Hotspur and Argyle

Kieron Hawkes


Kieron Hawkes instinctive, visceral style combined with a deft touch for humour and performance has made him one of the hottest directors in television.

After graduating LFS in 2005 Kieron started working as an editor for film and TV. He quickly progressed through development roles to make a name for himself as an instinctive director of comedy and perfomance, working with a variety of comedians including Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon), Morgana Robinson, and Russell Brand.

Since 2011, Kieron has directed and edited a plethora of successful series including The Mimic for Channel 4 comedy which starred, among others, Terry Mynott, Neil Maskell (Utopia), Jo Hartley (This is England), Peter Wright and Ruth Sheen (Another Year). More recently Kieron directed two episodes of BBC One’s Ripper Street, which has also been a hit in America. Last year he set up a new high-profile comedy/drama series for Channel 4 called Not Safe For Work, that stars Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), and Sacha Dhawan (History Boys).

Kieron also wrote and directed feature film, Piggy, which starred Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders). The film was released in cinemas by Metrodome and became one of Sky Movies’ most popular On Demand titles in 2013.

Alongside his natural flair for comedy, Kieron has worked on promos and music videos, including the poignant film for new artist Raleigh Ritchie’s Stay Inside, for Sony Music.

Trevor Melvin

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Trevor Melvin’s illustrious career has seen him work across a range of genres for myriad major agencies and brands across the world. A consummate craftsman, his work has been compared in Time Out to that of David Lynch and Martin Scorsese. Cultural commentator Peter York likened him to Mike Leigh. Happily for us, despite regular forays into the longer form, he has remained true to his first love of advertising where he cut his teeth as a highly sought after agency creative and he joins H&A following stints at RSA, Paul Weiland’s and Blink. Among his most lauded commercials are classics for VW, British Meat and Kit Kat and his BTAA Gold winning anti drink drive ad ‘Dave’ was described by BMB’s Trevor Beattie as ‘one of the most moving and brilliantly argued commercials I have ever seen’. His Cannes winning Central Beheer commercial ‘Rio’ was named among the Shots ‘Most Inspirational TV Spots’ of 2014. To view Trevor’s latest reel click here on the image above.

Christian Holm-Glad

Christian Holm-Glad applies his trademark atmospheric storytelling style across a range of media and he has attracted plaudits in all of them. His short film Sushi&Nuclear just screened at the American Documentary Film Festival and he has been nominated and selected for the UK MVA’s (Rhapsody – Seven Vibes), Norwegian Short Film Festival (Chasing the world’s largest number) and many more. His recent commercial project Driving Safely Home for Christmas was featured as a contender on Shots magazine.

Christian has also directed numerous music videos for artists including Calvin Harris, Madcon, Kano, Serena Maneesh, Cloroform Launderettes and has had number one hits in the UK and in Norway. Often laced with his unique sense of humour, Christian’s music videos have over 100 million views on YouTube.

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Theo Delaney

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Chris Shepherd

Hotspur & Argyle  had been tracking Chris Shepherd for years when he finally became available in 2015 and the day of his signing will remain fond in the corporate memory. 

A major figure in British animation, Chris’s inspirational and eclectic work has featured across the BBC, Channel 4 and countless international TV stations as well as cinema and advertising. The sheer range of styles he has invented and continues to devise is prodigious.

His seminal and deliciously dark shorts ‘Dad’s Dead’, ‘Silence Is Golden’ and ‘The Ringer’ are acknowledged as pre-eminent examples of contemporary live action / animation hybrids and are but two titles in his ever-lengthening canon of ground breaking works.
Recent films include music videos for Reverend And The Makers, Holly Johnson and HecTA and a commercial collaboration with H&A’s Theo Delaney for Elvis Costello’s memoir ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink’. Among works in progress is the eagerly anticipated sequel to ‘Dad’s Dead’ .

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Richard Swarbrick

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Richard Swarbrick is a multi-media director based in London.

His creative and technical skills have been developed through a career encompassing film editing, photography and graphic design. He is also an accomplished After Effects operator.

As a director, Richard has developed a remarkable range of animation techniques many of which he combines to great effect with live action.

His football animations ‘Bale’ and ‘El Clasico’ have had huge viral impact internationally clocking up over a million views on YouTube alone and have featured on myriad newspaper and magazine sites as well as football, film and cultural blogs.

View Richard’s amazing reel by clicking on the image above


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The legendary multimedia collective Blind,  set up in 1995, is famed for its iconic music videos for the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Raveonettes and Gnarls Barkley including the seminal ‘Crazy’. Blinds assorted geniuses have also crafted beautiful campaigns for clients like Sony, Honda, Amnesty International, Volkswagen and Xbox 360. World class practitioners in 2D and 3D animation, AFX, Editorial, Live Action, Vfx stop motion, CGI and motion graphics, Blind’s best known UK commercial to date is the widely lauded Imagination for the Audi A7, a stylised journey through the mind of an automotive designer for BBH that was inducted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Blind’s countless awards include two Creative Arts Emmy’s from the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, numerous Promax BDA awards, Addy’s and Telly’s and a D&AD pencil for the title sequence for the short film Crank Calls.

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Emir Haveric


Emir Haveric was already one of the most sought after car photographers in the world before his unerring instinct for lighting, colour and composition led him to the moving image and he is now a favourite director of major car manufacturers thanks to stunning films for the likes of BMW and Volkswagen.

His world class photographic skills are equalled by his considerable prowess with CGI and he has pioneered the filming of cars at ultra high definition 8K resolution which means still frames from the footage can be used for high quality print and digital executions. Born in Bosnia, Emir moved to Germany as a teenager with an ambition to be a fashion photographer. But after landing a job as a trainee at a large car photography studio, he became hooked on the complexity of car shoots and has now shot in every continent on earth several times over, not to mention the North Pole.

His work has been recognised at numerous awards ceremonies including Cannes, The One Show and The Art Directors Club. He’s also a great guy. Dan Shute, Managing Partner of Creature London and a renowned judge of character, describes him as ‘one of my favourite people in the WORLD’.

Edward John Drake

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Rune Milton

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Rune Milton brings, technical assurance and a distinctly arid sense of humour to the Hotspur and Argyle roster. Rune started his career as an editor for Danish online agency Framfab, where he also produced and directed before moving to the award winning Stahl Hjaltelin as a creative director in 2006. Never before represented in the UK, Rune  has worked for big name brands including Nike, Microsoft and Nescafe.  His stunning, sometimes edgy aesthetics and flair for storytelling make for hugely compelling work whether it be a straight narrative or laced with subtle and intuitive wit.  Click on the image above to see some of Rune’s work.

GJ Echternkamp

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