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Then and Now
I started off as a copywriter at Boase Massimi Pollitt in the 80s. Then I moved to CDP, and from there to Publicis. After a brief stint at GGT I started directing. I pursued this career path for 5 or 6 years before being tempted back into ad agencies with a job as a senior writer at Saatchi & Saatchi. I decided to go freelance for a bit, then after a few writing and directing jobs at Sky TV they offered me a full-time job as a Creative Director. I did this for 5 years winning lots of Promax awards and supervising a team of around 30 writers, designers and directors. I am now back to freelancing. I bring with me all those years of experience in ad agencies, as well as my knowledge of shooting commercials on everything from 16mm to full res HD. If you want a script, a poster, a radio spot, a website, a social media idea, or just a good old-fashioned press ad – I'm your man.
I have recently worked for M&C Saatchi on a telecoms account and an airline. I've also done some work for Mother on Pimm's. I continue to produce scripts, web content and viral ideas for Voodoo Dog animation. I am also represented by Mendoza Films for commercials, if anyone still makes them.
Voodoo Mother Mendoza and The BBC
Just recently I've been doing a bit of freelance copywriting for Mother, I've turned in a number of scripts for Voodoo Dog animation, and I'm still working off and on for the delightful Mendoza Films as a Director, Writer and General Dogsbody.
I haven't been pouring my energy into speculative scriptwriting as I used to because right now I'm eyeball deep in debt, my kids are looking forward to Santa being generous, and I need to generate some immediate income.
It hasn't always been so.
In the late 90's my co-written feature 'The Great Kandinsky' aired on BBC1. Since then I've submitted a number of other scripts and series ideas (mostly comedy) to the Beeb and other broadcasters without much success.
Right now I am looking at both freelance and full-time opportunities in TV, Advertising, Radio, Digital, and forms of media yet to be invented. I'm prepared to do just about anything short of wearing a sandwich-board promoting Brazilian waxing. Mind you, if the money's right...
No. I refuse to sell out. It's not about the cash. I still have my integrity. My creativity. I haven't quite given up on the writing/directing thing yet
Two days ago I applied for a job as a senior promo producer for BBC Worldwide - if I can't get my own programmes made then maybe I can help advertise someone else's. I have lots of experience in this kind of work from my time in advertising agencies, and more recently as a Creative Director for Sky.
I'll wait to see whether they are interested in my creative abilities, in the meantime I shall continue to scrabble after the scraps of freelance that fall from the corporate banqueting table.
Go on - chuck us a bone!
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