- LOS ANGELES
SKUNK has added director Chris Palmer to its U.S. roster for commercials and branded content. He had formerly been handled by MJZ in the American ad market.
Among Palmer’s many accomplishments is a DGA Award nomination in 2010 for three spots: J20 fruit drink’s “Riviera Truckstop” and “A Horse Called Cynthia,” both for BBH London; and Budweiser’s “Lyric” out of DDB London.
Matt Factor, founder of SKUNK, said, “I first met Chris in London in the early 2000’s. I don’t remember much from that night, except being left wanting to know who was this eccentric, entertaining, endearing magic man who’s created some of the coolest ads out of London as both a creative and director? Now I get to find out first hand. I’m honored Chris has chosen SKUNK for his next adventure in the U.S.”
Palmer first established himself on the agency side of the business, becoming a lauded creative at BBH London, followed by Lowe Howard-Spink, and then a shop in which he was partnered, Simons Palmer Clemmow & Johnson. He then settled into the director’s chair, beginning to helm commercials full time in 1994. He founded U.K.’s Gorgeous Enterprises in ‘95, which went on to become one of the world’s most successful production companies. In 2012 Palmer and Gorgeous earned distinction, respectively, as Most Awarded Director and Production Company in D&AD history.
Palmer said of his joining SKUNK, “I love Matt Factor and couldn’t resist jumping into bed with him,” creating what he and the company founder regard as an opportunity to produce more groundbreaking work for the U.S. market.