David Hartley, the director behind spots such as Maltesers and UK
Living, has left Stark Films after only six months to return to The
Brave Film Company.
Hartley, best known for his performance and people-based comedy, returns
to Brave along with his producer, Vanessa Hetherington, next week. The
team had been at Brave for more than five years before making the move
to Stark in June.
Hartley said: "I love the guys at Stark. But the long and short of it is
that it didn't matter where we went or what we did, the mistake was
leaving Brave in the first place. Vanessa and I are very much part of
the culture there, and we didn't realise how strong our ties were."
While at Stark, Hartley directed the "gremlins" campaign by St Luke's
for COI Communications and a BT Cellnet campaign by Abbott Mead Vickers
During his tenure at Brave, Hartley had created a name as a comedy and
dialogue director, with spots including Littlewoods, Mercedes-Benz and
UK Living. His Maltesers campaign won a BTAA silver and his Autoglass
campaign won a Creative Circle award.
Emily Bliss, the managing director of The Brave Film Company, said:
"We're thrilled to have him back. He's very brave to say he's happier
here and I'm proud he and Vanessa have decided to return."
In a separate move, Stark Films has signed the director Zak Ove to its
roster. Ove, from a fashion and music-industry stills background, was
previously represented by the now defunct BFCS.