Barry Myers, the founder of the now-defunct Spots Films, has joined Jan
Roy and Associates to relaunch his UK directing career.
The move comes four months after Myers pulled the plug on Spots, which
closed owing an estimated pounds 1 million in debts (Campaign, 28 June).
The resulting claims are still being dealt with by the liquidator.
Myers said that he had decided to join the company because he liked Roy,
who will now become his producer. ‘I think Jan is great and we are going
to have fun together,’ he commented. ‘Spots is behind me and I don’t
want to talk about it again.’
Roy said that she had asked Myers to join her after discovering that he
had been working on individual projects in Europe. She added: ‘I was
intrigued and traced him back to find out what he was doing. I feel very
chuffed that he’s coming to work here because I know a lot of companies
were after him.
‘I want to celebrate keeping a film-maker of his calibre in London.’
Myers is best known for ads such as Smirnoff Black’s ‘people’s army’
spot last year and several Lloyds Bank ‘legendary services’ ads, all
through Lowe Howard-Spink. He also shot the Central Office of
Information ‘natural born smoker’ film for FCO in 1986.
He joins a roster of directors at Jan Roy and Associates, which includes
the movie director, Ken Loach, David Ashwell, Judy Smith, Bob Cramp and
the newcomer, David Kew.
Myers set up Spots 25 years ago with his former partner and producer,
Tim White, and the company expanded to encompass a number of overseas
offices. The company ran into difficulties in 1994, when White left
abruptly and sued for unfair dismissal.