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Anthony Taylor 1958 - 2021
Anthony Taylor, producer of many acclaimed and award-winning commercials, most recently at Kode Media, has sadly died aged 63, after suffering a cardiac arrest last Tuesday, November 16th.
Anthony had worked at Kode for the past three and a half years, working with most of the directors on Kode's commercial roster, and the commercials he produced at the company included the multi-award winning Formula E ad, Street Level.
A statement from Kode described Anthony as "an incredible producer, a father figure and above all, a true friend." Kode have also set up a website in honour of Anthony, where people can share memories of him with friends and family.
Anthony's long career as a producer began at Greenback Films, the offshoot of legendary design company Hipgnosis, where he had assisted Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell creating iconic album sleeve designs for Pink Floyd and others. At Greenback in the 1980s, he was involved in making music videos for the likes of Robert Plant, David Gilmore, Barry Gibb and Peter Gabriel.
From there he moved into commercial production at top London ad agency Arden Sutherland-Dodd, working with legendary creative Paul Arden. He went on to work at Eclipse Films, producing work for Colin Gregg and most notably produced the Blackcurrent Tango ad St George in 1996, which was awarded at Cannes and D&AD and later went on to be voted one of the Top 100 commercials of all time.
More recently, Anthony worked with production companies such as Pulse Films, Black Sheep Studios and MPC Creative, forging new relationships and friendships. Kode's statement, released on Friday, reveals how his colleagues at the company are reeling from the shock of his sudden death.
"It is with immense sadness that we report the loss of our beloved friend and producer Anthony Taylor, who suddenly passed away on the morning of Tuesday 16th November, 2021," the statement begins.
"It is very difficult for us to put into words what he meant to us all here at Kode. He was an incredible producer, a father figure and above all, a true friend. He is utterly irreplaceable and we are totally heartbroken by his passing.
"This feels incomprehensible that we’re talking about you in the past tense, Anthony. You were someone who acted only in kindness, with thoughts for others always coming first. You approached life and work with a level of simplicity and sophistication we all admired and could hold any room with your stories and great sense of humour, which we’ll share memories of forever.
"Our lives were made so much richer for having known you. We will miss your laugh, your words, your impeccable taste, your Carhartt suits, and your all-navy wardrobe. We’ll miss knowing you’re not on the end of a ‘quick’ call, which were never going to be that quick, and would often veer off into weird and wonderful tangents and stories that only you could tell. Our company isn’t what it is without you. Our lives aren’t what they are without you. Our hearts are broken.
"All of our love and care goes out to Anthony’s beautiful wife Suzie, daughter Lottie and the whole family that we’ve also come to love over the years. The industry has unfortunately just lost another one of its very best. but above all else, we have lost a truly great man."
We’ve set up a website where anyone who wants to share a photo or write down a special memory of Anthony can do so, which we’ll then publish in the coming weeks. We’ll love you forever, Anthony."
• Visit www.ajgt.co.uk/ to contribute memories of Anthony Taylor
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