The veteran Saatchi & Saatchi art director Matt Ryan is leaving the
agency after 16 years to direct full-time for the production company
Ryan, currently the creative director at Saatchis, working with John
Pallant, has not set a departure date, but said he would start working
on Spectre projects as soon as possible.
He denied his departure was a result of a wider restructuring within the
agency: "I have been talking to Spectre for months about a move there -
directing is something I should have done years ago."
Ryan has already directed work for some of Saatchis' campaigns - most
recently the Ricky Tomlinson spot for Mr Kipling. He is also involved in
shooting a TV campaign for a Saatchis client in New Zealand.
"Saatchis has seen lots of change in the time since I joined," he
"But one thing doesn't change - it's a full-blown creative agency and
retains that expertise."
"Spectre has a very modern and fresh approach and, apart from having the
cutting edge, I know many of those who work there," he added.
Ryan joined Saatchis in 1986, working on campaigns including the
National Lottery, Castlemaine XXXX and XFM. He had a stint running the
art department last year following the departure of the then art
director Alex Taylor to Paul Weiland Films.
Saatchi's executive creative director Dave Droga said: "Matt has
contributed a great deal, but his move is a natural progression. If he
has as much impact directing as he did as a creative, he's set for