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TWELVE YEARS OF JOHN LEWIS AT CHRISTMAS WITH ANTHONY MOORE.
22 March 2023

When we sat down with Anthony Moore of Factory Studios in November 2022 to ask him about his involvement in twelve years of John Lewis Christmas commercials, neither he nor DAVID knew that it was the end of an era.

The decision by John Lewis to call a review, and adam&eveDDB's decision not to participate in that review means that 2022's 'The Beginner' would be last of these highly successful collaborations.

Some of the finest talent in the UK have contributed to the run of John Lewis Christmas commercials that started with 'The Long Wait', but, to the best of our knowledge, only Anthony Moore of Factory Studios has played a part in each and every one.

With sound and music playing a central role in this campaign, the contribution made by Anthony, usually in tandem with Leland Music, was pivotal in its success, and his perspective, as you will hear, provides a fascinating insight into one of the greatest advertising campaigns of all time.


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IT'S THE STRAIGHT 8 INDUSTRY SHOOTOUT 2024

Ed Sayers and his heroic team are once again offering your company the opportunity to show off its skills in the most fun film competition of all.


ORPHANS

This a thread of unclaimed work which we'll include at DAVID REVIEWS just as soon as we have sufficient credits.


SMUGGLER ARE FREDDY MANDY IN LOVE.

Director Freddy Mandy has joined Smuggler for global representation.


JOHNNY FOREIGNER, MEET JOE VENTURA.

The adventures of Joe Ventura continue as he moves to London and signs with Johnny Foreigner for commercial representation.


JOEL MILLER JOINS THE QUARRY.

Joel Miller is now on the books at The Quarry after a successful spell in the United States.


CREATORS INC SWOOP FOR SAM WALKER.

Sam Walker, whose recent work includes 'Progress is Unstoppable' for Formula E and 'Everyday' for Avios, has completed his move to Creators Inc.


'JERICHO RIDGE' SCREENING THIS WEDNESDAY

This Wednesday evening, there's an opportunity to come along to Soho and watch 'Jericho Ridge' and hear from director Will Gilbey after.


OB42 WELCOME SAMAN KESH.

OB42's revamped roster now boasts Saman Kesh, a director from Sacramento, California who loves video games and hates bigotry.


DAVID DEARLOVE MAJORS IN ARTS & SCIENCES

David Dearlove is an intriguing addition to the roster at Arts & Sciences, as he's brimming with potential and clearly has a lot of fascinating projects ahead of him.


ANOTHER PIECE OF ME

A couple of months ago, we reported on an initiative from KPN in the Netherlands which sought to reach Gen Z with a vital message about online safety... her's what happened next.


FILM KLAXON: SPERMWORLD.

'Spermworld' follows three donors who either sell their genetic material or give it away for free.


MJZ STRENGTHEN UK OFFER BY SIGNING TOP DIRECTOR NICK BALL

MJZ know all about Australian director Nick Ball, having represented him in the US for a number of years... and now they're looking after him in the UK and the Netherlands too.


GREENROOM FILMS SIGN INDIGO BATES.

Director Indigo Bates is back on home soil thanks to Greenroom Films.


SAMUEL BAYER LANDS AT BULLION PRODUCTIONS.

Revered commercial and music video director Samuel Bayer has joined Bullion for UK representation.


TIM MCNAUGHTON CONSOLIDATES RELATIONSHIP WITH ARTS & SCIENCES

Director Tim McNaughton has consolidated his relationship with trans-Atlantic production house Arts & Sciences after he and fellow Bobbsey Twin Freddy Mandy decided to go their separate ways.


MINKIE SPIRO'S SOLD ON KNUCKLEHEAD.

Prolific TV director Minkie Spiro has signed with Knucklehead's global roster.


MISSING LINK FILMS WELCOME HONOR NORTHRIDGE.

It's Pot Noodles all round as director Honor Northridge joins Missing Link Films for representation.


FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE WITH 'MAKE THE CHANGE'.

Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull’s latest project is an interactive film about chronic kidney disease (CKD).


THE VISIONARIES ENLIST BEN WHITE.

Commercial director Ben White is now part of the roster at The Visionaries.


IT'S LOUISE DE NEXON FOR STARLING.

STARLING have completed the signing of French-American director Louise De Nexon for UK work.


DANIEL BÖRJESSON GOES TO BANG TV.

Daniel Börjesson has joined Bang TV for UK commercial representation.


THE FACE OF IKEA BECOMES THE FACE OF HAMILTON.

Mr and Mrs DAVID were lucky enough to see 'Hamilton' at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh last week.


A CALL TO ARMS FROM THE AICP

A pair of entertaining films by O Positive's Brian Billow draw attention to the interference suffered by directors when the unveil their work to agencies and clients.


WHERE IS USHER?

During last month's Super Bowl, the half-time show – sponsored for the first time by Apple Music – was performed by Usher.


VICTORIA SINGH-THOMPSON JOINS REVOLVER.

Victoria Singh-Thompson, the director of '14 in February' and 'Don't Forget to Go Home', has joined Revolver in Australia for commercial representation.


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