Wednesday, May 03, 2006

COLLINS: WHY IT'S NO SURPRISE MICK AND IAN LEFT JWT SYDNEY


We are still awaiting a comment from JWT worldwide CD, Craig Davis on the reasons for the sudden departure of Mick Hunter from the CD gig at JWT Sydney last month, together with his art director partner Ian Morton. Hunter and Morton are choosing not to comment either, but here's a quote from former JWT Sydney CD, Simon Collins (right), now based in the U.S., that is sure to cause a stir....
"Despite their unquestionable talent, and despite my talking up the
appointment for their benefit when it was made, Mick and Ian's resignation
came as no real surprise to me. Craig Davis's quixotic brief for the
creative director role - as it was relayed to me, at any rate - seemed
always likely to create instant friction between the appointee and the
account teams, not to mention their long-suffering clients. Conversely,
talented creative people who are unwilling to (or who have been briefed not
to) compromise their brilliant ideas to accomodate the less glamorous
marketing objectives of their clients are always going to find their style
cramped in the kind of environment that JWT Australia will always be as long
as it depends for a large proportion of its revenue on multinationals like
Kellogg, Nestle and Ford. Clients like that have been successful
practitioners of advertising for longer than most agencies, and far too long
to be distracted from the profit motive by the tangential indulgence of
individual agency creatives intent on prize-winning. What JWT really needs
in Australia - and possibly eberywhere else, too - is pragmatists whom
everyone - suits, clients and creatives alike - can respect in equal
measure. People who are able to identify and exploit real creative
opportunities as and when they occur (which is usually not every day or even
every week) but without otherwise rocking what is, when all is said and
done, a huge and very successful commercial boat. In Sydney they could do a
lot worse than looking at somebody like Jack Vaughn. Unfortunately, while
the international award community remains fixated on a non-existent
corrolary between youth and talent, and while JWT's key international
decision-makers continue to worship at that false altar, I can't see them
doing anything so sensible."

103 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the man speaks the truth. we may not like it, but that's the reality of life at a JWT in Australia.

nice of him to try and get his mate Jack a gig too.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

simon collins may speak the truth, but i wonder what JWt has done for his career? anyone offering odd on him not getting another CD gig?

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big fish speaketh the truth (and so does 10.09)

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A St.George bank perhaps. They’re happy just being 'good' and not great...

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the money Collins made from JWT and his 7 million dollar house I'm not sure Simon is that worried about getting another CD gig.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Write good ads -> win awards -> get recognised -> get more money -> get job opportunities -> win more awards etc. etc.

Welcome to the Creative Department. This is how the industry is structured for Creatives. This is how we stay employable. It's how we pay the bills. Yes, it goes against the principles of selling products and flies in the face of agency profitability. We are all aware of the contradiction you friggin geniuses. But it will build you a future, buy you a house and put your kids through school.

Change the way Creatives are judged, promoted and rewarded and we’ll change our approach.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like Garry with tie and glasses.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do the truthful blog comments get deleted?
isn't it a forum for opinions?

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon likes PORK ;-)

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Horner looks like Beaker then Collins looks like Miss Piggy - its the eyes

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hardly a ground-breaking insight from Simon Collins.

Everybody with half a brain knew that Mick and Ian would not last at JWT as CDs.
In the same way that they failed at Whybins as CDs.
They are a great creative team, not CDs. Nothing close.
I worked at Whybins while they were there and they can’t steer or improve others ideas.
They just do their own stuff and then go and get pissed.
Any CEO or worldwide CD that hired them should wear the consequenses of their own dumb actions...

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most of the comments on this one. Whilst yeah we should be solving problems, surely we must also stand up for a good idea, not let fuckwits fuck it up becuase the don't get advertising.

I am all for creative opportunities, there's normally one in every brief.

I think Mick and Ian would do a great job anywhere and we need people who wil stick their necks out and fight, I say an end to all this wallpaper style advertising that no one takes in.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Collo can't got over his very public shafting at the hands of Craig Davis.
Oh sorry, I forgot. Collo RESIGNED didn't he?
Knob.
And not being able to recognize, steer or improve other peoples ideas over your own doesn't preclude you from being CD at Wallies. Collo is the worlds greatest at that one.
That said, I feel kinda sorry for anyone who has to carry the torch on JWT's big US conservative reseach lovin' poo poo clients like Kellogg's, Kraft etc.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:47, easy to say but what's your agenda? making work that hopefully makes you famous?

it's hard to argue with a big, successful client. it's a business and they have shareholders to answer to not CB's creative table. why should the clients change?

interestingly enough clients in trouble are the ones that seem to be seeking out more creative agencies, at least here in the usa . eg. vw and burger king going to crispin, coke to wieden etc. and in the UK BA to BBH.

hopefully that trend catches on south of the equator but don't hold your breath... there's a reason none of the world's great brands come from australia.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah didn't he write the classic....SULTANAS ON THE GRAPE VINE'...

and why pray tell should anyone care what on earth the person that wrote THAT THING...has to say.

don't make comments about mick and ian mr collinoscopy you are not in their league or class...never have been never will be.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone wondered why collins ryhmes with complete and utter hopeless ignoramus prententious stuck up horror of a human being.

it doesn't?

well there you go.....

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY DO TRUTHFUL OPINIONS GET DELETED????

Surely a blog comment that truthfully identifies 'Simon Collins' as an old-school hack, master at claiming others' work as his; with no talent who likes the sound of his own voice, should allow to be aired.

I mean the guy has obviously bragged to a few people about his wealth and $7 million house. It shows he is a tool. Twit.

He has been booted out of the industry so his 'Jack Vaughn Press Release' does nothing but reflect on Collins as being that little kid who missed the school bus; running after it down the street with tears streaming down his cheeks...

Surely, as an earlier comment (since deleted from the blog) stated - Collins should keep his old-school theories to himself, take a dump and clear his head. Then take up a new career distant from the wonderful world of advertising.

He'd make a great theatre usher!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Simon is a smart and sophisticated individual. He's intelligent, witty, and above all, he's a gentleman.
I would love to work with him again, and hope I do very soon. JWT was a delight when he was there. Shame on you for criticizing a man that more men should be like.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously he hasn't ripped off your work

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.42pm - Go and flush your head down a nearby toilet. What a load of dribble.

'JWT was a delight when he was there'.....are you bi-polar you freak?

You and Simon must be close.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the one that pushed him.

Kellogs Client.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus....anyone who thinks JWT was or is a delight needs to find a new career. to the person that made that comment, why don't you and Simon start your own agency? A suitable name would be "DANGLEBERRIES"

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynchy, what the fuck is going on?

Sensible comments have been deleted from this blog while the idiotic personal attacks on Simon Collins are given oxygen.

If I want my opinions to be subjected to the selection process of a Letters Editor I'll write to the fucking Sydney Morning Herald.

Big Fish

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - where did 'gentleman' come from? Leaving personal issues aside, I had the opportunity to witness some first-rate bullying by this guy, and a role model for males in this or any other industry he is not.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon's impotent creative leadership turned a large, successful and award-winning agency (yes, JWT under Clulow's reign), into the dump that it is today. Worst of all, the Simon (aka the opportunist) has the audacity to get on the blog and shitcan/lecture Craig on the type of person they need for the tepid and problematic environment that Simon created. Simon, JWT didn't have a problem until you joined. And you should be whipped for your opinion. Enjoy the creative directors grave you fat flatulent git.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He needs to stop eating so much bacon....not good for his arteries.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the rest....

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti...

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look he wrote' sultanas on the grapevine'.

he has lost all right to have an opinion after that one methinks.

i rest my case m'lud.

[black hat goes on]

mr collins you are guilty of a terrible crime.....

i mean we all right terrible ads but that is just the worst ever in the universe.

you are sentenced to ignominy.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone told me he packed expired spam and chub in his lunchbox incase he had to come up with a good idea in an emergency.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 30 seconds til that comments GAWN 3:43pm.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's still there 3.46!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tick tock!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hired him .

he had a good reference.

THE DEVIL

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how very odd that we have all been slagged off on this blog ...yet when misters horner and collins are involved the blog becomes very unblog like.

a blog should be free .

there should be no favouritism.

otherwise it is not a blog it is a farce.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3.56 i hope u are being sarcastic.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see Collins on that documentary "Poms"? If ever there was evidence needed that he's a twat and a wanker, that footage does the job nicely.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can we see that documentary? Sounds like more material can be gained from watching it...

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE COMMENTS DELETED...WHY?

WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING A BLOG IF THAT'S HOW IT'S GONNA WORK?

I enjoy reading some of the controversial comments because they are true.

If Simon Collins wasn't such a tosser, he wouldn't get slagged. He is a tosser (a fat one at that), so slagging goes with the territory.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon's a big boy. In fact, he's so fat that one day he shat out a mansion which he sold for $7mill. He can take it. Stop censoring Lynchy or we'll turn on you.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's tragic what happened over there at JWTDDB.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becareful 4.24. Simon may be over there to acquire female genetalia so he can reproduce on his own.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MR COLLINS IS WELCOME AT MY PLACE ANYTIME .

HE HAS A GOOD CV.

PERFECT FOR WORKING HERE.

THE DEVIL.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop deleting the funny stuff....why does collins get treated different then anyone else that gets slagged off.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've also personally witnessed the obnoxious, bullying, contradicting arrogant knob in action so why delete the words ARROGANT KNOB.

If you're going to put his face and words on here expect some vitriol.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Mr B said...

Play the ball not the man people.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STOP DELETING COMMENTS PLEASE

Simon has got to the US to get his ANUS TEAR repaired.

Shit, what's wrong with saying that anyway? He shat out a $7 million house so imagine if you had to squeeze a house through your anus....it would tear for sure!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something just occured to me.

Am not defending Simon in the slightest, don't know him from Adam, but......everyone has seem to forgotten that unlike JWT of 5, 10 years ago they are now effectively under Singleton management - they actually own 49% of them, JWT management is now looking for the next CD, not Craig, they ain't gonna end up with egg on their face again.

JWT Australia like the other STW companies is all about the dollar, the work comes second or maybe fourth, oh I forget.

JWT London, Craig and his global mantra have supposedly put work, creative work on a pedestal.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so Simon created a few stinkers. Who hasn't?

All you holier-than-thou saints should another look at the stuff you wouldn't dare put on your reel or in your book. We've all got some.

It can't all be Gold, you silly twats.

Simon is one of the best writers ever to work in the Australian ad industry, even if he kept his best and funniest for his critques and columns.

Though it's fair to say he was a grumpy cunt.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4.55pm - Best writers?
OH MY GOD - I would put him in a category on a level playing field with the green & brown oysters of snot in my hankerchief.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sultanas on the grapevine is awful....not many people have got one of those little monkeys in their book....

c'mon its a typical example of pompous collin's bravado over all the rubbish work that littered his excuse of a career.


he was not a nice man.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if craig davis allows himself to be run over by singos the writing is on the wall for him and all of us.

who would take the jwt job...yoikes!!!!!11

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is not a nice man, he is not a good creative.
he is a mean bastard who likes the sound of his own voice.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw a great comment on Josh Robbins' blog topic:

I've copied it in here (below) as I think it is just so much more applicable to Collins:

"Who cares about Josh. He's like a bad smelling fart that soon dissipates. If only he had the impact and made as much sense."

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ditto ditto ditto

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon's dad had cancer of the balls when Simon was conceived.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They say that the US is the land of opportunity.

Maybe Simon has taken that literally and as we speak is trying to market his 'bottled farts' to homeless people to keep would-be thiefs away on the streets of New York...

Great idea Simon. Excuse the pun, but like the rest of your ideas, this one really stinks.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Simon is telling the truth. but who gives a shit? Not me. And if you're dumb enough to go work at JWT then you deserve to work with worthless hack CDs and evil clients that sell sugar puffs as health food for kids.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LIKE JWT.

AND DDB.

THEY ARE WONDERFUL PLACES TO FIND EVIL PEOPLE.



THE DEVIL.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

been there done that.
my farts worked wonders in the streets on NY.
AGAIN, Simon's gone and ripped off an idea.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SIMON'S REMARKABLE. HE VOMITTED OUT AN AD ONCE AS HIS HEAD WAS ROTATING AND THEN SOLD IT TO KELLOGS. I KNOW 'CAUSE I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPE VINE.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jack vaughn is lovely...how would a horrible miscreant like collins know him...how typical of him to bring someone wonderful into his argument.

to quote collin's pretentious-speak....'the international award community remains fixated on a non-existent
corrolary between youth and talent'....well simon you are old and untalented so what is an empoyer to do...whereas jack vaughn is nice talented and while he may be an elder staesman at least he is a wonderful human being unlike you.

remember what happens to all those rich men simon...they find it difficult to get in when those white bouncers with wings realise what they were like.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK I WILL LIKE SIMON COLLINS.

VERY MUCH.



THE DEVIL.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to divert the conversation. why haven't the D&AD finalists been published? I want to gloat but the list isn't up so I can direct non believers to it.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the story with deleting some posts?

I've noticed it quite a bit. C'mon! Some of them haven't even been that bad - a little close to the truth perhaps, but only what's on everyone's minds.

If this truly is a creative forum, it should remain pure. We all voted for this blog on that "best ad blog in the south-east quadrant of the world (excluding Christmas Island)" poll thingo - not because we were told to, but because it was a pisser to read.

It's getting boring and it sucks that mum and dad are controlling what goes on it.

FREEEEEDOOOM!!!

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes. I want to slag off ryan and collins too. I hate them both.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK MR 5.31PM WILL ENJOY MY PLACE.

THE DEVIL

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is ryan?????

glen ryan...mr personality...is he nasty?????

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all you 'creative' wankers should shut the fuck up.
Siimon Collins has written some wonderful adverts - his AIDS Grim Reaper ad is a classic.
You know nothing - go and punch a wall to release your frustration about your pathetic four digit CB Creative ranking...

Sydney Suit.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah....well about time. Glen Ryan and Simon Collins are remarkably similar. They are both hacks, who are evil.
Take them to your pad devil..Sooner rather than later please

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um Sydney Suit, are you testing to see if we're alert?

Grim Reaper was Simon Reynolds.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think sydney suit is playing a game....

its quite funny.

otherwise he is just dumbass.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE GUY THAT WANTS TO BOAST ABOUT HIS D&AD FINALISTS.

HE WILL BE VERY WELCOME AT MY HOUSE.



THE DEVIL.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So maybe Simon Collins wasn't the best bloke in the world to work with. It seems evident from this blog that he left a lot of disgruntled people in his wake. I never worked with him, but I knew him and I knew his work and I truly believe he is a better wordsmith than 95 per cent of the cretins calling themselves writers in the industry today. How many of you would be capable of obtaining a degree in English literature? Or crafting a 1000-word magazine column every week? Or having an advertising career spanning more than two decades? Keep 'righting' those snappy headlines and wacky TVCs, morons.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy is so full of rubbish. He sends his hack cronies in that can't do the job and then lays it on the younger crowd, who in my opinion, would be able to do a far better job.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:34 - SPOT ON. Collins is a hack trying to get his mate some publicity at the same time dumping on the younger CD's, who as you said, would do a far better job. It simply comes down to not making false-promises to anyone interested in the role. If they are upfront about the pros and cons and someone knows gets a clear picture of what they're in for, then they'll GET IT. Collins, go and take a dump, it might clear your head so you'll think twice before opening your old-school gob again. Good luck with your 'new' career whatever that may be.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. I thought good ad men, creative or otherwise held the belief that great creative sells and builds brands. It has nothing to do with being young or old, just being passionate about the business.I guess it's easy to wallow in the middle ground of mediocrity and not stick your head out.And when you read the vitriolic bollocks that this blog site sprouts when anyone does anything different you can almost understand why.Big fish and others, if you're don't want to at least try and do great ground-breaking work for your clients go work in a fucking bank.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take note all award-obsessed individuals. Yes, sadly that's most of you.Furthermore Collins' observations aren't exclusively applicable to JWT. Whether you like it or not, most clients are way more concerned with what their boss and his/her boss will think than approving your most imaginative and bold ideas and taking the risk of either spectacular success or spectacular failure. And that's not just JWT clients. It's 90% of them, big or small. But hey, it's only natural for less experienced creatives to have one if not both eyes fixed firmly on personal glory before the interests of the client. I did. We all did. But how many times do you need to read your name in the index of an award annual before you apply that skill to solving real problems in an interesting way?You might find you have a different set of priorities after you've been in this crazy business for, say, 20 years or more, have won your awards and can now see the absurdity and futility of such misplaced priorities. Meanwhile, continue doing your obscure little stunts and scams designed to impress a bunch of illiterate art directors on a jury - work which leaves the consumer scratching his or her head and asking either (a) what the fuck was that all about, or (b) did you see that funny ad - I don't know what it was for, or (c) did you see that funny ad for (names wrong brand.) Ok, all you minnows, time for your feeding frenzy, rip me to pieces. Love, Big Fish

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Simon. He taught me a lot about crafting dialogue in commercials, about getting the best out of directors, and most importantly, the pragmatism of working in advertising. He knew that a lot of stuff he did was crap, but by doing that he freed up the time to spot the opportunities.

Unless you're fortunate enough to work at the Glue Society or you spend your days doing scams, the sad reality is that most clients don't want the work that is going to propel you up the CB Rankings.

However, at a place like JWT, the trick is to find a balance between what they'll buy and what you're prepared to own up to. In my time there working under Simon, I won at AWARD, Clio, New York, One Show and even got into The Work. (Thanks Lynchy).

Simon didn't write Sultana Bran, he did approve it though (much to the amazement of us all, it may have been a late one at The Civic I suggest), but if you look at what the man achieved, he has had a very successful career in advertising.

And anyone who has had a self-drawn comic strip about Tom Moult published in Viz gets my vote anytime.

9:47 PM  
Blogger lynchy said...

Yeah, Simon penned some great ads in Australia, the likes of Rabbit Photos 'Shark' and Volvo 'Survive the Crash' at Saatchi's, plus Miller Light 'American Flag', AMLC 'Iron' and The Bulletin 'In Bed With My Doona' at The Palace. He also did the only great spot ever done for NAB ('Swimmer' via George Patts) in his freelance days.

He's as good a copywriter as Vaughan, Bevins and Hunt - and definitely the funniest, most entertaining guy in advertising on a good day. I for one will miss Grumpy.

By the way, as I am away from the computer for most of this week I asked Justy, our PA, to delete personal comments in the articles on Garry Horner, Josh Robbins and Simon Collins that might be considered libelous. A few comments I noticed that should not have been deleted (including one from 'Big Fish') I have re-posted. But I am now finished at the internet cafe, out of time. As one blogger said, play the ball, not the man.....

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing he's penned of late was his resignation. I'll remember that long after any of his ads.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Collins is the same as every other creative. he started doing to show off to his mates and win awards and then he discovered money and he did for the cash there after. he worked advertising - probably the least creative job in the world. He thought it novel and then he realised it's all formula and not particularly inspiring. there aren't miles of difference between an adidas ad from 180 or JWT's kelloggs ads. At the end of the day people will probably remember the 'I heard on the grapvine" ad longer than anything saatchis or mojo produce this year. fact.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9.15, well said.

And 'THE DEVIL', give it a rest. You're as funny as a dead puppy.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8.32am - pull your head in champ. you're obviously on the pension now. go and flush your head down a toilet.....

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glen Ryan is a gold medal arsehole. I wouldn't piss on him if he was fire.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the next edition of the work, I reckon we should have comments from the blog.

9:51 AM  
Blogger laypoutpad said...

Damn, I hope Lynchy never does a story about me. To those giving Lynchy shit about deleting posts and that this is the internet and freedom and so forth, TS. It's his blog and he can moderate it as much as he likes. I won't deny I found the posts funny and I don't even know Mr. Collins, but having a go at Lynchy is uncalled for.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'heard it on the grapevine' is a signal to everyone that collin's career was on the slide if not gasping on the deck like a wet herring.

and if you're going to approve 'heard it on the grapevine' u certainly have no right to critique people or their work mr collins.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo 9:47, how's briz vegas?

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey "laypout pad" (illiterate art director)

what's the use in having a forum if the community can't comment?

like lynchy, you can take your bat and ball and fuck off.

only joking lynchmeister, stop deleting stuff....pleeeeeease!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9.47pm, who wrote:

'He knew that a lot of stuff he did was crap, but by doing that he freed up the time to spot the opportunities.'

You deserve to be shot. Brilliant people turn crap briefs into opportunies. Everything is an opportunity until you ignore it or fuck it up.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Collins has won a whole bunch of awards including the fabled D&AD and Cannes, has made a shit load of cash, and had a bunch of fun.

So tell me, where did he go wrong?

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the answer is:

He's an arrogant knob.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with advertising today is that the creative leadership at a lot of the big agencies have not recognised these changes going on around them - that's not the holding companies fault, the clients, the suits, or indeed young talents - it's the CD who's failed!

It's about time alot of these people were shown the door, and the comments like those Simon and others have made show just why that door should be slammed shut behind them.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If all you guys want FREEDOM! perhaps you could sign your real name to your comments. That way you can get sued!

By the way, the 'Heard it through the Grapevine' was first done for California raisins in the late 70's. perhaps the Sultana Brand spot was homage.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or a rip off.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or an act of sheer desperation.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, what was wrong with the previous campaign, 'Don't tell the client it's crap and they'll buy it by the boxfull'?

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where's Collins working in the US anyway

Guthy Renker?

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100th comment!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's not working yet in the US. he's recovering from emergency surgery having his anus tear repaired...

in general, all I can say to Simon for the content in this blog is : Karma you fuckwit.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why won't the devil sign his address?
c/- WPP


!!!!!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Simon,

Leaving the country??
Best thing we've heard on the grapevine since sultanas.

10:13 PM  

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