It is with immense sadness that we have to report the news that Jeff Labbe passed away early on Monday morning. Jeff was a hugely talented writer, director, and photographer, and an intensely passionate, funny, loyal and loving man with an infectious laugh, and a heart as big as his beloved Louisiana. He will be desperately missed by all who were lucky enough to have known and worked with him.

The industry has lost a true maverick and we have lost a true friend.

Jeff leaves behind his adored wife Andrea, young son Cadow and daughter Bronte. The link below is to a fund set up to raise money for Cadow’s continued education.

All our thoughts are with Andrea, Cadow, Bronte and the rest of Jeff's big beloved family.


DGA Award for Martin De Thurah

Huge congratulations to Martin De Thurah who has picked up a DGA Award for Best Commercial Director of the Year.  Work for StubHub and WealthSimple secured Martin’s second DGA award, the first coming for his 2013 work.

Click here to view StubHub ‘Machines’.

Squarespace directed by Jonathan Glazer

Jon’s latest film sees Keanu Reeves surf his Arch Motorcycle for Squarespace.  ‘Make It Happen’ is set to ‘Adventures in Success’ by Will Powers and aired during last nights Superbowl.

The film was shot just outside LA, lit by Chris Soos, edited by Paul Watts at the Quarry and post production was handled by Mikros. 

Click here to watch the film.

'Cautionary Tales', a short film by Us

A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement that has plagued him all his life. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts.

Please watch the credits to see the great collective of incredibly talented people who made this project happen.  A massive THANK YOU to you all!

Click here to watch the film.

Cabinet Reshuffle

Medb Riordan has been promoted to work alongside Simon Cooper as Joint Managing Director of Academy.

Medb has been at the company for 10 years, starting on reception and moving up through the ranks to work on and produce much of the company’s award winning work.  She is the perfect example of Academy’s tradition of promoting from within.

Lucy Gossage has also been promoted to become Executive Producer and Head of Production.  Lucy has been a long time producer for Si & Ad and Frederic Planchon and like Medb, has collaborated with all of the directors in her 17 years at the company.

The reshuffle sees Lizie take more of an ambassadorial role in the company she founded 34 years ago.  Of the new appointments she said, I’m so proud of our home grown new management team.  It feels like we’ve assembled something of a dream team in Simon, Medb, Lucy and Head of Sales, George Floyd.  Although I’m not retiring, I am looking forward to being a little further from the coal face.  Might take up golf….’