Stark Films, one of Soho’s big-name production companies, has signed up
two star directors and launched a new pop promos division, Stark Naked.
Martha Greene, the managing director of Stark Films, has hired Baillie
Walsh and David Hiscock. Walsh joins from Limelight and Hiscock from
Walsh, noted for his work in pop promos and the award-winning 1994
Levi’s film, ‘taxi’, through Bartle Bogle Hegarty, is returning to
London after two years in New York where he has completed a feature-
length documentary, Mirror Mirror. Greene said: ‘Baillie has done some
promo work through Stark Naked. I’ve been trying to sign him for
commercials work for four years.’
Hiscock, a past student and current lecturer at the RCA, made his name
using his trademark hybrid of photography and painting. His radical
style led to commissions from Leagas Delaney for Adidas, including spots
for the 1995 winter sports campaign where each commercial was treated to
give a unique film effect.
Greene said that she will produce for both directors at the outset, with
line producers appointed ‘if necessary’.
Hiscock and Baillie will be joining Stark’s roster of big-name
directors, which include Jeff Stark, Greene’s partner in Stark Films for
the past five years. Greene commented: ‘We’d prefer not to be known for
just one or two star directors, but there aren’t that many good
directors around - so we had to act as soon as Baillie and David became