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Local agency secures notable national clients in first year of business…

Submitted by on May 19, 2017 – 7:45 am |

Creative enterpreneurs  Ryan Phillips (left) and Jake Barrett (right)

Creative enterpreneurs Ryan Phillips (left) and Jake Barrett (right)

A local agency, based in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter, is celebrating the completion of a series of high profile national client projects as it celebrates its first anniversary.

Hipster, based at Zellig, was set up by creative entrepreneurs Ryan Phillips and Jake Barrett last May as a production agency that specialises in telling powerful brand stories through film. Since its launch, the agency has secured some impressive client briefs directly from the likes of fashion brand, Police; manufacturer Worcester Bosch; building trade merchants, Selco Warehouse; property agents, Knight Frank; and media company, Global Radio.

In addition, Hipster has secured partnerships with regional agencies including One Black Bear and WPR, which has seen them deliver film productions and photography for the NHS and National Express. As well as a series of social media adverts for Greene King Brewery brands Season Ticket and Hungry House; retailer Beaverbrooks, and the 16-25 Railcard scheme.

Speaking about the agency’s first year in business, co-founder Ryan Phillips, said:

“Having both worked in media production, Jake and I had a clear ambition for Hipster – creating a production company that didn’t simply create high quality films, but that told a brand’s story and achieved the results needed. We’ve been able to work with some really impressive national brands and demonstrated just how effective the right creative production can be, and our work has already been seen by over seven million people, which isn’t bad for year one.”

Since graduating with a BFA in Image Arts and Photography, Ryan has gone on to work with some of the biggest music artists in the world, including George Michael, One Directon, and Kasabian. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ryan oversaw marketing and brand in his previous role, which gave him the full scope for achieving effective brand communications. He met Brummie Jake Barrett two years ago and the duo shared a passion for creative media, with Jake having studied film and television before going on to work on brand films and adverts across major channels, including the likes of The Gadget Show on Channel 5 and “Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital” for Channel 4.

Since starting Hipster, the duo has seen phenomenal growth, having moved to bigger offices twice in the first year.

“We’ve had some great achievements over the past 12 months. We have the right team with us who feel just as passionate about Hipster as both Ryan and I, which means that every piece we create is extremely powerful. I like to think that Hipster isn’t just a company but a brand and one that people can trust. Moving forwards we plan to continue with our levels of creativity, thinking in a different way and taking a fresh, new approach to advertising,” Jake Barrett, Hipster co-founder added.

Hipster currently employs 10 regular crew and staff on a part-time basis, all hailing from the Midlands. The team also collaborates with one of the only Dolby 5.1 post-production sound facilities outside of London, which is helping them rival capital counterparts and continue securing high profile client wins, created right here in Birmingham.

“We’ve received fantastic feedback and a strong response from clients who can see the strong level of detail that we go into at every single step of a project in our first 12 months. We feel that 2017 and 2018 are looking really positive and we look to not only grow our client base even further but expand our Hipster team who can then support the growth of our business to new levels,” Jake concluded.


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