Production Company Tight Opens Its Doors

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Tight director Mackenzie's "One World."
Ad and production veterans Don Block, Rich Carter and Jonathon Ker have partnered in the launch of a new production entity, Tight, named in part to reflect the start-up's streamlined approach to roster-building. Block and Carter, owners and executive producers at production shop Gartner join Palomar co-founder Ker in the new operation, which will operate alongside Gartner in a new space next to that company's Santa Monica headquarters. "I spent most of my early days in America grooming new talent," says Ker, who had formerly been head of TV at BBH London and spearheaded a U.S. arm of U.K shop Limelight before co-founding Palomar in 1992. "As we got into the '90s that became more difficult. People weren't willing to risk anything." Now, says Ker, conditions are becoming more favorable for building directorial talent. The new shop is intended to be a compact -- five to six director -- operation, with a focus on interesting, though not necessarily green directors. Iain Mackenzie, the first director on the Tight roster, recently helmed the Gatorade "One World" spot through a.proteii, a production arm of L.A.'s Amoeba. After leaving Palomar, Ker had worked with Amoeba founder Len Fink on a number of projects and will continue to do so. Ker says there will likely be further shifts at Gartner. The company recently launched development arm Red Flannel Café and director James Gartner is set to begin production on his first feature with Jerry Bruckheimer, Glory Road, this fall. -Teressa Iezzi
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