Presence has signed Welsh BAFTA winning comedy writer and director Keri Collins for global commercial representation. Collins' comedy sketches have garnered over 40 million views on Facebook alone. He has won BAFTA’s for both his feature and short comedy films.
On joining Presence, Collins said: “I’m super excited to be joining the roster at Presence. I connected with Danny immediately, recognising him as someone who is as equally enthusiastic and proactive as I like to be in my own work, and I feel honoured to be in such excellent company with the existing directing talent in the company. Having worked in film and TV for over ten years, I have long held a desire to work in commercials, and to create work that connects with audiences in a big way, within a short timeframe. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do so with the team at Presence.”
Keri recently directed series two and three of the satirical BBC Brexit comedy, Soft Border Patrol, a clip of which - 'Moving the Border' - hit 30m views on Facebook in the first month online. He also directed the first series of Tourist Trap, starring Sally Phillips. The show was BBC Wales' first comedy commission in 20 years, and was immediately recommissioned for a second series which Keri also directed.
- Keri Collins
SWAPSIES was a short film commissioned by Fox Studios, for broadcast all across the Fox networks during December 2019.
Danny Fleet, founder and executive producer at Presence, said: “Keri has a great eye for comedy performance. He has already shown his mettle with the prestigious awards he has won. The Facebook views for his comedy sketches speak for themselves. Our ambition at Presence is to develop home grown comedy talent here in the UK where we have access to such excellent writers and directors. The ad industry and the audience need them right now. We hope Keri’s talents will make for an easy transition into commercials.”
In 2018, Collins sold a female superhero comedy spec that he wrote to a multiple Emmy winning US production company. Keri also directed half of 'Trollied' season seven for Sky One.