Wednesday, May 03, 2006

DDB AUCKLAND STOCKS UP CREATIVE DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING DEPARTURES


Following the recent departures of Hywel James, Mandy Kennedy and Wendy Lawn, and the recent promotion of Bridget Short and Regan Grafton to deputy CDs, DDB Auckland has stocked up their creative department. Middleweight team Mick Stalker and Sarah Longworth (left) have been recruited from Family in Scotland, and junior art director Mike Felix has been taken on full-time.
Says DDB Auckland ECD, Paul Catmur: "Mick and Sarah have already demonstrated their passion for the business and their drive to do great work in Scotland. I really think they will thrive with the opportunities here, though they may find it a bit warm at first. Mike Felix has learnt, listened, and worked on some great projects, in particular for Durex, SKY and the Coastguard during his time here. He has really earned a full-time job. I wouldn't be a proper CD if I didn't say: 'they are all great additions to the team and can't wait to get cracking on some exciting briefs'."

38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Scottish team's work.

All I can say is that it's a pity that Catmur had to look to overseas to find such mid-weight talent.

It may not be DDB's year.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and his head STILL looks too big for his body in that shot.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a weird photo. Do you think it's surreptiously been retouched that way?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leave Catmur alone. He's a good bloke. Much better off slagging Simon Collins or Horner...

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, his head's spooky.

Or maybe it's a talking Catmur doll?

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good on you catters.

you are one of the nicest ad people in nz.

and you have to contend with the massive egos of the other lot...which is a big enough job in itself.

i am a big supporter and you don't take it too seriously..and if you are starting to..don't mate..it's all bollocks.

from your friend who went cigar box buying with you in auckland once.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about twatty burton being the radio judge at cannes how embarrassing is that for all us nz ers.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's going on with this guys head? Or is that just a symptom of working in advertising?

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like he's just punched me.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks like he would be easy to punch, considering his melon is the size of an asteroid.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough lame 'big head' jokes. He's obviously leaning forward slightly. When you start making ads, you kids will learn that things look bigger when they're closer to the camera. It's a little thing we call perspective. Maybe you should get some.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a great guy, leave his photo alone. Why don't you all post pictures of yourselves and we can laugh louder?

Good luck Catmur!

7:23 PM  
Blogger lynchy said...

Just posted the pic of the new team from Scotland, that was emailed today. Catmur's was a filler.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Lionel Hutz said...

http://www.epica-awards.com/epica/2004/winners/cat04.htm

here's some of their um...award winning work

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent point 7:23PM. I will make a stand with you and step out from the shadows.

http://photos.lacoccinelle.net/71/50/177150.jpg

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who gives a shit what happens in auckland.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, she's pretty easy on the eye, but HIM?

Bring back the photo of Catflap.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like the dude who shoots himself in 'full metal jacket.'

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Misha McDonald's good looking brother. And yep, I'd do her.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back the head!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And he looks a bit like Garry Horner and Simon Collins' love child. Poor bloke.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this quote from the article.

Middleweight team Mick Stalker and Sarah Longworth (left) have been recruited from Family in Scotland

Left? Lynchy, did you really think we'd mistake which one was which?

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shark hat he's running.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Running?? Don't you mean wearing?

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen two people get so excited over a couple of packs of Rashuns. It looks like Sharon's already cutting back on working lunch expenses.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't that guy in 'Ghostbusters' ?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he her love child?

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Red said...

Oi! All you Anonymous twats!! What the fuck do you know anyway?

They're both damn fit and they're both talented buggers, otherwise they wouldn't have got the job.

How about you wait and see what they're capable of before you slate them hmmm?

Feel free to leave lots of bitchy replies to this comment, (you clearly have enough time on your hands).
I won't be reading them anyway.

Spin.

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus, I knew advertising could get bitchy, but really, this is *very* low, guys. As if it isn't bad enough that you've got competition on the creative front, you go and make a mockery of yourselves by rolling out all the obvious gags & putdowns. Maybe it's just because of that lack of creativity that DDB had to go thousands of miles to find a pair of creatives to breathe some life/stir up something resembling passion (wherever it may be directed) into you people.

Get back to work instead of posting obnoxious comments about people you don't even fucking know, will you?

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nice hat you're running" "Nice shoes you're running" "Did you see that see those rude pants she was running"

Yes - running.

There must be some more obvious puns we missed. Keep going.

3:28 PM  
Blogger gazmatron said...

Two of the coolest folk I've ever known. Mick and Sarah have an abundance of talent and enthusiasm for creativity which I guess is lacking in certain parts of NZ creative industry, if the best most posting on here can even come up with for a user name is 'anonymous' then they should do very well indeed. Develop a spine and commit to a name eh?

7:03 PM  
Blogger cockshake said...

that cracks me up. all you anomonous wankers that are just bitter that you didn't get the job. good luck to these guys. it's healthy to bring in a new gene pool once in a while. judge them on their work not a forehead. i know a guy with a much bigger forehead and he's alright too.

1:09 AM  
Blogger cockshake said...

i meant anonymous. sure i can't spell but i'm not a bitter wanker like the others!!!

1:10 AM  
Anonymous George C said...

Saucer of milk for NZ
Can't believe what a catty bunch of winning gits you lot are.
Slagging off a couple of folk who I know as hard working, talented guys who any agency would be lucky to have. As far as I can see their only crime was to want to work in NZ. I'm sure you lot would like to think you could work in the UK without a bunch of anonymous tossers tearing strips off you. Christ half of you already are! Probably why agencies are recruiting abroad in the first place. Come on guys wind your necks in.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous whining git said...

George, I think you mean whining gits, not winning gits, you whining git.

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Sarah (left) said...

When you get a bunch of anonymous wankers slagging you off, you can always count on your mates for a virtual ass kicking match.

Thanks.

Me and my big headed partner best get some good work done. Although it seems there are far bigger heads to contend with in this industry.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous me said...

I used to work with Mick in Scotland for several years then like Mick I moved to an agency in another country. However, I have never felt the incestious animosity that the 'natives' can project when one who isn't like their 6 fingered selves enters the local advertsing flock. Good job on trying to attract foreign talent to your shores fellas. By the sounds of things they (Mick and Sarah) could teach you guys a thing or to like how to gain respect and the most basic instinct of all, how to get in to an awards book.

P.S. Can I please have a signed sword with Aragon autograph on it.

p.p.s Are elves real?

P.P.P.S who is the toughest, Orc or Man?

3:34 AM  
Blogger pro mick said...

HI

I'M FROM THE UK. AND I ACCIDENTLY CAME ACROSS THIS PATHETIC INBRED ARGUMENT BY BIGOTED KIWI CREATIVES SLAGGING OFF A TEAM WHO WHO'VE MADE IT IN AN ADVERTISING ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SECOND TO NONE. I TOO KNOW MICK AND I KNOW HOW GOOD HE IS. I FIND IT HEARTBREAKING FOR THEM THAT THIS IS THE TYPE OF WELCOME THAT PEOPLE GET WHEN THEY COME TO NEW ZEALAND. THIS IS JUST CRAP. I'VE SEEN NOTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE.

10:32 PM  

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