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 →

Throwing money at a problem

Everyone has a story they tell when they dine out or meet new people. Mine is about the time I found myself in the lift with all of the members of U2 and was greeted by Elton John. But that's for another time. My brother-in-law Dermot has a story that he used to tell a... Continue Reading →

Is Pharmaland a one way ticket?

I recently had a phone conversation with a Creative guy who was uncertain about a move to a CD role in Pharmaland. He had some legitimate concerns. Would he be forever labelled as a 'pharma-creative' with all the mediocrity that that would imply. Could he ever get back in to consumerland after having the 'Pharma... 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 →

Sorry guys, but REMAIN bombed in research.

I know what you're thinking, of all the perspectives - both wildly positive and apocolyptic on BREXIT over the last couple of weeks, I haven't read one from a poncy flowery-shirted Creative Director. I wonder why that is? Maybe it's because we are sooooo over asking the public for their opinions and soooo not surprised... Continue Reading →

Eggs in the airing cupboard

In consumer adland we often get the chance to experience the products we peddle. If we're lucky enough to work on a car account we get to do a driving day for a new model, if the latest beer is being launched we can down a few pints and really get a feel for the...ahem...taste.... Continue Reading →

Embrace the obvious, obviously.

A few years ago I was drafted in to JWT Dussledorf (with my freelance writer hat on) to help them with a new campaign for Mazda they were devising. I would fly out early on a Monday and come back on a Friday night along with an assortment of similarly weary execs. It was an... Continue Reading →

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