Harrison quits BFCS after disagreement over future strategy

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.

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

July.



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

years.



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

changes.’



Harrison joined BFCS from Ray Rathbone Films to replace Ann Pugsley, who

had been the company’s managing director for two years.



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