Saturday, November 25, 2006


M&C Saatchi Sydney's Dave King has been appointed Chairman of the DM Lotus at AdFest next year, and Benjamin Palmer has been named Chairman of the Cyber Lotus. AdFest, which is held in Pattaya, Thailand on 14 -17th March 2007, has been extended to a 4-day event next year.
King, National Creative Director – Direct, of M&C Saatchi Australia, joined M&C Saatchi in 1999 as senior writer. He is one of the region's most awarded DM creatives with five Direct Lions, a D&AD Silver Nomination, One Show Silver and nine gongs at the John Caples Awards, amongst others. Last year he also received a Silver and a Bronze at AdFest. Under his leadership as Creative Director in 2004, M&C Saatchi set a then Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) record of 22 finalists, converting 13 into gongs. This next year they managed to top that with 24 finalists including the Grand Prix and the Winged Messenger for the best piece of direct mail. He has judged at Cannes, AWARD, ADMA and twice been invited to judge Caples.
Palmer is CEO and Executive Creative Director of The Barbarian Group. He began his career doing graphic design for record covers and Boston-area nightclubs, following which, he began freelancing at advertising agencies. His work with agencies coincided with the world wide web boom, and he found himself doing work both for traditional and interactive media. Having survived the boom and crash, he decided that he wanted to focus entirely on interactive.
In December 2001, Benjamin co-founded The Barbarian Group with three partners. The Group now has 30 active clients, and has won gold medals at most major international awards shows. Mr. Palmer has also served on a number of awards show juries, including D&AD, The One Show, and the Art Director's Club.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave King is an absolute star!! And not just at DM.....

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave is a champion.

Good on ya Dave!

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Onya Dave. Legend.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Kingy, pack your suitcase and make sure your clothes are as nicely folded as you DM


9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go you Ginger Ninja!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'adult revue' clubs of Pataya will never enjoy such patronage! Well done Mr King.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave realy is the man

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the very nature of everyones comments on here, show that Dave really is a great guy. Probably one of the nicest CDs around.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Dave

You deserve it!

All the best

Roy "the pariah" Faulkner

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep 10:53 am, he is indeed and I think this is testamount to just how awesome he is - Kingy fo ECD I say, I wonder how he'd look with a ginger beard?

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see a positive vibe on the blog for a change. Mind you if anyone gave Dave stick, he'd probably turn it into an award blitzer... (think about it)

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear the Thai's are really looking forward to his rendition of Mars circling around the earth that he made famous at the Caxtons in '02.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a junior in the industry and whenever I happen to bump into Dave he always has a big smile on his face and will always say hello. Even though he has no idea who I am. He is such a nice guy and I hope to work for him one day.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true. In a World of advertising wankers, Dave truly is a fucking decent bloke.

Have a beer with him one day. He's great.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, Lynchy, give Dave a bit of space mate. He judged Cannes this year, Adfest this year, truckload of metal and a thoroughly nice chap.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep, top bloke, and great creative.

Just goes to show, if you're a dickhead in this industry, you'll feel the pain. If you're a good person, you'll feel the love.

on ya davo.

Darren M.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm. Now who do I know in this industry that uses the term "thoroughly nice chap" all the time?

Dave, if you want Lynchy to pen a few words about you, why don't you just ask him?

11:31 AM  

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