Screen graphics specialist Richard Morrison has left The Attik only nine months after the global graphics group bought his former consultancy, Plume.
Morrison, who was a creative director with a seat on The Attik’s board, left the London office last Friday, along with executive producer Olive SegrÃ© who had also moved over from Plume (DW 13 March). The two will continue to work together, though Morrison will “leave it for six weeks to two months” to decide on “two or three options” open to him.
Both Morrison and The Attik’s London managing director Tim Watson say the split is amicable. The main difficulty was bringing The Attik’s staff up to speed on his 15 years’ experience of moving image work, says Morrison. “It’s very hard trying to get some of their people into gear,” he says.
“At the end of the day, our aspirations for The Attik are not the same,” says Watson of the split. “Richard was keen to move on to bigger profile directorial jobs, while we’re just at the beginning of our (moving image) career.”
The decision to leave has been “brewing for two weeks”, says Morrison, since he returned from a shoot in South Africa. He has been keen to work in South Africa, and The Attik considered opening an office there, but it proved “economically unviable”, says Watson.
Former Plume senior designer David Cheung, who transferred to The Attik in March, had already left to join MTV. Three other staff who worked with Morrison and SegrÃ© remain as The Attik’s broadcast team and will be supplemented as and when the work demands, says Watson.
Morrison and SegrÃ© retain former Plume clients as part of the deal with The Attik.