Alex Paton, a Campaign Face to Watch in 1996, has joined Jane
Fuller Associates to direct commercials. Paton worked as a copywriter at
the Leith Agency, CDP and GGT before taking up directing full time. He
has worked on campaigns for Irn-Bru, Challenge TV and Tizer.
The Knack has signed up the documentary director, Todd Austin, to make
commercials. Austin’s films include Reggae Boyz, the story of the
Jamaican World Cup football team, and Pleasure Beach, about Blackpool’s
Velocity has signed three new directors - Harry Patramanias, who has
shot spots for Audi, Honda and Timotei; and two Swedish comedy directors
- Joakim Eliasson and Stig Ake Nilsson. Velocity’s founder, Pauline
Crane, has taken a back seat and the company is now being run by Simon
Douglas Jones, the production company set up by the former Leagas
Delaney head of television, Matthew Jones, and Andrew Douglas, has made
its first signing by taking on Brian Griffin following the closure of
Griffin’s Mighty Films in August.
Steve Lowe, who recently left Cowboy Films, has joined BFCS. He has just
finished a new campaign for Nescafe with McCann-Erickson and will
continue to direct pop promos.
Mitch Walker, who is best known for his work on BT and VW, has joined
the Annex from MAP (formerly McLeod & Partners).
Jeff Darling has left BFCS to sign up with @radical.media in the UK.
Darling, an Australian, has also helped launch a branch of
@radical.media in his home country. The London office has also signed
Stephan Schwartz, the director of Shooting Fish, from Tomboy.
Bartle Bogle Hegarty has poached the TV producer, Julia Methold, from
Leagas Delaney. Methold spent four years at Leagas Delaney and worked on
accounts including the BBC ’Perfect Day’, Adidas and the Guardian.