Stark Films takes on Harrington and Green

Stark Films has boosted its roster by hiring the directors Jason Harrington and Simon Green.

The move is designed to increase Stark's offering across a wide range of styles and disciplines, and sees Green reunited with Stark's founder, Jeff Stark, who had hired him at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1981.

Since then Green worked at agencies including WCRS and Still Price Lintas before joining Partners BDDH with his partner of 18 years, John Dean. In January 2000, after directing spots for Mercedes-Benz and Christian Aid, the joint creative director left to take up a full-time directing career at Harry Nash.

There he directed spots including BBC Radio Five Live and Nokia, and at Stark he has just shot the new Halifax ad.

Stark has also taken on Harrington, who started at Tony Kaye Films in Los Angeles in 1995 before moving to Academy. He had been on Propaganda's roster before the company folded recently. Harrington carved a name for himself with his "unexpected II

spot for Dunlop, and has directed other ads for BMW, Guinness and Saab.

Both Green and Harrington will be produced by Barry Hughes, who also joins after Huge, the company he founded with Harrington 18 months ago, merged into Stark. Hughes had also worked alongside Green at Harry Nash.

Jeff Stark said: "Twenty years ago when I was a group head at Saatchis, I gave Simon his first job in advertising, so I've always had a high regard for his talents. Jason was trained by Tony Kaye and it shows in every shot. He's clearly brilliant - he just needs better scripts."