181 Wardour Street
London W1F 8WZ
T +44 (0) 20 7494 0747
F +44 (0) 20 7494 3771
James Studholme - Chairman / Creative Director
Michele Jaffe - Managing Partner
James Bland - Managing Partner / Executive Producer
Ben Sharpe - Executive Producer
Georgia More O'Ferrall - Creative Resources & Special Projects
We’re an award-winning British commercial and music video production company based in London.
Bob Lawrie and James Studholme set up shop in 1985 with the vision of creating an animation studio with an unconventional approach. Since then, we’ve evolved into a live-action production company with animation, design and film craft sewn into our DNA.
Over the years we’ve gained a reputation for discovering and fostering new creative talent, and proudly launched the careers of many acclaimed directors. We’ve worked hard to become one of the most respected names in commercial production, consistently producing innovative, beautifully crafted and intelligent work.
We actively avoid any semblance of a "house style", striving to nurture a diverse group of directors who work across the advertising spectrum.
We’ve seen a few awards in our day but there is no use dwelling in the past, as our best work is still ahead of us.
Jonathan was born in London, and at the age of nine moved to the Netherlands with his parents and his twin brother. After studying guitar at the conservatory in Amsterdam he sidestepped into theatre and ended up directing various award winning television series with a theatre group he was attached to.
Branching out in other directions Jonathan has since established himself as a commercials director, working with all the major advertising companies in Holland, as well as expanding his trade to France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. His promo for the Dutch lottery for DDB won a Bronze Lion at Cannes, a silver ADCN Lamp in the Netherlands and gold Eurobest in London.
Subsequently, the two spots he directed for the French newspaper L'Equipe won a Gold Lion at Cannes and the Grand Prix de Strategies in Paris.
Jonathan has also developed an enduring collaboration with Bavaria Beer: his ‘Life is Life’ commercial for them won him the ADCN Lamp for best director at the 2009 Dutch Art Directors Award ceremony, and since then, he has directed popular Bavaria commercials starring such Mickey Rourke and Hugh Hefner, and most recently Charlie Sheen, as well as a lighthearted story of transformation for Subway.