Fat Fish Films has closed and its two founders, Jacci Barrett, the
managing director, and Carlton Chase, a director, have moved to Blink
Productions where they will continue to work together.
Barrett has been considering the move for the past year and has been
reducing the number of directors on the Fat Fish roster. Consequently,
she has left only one directing duo without a home - Kim Jacobs and
Alain Briere, two Americans who are currently working in New York and
have yet to break through in the UK.
Barrett said: ’I have owned and run production companies for 15 years
and I want the freedom and time to get involved in other interests. It
seems like the right time, now that Carlton is well and truly based in
Joe Public, who had been Fat Fish’s busiest directors over the past few
years, left Fat Fish for Partizan Midi Minuit last June.
Fat Fish was founded in 1991 after Barrett, a producer, and Chase split
with Mike Berkofsky, who had been Barrett’s partner at Berkofsky
James Studholme, the managing director of Blink, said: ’Carlton offers
something that we don’t do and we are happy to have him and Jacci in the
Barrett added: ’I am delighted about the tie-up and I hope to use it as
a mini relaunch. I went through the process of talking to other
production companies but Blink was my first choice.’
Chase, 35, has worked mostly in the US for the past few years and is in
Manhattan making a spot for the telecoms giant, Sprint. His UK
commercials credits include a black-and-white Nationwide campaign
through Leagas Delaney, which won a D&AD silver in 1991. He was a
Campaign Face to Watch in 1990 and at 23 became the youngest director in
the Directors’ Guild of America.