Mike Lipscombe, the pop promo director, is joining the Artists Company
to concentrate on making commercials - a move which has prompted the
demise of Stark Two, Stark Films’ music video division.
Lipscombe set up Stark Two in conjunction with Stark Films in March and
worked on his first commercial - the ‘changes’ ad for Abbey National
through Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper - in July.
His departure has prompted Stark to set up a video arm, called Stark
Naked. It brings together Lipscombe’s former producer, Nick Verden,
Cassandra Maxwell, a producer from Limelight’s pop promo division,
Sublime, and a roster of eight directors.
The 32-year-old Lipscombe made his name in music videos, gaining acclaim
for his work with Babylon Zoo, the band who created the backing track
for Levi’s ‘spaceman’ ad, as well as with the musicians, Tori Amos and
Debbie Turner, executive producer at the Artists Company, said: ‘We are
delighted Mike has joined us. He brings his own distinctive style, which
is technically and creatively brilliant, and we look forward to making
the most of his talents.’
At the Artists Company, Lipscombe joins Michael Haussman, whose first
feature film is in post-production, and Steve Ramser, who shot the
latest Levis ‘riveted’ commercial for Bartle Bogle Hegarty.
The Artists Company was set up to service the European market by Michael
Haussman, the director of Levis’ ‘procession’ spot, and George Klein, in