Robert Campbell, the commercials producer who left Spots in February,
has joined Tony Kaye Films in the dual role of managing director and
Campbell is best known for his five-year partnership with the award-
winning director, Tarsem, but he also worked with Paul Meijer, Big TV,
and a raft of other directors during his time at Spots.
At Tony Kaye Films, Campbell says he will improve the ‘slightly
shambolic’ perception of the company, and also move the outfit back into
the West End, from its present offices in Ladbroke Grove.
Campbell said: ‘I like the challenge of this situation. I will bring
stability and re-establish a professional attitude towards the
His main role will be as a central point of contact for advertising
agencies at the company, whose directors include Mark Williams, Jonathan
Barnbrook, Jason Harrington and Matt Forrest, as well as Tony Kaye.
Campbell is particularly keen to develop the career of Rupert Sanders, a
young director who worked on Capital Radio’s ‘Help a London Child’ ad
Since leaving Spots, Campbell has been taking a break from producing
commercials, and has spent some time considering his career options. He
admitted: ‘I thought about doing a start-up.’
Campbell began working on feature films while living in Saudi Arabia in
From there, he became involved in music videos, moving back to the UK
and working at the production company, McCleod and Partners, until he
Campbell left Spots in February after finishing two major projects with
Tarsem - the Levi’s ‘washroom’ commercial for Bartle Bogle Hegarty and
the Nike ‘forces of darkness’ ad for Wieden and Kennedy.
Campbell said: ‘I needed to make a break and do something different.’
Tarsem left Spots last week for the new UK office of the US production
company, @radical.media (Campaign, 3 May).