Mike Picknell, one of London’s top commercials producers during the
80s, died at his home in Arizona after a heart attack last weekend.
Picknell, 51, set up the Production Company in July 1983. Six years
later he sold his shares and moved to the US. He intended to set up an
associated office in Phoenix, Arizona, because he was disillusioned with
the advertising scene in London.
The former producer for Hugh Hudson and Ridley Scott, Picknell returned
to the UK in October 1994 to run the production company, Salamander. He
worked at Sid Roberson Productions in the early 80s and had a long
working relationship with the director, Mike Berkofsky.
Picknell was known for his love of American cars, scouring scrap-yards
to find parts for his vehicles.
A party to celebrate Picknell’s life will be held at the Groucho Club in
the next few weeks. For details contact Brad Adams at BRA Films.