David Reviews

 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN
27 August 2019

We're reeling from some tragic news that's just reached us. Our friend Jonathan Goldstein has died in a plane accident, alongside his wife and their baby daughter.

Others can vouch for what Jonathan achieved in the professional realm, and we have no doubt that he was an extremely fine composer. The success of the company he built is testament to this.

But our focus today is not on the music he composed, the company he built, or any of his business relationships. This is a very human tragedy and we're thinking about Jonathan – the man we knew – as well as his wife Hannah and their baby daughter.

At a time like this, there's a tendency to amplify the goodness of those who are gone, and any tribute can read as though it has been filtered through a rose tinted prism. But sometimes such an account is accurate and – based on our experience – that's very much the case with Jonathan. Having spent a fair bit of time with him over the past few months, we can truthfully paint a picture of a man of uncommon decency. He was the epitome of kindness and generosity, always calm and gentle with a delightful self-deprecating sense of humour.

A father for the first time, he doted on his family, even bringing his baby daughter to one of the recording sessions which we worked with him on. The sight of him holding up his end of the discussion while comforting his young daughter is one that sums him up beautifully.

It is unbearably sad to know that his beloved wife and their treasured daughter were also aboard the plane when it crashed. There is no comfort to be drawn from knowing that they were together. There is nothing but tragedy.

This news is very raw, and we are struggling to come to terms with it. We hesitated before deciding to write something in the immediate aftermath, but the story is breaking in the national press, and it seems likely that some of Jonathan's friends and work acquaintances will learn about what has happened by seeing something online. We decided that it might be slightly better if they instead saw words written by someone who knew him and his family.

It's far too early to know what kind of funeral service, or other tribute will be organised. We will update you when we have further information.

We feel sure that everyone who knew Jonathan – and many who did not – will be hugely affected by this story. It is a time to come together, and comfort one another.

Stories

A CYCLE FOR LIFE.

Joe Ogunmokun - a producer at Havas - is using his furlough to 'cycle to France' in his living room to raise money for his friend Ben Chatfield's fight against cancer.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: NATHAN PRICE

New Zealander Nathan Price talks about his life and directorial career in the latest Virus Crisis podcast.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: MARK BORKOWSKI

PR legend Mark Borkowski offers his fascinating take on the emerged landscape forged by the Covid-19 crisis.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: JAMES BROOK-PARTRIDGE

James Brook-Partridge gives the agency verdict on lockdown filmmaking.


NEELS CASTILLON JOINS RSA AND BLACK DOG FILMS.

French director-slash-photographer Neels Castillon has joined RSA Films and Black Dog Films for global representation.


THE APA RELEASE COVID-19 SHOOTING GUIDELINES.

The Advertising Producers Association (APA) have released safe filming guidelines to help put agencies, clients, and crew members at ease.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: NILS LEONARD; JONATHAN KNEEBONE; AND RUPERT REYNOLDS-MACLEAN

For the latest Virus Crisis podcast we spoke to Nils Leonard; Jonathan Kneebone; and Rupert Reynolds-Maclean.


TWO NEW SIGNINGS FOR UNIT.

London-based creative studio UNIT have added seasoned VFX artists Anthony Chadwick and Ben McIlveen to their ranks.


COLIN READ JOINS PULSE FILMS.

Filipino-born director Colin Read has joined Pulse Films for global representation.


NOT TO SCALE WELCOME ALASDAIR & JOCK.

Scottish directing duo Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney have joined Not To Scale for commercial representation.


OLIVER HERMANUS ARRIVES AT LIEF.

Lief are pleased to announce the signing of South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus to their roster.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: KEVIN THOMAS

Kevin Thomas joins DAVID to talk about his former life as a creative and his current life as a director.


THE NERVE JOIN FORCES WITH JW COLLECTIVE.

Newly-launched music library The Nerve aim to give a “jaded” commercials market a kick up the jacksie with the help of JW Collective.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: PETER CATTANEO

Director Peter Cattaneo joins us to talk about his career as a director of feature films; TV and commercials.


BLUE ZOO ARE BRANCHING OUT.

Animation studio Blue Zoo have bolstered their short-form and advertising division by hiring Craig Purkis as their New Business Manager.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: RUPERT RUSSELL

In the latest Virus Crisis podcast, Jason Stone speaks to Missing Link director Rupert Russell.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: CHARLOTTE BAVASSO

Charlotte Bavasso of Nexus Studios speaks to Jason Stone about production under lockdown.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: JULIETTE AND MIA FROM PRETTYBIRD

For today's Virus Crisis podcast, we're joined by Juliette and Mia from Prettybird.


UNIT WELCOME ADAM DEWHIRST.

UNIT welcome Adam Dewhirst as their new Head of Creatures & Characters.


GAME ON FOR ADAM BUTCHER AND HOI POLLOI.

Writer, director, and occasional video game developer Adam Butcher has joined Hoi Polloi for representation.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: DANNY FLEET

Danny Fleet of Presence shares his thoughts about the landscape starting to emerge from lockdown.


DAVID M. HELMAN ARRIVES AT KODE.

Kode are pleased to welcome California-born director David M. Helman to their crack team of UK directors.


A SHADE OF KODE RED.

Multidisciplinary creative hub Kode Red have launched a new website for 2020.


VIRUS CRISIS PODCAST: JACQUES SALMON

Director Jacques Salmon talks about life after Sky TV and his 'keep it up' quarantine campaign.


OUTSIDER REACH MAXIMUM WATTS.

International directing duo WATTS have joined Outsider for UK commercial representation.


Stories

David Reviews - Lovely Lenzie Ltd, Woodbourne House, Seven Sisters, Lenzie, G66 3AW. Telephone: +44 141 776 7766. Editor: Jason Stone.