Tony Kaye folds London <BR>office to join RSA roster

LONDON - The maverick director Tony Kaye, as famous for his colourful character as for his awards, is folding his London office to join RSA Films.

Kaye, who lives and works in Los Angeles, is poised to sign a deal with RSA for

representation in the UK and Europe. He will continue to represent himself in the US through Tony Kaye Films.

Adrian Harrison, managing director at RSA, said: "I have always admired his work. He's one of the people who has done most to revolutionise TV advertising in this country and he's still a major talent." However, he stressed that a contract had not been signed. "We'll be making a formal announcement in the very near future," he said.

Kaye has not worked in the UK since June 2000. His last job was a chilling cinema commercial through D'Arcy for the Coalition to End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking.

He also directed the award-winning Freeserve advertisement for M&C Saatchi, which featured the model and Paralympian athlete Aimee Mullins.

Kaye enhanced his bad-boy reputation by embarking on guerrilla tactics against McCann-Erickson following a creative dispute on a Bacardi shoot in 1999. Kaye claimed at the time: "My efforts have been thwarted by insecure morons holding down jobs they shouldn't be holding." He has also refused to eat in restaurants or use phones. An actor was used as a "speaker".

Kaye caused a stir in Hollywood when he disowned his 1998 feature American History X, unsuccessfully applying for the director's credit of Humpty Dumpty.

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