Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Creative Team Gary Dawson and Paul Sharp are to join the Clemenger BBDO Sydney Creative Department as full timers after having worked freelance for the agency since November 2004.

During their time with Clemenger BBDO Sydney they have clocked up the “Big Cats” commercial for Visa, “Finnish Couple” for Masterfood’s Finishing Sauces, “Bowler Boy” and “Kamahl’s Barber” for Masterfood’s Squeezy Relish plus numerous print campaigns including Campbell’s “Real Stock”.

“I was contacted by both Gary and Paul independent of each other even though they are both from the UK,” says Danny Searle, executive creative director of Clemenger BBDO Sydney. “They both had enormous experience and international award success, so I decided to grab them both and team them up before anyone else did. I am really happy with the work they have done for us so far and feel that they have the potential to do great things for our client’s business in the future, watch this space."

After fifteen years working at agencies in London Gary Dawson, copywriter, left the UK on a high note last year after having picked up Campaign Magazine’s 2004 ‘Campaign of the Year’ for his work on a highly popular campaign for the telephone directory service ‘118 118’. The same campaign was also a D&AD and Cannes finalist, as well as picking up Gold and Silvers at the British Advertising Television Awards and British Creative Circle Awards. He worked at WCRS London for five years across all accounts including BMW, CNN, RAC and Vodafone. Previous to that he worked at Mellors Reay and Partners working under Tim Mellors picking up D&AD Silver Nomination, Campaign Press, Creative Circle Gold and other UK awards for work on a boutique ‘Body Piercing Parlour.’

“I have been in conversation with Clemenger BBDO Sydney for the last few months about coming on board officially. Australia, Clemenger BBDO and Danny Searle have made me feel very welcome. I have thoroughly enjoyed my freelance time and feel very excited about the forthcoming creative opportunities and my new life down under,” says Dawson.

Paul Sharp, art director, always intended on coming home and after nine years working in London, now seemed as good a time as any. He was at Collett Dickenson Pearce in London where he produced award winning work for Hamlet cigars and Honda – including a One Show award. He then moved to McCann Erickson where he produced award winning work for Nescafe and Coca-Cola – including a Cannes Silver Lion for a Nescafe TVC.

Says Sharp: “Coming home and getting a gig at Clemenger BBDO Sydney has been fantastic. This is the agency I wanted to work for in Sydney. I have been fortunate to team up with Gary and feel we have produced good work together so far. I’m looking forward to further developing relationships with the clients and continuing to help them build their business by creating award winning work in the future."


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