Clash, and
recently worked on a COI anti-drink-drive campaign for DMB&B.
Broach, who has worked with Red or Dead and Levi Strauss, established
her reputation as a stylist and art director, and as a director of pop
promos. Stockton, who has worked mostly on TV idents, is a former head
of graphics at both Sky and Carlton, and was a senior designer at
Channel 4, while Raymond, at 20, is the youngest member of the team and
is working on his first short film.