Starting out at the BBC, Dan Nathan cut his teeth creating ground breaking TV graphics and title sequences for major productions including the Bafta Award winning title sequence for Dennis Potter’s “The Singing Detective” - which quickly brought him to the attention of the Advertising World.
Since those days his work has remained principally character-driven using a basis of sharp observation with a sometimes humorous edge – only achievable because his casting is executed with precision – for example – some of the many well-known personalities with whom Dan has worked include David Beckham, Ricky Tomlinson, Hugh Bonneville, Anna chancellor and many more.
His inimitable style has garnered him prestigious awards: his PlayStation spot ‘Little Chef’ (TBWA) gained a Gold Lion at Cannes, a Silver at the Creative Circle Awards and a Merit in the USA Art Directors award. Added to this his spot for l.a. Eyeworks “Nice Day” (DFB) won a Silver Lion at Cannes and a Silver Clio as did Lego’s US campaign for ‘Mindstorms’, which received an AICP award for its originality.More recently his campaigns for the Adot foundation with O&M Tokyo, have received 17 Global awards including Three D&AD pencils (one for photography), Cannes, the APA show, the AICP, the One show, the Clios, Gold & bronze at the BTAA.
Dan hasn’t lost his taste for unconventionality - in drama & TV he was one of three directors working on the BBC 3’s critically acclaimed production of 'The Message', an offbeat post-modernist view encompassing all aspects of the world of modern day television.
His black comedy short Critical Eye – starring Hugh Bonneville and Anna Chancellor – won awards and critical acclaim on the festival circuit. His second short is an offbeat drama entitled Hello Sunshine by Paul McNally, starring Lysette Anthony, Sara Stewart and Simon Paisley-Day toured the festival circuit picking various accolades along the way.
He has just recently completed a film and photographic campaign for the Rohingya refugees with Ogilvy’s, BRAC & Texel.