Wednesday, September 26, 2007


JWT Melbourne’s new executive creative director Richard Muntz proved he has an eye for spotting talent with the recent appointment of creative team James Orr and Carly Williams.
Last month, Orr was named Top Student for News Limited AWARD School in Victoria. This week, he was named ‘Best In Australia for 2007’, outdoing the winners from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.
“James Orr is the best student in the history of AWARD school,” said Muntz, who as well as being ECD of JWT Melbourne is also the New Limited AWARD School co-leader.
“That opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I recently hired James and partner Carly Williams at JWT,” he added.
Orr and Williams paired up as a team during the course. Muntz says he hired the pair primarily for their talent but also for their flexibility.
“James and Carly distinguished themselves by appearing as a footstool and a coffee table in the posters promoting AWARD School. I thought that showed the type of willingness to adapt to any situation that busy agencies are looking for,” said Muntz.
One of the first things Orr will be asking for is some time off – his prize includes a trip to the Caxton Awards in Byron Bay next month.
Muntz has also added to the agency’s digital line up, hiring web specialist Gideon Cheok. Having studied at Monash University, Cheok is highly skilled in web framework and aesthetical design. He joins JWT from Studio Equator, where he was working on graphic design, environmental design and front-end work for multi-media websites.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best student ever? He might be. But it's a pretty big call. Iguess, Dave Droga has always been a bit over-rated.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kids obviously have talent, however they didn't team up at Award school. They worked together at SEE or Belong or whatever it's called.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No pressure James.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like heaping that sort of praise on some kids who now have to live up to it - see anonymous' Dave Droga comment

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those tattoos or magic marker?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats guys, you will both rock JWT. Nice photo too, ha!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7.30pm.. Muntzey was joking you idiot. Read the next line.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"for their flexibility"?

They're award school graduates, creatives at the lower end of the junior scale; they bloody better be flexible.

Nice write-up for a couple of juniors though.

I hope they'll deliver.

For their own sake.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are something to look out for, not only their talent but design flexibility makes them a desirable pair.
Regrets not pushing further to snap them up.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orrsome work guys, we know you rock, now everyone else will!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon. What's with all the hate?

Don't hate them cause their beautiful and thin.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job guys

Now get onto those brochures, stat.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A completely unsubstantiated personal statement. There is a top AWARD student every year who wins a trip to the Caxtons. Has been since 2002. And the only thing to determine the best AWARD student ever is time. So far Droga is winning.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are they looking?

Is this a pop group shot or something for an ad blog?

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you anonymous people, you hang s#%! on so many things on this site, whether it be creative work or poeple in the industrie, if your all gods gift to advertising, put a link to your own work so we can judge you....

this goes for all blogs on most advertising sites.....

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's looking over at all the Ford guys writing Falcon brochures.

She's looking over at all those dudes cranking out inoffensive stuff for Kraft.

And they're both thinking that this'll be a bit harder than AWARD school.

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have seen their work and it's definately something to look out for.

There seems to be a lot of bitter and jealous people commenting here, attacking two obviously talented people who have done nothing but work hard.

Is that fair?

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of James' AWARD school tutors I can certainly vouch for his consistency and talent. He also possesses judgement, humour and a fair thirst for the agency's beer. Which is never a bad thing. I am not surprised he got snapped up. Well done. I'm sure you won't let the publicity go to your heads. Work hard, it's the only answer.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The speling and gramer by peple comenting on this story is about as good of a fith grader. Your ilitaret.

3:05 PM  

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