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What we are doing at HunkyDory


Following on from recent Government advice and in the interests of everybody’s safety, HunkyDory are now working remotely, but we can still be reached on our office line and via email.

Like everyone, we are monitoring the situation daily, beavering away with ongoing projects, and are ready to consult and collaborate on exciting future ones too!

Our office and studio (equipped with motion control rig, lights etc.) have been deep-cleaned from top-to-bottom and we are prepared to adapt to these challenging times and offer quick turnaround, low risk solutions whatever the brief.

If you have any enquiries, drop us a line!

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The HunkyDory Team


HunkyDory joins forces with Chuck Studios

Food specialists open UK office in partnership with London Production Company

Chuck Studios, the first global food-specialist creative production company, announced today the opening of its new U.K. base in London in partnership with HunkyDory films. The London office will be headed up by Executive Producer Pete Ryan who has worked in the UK food sector for over 13 years. Chuck Studios was founded in 2011 by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen and is headquartered in Amsterdam with studios in Moscow and Los Angeles.

Co-founder and global creative director Olaf van Gerwen commented: “Some of the best food campaigns in the world originate from UK clients. For us as a company that is the most important condition: fertile ground for highly creative, unique and mouth-watering campaigns.”

Chuck Studios describes itself as a ‘new breed of food and tabletop company’. Founder Ellen Gaedtgens: ‘Chuck Studios is not male- and technology dominated like many of our peers, but diverse and as obsessed by the communications challenge as by the taste appeal. With bases now in four regions, Chuck Studios can offer their talent and expertise for everything food and drink related on a larger scale and both on and off the table.’

Ryan, previously a producer at Park Village, brings 13 years of food experience for clients such as Tesco, Sharwood’s and McDonalds. “It’s a great opportunity to work with trusted and respected partners like Chuck Studios and HunkyDory. We think every food brand deserves a unique culinary identity. We can share knowledge and talent with all other Chuck Studios branches and collaborate with the storytelling talent of HunkyDory. What’s not to like?’

HunkyDory’s managing director John Doris says: “I’m so excited about teaming up with Chuck Studios.  They have amazing food and tabletop talent from around the world that we can tap into for the UK market. HunkyDory and Chuck Studios can offer brilliant solutions in cross fertilising our HunkyDory directing talent with Chuck Studios culinary expertise.’

About Chuck Studios
Chuck Studios is the first global food-specialist creative production company, founded by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen in 2011. The company helps brands around the globe develop a distinct culinary identity. Using their expertise in food-specialist film production combined with creative and strategic capabilities, the team crafts high-end content for brands such as McDonald’s,

About Chuck Studios

Chuck Studios is the first global food-specialist creative production company, founded by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen in 2011. The company helps brands around the globe develop a distinct culinary identity. Using their expertise in food-specialist film production combined with creative and strategic capabilities, the team crafts high-end content for brands such as


John X. Carey joins HunkyDory for UK representation!

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed director John X. Carey to HunkyDory!

Having previously worked with HunkyDory's John Doris at Mustard Films, this move marks somethings of a 'return home' for the director.

John rose to prominence with the much-heralded 'Real Beauty Sketches' for Dove, which within one month of release accumulated over 150 million views on YouTube and was officially titled 'The most viewed commercial of all time'.

A master of emotional and intimate character stories, John's work has been featured by The New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, TIME, Forbes, ABC News, and many others. John has partnered with top agencies like BBDO, Grey, Wieden+Kennedy, 72andSunny, Ogilvy, and others.

He has helmed campaigns for clients including Apple, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Dove, Guinness, Google, Philips and many more.


HunkyDory unveil Naomi Simpson as Executive Producer…


HunkyDory is delighted to welcome Naomi Simpson into the fold as Executive Producer and Spike Bones as Head of Morale. An experienced and familiar face on the London scene, Simpson joins HunkyDory to spearhead new business alongside Ronae Rayson under Managing Director John Doris.

Doris says… ‘Naomi has an unerring eye for talent, connectivity to die for and quite brilliant knowledge and intuition when it comes to marrying the very best directing talent to the creative brief at hand.'

Naomi says… ‘I’ve always admired John Doris and when the opportunity arose to be brought into the HunkyDory fold, it wasn’t a matter of if, but when. Their team, work and director roster are enviable and I’m looking forward to helping them achieve even greater things.’

Doris concludes… “Spike’s unprecedented reputation for brightening up any room meant we couldn’t wait to get him on-board too.”

Spike says “Woof”

If you would like a meeting with Spike, please contact Naomi Simpson, [email protected] who will be managing his diary.


HunkyDory sign BAFTA winning docu-series director

David Symmons joins HunkyDory

HunkyDory are very excited to announce the addition of award-winning docu-series director David Symmons to their roster.

Creatively driven Symmons has been responsible for directing several hugely popular award-winning series’ including First Dates, First Dates Hotel, 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E. Symmons has recently directed Cadburys Heroes Families Reunited campaign with VCCP.

HunkyDory MD and Executive Producer John Doris says he is delighted to have Symmons on board: “David has a proven track record across his docu-series (and more recently his commercial work) of empathetically capturing a wide variety of human stories and moments that connect hugely with audiences across the UK. His unique insight and multi-rig camera approach shows a skillset that can be easily transferable to commercial projects across multiple formats. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the HunkyDory team!”


Greg Gray directs short film ‘Secrets’ for Nedbank

Greg Gray was approached with an unusual brief to create an unbranded 15-minute short film for Nedbank that would mirror a film launch as a creative way to get people talking about one of the hardest things to talk

Conceived by the creative minds at Joe Public United, Greg and his creative team developed
Secrets - a short film with dramatic and emotive script focused on characters tied together by a potentially devastating unspoken secret.

Employing all the tropes of a suspenseful feature film, complete with a movie mini-site, teaser trailer and cinema premier, Secrets worked to make people "see money differently".


Michael Fueter joins HunkyDory!

HunkyDory are delighted to announce the addition of Swiss director Michael Fueter to their talented roster of directors.

Having grown up in an artistic family (his uncle is a novelist of Europe-wide fame, his grandmother one of Switzerland's most famous actresses, his grandfather the founder Switzerland's biggest production company, which was later run by his father) it was almost inevitable that Michael would follow in these creative footsteps.

Michael caught HunkyDory’s eye with the sheer breadth of beautifully observed and elegant filmmaking on his showreel. Equally adept taking us on a journey through time, creating gladiatorial barbecue cook-offs, or charmingly bringing locomotives to life, Michael's varied body of work showcases a real eye for cinematic detail and classic storytelling that HunkyDory are very excited about bringing to the UK market.

In his time as a director, Michael has worked with clients including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Renault, Mazda, Carlsberg and won over 150 awards at festivals such as Cannes Lions, Epica, Cristal Festival, Art Director's Club New York, and New York Festivals to name just a few.


Luc Schurgers and McCoy’s unleash Mexican madness!

McCoy;s Muchos - ‘When Mexican Flavour Calls’ dir. Luc Schurgers

HunkyDory’s Luc Schurgers adds a record-spinning donkey to his oeuvres menagerie in this spot for new McCoy’s Muchos through WCRS.

When a couple introduce new McCoy’s Muchos to their snack time, it starts a domino effect of Mexican madness that transforms their quiet home into a carnival.

Grappling luchadors, mariachi, dancing señoritas the aforementioned DJ Burro set the tone for the piece, all brought together with Luc’s textbook comic timing!


Damien O’Donnell does his homework…

Vodafone Gigabit Broadband - ‘Homework’ dir. Damien O’Donnell

HunkyDory’s Damien O’Donnell teams up once more with Grey London and TV host and architect Dermot Bannon to bring you the third instalment of their Vodafone Gigabit Broadband campaign.

The latest film ‘Homework’ finds a father and daughter pondering the wonders of the solar system with Dermot and Vodafone Gigabit Broadband on hand to help when the questions get too tough for dad to bluff his way through!

As ever, Damien’s comedic touch is on full display with great casting, charming performances and trademark warm storytelling.


Three new additions at HunkyDory!

Victoria Pile, J.J. Adler and Sune Sørensen join roster

We're very excited to welcome three new additions to our line-up of directors; Victoria Pile, J.J. Adler and Sune Sorensen.

Award-winning British comedy writer and director VICTORIA PILE (Left) returns to the world of commercials after a spell developing original comedy in the UK and America.

Victoria devised, produced, co-wrote and directed the double Emmy award-winning sketch show Smack the Pony and the BAFTA-winning comedy Green Wing for Channel 4, then followed them up with comedies Campus (also Channel 4) and The Delivery Man for ITV.

When it comes to commercials, Victoria brings a wealth of comedic experience and an eye for brilliant casting, pitch-perfect performances and impeccable comic timing. She has directed campaigns for Direct Line, Maltesers, Seat, Stoptober and Albert Bartlett.

Maltesers - 'Jeans' directed by Victoria Pile...

Comedy director J.J. ADLER (middle) was a founding creative and head director at The Onion’s Peabody Award-winning series The Onion News Network. J.J. also co-executive produced and directed season 1 of The Onion’s IFC TV series of the same name.

Known for her caustic wit and dry comedy, J.J.'s talent was on full display with the Cannes Lion-winning “Girls Who Code,” a biting satire that calls out gender stereotypes in the tech world. She has also directed spots for Geico, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, McDonalds, Hyundai, Tinder and Bayer.

GEICO - 'Arm Wrestle' directed by J.J. Adler...

SUNE SØRENSEN (right) is a passionate filmmaker with an encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema. At the heart of everything Sune does, lies a devotion to genuine, clever storytelling and film craft. Beautifully observed and crafted performances are central to Sune's work alongside a rich and cinematic aesthetic.

Sune has been recognised at Cannes and D&AD in a career that has seen him produce work for such worldwide brands as Volkswagen, Ford and McDonald's.

Volkswagen - 'Generations' directed by Sune Sørensen...

Volkswagen - Generations from HunkyDory Films on Vimeo.