THE DEATH OF JOHN WEBSTER
Very sad news from Mike Doyle that creative legend John Webster died on the weekend. He is pictured here helping out the YoungGuns in 2001 by posing with street punks to prove he is still young at heart...
I had an email from my first wife yesterday informing me that John Webster of BMP fame had died over this past weekend whilst jogging in his neighbourhood in Hertfordshire.
I believe John was the best writer and creator of commercials in the world. He even won a bronze at Cannes for a commercial that he directed and could have had a career as a director but declined as he felt he wasn’t good enough.
Just before we emigrated in 1990 he showed me a storyboard for a TV series based on a character he created called Hamilton Mattress, an aardvark who makes a ‘hit’ as a jazz drummer. It took ten persistent years but he eventually got it made, a testimonial to his northern dogged nature.
He was also a gifted artist as the walls in his house testified.
Despite being reputed as being stingy with his money he gave my wife and I two weeks stay in his beautiful villa in Provence as a gift when our first child was born.
He leaves a wife,, who was sick in hospital at the time of his death as well as two adult daughters.
The business has sadly seen the last of a legendary talent.