Tsunami, the production company that was started by Mark Andrews
last month, has made its first signing, Jon Harvey, whose recent work
has been for Channel 4. He has created a series of idents and was part
of the team working on the station’s recent rebranding. Harvey, who
studied film and television at Goldsmiths College of Art, said:
’Commercials seem to be the next logical step.’
Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy has appointed a new head of television.
Nicky Barnes joins from WCRS, where she has worked for three years,
starting as a junior and eventually becoming a TV producer. Barnes
contributed to last week’s BTAA bronze award-winning First Direct ads,
starring Bob Mortimer, and on ads for Orange, Tate and Lyle and BMW.
BFCS has hired two new directors and a producer. Willi Patterson
(right), who is best known for his car commercials, has returned to the
UK after seven years in the US working for RSA, Propaganda and
Crossroads. Gareth Roberts (left) was with TTO, where he made spots for
the Welsh Tourist Board and Solero. The producer, Patricia Bury
(centre), has been freelance for the past two years.
David Hartley and his producer, Vanessa Hetherington, have left Academy
to work at Brave Films. Hartley’s work includes a Lemon Tango spot for
HHCL and Partners and a Mr Tom campaign, as well as 27 idents for the
satellite channel, Bravo. He said: ’I would rather work with the public
and amateurs than try to mould an actor into the part.’
Absolut Vodka has announced the winner of its ’cities of Europe’ student
competition, in which entrants created an ad that reflected the spirit
of a city and included the Absolut bottle shape. Richard Glendenning and
Simon Parkin, who are both studying advertising design at Newcastle
College, won with a poster for Absolut Newcastle based on the
black-and-white Newcastle United football strip.