Four Colman Getty is delighted to announce two appointments and a key strategic promotion within the Culture practice of the agency. The past few weeks have seen the culmination of some hugely successful campaigns, including the launch of HOME, Manchester's new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film and the publication of James Rhodes's previously injuncted memoir, Instrumental.
Matt Railton, currently account director, has been appointed to the new position of creative director. Matt recently oversaw the launch of HOME, which welcomed over 28,000 visitors in its celebratory HOMEwarming weekend. Matt will continue to handle projects across publishing, visual and performing arts, including projects for HarperCollins Children’s Books and the University of Dundee, but his new role will also see him working across the Culture practice, building on Four Colman Getty’s creative and digital offer. He will work closely with chief executive Dotti Irving, and practice director Truda Spruyt, who heads up the Culture practice and associate director Jane Acton. Four Colman Getty’s culture clients include the Man Booker Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wales Millennium Centre and York Art Gallery, as well as English PEN, with whom the agency recently announced a renewed partnership.
On 1 June account director Helen Barnes and account manager Sara Kietzmann joined the Culture team. Helen was previously at FMcM, where she worked on the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the award-winning launch of Philip Pullman's The Good Man Jesus amongst others. Visual arts specialist Sara's previous roles include account manager at Lady Geek and she is an ArtStack ambassador, who has represented the art lovers' social media network at the Venice Biennale and Art Basel.
In additional good news for the agency, book trade bible The Bookseller today names Chris Baker, also an account director, as one if its 2015 ‘Rising Stars’. This is the annual list of the next generation of movers and shakers in the book industry, and reflects Chris’s recent award-winning work on the launch of the new Foyles and book news stories such as the launch of James Rhodes’ Instrumental .
Katy MacMillan-Scott, account director, who is well-known in the publishing world for her handling of the the PR for the Man Booker Prize and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, will be speaking alongside The Pool's Sam Baker and the Sunday Times' Eleanor Mills at the Bookseller's Marketing and Publicity Conference on 30 June.
Dotti Irving, chief executive of Four Colman Getty, comments:
‘It's fantastically invigorating to see our three Culture account directors all stepping up to take the company onto its next successful stage.
‘It’s very much our policy to promote people from within and I'm confident that Matt's promotion will pay enormous dividends, both for the company and for our clients too.
'I'm delighted to be welcoming Helen and Sara to the Culture team too, both bringing terrific experience and enthusiasms to Four Colman Getty.'
For more information please contact Dotti Irving on +44 203697 4240/07850 12 24 28; firstname.lastname@example.org
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