David Brown has left Smith Jones Brown & Cassie after a showdown
with the board. He is the latest and most high profile in a series of
departures from the company over the past few months.
Brown, who was part of the team that launched the production company ten
years ago, formally left the company last week. He said: ’I was unhappy
at the way things were run. When I voiced my concerns I was immediately
asked to leave.’
He would not comment on the other departures, which include the board
financial director, Julie Clement, the animation director, Charlie Paul
(who went to the rival production company, Eclipse), and the producers,
Andy Leach and Amanda Coombes. Coombes has since joined Mighty.
In October last year the Men Behaving Badly star, Neil Morrissey, left
and set up his own production company with his fellow actor, Caroline
Quentin, taking the producer, Nikki Welch, with him.
The managing director and one of SJBC’s founders, Trevor Evans, said the
company had been revamped in the past year. ’We have taken on five
directors - all new, keen filmmakers.’
Commenting on Brown’s departure he said: ’David is a traditional,
old-school director. We wanted to reshape the company. Advertising has
changed in the past ten years and we wanted a different image to appeal
Brown joined Evans, Iain Cassie, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones when the
company started up in 1988. He was previously an award-winning creative
director at Collett Dickenson Pearce, before going into directing, where
his credits have ranged from the Daily Mail and Warburton’s bread to
more recent work on Hero drinks. Brown has not yet decided on his next
move but is considering several options.