Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Asia Outdoor Advertising Awards 2007 Jury Chairman Tay Guan Hin has unveiled his picks for the inaugural Awards Jury Panel, including Chuck McBride (pictured), the former star of TBWA\Chiat\Day, San Francisco, who has recently set up his own shop, Cutwater.
“The quality of any award show depends on its jury panel and I’m sure you’ll recognize every single name,” said Guan, JWT SEA Regional ECD. “Some of them have never been to Asia, as I wanted to keep the show as fresh as possible. I hope their diverse culture will make an interested selection in the final result.”
The eight members of the Asia Outdoor Awards 2007 Jury Panel are:
Chuck McBride, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Cutwater in San Francisco has won literally every major industry award and was a very instrumental part of the world famous “got milk?” campaigns.
Julian Watt, Executive Creative Director of Net#work BBDO in South Africa who recently walked away with the 2007 Cannes Outdoor Grand Prix and the 2007 D&AD Silver Pencil.
Thirasak Tanapatanakul, Executive Creative Director of Creative Juice\G1 in Thailand who was named Asia’s Creative of the Year 2006 by Campaign Brief Asia. Thirasak’s creative prowess is legendary in the industry and it’s reflected by his long list of local and international awards.
Ravi Deshpande is Chief Creative Officer at Contract in India. Among Ravi’s many accolades was the honour of being named one of six living legends of Indian advertising in the last 50 years by the Advertising Club in Madras.
Doerte Spengler-Ahrens, Managing Director and Creative Director of Jung von Matt in Germany, has won more than 100 awards in her illustrative career.
Szu Lee, Deputy Chairman and Executive Creative Director of McCann Worldgroup Malaysia won Malaysia its first gold Cannes Lion in 1999 for an ambient idea. Under his stewardship, McCann was named Malaysian Agency of the Year in 2006.
Satoshi Takamatsu, ECD of Ground LLC, Tokyo is the founder of a new up and coming agency in Japan. While he was in Dentsu, he won the Grand Clio and Best of Show at Adfest for “Goo-Fill the city with questions!” Most recently, his agency was awarded 2 Silver Clios for his Nissin Cup Noodles.
Zak Mroueh, Chief Creative Officer of TAXI Canada Inc, was ranked one of the Top 10 Creative Directors by Creativity Magazine in 2005. Zak was also trice dubbed Canadian CD of the year while TAXI was named agency of the year four years in a row in Canada.
The jury will convene from October 1 to October 3, 2007, in Singapore. Results will be announced on October 26, 2007, at the Awards Banquet at Suntec Singapore that will mark the end of the inaugural Asian Outdoor Advertising 2007 events.
Call for entries for the Asia Outdoor Advertising Awards 2007 are currently open. The deadline for entries is August 31, 2007. Entry kits are available on the event web site:


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