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MERMAN ADD A DOUBLE
29 June 2021

Merman have added Ben Liam Jones and Olly Williams to their hefty roster of directors.

Jones has established himself as one of the capable operators in the business, while Williams made his name as a sought-after production designer before turning his hand to commercial direction. More on what these two bring to Merman's offer below…


1. Ben Liam Jones



Ben Liam Jones first turned heads with his thoughtful 'It Follows Me Around' work for Childline, which provided an early indication of his storytelling abilities. Since then his talents have only grown, and he's regarded throughout the filmmaking world for his ability to coax sensitive, endearing performances from his cast.

Merman's new, well, man says: "Just looking at Merman's TV and cinema slate of work it's hard not to be excited about becoming part of such a culturally significant outfit. Meeting the EPs Spencer and Siobhán it was obvious the commercial side of the business holds those same values where storytelling is valued and part of the company's DNA. As a result, it was an opportunity I simply couldn't resist."



2. Olly Williams



A wealth of production design experience means Olly Williams has the visual aspects of his commercial work locked down. He's known for his innovative use of sets and styling to enhance briefs of all stripes, and his spot-on comic timing and knack for navigating twisty narratives means he's a popular choice with clients across a wide range of sectors.

Williams says he is "beyond excited" to be joining the Merman squad: "I seem to have found myself in the very lucky position of being able to work with them as both a production designer and now in the capacity of director too. I've known Siobhan since back in the music video days and it really is just so nice to be able to work together again."


To find out more about Ben Liam Jones and Olly Williams, contact Siobhan Murphy at siobhan@hellomerman.com or call 020 7846 0650.

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