Month: May 2014

Announcement: Multi Award Winning Director Mark Lawrie Joins Happy Hour

Posted in: Team News

We are delighted to announce a new member to the Happy Hour team, internationally renowned director Mark Lawrie. He has led a fascinating career, spanning a multitude of genres from music videos and theatre to feature length films and award winning TV commercials.

As a company that prides itself on world class TV commercial production, we’re always looking to bring in people at the peak of the industry. Tom George, Owner of Happy Hour says “We are delighted to have Mark joining us on our roster of talented TV commercial directors. Mark’s work immediately grabbed us, he has an exceptional eye for comedy, and has a very impressive understanding of visual effects, all combined with a storytelling flair that has attracted big brands such as Coke, Pepsi, Ford, and Smirnoff. We are thrilled to have Mark join the team and add to our portfolio of talented directors. We look forward to a long collaboration together”.

Mark initially got into film as a photography student, filming local 8mm cult classics in Berlin and Barcelona. He then turned his inventive eye to the world of music videos, directing such historic moments as the “Rainbow Nation Concert” live in Johannesburg in 1991, attended by the late Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu.

His work with music videos has earned him several prestigious awards such as numerous OKTV Octave Awards and a Gold from the Emzimtoti Music Awards, as well as helping to launch the careers of many famous South African musicians.

He then moved on to directing commercials for TV and cinema at The Gladstone and then Velocity Films before moving to the UK in 2009 to pursue his career as a freelance director in both TV commercials and feature length films. Since then he has worked worldwide including countries such as France, Nigeria, Dubai, Czech Republic, Japan, USA and China amongst many other places whilst racking up awards. They are too numerous to mention but include Best Advert, Best Director and Best Campaign accolades from Cannes Lions,  London International Advertising Awards, New York Advertising Festival and the Directors Circle.

We hope this is set to continue as he becomes part of the Happy Hour commercial production team! Watch some of Mark’s past work on his director’s page featuring some of his best special effects and humour based TV commercials.

For more information on our TV commercial production check out the website, or give us a call on +44 (0)117 929 9797 for Bristol or +44 (0)20 7100 1320 for London, to discuss how we can help.