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The Story Companies Launch Rebecca Blake Films

New company to function as satellite of Chicago-based The Story Companies (October 11, 2004)

Director Rebecca Blake

Director Rebecca Blake

Director Rebecca Blake, best known for her fashion, beauty, celebrity and music video work, has partnered with executive producer Mark Androw to launch a new commercial production company under the name, Rebecca Blake Films, A Story Company. The new company will function as a satellite of Chicago-based The Story Companies with principal Mark Androw serving as executive producer. Blake and Androw plan to eventually bring several more directors onboard to expand the company further.

For the past five years, Blake has worked extensively in Europe on high-profile beauty, fashion and automotive accounts. Blake has directed this European work through her personal production company affiliations in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Japan. Her recent credits include a European launch campaign for Arctic Mineral Water featuring Cindy Crawford and a two-spot campaign for DeLonghi Electronics. She has also directed International campaigns for LOreal (with Kate Moss), Citroen (with Claudia Schiffer), Volkswagen, and a range of other international clients. Blake has experience in shooting in virtually every corner of the globe.

Androw praised Blake as a ?huge talent who has been under-exposed in U.S. markets. ?Rebecca is the caliber of talent that deserves to have her name on the door, Androw said. ?Its hard to believe but many people are unfamiliar with her work, because she does so much repeat business and works so much outside the country. We are very excited to have the opportunity to expose her to a broader range of agencies and clients.

Blake said that she views herself at a crossroads and wanted to be firmly in control of her career. ?I am eager to create a new body of work, she said. ?I would also like to develop other types of projects, including features and long form television projects. She added that Androw and the Story Companies provide her with the best resources to achieve those goals. ?Marks directness and honesty impressed me, she observed. ?He expressed a clear desire to design a new company where creativity could be furthered in an environment that is moving and evolving at an exponential rate. He also has a strong understanding of how to support a production company at this point in time, which relates to the changing technology and business market. Its a good marriage of marketing vision, strong production support, and creativity.

Stateside, Blake has directed commercials for clients such as Revlon (numerous spots with Claudia Schiffer, Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and Elaine Irwin), Victorias Secret (with Stephanie Seymour), Max Factor (with Jane Seymour), Tresemme Hydrology, Guess, Nautica and many others.

Born in Belgium, Blake grew up in the United States and studied at New Yorks High School of Music and Art and afterwards, at New York University. Her distinctive style of fashion and beauty photography put her in demand by some of the worlds most prestigious clients, including Estee Lauder, Revlon, Avon, Clairol, Elizabeth Arden, Yves Saint Laurent, Nikon, Polaroid, Michelob, Seagrams, Piaget and others. Her editorial work has been published in Vogue, Esquire, Spin, Zoom, Harpers Bazaar, NY Times Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Her book of Photography, ?Forbidden Dreams, was published by Quartet Books, London. Blakes photography work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, The International Center of Photography (ICP), The Witkin Gallery, Nikon House Gallery, The Rizzoli Gallery, and The Light Gallery.

Her debut as a live action director was the Prince music video Kiss, which won an American Video Award as video-of-the-year. She went onto direct several more videos for Prince, including Cream (which won the MTV best dance video award) and for other artists such as Babyface, Vanessa Williams, Sheena Easton, rock legends Kiss, George Benson, Billie Myers, Carmen Electra and Michael Bolton.


About Rebecca Blake Films
Rebecca Blake Films, A Story Company is represented on the East Coast by Carolyn Hill, (212) 545-7895; in the Midwest by Dawn Ratcliffe, (312) 491-9194; in the Southeast by Miller Associates, (954) 563-6004; in the Southwest by Fran Montoya, (214) 823-8123 and on the West Coast by Connie Mellors & Co, (818) 761-4520.



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