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From Junior Creatives to ECDs, delve into career highlights (and lowlights) in our in-depth profiles.

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The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.

19th Mar Production
King of the Hill

King of the Hill

As part of our New Talent Focus, we took the chance to speak with SMUGGLER director and Hollywood icon Jonah Hill about his music video and advertising work.

17th Mar
Em Cole: Senses working overtime

Em Cole: Senses working overtime

Creating witty, stylised, social-ready morsels of moving image, inspired by weird and wonderful corners of the internet, Em Cole is very much the post-digital director. She’s also an impressive auto-didact, who’s achieved much in her 26 years. She tells Carol Cooper about Swindon, splosh and synaesthesia

16th Mar Production
The Coyle-Larner Brothers keep it in the family

The Coyle-Larner Brothers keep it in the family

Ben Coyle-Larner, aka rapper Loyle Carner, and his brother Ryan have teamed up to create a potentially formidable directing force. With a slew of great promos for his own tracks providing a perfect training ground, and a desire to "take the plunge" as directors, these multi-skilled siblings are making all the right noises.

13th Mar Production
Ali Kurr's naked ambition

Ali Kurr's naked ambition

After a dazzling start to her career, making award-winning promos, director Ali Kurr had a spell in the wilderness. Now she's back with an impressive reel of spots and a comedy porno to boot. Fascinated by all things female, the creative polymath tells Selena Schleh why she refuses to make “stereotypical female work”.

6th Mar Production
Jesse Lewis-Reece takes on collaboration, learning, and creativity

Jesse Lewis-Reece takes on collaboration, learning, and creativity

The young director sat down with us to talk about his time spent working on his award winning project, BLEACH, how working so closely with the trans community impacted his work, and what he plans to do next.

3rd Mar Production
Jess Kohl: The Prettybird breakthrough capturing the fringes of society

Jess Kohl: The Prettybird breakthrough capturing the fringes of society

With her latest music video and a brand-new spot for Nike providing a hefty industry one-two punch, we speak to the filmmaker and photographer about what documenting marginalised communities has brought to her subsequent work.

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27th Feb Production
Charlie Stebbings; Not just any food director...

Charlie Stebbings; Not just any food director...

As the director of Mark's & Spencer's famous 'food porn' campaign, Rogue's Charlie Stebbings is no stranger to making things look simply too good to eat. Here, David Knight discusses the ingredients that go into making truly tasty commercials.

24th Feb Production
A Michelin-starred master of flavour

A Michelin-starred master of flavour

Cooking up culinary TV triumphs with Jamie and Nigella alongside a commercials reel sizzling with scrumptious spots for Lipton’s, Knorr, Asda and Laphraoig, Mike Matthews is no flash-in-the-pan success story. Selena Schleh meets a food and drink director who finds ‘delicious moments’ in everything from a stock cube to a boiled egg.

31st Jan Production
Cut the tempo: How to edit for music video

Cut the tempo: How to edit for music video

As part of our Music Video focus Daniel Huntley spoke to Stitch/Homespun editor Max Windows about the art of editing for music videos.

29th Jan Production
Romain Chassaing: Fusing music videos and movies

Romain Chassaing: Fusing music videos and movies

With his ability to create fantastic, narrative-led music videos that feel like short films, Romain Chassaing has already taken the promo world by storm. David Knight talks to a director who is now repeating that feat in the commercials arena.

24th Jan Production
Paul  Harrison:  Making the grade

Paul Harrison: Making the grade

As part of this months music video focus Daniel Huntley asked Freefolk colourist Paul Harrison to 'shed some light' on the world of colour grading for music videos.

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22nd Jan Production
Karena Evans: Force of nature

Karena Evans: Force of nature

The 24-year-old director has promos for Drake, Coldplay and SZA behind her, as well as a string of inventive commercials. Here, Tim Cumming finds out how tenacity, hard work and natural talent has combined to bring Evans to the fore.

22nd Jan Production
Director of the Year: Georgia Hudson

Director of the Year: Georgia Hudson

With a slew of great work behind her and last year's shots Awards Europe Director of the Year award sitting on her mantlepiece, Park Pictures' Georgia Hudson reveals why choosing faith over fear has paid dividends.

17th Jan Production
Promo king Vaughan Arnell on a life behind the lens

Promo king Vaughan Arnell on a life behind the lens

Last year Vaughan Arnell gave a talk at the Kinsale Sharks during which he shared his thoughts and experiences across three decades of making commercials and music videos. Here, we revisit some of Arnell's insights into working with some of music's most recognisable names.

15th Jan Production
Production Company of the Year: Pulse Films

Production Company of the Year: Pulse Films

James Sorton and Davud Karbaassioun, Managing Director and President respectively of Pulse Films, 2019's shots Awards Europe Production Company of the Year, look back over a year of achievements and what helps them stand out.

10th Jan Production
Dressing for success: Mr Gammon on the craft of costuming

Dressing for success: Mr Gammon on the craft of costuming

With a career costuming movers and shakers in the music industry since the 90s, Mr Gammon knows what it takes to make a film truly eye-catching. As part of our Music Video Focus, we chat to him about some of his favorite shoots and the secrets of his styling.

6th Jan Production
Crown Jewell: How IPJ became commercial and music video king

Crown Jewell: How IPJ became commercial and music video king

After a staggering fourteen ad shoots in 2019, it's safe to say that Ian Pons Jewell has 'broken through'. David Knight talks to the director about how his music video roots, as well as the his ongoing flirtation with the form, has created such relentless creativity.

18th Dec
Editor of the Year: Joe Guest

Editor of the Year: Joe Guest

With his company, Final Cut, picking up Editing House of the Year, it's no great surprise that the industry titan should also pick up an award. We chat to Guest about his impressive body of work and how the future looks to him.

17th Dec Agency
Rebel Without a Pause

Rebel Without a Pause

In recent years McCann Worldgroup Europe has been smashing it; with a bounty of accolades including Cannes 2019 European Network of the Year. Could the secret of this success have something to do with the persistant audacity of newly promoted CCO Europe/Global ECD, Adrian Botan? He tells Carol Cooper about challenger spirits, dissing dictators and advertising as exorcism.

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