Judgement day

For those of you who've sat on the PM society jury in the past you'll recall a big drafty room at the BMA in Russell Square and two days out of the office, walking round a room peering at rounds and rounds of cardboard. This year, like many awards shows, most of the judging took... Continue Reading →

Be careful what you wish for

You remember those first couple of years when Health and Wellness and Pharma were finally at Cannes? Anyone who was anyone flew in and there was an air of optimism for the future. And yet, how some of us lamented the fact that we seemed divorced from the main show, how we felt like second... Continue Reading →

I've been honoured and lucky enough to have been asked to sit on three awards juries this year. Cannes Pharma, LIAs Health and I'll be attending Clio Health in November. I was asked to be on the Globals but although honoured of course, I had to raincheck that one. I do have a day job.... Continue Reading →

Pharma’s invisibility cloak.

In the Harry Potter books, why we 'muggles' don’t see all the weird magical stuff happening around us is explained in one simple line. ‘Muggles see what they want to see.’ A similar myopia seems to pervade consumer advertising and Healthcare advertising. Maybe I'm being sensitive. Apparently, there were actually two whole categories at Cannes... Continue Reading →

The LIA awards get Healthy.

Back in May I received one of those emails you cannot ignore. "Dear Olly, we would like you to be a judge in the inaugural Health and Wellness category at the LIA (London International) awards in Las Vegas in October." Hotels and flights paid for. Hmm, let me think for a moment. To be honest,... Continue Reading →

Turning judgemental.

It's been an interesting year for judging awards shows, from my perspective. Two down, one to go. Last November I joined a small band of creatives and clients in judging the PM Society awards. As you may know, these awards guarantee a winner in all categories. Some people find that against the principle of an... Continue Reading →

Releasing the Lions.

So the week is over, and Lions Health is a distant Rose-tinted memory. It's been a weird period with the new CEO of Publicis, Arthur Sadoun, risking pissing off his entire creative workforce by pulling out from entering Cannes 2018 or indeed any awards, in order to spend money on an internal collaboration tool called... Continue Reading →

Award show jury members are thickos.

So it's been Pharma-awards season recently and we have a few on the horizon. Did your agency enter work this year but not garner the adulation you expected? We've all been there. If so, there's a reason for it and it isn't necessarily because your work wasn't good enough. It's because jurors are well....a bit... Continue Reading →

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