Hungry Eye, the Dutch commercials production company that set up in
London last year, has re-emerged from the ashes with a new roster of
directors that includes the top comedy actor, Martin Clunes.
The company was shut down in November last year but it has reopened with
four new directors. Apart from Clunes these include Keith Shillitoe, an
established car photographer, Robert Bailey, a recent graduate of the
National Film School, and John Coe, who has directed ads for Hamlet,
John Smith’s Bitter and Carling Black Label. Kim Collins has been
appointed head of production. She previously ran her own company,
Collins and Co.
Clunes, who directed Staggered, a Bafta award-winning feature film in
1994, has wanted to break into commercials for some time. He is expected
to make about three commercials a year for Hungry Eye.
Alex West, brought in last November as the managing director of the
resurrected company, said: ‘Hungry Eye was shut down for creative
reasons - it did not reflect the level of excellence of its parent
company in Amsterdam. I was brought in to turn it into an A-list London
West stressed that Hungry Eye has strong financial backing, and so can
be selective about the work it takes on to establish a reputation as a
West added: ‘We want to have a real presence in the UK, and not just to
represent Dutch directors.’