RSA’s Rothwell in Gorgeous move

Paul Rothwell has quit his post as joint managing director of RSA Films to join Chris Palmer and Frank Budgen at Gorgeous Enterprises.

Paul Rothwell has quit his post as joint managing director of RSA

Films to join Chris Palmer and Frank Budgen at Gorgeous Enterprises.

Budgen and Rothwell worked together for five years at the Paul Weiland

Film Company and they were colleagues at BMP DDB in the late 80s.

Rothwell left Paul Weiland for RSA last November after the departure of

the previous RSA managing director, Jo Godman.

Rothwell said: ’Frank and Chris are two of the most outstanding

directors in commercials. Few people can match their understanding of,

or commitment to, the business. I’m sad to leave RSA, but I’m thrilled

at the opportunity of working with Chris and Frank to build a new force

in commercials production.’

Adrian Harrison will take over as the sole managing director of RSA,

having shared the title with Rothwell since last November, but no

changes are expected in the management style of RSA’s London office.

’Paul and I did quite a bit together in getting the offices and the

computers sorted.

We remain friends and I am now looking to the future,’ Harrison


Budgen left Paul Weiland to set up in partnership with Chris Palmer last

week (Campaign, 26 September).

Rothwell may produce for Budgen at Gorgeous, but his primary role is to

run the expanded company, which is now headed by three ex-agency


Rothwell joined from BMP’s TV department in 1989. Two years later,

Budgen, then the deputy creative director at BMP, also joined the

production company as a director.

Palmer, the director who had started Gorgeous nearly two years ago, was

a found-ing member of Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow and Johnson.

Budgen said: ’We’re playing a two-one system with me and Chris up front

and Paul in defence. Although it will be creatively led, the place will

have a good, solid back-up.’

Tim Marshall will continue to work as Palmer’s producer. His recent

credits include Cellnet ’word up’, Guinness ’statistics’ and the most

recent commercial for Sony Playstation. Budgen’s reel includes Virgin

Atlantic ’grim reaper’, Central Beheer’s ’Clinton’ and the Holsten Pils

Denis Leary campaign.

Gorgeous also represents Enda McCallion and Chris & Murray.

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