Courtney's work demonstrates fearless authenticity, versatile visual style and a deep understanding of young culture
Outsider announces the signing of British director Courtney Phillips
for UK commercial representation. Phillips, who grew up in London, is
a testament to the city’s cultural breadth, and taking inspiration from its many creative genres Courtney has carved out a strong identity in his work making him one of most exciting and versatile talents of his generation.
Courtney caught the directing bug as a runner in his late teens. Having left school at 16, exploring the many disciplines of a film set so young equipped him with experience and skills that would put him leaps ahead of those that chose the film school path instead. Self-taught and fiercely determined, Courtney would go so far as to put his own money into his very first music video on a track for an unknown band (at the time) called Bastille.
Courtney has now worked with artists such as Ann Marie, Rita Ora, Kacey Musgraves, Marshmello, Khalid, and Dermot Kennedy, gathering award
nominations for best video and best direction aplenty along the way. But his fearless ambition always had its sights set on the advertising world. It was a seamless transition, and Courtney has now lent his distinctive voice to many brands including the BBC, Havana Club, Superdry, Bacardi, New Balance, KFC, Trainline, Puma and Credit Suisse.
Outsider’s Robert Campbell said: “I’ve known Courtney for a chunk of time. He came to see us years ago about a job we had advertised for a new directors rep. He told me his passion was directing, so I told him to stick with it - direct - and not to take the job. And that if he ever needed anything to let me know. I’ve been so pleased to watch him grow into a talented director, and I’m absolutely delighted that he has chosen to join us”.
On joining Outsider, Courtney commented: “I’m super excited to kick off the next chapter of my directing career by joining the Outsider family. They’re a great team with tonnes of experience and a top roster of directors. I’ve always respected Rob for his no-nonsense response to my interview many years ago. I took his advice and here we are years later… full circle. Now, I’m more driven than ever to make the best work of my career and I can’t wait to do just that, only now as an Outsider!”