Some familiar faces in this month’s @thepitchfanzine

The British Arrows 2018 Chairman’s Award: Frances Royle

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Tribute to Frances Royle by Sir John Hegarty – Founder & Creative Director, BBH & The Garage Soho

It was in the late 80s that Frances joined BBH as a receptionist.

She lasted about a month.

It was obvious she had ambitions to play a bigger role in the agency, becoming a PA in account management and then joining the TV department.

Restless, ambitious, generous and focused on developing her skills, Frances soon progressed to become a producer. She joined the board of BBH and eventually became Head of TV and then as technology moved forward Head of all Production.

For Frances there was no such thing as a glass ceiling.

She was a standard bearer for everything BBH stood for. Talented and kind. Helping endless people with their careers. After 25 years at the agency pioneering new ways of producing film, she left to set up Royle Productions. I was lucky enough to be asked to help her. It was a pleasure. And in just five years she established her new company as a force to be reckoned with in the advertising industry.

She died aged 52.

I’ve lost a great friend, an outstanding colleague and the industry has lost an inspirational thinker and leader.


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RSPCA Urges Us to Create an Animal-Friendly World

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Arthur London and Royle Productions launch the charity’s largest ever integrated brand campaign

The UK’s leading animal welfare charity, RSPCA, launches its largest ever integrated brand campaign, “It Takes Us All To Care”, that highlights the work the charity does across the UK to help create a world that’s kinder to animals.

Devised by creative agency Arthur London, produced by Royle Productions, and directed by Michelle Coomber, this beautifully shot 60-second film set to a rousing poetic script, depicts numerous vignettes to show the breadth of work that RSPCA does and the diversity of the animals, large and small, that they care for.


Sarah Marcon, Head of Production at Royle Productions, comments: “The focus of this brand campaign was to challenge perceptions of the work that the RSPCA does and to    show the care that the RSPCA delivers both in their own centres and within the wider community.”

Royle Productions once again collaborates with a female director, continuing their on-going commitment to supporting female directing talent.

The campaign goes live on air from 9th April 2018 and will be supported by a 30-second  cut down.

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Powerful Animated Film Illuminates Support Admiral Nurses Give to Those Living with Dementia

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Created by Arthur London and produced by Royle Productions, the highly emotive animated film brings to life how an Admiral Nurse can provide vital support

Dementia UK launches a three-minute film ‘Together Again’ that highlights the specialist one to one support its Admiral Nurses deliver to people living with dementia.


The design and direction of the film was led by Reuben McNaughton from Passion Pictures.

Created by Arthur London and produced by Royle Productions, the highly emotive animated film brings to life how an Admiral Nurse can provide    vital support. A husband and wife are forced apart by an ocean. The powerful metaphor depicts how the Admiral Nurse helps the couple reconnect using techniques such as memory triggers and sensory recall.    We see the shipwrecked husband navigating a stormy sea to reach his   wife, who is living with dementia.

Sarah Marcon, Head of Production at Royle Productions, comments: “Dementia can be such an isolating condition, not only for people affected by it but also those close to them. In this film we really wanted to show   how Dementia UK and their Admiral Nurses help and support people living with dementia and their loved ones through these difficult times.

“Reuben has developed a truly beautiful and emotive film, balancing a compelling message with a sensitive touch”.

Reuben McNaughton, Animation Director at Passion Pictures comments: “My granddad lived with dementia during the later years of his life so I have a very personal connection to the project. I can safely say I have never worked so intensely for such a long time, but even during the hardest points, this film has continued to be worth it. I look forward to hearing how the film is received and sincerely hope it has a positive impact for the brilliant people over at Dementia UK.”

CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, Dr Hilda Hayo said: “We are excited about ‘Together Again’, and are ambitious for what we hope this film achieves. We want people who are looking after someone with dementia to know that there is specialist advice and support out there for them, in the form of Admiral Nurses.

“Nobody should have to face dementia alone. The Admiral Nurse in the film is able to bring the couple in the film together again for a few precious moments, through the specialist skills they use to keep families connected to their relative with dementia.”

Nick Whillis, Partner at Arthur London, comments: “This film was real labour of love. Twelve months in the making. We’re enormously proud of the work. Dementia is a huge national issue touching over a million peoples’ lives. Admiral Nurses are playing a vital role in helping those with dementia and their families live everyday as best they can”.

‘Together Again’ goes live on Facebook from 14th March 2018 and will be supported by cut downs and a 30-second radio ad.

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Age UK’s ‘Lonely in a Crowd’ Shines a Spotlight on Isolation

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Royle Productions and Arthur London team up with director Michael J Ferns

Age UK’s ‘Lonely in a Crowd’ Campaign Shines a Spotlight on Isolation

Britain’s largest charity working with older people, Age UK, launches a new TV and online campaign to tackle the topic of loneliness – a huge issue for people in later life in the UK.

Creatively devised by Arthur London and produced by Royle Productions, ‘Lonely in a Crowd’ is a call to action, which aims to raise awareness of the widespread isolation faced by older people. The poignant 90-second TVC is directed by Michael J Ferns. Aged only 25, Ferns already has a BAFTA-Award-win to his name.

The powerful film depicts an elderly man walking alone through a crowded high street. As he passes groups of young people spending time with their friends and family, his voice-over reveals the sad effects of loneliness. The film then cuts to a real-life case study of someone who has benefitted from Age UK’s free telephone befriending service. In a moving appeal, he shares the positive impact this service is making to his life, and implores viewers to support the charity.

For the second year running, Royle Productions collaborates with Arthur London to create a film for Age UK. ‘Lonely in a Crowd” will air from November 9th through into December, to coincide with the Christmas period, a time of year notoriously associated with loneliness.

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Your Shot: Capturing the Spirit of Camden

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Sir John Hegarty, Sarah Marcon and Simon Orpin on how Camden Brewery’s first TV campaign came together

Last Friday night, during the first episode of the new series of Cold Feet, Camden Town Brewery made their TV advertising debut. And what a first foray into broadcast. Thanks to a unique partnership with media agency Electric Glue, the whole first ad break in the programme was taken up by the North London beer brand. First, with its new two-minute film about the soul of Camden, then followed by three of the campaign’s four shorter character pieces that brilliantly encapsulate the beer’s rebellious, unique vibe. It was a solid chunk of beer advertising that no doubt captured viewers’ attention.
Intrigued, LBB’s Alex Reeves caught up with Sir John Hegarty, Creative Director at The Garage Soho, Sarah Marcon, Executive Producer at Royle Productions, and Simon Orpin, CEO at Electric Glue, to get the complete 360-degree low-down on the campaign, from creative, production and media perspectives

LBB> This i992260c06d671f1c03e8edb3f8636c8bsn’t your average beer campaign. What was the creative starting point for the idea?

Sir John Hegarty> Capturing the spirit of Camden was the foundation of the idea. Camden is one of the most iconic districts of London with an amazing history and pedigree. Independent, irreverent, challenging and yet inclusive.

LBB> What was the casting process for the 30-second films? Did you have clear thoughts on who you were looking for and the messages they’d deliver?

SJH> We didn’t want conventional beer ads with moody millennials posing and pretending to be cool. We wanted to be different yet relevant to the spirit of Camden. We also wanted ideas that challenged conventional beer ads. And therefore characters who did just that. We wanted to wake up our audience and make them think as well as smile. To Raise Hells.

LBB> Why did you decide on Ashley Zhangazha for the two-minute spot? He makes the script so inspiring and proud.

SJH> It was a stroke of luck we got Ashley. We read a review of a production he was in at the Lyric in Hammersmith and immediately got in touch to see if he would present the spot. He loved the script and obviously said yes. We didn’t at that moment know he was born in Camden. That was also a stroke of luck.
LBB> How did you work with the RNIB to make sure you got the tone right?

Sarah Marcon> Getting this spot tonally right was paramount from the outset, as such we had an open dialogue with the RNIB and with our artists Anna, throughout the production process.

LBB> What were your decisions behind keeping the set so stripped back?

SM> We really wanted the characters and words to be the focal point of these spots and the viewers to be drawn into the performances.

LBB> What was your process for guiding the performances, given that they needed to be so authentic?

SM> All of the artists were themselves on set, no hammy deliveries and no one was over directed. Just each person delivering their lines in a way that felt natural and comfortable to them.

The drag queen, she dressed herself – including hair and makeup. And Riff, the guitarist, he’s a performer, an artist, so that’s is what he does. The brief was to play the guitar with the bottle. He freestyled. He literally riffed. So we had loads of different options, which was really interesting to watch. We also needed to make sure we kept his style because it’s him, that’s part of it. All of the artists had their own incredible and unique style, which harks back to the brand, which is all about individuality.
LBB> It’s the brand’s first foray into TV advertising and you managed to take over a whole ad break in the first episode of Cold Feet’s new series. What was behind that decision?

Simon Orpin> We have a strong belief that in the industry these days, creative and media have almost become divorced. We fundamentally believe that creative and media should be planned at the same time. And media is there to liberate that creativity, not just deliver a set of efficiency numbers. The creative is so strong, we really wanted to make an announcement with the work on Friday night. Viewers can work out that there’s something going on that they haven’t seen before, which immediately starts a conversation about it.

The ad break takeover was a consequence of our partnership with ITV. Our approach is different to the rest of the market. We partner with one of the three broadcasters 100%. In the case of Hells, we’ve been speaking to ITV for a while. We’ve got other big partnerships with them. But they were really into seeing how they could go beyond the norm and support new brands and brands that wanted to use TV in an innovative way to support it as much as they could to create some compelling case stories about the medium itself.

Nothing about it was traditional, from what we managed to do for the budget we had. With this first budget the traditional view would be not to do TV because you can’t afford to, but we were able to do it through the partnership in a really decent way. We had the firm belief that with the creative that John was doing – it’s all so visual – broadcast was the place to put it.
LBB> Media-wise, Cold Feet isn’t the most stereotypical show to pair with beer advertising. What was the creative idea behind the media strategy?

SO> We’re putting the single character ads across all the big shows. In some ways it’s shows that you wouldn’t expect to see beer advertising in. We have a view that beer advertising has become a bit stereotypical and boring. The creative here was anything but and it’s done in a very different way, but we also didn’t want a media schedule that’s just buying young men programming. The gender split of people that drink Hells is already more balanced. Most lagers are far more male. But also we wanted to make it the most popular brand, so took a popular view on programmes we were buying into, not just 18- to 34-year-old men. Hence Cold Feet, Coronation Street, the new drama, Liar. And that’s supplemented by all the outdoor at commuter times, the digital stuff, which is a broader target, the VOD and the social stuff. It’s predominantly led by the broadcast. We had to be brave in some of the decision making in terms of thinking big. Let’s try to make something really extraordinary and something you don’t see other brands doing. That’s not trying to be different for different’s sake. It was to stand out. The other thing about John’s creative thought, ‘Raise Hells’ – it’s a call to action. We wanted to start a movement. And I think that the use of TV and how we’ve done it helps encourage people to be part of that movement.

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Camden Town Brewery Celebrates its Hometown with Short Film

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Royle Productions and The Garage weave heartfelt tribute to the unique London Borough for the local brewery

roundCamden Town Brewery raises a glass to its birthplace in a celebratory short film as part of the brand’s first ever TV campaign, which launched on Friday evening during an ad break of the new series of Cold Feet. Created by The Garage Soho and executed by Royle Productions, the two-minute salute to Camden celebrates what makes the place so unique and electrifying.

Two key threads run through the film; the words written by Sir John Hegarty and delivered rousingly by actor, Ashley Zhanghaza and the creation of a mural of the Camden Town brand logo on the wall of the brewery itself. Interwoven around these narratives is an exciting mix of footage of the borough’s diverse locations, history, and people – highlighting creative legends like Keats and Pissarro, who called Camden their home.

Royle Productions collaborated with talented young director, Stella Scott on this project, continuing their commitment to support and nurture female directorial talent. Scott seamlessly weaves together modern scenes with archive footage to tap into the ever-thriving pulse of Camden, skilfully complementing Zhanghaza’s recitation of the poem.

Sir John Hegarty comments, “This is a film that celebrates Camden’s rich culture and history. And underlines for people why a beer from this unique part of London is special. With a slogan Raise Hells it encourages the audience to raise a glass of Camden in tribute to this amazing borough.”

Royle’s Head of Production, Sarah Marcon added, “As the birthplace of Camden Town Brewery, we wanted to showcase the heart of Camden and what it represents. Shooting in the centre of the market at peak times could have been a nightmare but we were overwhelmed by the positive reaction of locals to what we were doing.”

Stella Scott said about directing the film, “I really enjoyed taking to the streets of Camden to capture what we could of this corner of London, to get a balance of real and staged moments, and see the film come to life.”

Celebration’ is now live on TV and online alongside the four 30-second films ‘Characters’ of the same campaign.

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