Godman team to set up company

Kevin Thomas, the director behind such award-winning campaigns as Sony PlayStation and Thorntons, and his producer Philippa Thomas are leaving Godman to set up their own production company.

Kevin Thomas, the director behind such award-winning campaigns as

Sony PlayStation and Thorntons, and his producer Philippa Thomas are

leaving Godman to set up their own production company.



The new outfit, to be called Thomas Thomas, will open its doors in

August.



Kevin Thomas approached Philippa Thomas, a founding member of Godman,

with the idea of setting up their own company after their success as a

team. ’We’ve got a great working relationship and have similar ideas,’

he said.



Over the past year at Godman, the pair have worked together on campaigns

including Sony PlayStation for TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, One2One for

Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Pathclear for BMP DDB and the Road Safety and

Imperial Cancer Research Fund for Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.



The pair have said they will not hire any new directors until the

company is fully established, and will only begin to recruit as the

business grows.



’There are people we both really rate, but we’ll only start looking for

people after a few months,’ Kevin Thomas said.



Jo Godman, a founder of Godman, said: ’I’m sad about them going, but I

wish them every success.’



Kevin Thomas began his career as an art director at AMV in 1985. He left

to join TBWA and then moved on to Lowe Howard-Spink. He joined M&C

Saatchi as an art director in 1995 and was subsequently promoted to

creative director.



In 1998, he switched to directing and joined Blink, where he stayed for

a year before joining Godman in 1999.



Philippa Thomas was a producer for six years at RSA before leaving to

become a founding partner of Godman with Jo Godman in 1997.



Thomas and Thomas are looking into potential business for the new

company.



’Godman is as good as it gets, and there is no place I’d rather be.

Except Thomas Thomas,’ Kevin Thomas said.



A Campaign Face to Watch in 1990, Kevin Thomas wrote and directed the

acclaimed Sekonda cinema spot ’backslap’. Recent work has included

Thorntons’ ’what’s heaven?’, which won a silver BTAA, and work for

Virgin Mobile through Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R.



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