- Friday, Sep. 9, 2016
- LOS ANGELES
Director Georgi Banks-Davies has joined Skunk for representation in the U.S. and U.K. She becomes the first U.K.-based addition to the roster since the company’s recent opening of its London Soho office. Banks-Davies was previously handled in the U.K. by production company Friend and in the U.S. by Joinery. Quad reps her in France.
Banks-Davies made her first industry mark with the BBC creative department, turning out promos. Her deep passion for directing short form showed, and shortly after she was approached by CNN international and asked to join the creative team as lead director. This role saw Banks-Davies traveling the world, creating commercials and captivating advertorial short films for global brands. She also got to meet and tell the stories of some remarkable people including Nobel Prize-winning Muhammed Yunus, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, architect Daniel Liebskind, politician Rudy Giuliani and filmmaker Martin Scorsese (a career highlight in that he’s a personal hero of Banks-Davies).
Banks-Davies also has to her directorial credit campaigns for such brands as Coca Cola, Nike, O2, AT&T, Swiss Air and Tourism Ireland for which she has won awards at Creative Circle, Epica, Clios and the One Show. Her evocative short film Penny Collectors won at the Barcelona Film Festival and Theo, her compelling three-minute filmic documentary, was nominated at the Promax UK awards. Theo was supported by CNN and aired on that network, as well as at film festivals globally.
Banks-Davies described Skunk as her “dream company,” well positioned to propel and nurture her career in advertising and film, building new enduring collaborative relationships in the process.
Kate Taylor, Skunk’s London managing director, said of Banks-Davies, “She is completely dedicated to her craft with a reel that displays an evolution of work that just keeps improving, especially with the latest addition of her exceptional LTH ‘Energy’ film. She clearly has the makings of a truly great filmmaker and is nuts about photography, which pleases me no end. I can’t wait to work with her.”