Lambie-Nairn Directors has hired Mark Lethem, an executive producer
at Will Van Der Vlugt Films, as its managing director. Lethem started as
an agency producer and has also worked at Challenge (where he helped set
up Young Guns), Propaganda and Produktion.
Four radio production companies have joined forces to create an industry
body, the Association of Radio Specialists. Eardrum, Commercial Breaks,
Hobo and Rorschach have set up the initiative, aimed at raising
awareness of the services available to ad agencies and clients in
creating radio advertising.
Martin Dennis, the director of the BBC 1 comedy series, Men Behaving
Badly, has left BFCS to join Branded Film. Dennis joined BFCS in July
1996 and has since directed spots for Somerfield, Pizza Hut and the News
of the World.
Rawi Macartney Cole has added the promo director, John Clayton, to its
roster. Clayton, who co-founded his own music video production company,
Swivel, has worked for artists including Way Out West, Texas, UB40 and
Bob Geldof, and has directed a Channel 4 documentary on UK rap
The Producers has signed three new directors: Steve Price, whose
background is in pop promos, the film director, Antony Atanasio, and a
Swedish commercials director, Axel, who specialises in comedy.
The Clio Awards have been bought from Jim Smyth by BPI Communications,
whose media group is the publisher of Adweek, Billboard and the
Hollywood Reporter. The awards will continue to be based in New York.