Graham Hinton and Tony Douglas are ready to revive one of the ad
industry’s most famous double acts after the settlement of Hinton’s
legal dispute with his former agency Bates UK.
But the pair have rejected the idea of a start-up and are not expected
to put their names on the door of any new venture they front.
The prospect of them teaming up again since their joint chairmanship of
DMB&B - now D’Arcy - ended in 1995 followed confirmation by Bates that
it had reached a financial agreement with its former chairman.
Hinton, the immediate past president of the IPA, signalled the ending of
the litigation by announcing that he is to become a non-executive
chairman of Steam, a below-the-line specialist breakaway from Momentum,
the Abbott Mead Vickers subsidiary. The fledgling operation handles
below-the-line activity for Foster’s lager.
Ed Downey, the managing director of the Havas-backed operation, said:
’Graham will bring us experience and credibility and having him on board
makes a firm statement about our intentions.’
But Hinton is to combine this by working again with Douglas, who was
made redundant as FCB’s European chairman on the eve of last September’s
global marriage of FCB and Bozell and after less than a year in the
Hinton and Douglas made their names during almost ten years as joint
chairmen of DMB&B. The partnership ended when a management upheaval led
to Douglas’s departure in February 1995. Hinton resigned six months
They have now told friends that they are disillusioned with agency life
and, despite offers of financial backing, have ruled out a start-up.