Toby Courlander has quit as head of commercials at Partizan Midi
Minuit and teamed up with Robert Campbell, the former managing director
of Tony Kaye Films, at Campbell’s new production venture, Outsider.
Courlander left Partizan last week after a disagreement over ’points of
principle’ in the way that the company was managed, and decided to go
into partnership with Campbell the following day. He has not brought any
directors with him, but new signings to Outsider are expected next
’I just want to have control in a small place where politics are not
involved,’ Courlander said. ’Both of us have felt like hired hands in
the past, but at Outsider we have the chance to do things in a different
way, in our own style.’
Campbell, who founded Outsider last month (Campaign, 7 February), said:
’We can now concentrate on building on the strength of our combined
experience to develop the careers of the directors we have, and those
who want to join.’
Courlander is best known for his long association with the director,
Michel Gondry, and he has been instrumental in raising the profile of
Doug Nichol, Traktor, and Lionel Mougin.
Courlander had a freelance stint at Limelight and worked at Partizan for
six years. He has specialised in commercials for the past three years,
having started his career in pop promos, first at Jump Productions, then
at AWGO in Los Angeles and London.
Outsider’s first completed production, three Volkswagen spots for BMP
DDB directed by Paul Gay, went on air this week. The company, which has
a tie-in with Bandit in France and Mod Films in Holland, counts Gay,
Jhoan Camitz and Jonas Frick on its roster of directors.
Georges Bermann, the executive producer of Partizan Midi Minuit, said:
’Toby’s departure will have no impact on us. He was good with the
agencies, but I am the one who deals with the directors, and I am
responsible for the creative leadership.’
Bermann will announce a replacement for Courlander in the next two