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.
Zak Emerson was born to an American father and British mother living the bohemian lifestyle in the Swiss Alps. The high mountains were soon exchanged for the flatlands of Norfolk where he spent his formative years, before going on to study Fine Art Painting at Central St Martins’ College in London.
Zak entered the ad industry working as a storyboard artist and creative assistant at ASD. Under Arden’s wing he soon established himself as a commercials director following the success of his first short film 'Suspended', a black and white period piece, which attracted widespread attention on the festival circuit. It was picked up by the British Council for representation and won the prestigious Stella Artois best short film award.
He has since directed award-winning commercials for clients spanning Adidas, Toyota, Kelloggs and Carphone Warehouse as half of directing duo Zak & Dan. Their 2008 Labrokes campaign for M&C Saatchi collected awards across the industry from BTAA to Cannes, and the recent 'Faking Of' spot for Heineken was awarded the Grand Prix for best film at the 2012 Eurobest Awards.
Zak's short film ‘And Another Thing’ won Best Direction at the Tres Courts Paris International Film Festival 2010. The film tells the story of a wife and mother on the brink of a breakdown in two minutes, showcasing Zak's talent for eloquent and sharp storytelling with a quick-witted edge.