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Commercials 30 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

01
Blink
blinkprods.com

181 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WZ t 020 7494 0747 md James Studholme ep partner Bart Yates 
ep partner James Bland ep partner Michelle Jaffe credits Adventure Awaits by Dougal Wilson for W&K/Lurpak; The Bear and the Hare by Elliot Dear & Yves Geleyn for adam&eve DDB/John Lewis

“The last 12 months have been very exciting” says Blink with a raft of Lions including three golds in the craft categories for Lurpak. There was that magical John Lewis Christmas spot too. Despite that, Blink says the last year was “no easier than the one that preceeded it” as “the squeeze continues” with “more companies from abroad opening up in London.” Blink says producers will have to “adapt to survive” and it’s now producing shows for Nickelodeon and Disney alongside its commercials.

02
Outsider

outsider.tv
41-42 Foley Street, London, W1W 7TS t 020 7636 6666 key staff Robert Campbell, Richard Packer credits Sorry I Spent it on Myself by James Rouse for Adam & Eve DDB/Harvey Nichols, Rescue by James Rouse for adam&eve DDB/Marmite

”Winning things was fun” is Outsider’s take on its last year and it won a fair bit, including a Grand Prix at Cannes and production company of the year at the British Arrows with notable comedy hits for director James Rouse. The company’s made a serious push into ‘content’ with its offshoot Rebel making longer form work outside traditional TV ads for brands including Barclays, Walkers and Vodafone. “For us that’s been amazing,” says Outsider. “There will be a continued demand for it and our business is to provide content.”

03
Rattling Stick

rattlingstick.com
1 Portland Mews, London, W1F 8JE t 020 7851 2000 president Johnnie Frankel first lady Katie Keith chief of stuff Andy Orrick credits Winner Stays by Ringan Ledwidge for W+K Portland/Nike; #Killing by Ed Morris for We Are Shining- West Management

Rattling Stick says that 2014 “has been an interesting time for us both in the world of commercials and the wider universe of content as we’ve sought to not only build on what we are known for, but also to grow into new and exciting areas.” Outside of its mainstay of ads, the company has moved into many areas of “content” with its Rattling Stuff brand including co producing movie Radiator with Rachel Weisz shown at the BFI London Film Festival and developing an “episodic drama project” with directors Daniel Kleinman and Steve Barron.

04
Academ
y
academyfilms.com
16 West Central Street, London, WC1A 1JJ t 020 7395 4155 md Lizie Gower ep/partner Simon Cooper head of sales George Floyd credits Gladiator Football by Jonathan Glazer for JWT/Canon, Icons by Us for Grey/Sunday Times

Academy says its highlights of the year include directing duo, Us, making it into the Saatchi New Director Showcase while winning Best Broadcast Commercial at the Young Director Award and a Bronze Lion for their Sunday Times film.  Academy also points to signing Jeff Labbe “who has hit the ground running.  He hasn’t stopped since the ink dried in April.” The release of Jonathan Glazer’s feature, Under The Skin was also a big moment as well as Martin De Thurah winning DGA Commercial Director of the Year. And hiring Duncan McRobb to head up content arm A+. 


05
Biscuit


biscuitfilmworks.co.uk
28 Denmark St London WC2H 8NP
t 020 7340 9955 
ep Orlando Wood 
head of production Kate Taylor 
head of sales Hanna Bayatti
credits Use in Moderation by Jeff Low for BBH/The Guardian; Be More Tea by Noam Murro for adam&eve DDB/Lipton

The past year has been “very exciting,” says Biscuit Film works. “ We’ve gotten to shoot great spots with terrific agencies and we’ve been shooting all over the world.  We’ve hired local and European directors and really strengthened our presence in the UK.” Biscuit has also “just gone into pre production on our first TV series” as well as hiring “a terrific head of production and bought and renovated a building in east London.”  A BTAA campaign of the year award “made us very very happy!”


06
Stink


stink.tv
1 Alfred Mews, London, W1T 7AA
t 020 7462 4000 md Daniel Bergmann 
ceo Martin Forbes senior ep Blake Powell credits The White Russian by Ivan Zacharias for The Lucky Generals/The Absolut Company Pernod Ricard; The Double Side by Martin Krejci for 72 & Sunny Amsterdam/Smirnoff Double Black

Stink points to “25 Awards at this years Cannes” as an obvious highlight and great ads like Martin Krejci’s Smirnoff spot and Ivan Zacharias’ White Russian with Jeff Bridges. The plaudits for director Yann Demange’s feature debut 71 have also been a big lift. Stink points to producing its third film, Rohan Blair-Mangat’s doc The Boombox Project (now in production). King Jack, written and directed by Felix Thompson has wrapped and Hong Khaou’s Lilting, starring Ben Wishaw, opened this year.

07
Partizan

partizan.com
40-42 Lexington St, W1F 0LN
t 020 7851 0200 
md Madeleine Sanderson 
head of production David Stewart 
head of content Jenny Beckett 
credits The Ride by Traktor for W+K/Three Mobile; The Sound of Taste by Chris Cairns for Grey London/Schwartz

Partizan says that this year has seen it “enhance our roster with a number of new directors from the up and coming to more established” names. It also sees opportunities opening up beyond the TVC. “There are now many different platforms and new ways in which we can advertise, such as interactive content and live events. This has created far more opportunity to experiment and be creative not only within our company but within the entire industry.”


08
Nexus

nexusproductions.com nexusinteractivearts.com
113-114 Shoreditch High St, London,
E1 6JN t 020 7749 7500 co founder Charlotte Bavasso co founder and exec creative dir  Chris O’Reilly md James Tomkinson credits It’s Payback Time by Smith & Foulkes for C4 Creative/Stand Up to Cancer; Inner Beauty by Smith & Foulkes for W+K/Honda

Highlights for Nexus include Smith & Foulkes’ It’s Payback Time promo for C4’s Stand Up to Cancer that garnered 2.5 million hits on YouTube as well as their The Mission ad for Talk Talk. The launch of the ‘Nexus Stage’ platform that “merges together a physical and digital environment” using projection mapping for live interactive experiences has also been a leap forward. Original content “across TV, digital and film for the family and children’s market,” is also burgeoning.

09
Sonny London

sonnylondon.com
15 Greek Street London W1D 4DP
t 020 7734 8124 md Helen Kenny head of production Ran Holst head of sales Tanya Ramsurrun credits Simon the Ogre by Fredrik Bond for BMB/Thomson; Dad by Guy Manwaring for adam&eve DDB/Halifax

Sonny London points to “Fredrik’s last Heineken spot, as yet un-broadcast, but it was a delight and a gem,” as a particular highlight of the past year. Sonny says “there is an increase in live projects, but there seems to be a marked decrease in budgets appointed to the majority of projects” and that new opportunities will come from “continuing to work to the highest creative and production standard” in commercials while “bringing those standards to other platforms in content and stills photography.”

10
Smuggler


smugglersite.com
6/10 Gt Portland Street, London, 
W1W 8QL t 020 7636 7665
md Fergus Brown md Chris Barrett
director of sales Madelaine Guppy
credits Let in the Goodness by Mark Molloy for W+K/Arla; Love Sucks by Jamie Rafn for Saatchi & Saatchi/Vorwerk

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