BBH pair leave to set up new shop

Steve Hooper and Martin Galton, two senior creatives at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, have quit the agency to open their own shop.

Steve Hooper and Martin Galton, two senior creatives at Bartle

Bogle Hegarty, have quit the agency to open their own shop.

The new company will be a cross between an advertising agency and a

production company and will shoot ads as well as creating them. Hooper,

a former creative director of BBH, and Galton are planning to hire a

producer but say they will not take on account people for their new


Galton said: ’There seems to be a trend in a lot of big agencies towards

clients wanting to have direct access to the creatives who actually do

the job. We want to catch that wave by starting an agency where they can

talk directly to us. As a creative, it has become very hard to have any

fun in a large agency. We think that by not having any account people we

can be sharp and lean but also have a bit of fun.’

The agency will design and create websites as well as ads. It already

has one client and is in talks with a further three.

Bruce Crouch, the executive creative director of BBH, said: ’I’m really

sorry that they’ve decided to go but they wanted to do their own thing.

We wish them all the very best.’

Hooper was appointed joint creative director of BBH alongside Dennis

Lewis in 1993. He joined the agency as a copywriter in 1985 and was

named as a Campaign Face to Watch in 1990.

Galton joined BBH as an art director in 1985 and was promoted to the

board in 1992. In 1993, he moved to Leagas Delaney to partner its

creative director, Tim Delaney, but returned to the agency in 1996.

Hooper and Galton have, between them, worked across most of BBH’s

best-known accounts. Galton’s credits include the highly acclaimed 1993

Levi’s film ’procession’ and the award-winning ’feel me’ and ’melt

together’ ads for Haagen-Dazs. Hooper’s include the ’odd couple’ ad for

Audi and the ’parting’ spot for Levi’s, in which a GI hands his worn

501s to his girlfriend as a parting gift.

Last month BBH reorganised its creative department, promoting Crouch to

executive creative director. The move was designed to allow John

Hegarty, the chairman and founder of BBH, to spend the majority of his

time at BBH’s fledgling New York office.


Become a member of Campaign

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to, plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events.

Become a member

What is Campaign AI?

Our new premium service offering bespoke monitoring reports for your company.

Find out more

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an alert now

Partner content