England and Chelsea footballer, Raheem Sterling, and music video director, Carly Cussen, have launched new creative production agency – Playmaker Films.

Sterling and Cussen have worked together over number of years on Sterling-fronted commercials and branded content for Gillette and Samsung among others.

Playmaker Films will specialise in producing branded content, advertising and music videos.

Sterling’s co-founder, Cussen, has 15 years in the industry, directing videos for artists including Ed Sheeran, Keke Palmer, Little Mix and Lil’ Baby and working with brands including Disney, Pretty Little Things and Samsung.

Raheem Sterling commented on the launch “Part of the day job involves a lot of time on sets at video shoots for brands. Over time I was more and more interested in what was going on behind the camera. I’d worked with Carly on a number of projects, for brands like Gillette and Samsung, and I started to ask her questions about different aspects of the process. When it came to starting my own production company, she was the obvious choice.

“We’ve got some great projects lined up, with some amazing brands and talent, including Clarks ‘Back To School’ campaign which was a lot of fun to create and shoot. I can’t wait for the world to see what we’ve got up our sleeves.”

Carly Cussen continued: “I knew Raheem was a natural performer on the pitch, but I didn’t know that he also had the talent in front of the camera as well! I loved working with him, and when he started to pop up behind the scenes as well, I knew he had a future on the other side of the camera.

“Playmaker Films is a truly collaborative endeavour between myself and Raheem, as well as the amazing people that perhaps don’t get a mention in the headlines. There’s a real buzz about the place, what we are trying to do and we have some exciting projects in the pipeline. I can’t wait to kick off.”

Playmaker Films will include specialist strategy, creative and production functions, fronted by Royston Reeves, former Head of Strategy at JOE Media, and Kem Ekundayo – a producer with a background working with top influencers and musicians such as Anne-Marie, KSI and Popcaan.

Jon Creamer

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