Friday, November 02, 2007

The Creative Merry-Go-Round


John West 'Bear', John Smith's 'Peter Kay'... best creative in the UK? The comment section is at the bottom, Juan Cabral fans

Paul Silburn is to join Saatchis as co-CD with Kate Stanners. My opinion? He can't lose. Saatchis is an agency with a great creative heritage that hasn't been doing that well recently (with the notable exception of the Carlsberg work, e.g. the Old Lions ad by Dave Henderson and Richard Denney). It's like Juande Ramos taking over at Spurs. The only way is up.


Tim Brooke-Taylor is his uncle

Danny Brooke-Taylor is the new CD at Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy. Did a nice Eon ad the other day. I've never met him, but he's said to be so charming that clients eat out of his hand even when plates are provided.


Interesting hair, but what about the work?

Dave Alberts is to be replaced as CD of Grey. Well, Grey has only done one good campaign in the last five years. And that was the AOL "The internet - good thing or bad thing?" work that Paul & Nigel did when they were freelancing there.


Damon Collins

Damon Collins is taking over as CD of RKCR/Y&R. This is a quality hire, no doubt about it. Damon was my group head at Saatchi's a few years ago so I can report first-hand that he's clever, very personable, full of good ideas, and has excellent creative judgement. The complete package, basically. He did an incredible job as CD on Boots at Mother. Their advertising has been just unbelievably good in the last two or three years. The only question is how does he stay looking so young?


The McTearminator

Tony McTear has joined Fallon as a new CD. Tony trained to be a priest and has the reputation of being - how can I put it - a tad hardcore. If that's true, then he has found his perfect home at the Beak Street shop. I've met him a couple of times and he seemed like a pretty regular guy to me. Not sure you'd want to go up against him on a brief though. The man did Levi's 'Twisted', and PlayStation 'Mountain'. You might as well go down the pub for 2 weeks.


Crikey, what a hunk. Fake tan, mind

Al Moseley is the new CD at Hurrell & Dawson, which I sincerely hope will now be renamed Hurrell, Dawson and Moseley. It doesn't say much for a start-up if they don't think they need a Creative. I met Al once, when Scowling A.D. and I went for a job interview at W&K Amsterdam, and he was super-impressive, despite his inexplicable decision not to hire us. Smart. Charismatic. And his creative pedigree is impeccable (anyone else remember the Drum cider ad? Christ that was good). Al will be a success at H&D, no question.


Al again. Who says I don't look after the lady readers?


Well, that's what I think of these cats.

What does anyone else think? Which is the best hire? Who would you have gone for if you were an Ad Agency MD with 200-400K to spend?

43 comments:

J said...

I'd go for the 200-400k.

Anonymous said...

pah! who are these people? and they're all english but one! deary me, how unfashionable.

C'mon! Its all about Juan Cabral isn't it?. He gets my vote. He's just so brilliant and original. He should be the CD of the whole of London adland. And he's not boringly english like these guys. Go Jaun!

Anonymous said...

Too right I love the old 1000 year old Count Drum Cider ad. It was great

Anonymous said...

My 2p worth: I agree with Scamp about Hurrell and Dawson. They got off on completely the wrong foot by not having a creative partner. It seemed arrogant and stupid. The best thing they could do now is put Al Mosely's name BEFORE theirs. I'm curious to know what exactly Danny Brooke-Taylor has done that warrants him getting such a position? I'm not aware of any great work bearing his name. But maybe being charming is more important than creative pedigree these days? Discuss. Isn't there something ironic and telling about Paul Silburn re-joining the Saatchi/Fallon group after he was fired by Pat Fallon? Robert Senior and Maurice Levy must be happy that he wasn't to blame for the problems in the US which seem to have continued and probably lead to the formation of the new group anyway. Dave Alberts? Cheerio sport. There's only room for one creative with hair like that and Trevor Beattie was here first

Rob Mortimer said...

On my trip to Grey a few years ago I recall I spent much of the time Dave Alberts was demonstrating Grey's ad output talking to the head of the film team for Honda Cog and Grr who had just joined them...

That said, I did like their last Twix ad before they lost the account "Two for me". It was funny and had a nice strategy to it.

Anonymous said...

dunno about all that lot.
kate stanners had better be looking out for a knife in the back and all.
danny's a nice geezer.
alberts will be getting a healthy whack just to leave.
and someone give al moselely a decent meal.
what about tony mctear going to fallon? don't see the tree huggers over there embracing his particular brand of the dark arts.
god i love advertising.

Anonymous said...

Aren't you going to comment Scamp?
You're one of Juan fans, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Anon at 2.55pm. Is that you Danny?

Anonymous said...

Between Cabral and Silburn, I think it's a dead heat. But Saatchis are getting a leader with a great pedigree and that counts for a lot. (Sorry Kate, joint leader.) As far as Brooke-Taylor goes I hear he's a nice bloke and did solid work for most of his career in Manchester before he got a transfer from TBWA Manchester to the London office - good luck to him. It's nice to see the people at MCBD trusting their instincts rather than the pages of D&AD.

J said...

Question.
There's not a single team on that list including Juan. Why have a partner if you end up alone anyway?

(Of course I'm bitching about it 'cause I don't have one)

Anonymous said...

Re: Al Mosley at Hurrell and Dawson – you're all ignoring the work that Shaun McIlraith has done in the last year or so. OK, so they still haven't won "the big one" but he's kept the agency going and won a fair few pitches along the way. He deserves some respect!

Anonymous said...

Anon at 4.35. I think it's Hurrell and Dawson who are actually ignoring Shaun McIlrath's contribution. No mention of his future/part in their pr is there? Feels like another example of their poor attitude to date towards creatives

Scamp said...

2.55pm anonymous: You are quite right, I left out Tony McTear. I'll add him in now.

Lunar BBDO said...

We like Paul. He's better than Juan. Read our colossal (but entirely justified) arselick:

http://lunarbbdo.blogspot.com/2007/08/living-legends-first-in-occasional.html

Anonymous said...

Interesting that 4 of the 5 guys here have TBWA London connections. That place has lost it's edge in the last 2 years. Wonder if it'll be the next place appointing a new creative head?

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Huntingdon on the list? If he can hold his own in the edit suite (latte, chocolate biscuits, sushi, tea, chocolate biscuits, snooze, tea, make decision, latte, everyone disagrees with your decision, chocolate biscuits, straightening lager, decision reversed, hometime) then it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the next stop is Creative Directorship.

Anonymous said...

200-400k? I'd pay Kate Moss to suck my cock for an hour then write the ads myself. They might then be shit but I'll feel as happy as Larry.

Anonymous said...

Scamp, are you looking for a job?

Scamp said...

I know, it's a bummer that I've had to be so nice about everyone. It's much more fun to slag people off.

But this lot just happen to be a pretty stellar bunch. Which is why in most cases I've resorted to making fun of their appearance...

Anonymous said...

Tell me what Brooke-Taylor has done that justifies the description 'stellar'?

Anonymous said...

beats his missus?

Anonymous said...

OK: Silburn=genius,
Brooke-Taylor=WTF? Has a man with a book anywhere near this shite reached such heights before? You'd have to go back to Jaspar Shelbourne running JWT to find a career path so riddled with undeserved good fortune. Even PS3 was shit on a stick. PS3! PS3! Gift of a brief turned to poo by his inexperienced unawarded hand. Good luck MCBD.
Damon=Brilliant
Tony=Spiky and selfish. A far better creative than CD. Look at the TBWA output during his reign. Dreadful.
Al=Can't argue with the last few years and the insane Drum dwarf.
Alberts=I think we can safely say the UK/Antipodean love-in has hit the skids. Malcolm, watch your back.

Anonymous said...

Leave Brooke-Taylor alone. He's one of The Goodies. Almost

Anonymous said...

so what's the story with TBWA these days? Steve Henry still in charge?

daily biz said...

Paul Silburn was a disaster at Fallon. A total disaster.

People tell me that he has the creative chops to back up his new position, but based on the "Mauling in Minneapolis" that was his tenure at Fallon, I am not convinced. He's no Kerry Feuerman, but his track record is the same. Worst hire of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

running the creative department of any publicly-held agency outpost has got to be a pain in the ass. it's all about making the numbers and pretending it's really about the creative product.

Sparky said...

Daily Biz. How has Fallon fared since? It's even worse seems to be the truth. You can't blame one person for the failings of a whole agency (unless that person's name is Pat Fallon) and remember there are two sides to every story. i have worked under Paul and I'd happily do it again

Scamp said...

10.53 anonymous, I assume you're talking about Dave Alberts and I think you're probably right. Maybe I was too hard on him. He didn't win any pencils at Grey, but who would?

Lunar BBDO said...

The team who won a TV pencil for their Brylcreem campaign through Grey in 1986 of course!

Anonymous said...

Anon at 6.12. Danny, that is you.

Anonymous said...

"running the creative department of any publicly-held agency outpost has got to be a pain in the ass. it's all about making the numbers and pretending it's really about the creative product"

You're aware, of course, that Fallon falls under this category. Seems that Flintham and company have done a nice job pretending it's about the creative product, maybe even better than most (all) privately-held non-outposts.

daily biz said...

Sparky: Yes, there are two sides to every story, but I have only seen one side (first hand), and that is what happened with him at Fallon.

You had a great experience working with him and I am sure he is a good guy (and best of luck to him, I don't hate him or wish him ill or anything), all the same, seeing how he clashed with and chased away (and didn't hire) some of the best creative talent in the States...and a famous shop known for great creative turned into a disaster under his watch, he must bear some of the blame. He was ECD.

No, Fallon haven't done well while he was there or since he left (and others were even worse hires), but much of what happened after he left, from what I hear, has been picking up the pieces.

At least, that's the word from one who was in Minneapolis.

I wish him well, but wouldn't place a bet on him actually doing well.

Sparky said...

So daily Biz you worked with him did you? What's your name? Your blog doesn't tell me. I'll ask him if he remembers you

Anonymous said...

fallon minneapolis was going down long before Paul silburn got there. it had been in freefall since david lubars left. and continues to be so.

daily biz said...

Sparky: I am not trying to slag off Paul Silburn (or anybody for that matter). The internet is great for people to do stealth character assassinations, and I find that sleazy as it's easy to talk big behind the veil of anonymity.

That said, without giving up my prized anonymity, I worked at Fallon and left shortly after he arrived. Based on my experience and the anecdotal experience of others, he was a disaster there. Whether it's his management style (my take) or he joined an institution in decline (seems to be yours) is up for debate.

But my opinion is that the other creatives on this list are more capable than Paul Silburn because they haven't left an agency in the state that he left Fallon. A fair comment that could have been made by anybody, in Minneapolis at the time or not.

My comment has nothing to do with who I am or how close I was with him (I wasn't close, I was a no-name junior who was leaving anyway and I wish him well in his new position. I just think that, based on history, there are others who are better equipped to take on an agency in the same position that Fallon was when he took it over).

If you want to email me (pretty easy to find on my blog - it's under the contact tab) we can get into a more detailed conversation.

Anonymous said...

Well clearly Maurice Levy, Kevin Roberts and Robert Senior don't have an issue with Paul. Ironic that he's been hired by the 3 people who now run Fallon in the UK and USA. That could be interesting

Anonymous said...

how about russel ramsey for JWT? good hire?

Scamp said...

I think yes, Russell good hiring.

Anonymous said...

leave us CDs alone or I'll get my karate out.

D

Behind the Times said...

What about Tony and Kim at Weidens? Good hiring?

Anonymous said...

yes

Anonymous said...

We’ve shown our book to both Al Mosley and Shaun Mcllraith in the last two years. Both are nice blokes and top talents. One is a great adman and the other can turn a brief completely on its head and produce something that isn’t even an ad. Together they should be formidable but surprise, surprise as you’ve noticed it seems Hurell and Dawson are really pushing the ad guy in their PR. They come from very traditional backgrounds. When they launched they claimed to be a NEW kind of agency, but one year on and its all beginning to feel very, very OLD. All eyes on the new Y&R breakaway to see if they can change the model.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Danny Boy, you have been pretending for so long you don't even know what you want any more. You're good, soooo good. But I know you. Not quite enough is it?