Siobhan Barron is stepping down after three years as the managing
director of Limelight Films’ commercials division in a major
restructuring of the top-ten commercials production company.
Barron will resume her career as a producer and her brother, Steve
Barron, the director who co-founded the company in 1979 with his sister
and Adam Whittaker, will return to fill the top slot as chairman. Barron
recently completed shooting a feature, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
News of the restructure scotches persistent rumours that Limelight was
to be sold, or fold under financial strain.
Stephen Navin, an associate of Virgin’s founder, Richard Branson, has
been appointed by Virgin Communications - which owns 26 per cent of
Limelight - to run the day-to-day operations, reporting to Steve Barron.
His masterplan is to focus the company on its core businesses,
commercials and music videos. Meanwhile, Whittaker is to leave the
Steve Barron commented: ‘We continue to have an excellent team here,
serving a first-class network of producer/director teams - I want to
keep it that way.’
Siobhan Barron, who returned to the UK in 1993 after working at
Limelight’s US commercials operation, said: ‘I wanted to go back to
producing. I’ve spent the past three years at a desk dealing with
people’s period pains and I’m looking forward to getting back to film-