Simon Levene, one of Rose Hackney Barber’s busiest directors, has
quit the company to join Pink Films.
Levene directed the recent spot for McDonald’s which features a boy and
his grandmother playing World Cup scratchcards. Other recent credits
include Nissan Micra, Virgin Direct, Umbro and Toyota Starlet.
’I want to change my direction slightly and pursue comedy with a visual
edge,’ Levene said. ’Pink is a fantastic top young production company
and good place to get the best scripts.’
Levene is the latest defection from Rose Hackney Barber, which has seen
a number of departures since its former joint managing director, Bertie
Miller, left a year ago. Miller is now the managing director of Spectre,
the production company he set up with the director, Daniel Kleinman.
Sandra Goldbacher left Rose Hackney Barber to join Miller at Spectre and
Anthea Benton quit last month to join James Bradley’s new outfit,
Concrete. Louise Whitehead, the rep at Rose Hackney Barber, also left to
take on the same role at RSA.
Levene joined Rose Hackney Barber in November 1995, soon after Redwing
Levene’s first high-profile commercial was the ’Bobby Charlton’ spot for
Jiffi Condoms through Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy.