Peter Harrison, the high-profile managing director of BFCS, left
the production company suddenly last week after a series of
disagreements over the future direction of the company.
Derek Coutts and Michael Seresin, two of the partners at BFCS, agreed to
the mutual split with Harrison.
Harrison was the head of TV at Ogilvy & Mather for 12 years between 1982
and October 1994. He joined BFCS in November 1995 and increased the
directing roster from five to 25 directors. Harrison also oversaw the
opening of BFCS’s pop promo arm - which has just signed Gary Oldman - in
Harrison said: ’I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved at BFCS and
I am sad to be leaving. The company is full of professional people who
were also great friends and I wish them well.’
He will be replaced as managing director by Lynnette Kyme, the former
head of production, who has produced for Coutts for the past 12
Kyme, who will continue to be executive producer for Coutts, said: ’The
management wanted a change of direction or they wouldn’t have made these
Harrison joined BFCS from Ray Rathbone Films to replace Ann Pugsley, who
had been the company’s managing director for two years.