Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Toby Talbot’s first hiring since officially taking over as creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi’s Auckland office is Aussie expats Levi Slavin and Dave Govier, currently Colenso BBDO’s top team, who will be joining as Group Heads in mid-November.
The team has been at Colenso for a little over a year, creating the much talked about 'Undies' campaign for Tip Top Trumpet. They first teamed up under Andrew Tinning (ironically once CD of Saatchi Auckland) at Marketforce in Perth.
The pair have already won an impressive number of local and International awards. In 2005 alone, they won a D&AD, a Silver One Show pencil, two Silver Clios, a Silver AWARD pencil, two Bronze AWARD pencils, four Caxtons and took out Grande Axis for the Tip Top Trumpet campaign at the local Axis awards.
“Mike [O'Sullivan, ECD] and I have been talking to Dave and Levi on and off for a couple of years, so it’s great to finally land them. They are joining the agency at an exciting time as we merge interactive and creative into one multi-disciplined department. That was a big draw for the guys” says Talbot.
“Dave and Levi are that rare thing indeed; really, really talented creatives who are really, really modest. They are the classic quiet achievers, which is good because we have enough noisy people here already. We can’t wait for them to start.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Colenso has couches just like Clemenger Melbourne!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to both Saatchi and the boys. Great catch.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's O'Sullivan up to? Don't tell me he got promoted..

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how long they\'ll be able to handle the pain. Good on them for giving it a shot. As for Toby wanting a quiet office, isn\'t this fucking advertising? Turn it up or turn the hearing aid down, your choice. That statement, me thinks, is a pointed barb, but at who?

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on at Saatchi Auckland. Come on you sissies share the goss.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saatchi Auckland is a wonderful place full of happy, cheerful and truly caring people. Everyone loves Mike and Toby. They have weekly sit ins where everyone talks about their feelings, wants and needs. They even exchange gifts.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The goss lies not with the hirees but instead with the hirers, if that makes grammatical sense.

Two fresh creatives walk into an agency, promised the world.

They get fucked in the ass.

They leave.

Just like the ones before them.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saatchi Auckland are teaming their creatives up with interactive. And then going to claim they\'re the first to do it in the world. Creating the future of advertising creative teams.

Sorry, it\'s been done before.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long will they will be able to handle the pain? for fuck sake, Levi and Dave seem to be nice guys and on the way up but they are not superstars yet. They have done one good road safety outdoor ad at Marketforce and one good TV ad at Colenso. Good luck to them, but a bit of 'pain' working under Mike O'Sullivan might be just what they need to be reach the next level.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to good creative leaders Mike's the real deal. If Saatchi haven't promoted him to Regional ECD yet, they should.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 8:23 pm

That is exactly what happens at Saatchi Auckland. They promise the world, after a while when those promises have not come into play, a few feathers get ruffled, next thing you know you have a knife in your back.

I should know.

Morale of the story has already been summed up by Toby in the PR release "...we have enough noisy people here already"

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it Funny how insecure SOME creatives are. I would have thought their work would speak for itself, rather than having to cry down the phone forcing people to remove blog postings.

One word- Pathetic

1:21 AM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

I don't know which post or posts you're referring to, 1:21AM, but the fact is that this blog doesn't display creatives' entire portfolios. It does, however, publish a swag of anonymous swipes, many of which cross the line into bald defamation.

If you really want your comment to stand, I'd reckon you'd have a much better chance if you were answerable for your actions - simply by having the balls to put your name to it.

Anything less is, as you say, pathetic.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:21 AM

What do you mean?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone's throwing their toys out the cot.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So luke c who are you? I know 2 luke c's in advertising. One's a great bloke,very talented and works with Mad Matty devine at Glue.

So Mr I put my name to everything, put your whole name to it and not an initial, which is basically a cop out.

Are you Andrew G's brother?


Reg Dwight

12:35 PM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Hey Elton,

When you've got the guts to put your real name to your anonymous drivel, I'll tell you which Luke I am.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Luke Chess homeboy.

A real dude, with a real job and shyteload of real good ads under his belt.

Also a good bloke...with a uni-brow. A lot more than I can say about you.

Sorry Luke, had to. This shit pisses me off.

Jay Benjamin

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh girls, stop it. Before someone breaks a fingernail.

Settle it with a nice game of chess.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one Chessticles

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this meant to be about Levi and Dave? I have no idea what work should speak for itself or who begged for comments to be taken off the blog, but I kinda get the feeling it has nothing to do with Levi and Dave. Is there some inside info that the rest of us are missing here?

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Luke c, reg here. If you had been putting your name to your messages as you so proudly proclaim, there'd be no need to tell me which luke c you are.

I always knew which luke it was it was just hard to make you out on your high horse hiding behind that little 'c'

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give up "Reg". It's getting old.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Easier than making you out behind your 'clever' pseudonym, you sad little man.

Anyway, back to Dave and Levi. Congrats boys, and welcome to the network.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their you go again, running you're big mouth off again!!.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, who the fuck is Luke C?

Last time i asked the question i was slammed (from Luke C's mates i assume) and told to look in all the international award annuals. I did and found zip.

Piss off Loser C!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Is that you, Lynchy?

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bet half the comments Luke C posts are anonymous. He just picks the ones to put his name to so he can look good.

Right Luke C?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Thanks to all of you for the excellent publicity. But my original point, if you remember, was simply this:

If you're going to slag people off on this blog, put your name to it or run the risk of it being pulled for being defamatory.

That was all. No general issue with anonymous posts, just that single, simple observation.

I'm off on holiday now, so any further vitriol you have to offer will have sunk to the bottom of the blog by the time I'm back.

Not, I'm sure, that that will stop you. Have fun.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeez fellers, why all the hate? he's the only person here whose prepared to put his name to his posts, me included. give the poor guy some fuckn credit.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 8:24.

What do you mean Luke C is 'the only person who's prepared to put his name to his posts'?

Bet the name Luke C doesn't appear on any birth certificate.

Or does 'Luke C' just think it's easier to hide his real i.d. behind his 'clever' pseudonym the sad little man.


Ron M

{Oops! You all know my real name now. Isn't that right Luke C?]

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who doesn't know who luke c is shouldn't be on this blog. Together with Vince Lagana the boys have one numerous awards. Australia's first ever direct lion, Australia's first ever radio lion and a gold lion this year 2 name a few.
So be nice bitches because one day you'll be working for these punks.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Luke C, we all know that you'll be checking the blog on your holiday. And we're all expecting a heap of anonymous comments from you.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Benjamin, whats with the 'Homeboy' phrase?

Are you still listening to Vanilla Ice buddy?

love ya mate.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

luke Crethar's not to shabby when it comes to picking up a few awards.

Which is why putting your name as luke c really isn't putting your name down at all.

Osama B

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the conundrum of having two Luke C's in the industry is causing confusion. That much is clear. Perhaps the Luke C who posts under that name - and my money's on him being all round nice bloke, the talented and fearless Luke Chess - could clear up the misunderstanding on his return from holiday.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Cleared up. I've never met Luke Crethar, but I'm sure he's a good bloke.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why spell out your name now Mr Chess. Did the pressure get to you? Makes no diff because we still don't know who the fuck you are!
Please take a moment and tell us.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't dignify that shit with a reply Luke. You're better than that.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said 11:48...i mean Mr Chess.

9:51 AM  

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