Douglas and Hollis quit to launch company

By James Hamilton,, Friday, 06 August 2004 12:00AM

The directors Stuart Douglas and Jon Hollis are leaving the production company to form their own outfit with the freelance producer Richard Martin.

The new company, which has yet to be named, is expected to be based at the offices of Play, the post-production and visual effects facility that is run jointly by Hollis and the effects artist Tom Sparks.

Douglas has directed a number of commercials for blue-chip clients. These include "monsoon" for Waitrose, the Nike "metro" spot starring the Arsenal striker Freddie Ljungberg and the new "efforts" McDonald's ad, which features a series of pregnant women and forms part of the company's marketing campaign around this summer's Olympic Games.

Hollis is best known for his visual effects on ads such as "hold up" for Orange. He was a senior Flame operator at The Mill before going on to co-found the Smoke & Mirrors and Play facilities.

His reel includes the PlayStation 2 spot "chasing rabbits", which features a dreaming dog, the Magic FM ad "welcome to magicland" and "watering hole" for Schweppes .

Martin, who declined to comment on the launch, has worked extensively as a freelance producer in the UK.

He has worked with Douglas on a number of commercials at

Hollis and Douglas still have a number of contractual obligations to fulfil at before they can begin directing ads through their new company.

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