Monday, August 28, 2006


Queenstown, get ready, here we come. A stellar speaker line-up has now been confirmed for the 2006 Caxton Weekend Seminar, the first trans-Tasman Caxton, which will be held at Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand from 22-24 September.
The international guest speaker this year is Alan Russell, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Canada (pictured top left).
Originally from Manchester, England, Alan moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1979 to join Baker Lovick BBDO as a Senior Writer/Associate C.D.
Six years later, he became ACD at Palmer Jarvis, (now DDB Canada), where many of his campaigns helped establish the agency as the creative force it is today.
Alan was Strategy Magazine’s top-ranked copywriter for five consecutive years, #1 Creative Director for two years and in 2003 was named in Advertising Age’s List of Top 10 Creatives.
He has been a juror at Cannes, Clios and New York Art Directors Club, while his tally of awards includes Cannes Lions, One Show pencils, C.A., Clios , ANDYs and London International.
Outside of advertising, his interests include travel, hiking, theatre, Indian curries, music, Kilkenny beer and, foolishly, still attempting to play senior men’s soccer.

Alan Russell, Creative Director, DDB Canada (International Guest Speaker)
Mike O’Sullivan, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, New Zealand
Rob Belgiovane, Executive Creative Director, BWM
Sean Cummins, Creative Director, Cummins and Partners
Vaughn Davis, Creative Director Retail, Y&R Auckland
Tony Hale, CEO, Newspaper Works
Darryl Parsons, Copywriter, Consortium New Zealand
Colin Wilson-Brown, Principal, The Clinic
Peter Evans, Marketing Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia
Paul MacIntyre, Marketing Editor, Sydney Morning Herald (Facilitator)

Places are filling fast, so to guarantee your place at Caxton 2006, contact Alice Harrington on 61 2 9281 8788 or email


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As noted earlier ...


2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hands up if you honestly believe there are 'only a few places left'

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best industry weekend of the year, by far, if the last ones on Hayman Island and in Broome were any guide. Anyone who is anyone was there and everyone had a laugh - and learnt a bit from their peers. If you're any good in this business, and want to be better, you've got to be there. I'm sending three from my department - yes, it's expensive, but it's not only a reward for them putting in a great effort this year, it's tax deductable, which keeps the agency bean counter happy.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's no Cannes, 3:17PM, which is both bigger reward and better lesson. And it too is tax deductible.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presumably Mr Cummins won't be entering his agency's current Virgin Blue press ad featuring the classic retail headline that we've all suggested sarcastically:


Yes, really.

It's running now.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm booking now.

I can't wait to hear the American Idol guy's dad (top left photo) sing at Saturday night's talent quest.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What! No Nobby!

This is an international disgrace... who's going to do all the drinking then?

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lynchie how soft do I have to make my reference to ******** and an event in the gutter bar before you'll let it be posted?

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah. THAT soft.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting William Shatner on board is a big coup. Congrats.

3:30 PM  

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