It’s a heavy weight hire over at UK celebrity picture and video agency Flynet Pictures who have announced John Edwards has joined the agency as Director of News and Assignments. John ran the picture operation at The Sun newspaper for 15 years becoming one of Fleet Street’s longest serving and most respected picture editors.
Flynet Director Danny Hayward said: ‘We are thrilled John has joined us. “His appointment is a sign of our commitment to becoming the leading picture agency in the country. Increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who would fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service. John’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes him the perfect addition to Flynet and means we can build, develop and expand on our existing success.”
John Edwards began his career at the now defunct TODAY newspaper in 1988. His father Arthur is The Sun’s Royal Photographer and his brother Paul is a photographer on the same title. He was arrested at his home near Brentwood, Essex in February 2012 as part of Operation Elveden, the police investigation into payments for stories at The Sun. In January, jurors at Kingston Crown Court cleared Edwards unanimously of all charges at the end of a four-month trial.
John told PhotoArchiveNews.com: “I am very excited to be starting a new challenge with Flynet and looking forward to working with the team to further develop their extensive content. It’s no secret the past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family. I worked with some brilliant people at The Sun but the time is now right to take my career in a new direction. I know Flynet prides itself on top quality service with a forward-thinking attitude. I am also looking forward to be part of its new website which goes live next Easter and has features that have never been seen before from a picture agency of this size.”