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OLLY CHAPMAN.
15 January 2020

Given its size and importance economically, the London advertising industry is a surprisingly tight knit group, and when tragedy occurs – as it did last week when we learned that Furlined's London MD Olly Chapman had died suddenly at the age of just 53 – the impact can be devastating.

The sense of disbelief as the news spread spoke volumes. Olly was an extremely well-loved figure and someone who almost everyone knew.

Our awareness of each other's lives led many of us to think first of Olly's three sons for whom this tragedy will have a life-changing impact. It's unbearably sad to think of them growing up without him, and of him not being there to share their triumphs, or helping them through their adversities.

Our collective disbelief is amplified by social media where the heartfelt tributes to Olly gave expression to the positive impact he had on those he knew, and the terrible sense of loss felt by everyone.

Diane McArter and Ben Davies's jointly-authored tribute is a raw and aching eulogy, and reminds us quite painfully that the next time we gather together, Olly's smiling face will be absent.

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FABIAN MARTINEZ JOINS LS PRODUCTIONS

LS Productions have appointed producer Fabian Martinez to their Manchester office.


A MONSTER CALLS AT DIRTY FILMS.

Hackney-based production company Dirty Films have unveiled their new fashion, music, and culture division.


MEJI ALABI SIGNS TO RSA

RSA have signed director Meji Alabi to their roster for US and UK commercial representation.


DOG EAT DOG DIG JULIAN MARSHALL.

Dog Eat Dog have completed the signing of director Julian Marshall for UK and German representation.


JIM HOSKING ARRIVES AT THE SWEETSHOP.

Jim Hosking, the man behind such oddities as ‘The Greasy Strangler’ and Adult Swim’s Tropical Cop Tales, has joined The Sweetshop for global representation.


PARK VILLAGE SIGN NOS

Park Village have bolstered their roster with the signing of cinematographer-turned-director Nos.


THE SWEETSHOP PICK TOM GOULD.

New Zealand director and photographer Tom Gould has joined The Sweetshop’s world-spanning commercial roster.


DARRIN PRESCOTT JOINS FEEL FILMS.

Seasoned action director and stunt co-ordinator Darrin Prescott has joined Feel Films for UK and US representation.


DARK ENERGY SWOOP FOR IAN ARYEH.

In-demand comedy director Ian Aryeh has become the latest addition to Dark Energy’s commercial roster.


RESTORING COLOUR WITH BEFORE I FORGET.

Bristol-based development studio 3-Fold Games have released their debut title, ‘Before I Forget’, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Research UK.


A TRIO FOR MERMAN

Merman have scored a hat-trick with three new signings to their roster of directors.


SOUTHAMPTON AND UNIT9 SCORE A TAP-IN.

Those weary of microtransactions and photorealistic graphics may wish to visit Southampton Football Club’s website for a more old-school kickabout.


BALOJI JOINS ACADEMY FILMS.

Academy have signed director and musician Baloji to their roster for representation.


JAKE DYPKA MOVES TO AGILE.

Agile Films have announced the addition of filmmaker Jake Dypka to their nimble roster.


JW COLLECTIVE PARTNER WITH COMMON PEOPLE FILMS.

JW Collective have revealed a new creative partnership with Common People Films (CMN PPL).


THE RNIB'S UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have used the billboard lights at Piccadilly Circus to highlight the challenges by blind and partially sighted people post-lockdown.


ABSOLUTE POST SIGN MILO PATERSON.

Lockdown hasn’t stopped Absolute Post from bolstering their Flame department with the signing of Milo Paterson.


HENRY MASON HAS MOXIE.

Moxie Pictures have added director Henry Mason to their roster for commercial representation.


HENRY RING THE CHANGES.

Filmmakers Paul Mignot, Dani Pearce, Vedran Rupic, and Brazilian directing duo Salsa have joined Henry for French representation.


PAUL QUINN ROCKS UP AT HUNKYDORY.

HunkyDory are pleased to announce the signing of writer-slash-director Paul Quinn for commercial representation.


YOU ARE HERE LIKE IT RARE.

A surge of interest in small-scale production has prompted You Are Here to rejig their tabletop division.


P.O.B. JOINS DARLING FILMS.

Darling Films have completed the signing of Irish filmmaker P.O.B. for representation in the UK.


THE VISIONARIES LAUGH IT UP WITH JUSTIN REARDON.

Seasoned comedy director Justin Reardon says only the birth of his children trumps joining The Visionaries for UK freelance representation.


ONLINE AND IN FORM.

BT have launched ‘Digital Dash’ - a free mobile game that combines athletics with digital skills training.


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