Production pioneer and mainstay of the UK advertising industry, Frances Royle, has died, Little Black Book is saddened to hear.
She passed away on Saturday 29th July and colleagues past and present have come together to share their memories of a woman who was one of the most respected producers in the business and a dear friend to many.
Among those who paid tribute to Frances include the three co-founders of BBH, the agency where she spent 20 years of her career.
John Hegarty said, “Many people today talk about a glass ceiling. Frances proved there was no ceiling, especially one made of glass. I will miss her enormously.”
John Bartle added, “Frances was one of our greatest success stories. And she went on to more success, as she deserved. More importantly she was a delight with it. Always.”
And Nigel Bogle said, “Frances was a wonderful mix of talent, positivity, determination and fun. I will miss her very much.”
Over the past five years, Frances had been building her own business, Royle Productions, a production agency that had worked with numerous leading agencies and clients. Her colleague Sarah Marcon said, “I speak on behalf of everyone at Royle Productions when I say how immensely proud we are to have had the opportunity to work with a lady as truly incredible and inspiring as Frances. She has not only been the most wonderful boss, but a dear friend to us all.”
The full memorandum from the team at Royle Productions can be read below:
It is with the greatest sadness that the shareholders and staff of Royle Productions learned of the passing of Frances Royle peacefully on Saturday 29th July at The Royal Marsden hospital after a brief but bravely fought illness.
Frances founded Royle Productions in 2012, after 20 years at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, where she started as a PA and rose through the agency joining the board and becoming Head of TV + Film Production. She established her reputation as one of the most respected and sought-after producers in the industry.
Frances, with all her verve, energy and talent, dedicated the last 5 years to building Royle into a new style of full service production company working with a diverse portfolio of leading agencies and brands such as Quorn, Arthur, 101, The Garage Soho, The Assembly, EY, The London Agency & Zoopla.
Everyone involved in the company and her fellow shareholders, John Hegarty, Nigel Maile and Robbie Cowan, share the immense loss and extend their sympathies and condolences to Frances’s family and friends.
The shareholders note that the business is in good shape, financially sound and has a bright future building on Frances’ legacy. The existing management, Sarah Marcon and Victoria Clark, have been successfully looking after clients and winning business these past few months whilst Frances has been absent.
Frances will be sorely missed by an industry she gave much to. Her legacy, however, will live on at Royle Productions.