Tuesday, December 19, 2006


After four years with Saatchi & Saatchi, first in Sydney, then in Auckland, one of Australasia's hottest teams, Andy DiLallo (top) and Jay Benjamin (bottom), are leaving the network to take the role of Deputy CDs of JWT Sydney under Andy Mckeon.
While at Saatchi & Saatchi, the team - currently ranked third in the CB Creative Rankings - played a role in garnering four Campaign Brief Agency of the Year titles in three years. Three of the titles were with the Sydney office and one was with the Auckland office.
Before Saatchi’s the pair worked together at Bozell New York, the third most awarded agency in the world at Cannes in 2002. It was also there where they first worked with creative mentor David Nobay, who was responsible for bringing the duo to the region.
Most recently the team has been at Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland where they have worked on high profile work for such clients as Toyota, Tiger Beer, Eta, Fonterra, Young Guns, and WWF.
Says DiLallo: “It has been an amazing run with Saatchi, but the time has come for us to look towards new challenges. The opportunity to be a part of building a new legacy at JWT is an exciting one and we can’t wait to hit the ground running. With the support of Andy Mckeon, Amy Smith (CEO) and (worldwide CD) Craig Davis we feel that we can help take the network to new heights in the region.”
When asked about leaving Saatchi, Benjamin says it was a very hard choice: "We have and will always have a special place in our hearts for Saatchi & Saatchi. Their dedication to excellence is something we hope to carry with us. It has been a privilege to have worked with so many talented people. But after meeting Andy Mckeon and his team at JWT we look forward to working with many new talented people.”
McKeon says the two are just who has been looking for “super talented, hungry and crap at karaoke.”
They join new recent world-class hires including Julie Rath, who worked at Goodby Silverstein & Partners with Andy, Paul Bruce from The Glue Society who has been freelancing there for a few months, Jeffrey Oley, a designer from New York and the Miami Adschool teams (associated with Crispin Porter + Bogusky) JWT is hosting to work with their AWARD School juniors.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work fuckers.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back Seppos! We always knew ya loved OZ more.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Young, in demand ... and now rich.

It's what advertising's all about.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy Kellogs.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scamtastic news.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done boys. Fuck! Deputy CDs. Can't wait to see what happens.

Are you hiring? My job sucks.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done yanks. great to have you back in sydney. excellent move to join andy....he's a top bloke and as a combined unit, you guys could do the unthinkable and actually turn jwt into a 'creative' force. niiiice

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it wrong to think naughty thoughts about that little blonde boy in the photo?


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuckers, fuckers, fuckers. Can you guys keep still, i gotta keep remembering your new email addy. Well done. Cya back in Oz for a New at the Merc. SM.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Well done gents, good to have the yanks back in town.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats boys! Sad to see you leaving Saatchis.


6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From first to last ballsy move. I like it.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great example of forward thinking on Andy's part.

There aren't many CDs who willingly hire the guys who will replace him in six months.

BTW, can anyone explain the Kellog's ad with the whited out people?

At first I just thought I hadn't dusted my screen for too long, but apparently it is meant to look that way.

Good to see Julie back in town too. She's funny.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could JWT actually become good? I guess we will see. It looks like they are serious. They are shaping up to have quite a line up of talent. Good on them.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Luke CHESS said...

Nice one fockers. Happy new year!

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, reminds me of a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to make Y&R a creative force in the '90s. Or McCanns in the 80's. In both cases creative megastars were recruited, and in both cases it ended in tears.

Unfortunately it takes more than a willing management team to turn a dull agency into an exciting one . You need clients who recognise good work and actually want it. JWT is a classic case of a multinational whose role on this Earth is to service notoriously conservative clients like Kellogs etc etc.

As we used to say at during one of the aforentioned failed experiments "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig."

Read Simon Collins article on the subject in a past issue of Campaign Brief. It's very much to the point, and eloquent to boot.

Merry Xmas Andy & Jay. I didn't realise you were so desperate to return to Australia.

Love, Monty

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go you crazy seppos. On ya!!! Good to see you back on Oz soil.

Mel C

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows the brandshop or fame wasn't set up to please STW or clients at all...

onya monty

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you in Sydney Seppo's.

Nice work!

Paul ;-)

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are gonna be fucked at customs when you hit the metal detectors.
That's a lot of pointy dangerous looking shit beeping in your bags.
Nice 1

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree - there are some agencies in town that have gone from bad to really good recently.


8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What happened to Shanghai?

Let's do beers at the Beach Road before I go back to London.

Nath Lennon

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:23, you've got the wrong Monty.

12:49 PM  

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