Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Job Opportunity In Paradise



On the 22nd of July, Adam & Eve will be holding a day of book crits for junior creatives, and handing out placements to those with the best portfolios. Apply via their website.

They have a couple of interesting accounts, they're nice guys, and they're trying to do something different with their recruitment here, so I'm happy to help them promote it.


In other news, I have a new boss. Yes, noted Scamp contributor and not-too-shabby creative Nick Gill is to replace John O'Keeffe as ECD of BBH. So, many congrats to him.

122 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quote from O'Keefe on brand republic:


Most people presumed I was a BBH lifer, it's a hell of a place...

The GBH legend lives on

Addy said...

Nick will be a hell of a ECD.
Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

O'Keeffe was a gruff bastard, but a fair bloke. I liked working for him. Nick is a better copywriter, but running an agency is another job entirely.

Anonymous said...

A&E, clues in the name.

Anonymous said...

An interesting time for all of us. Nick is a great CD but wonder how he will cope having his pen on pause with him having to do meeting after meeting after meeting.

BBH loves a meeting.

Good luck Sir!

BBH Creative said...

I really liked J O'K as well. He had many good qualities - fair, clear, decisive and also an excellent judge of creative work. He liked our stuff for example!

I even liked him as a person. Some found him gruff but I just put that down to shyness. He was very funny at times. And candid too.

Nick Gill will be a great ECD I'm sure. Only down-side is that he won't be able to write as much, which will probably be bad for the agency as a whole, seeing as he does our best work.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Nick will be a brilliant ECD and am very pleased for him.

BBH's ability to promote seamlessly from within is a brilliant example to all agency's -its all rather less painful than what's happening at TBWA, isn't it....

Anonymous said...

Just as an aside. I'd be very wary about taking a job at Adam and Eve. They're undoubtedly going to be the new (less creative) CHI and Ben Priest is more slippery than the snake from the biblical tale that inspired the name of the agency. I am clever, look how I've tied it up...

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GBH slave said...

You're spot on previous anon
That's why I think we should be specially careful with the junior teams we take on board. I wouldn't want to have people saying what they say about fallon's juniors.

Paul said...

Global CD of WPP? What sort of job is that (apart from very well paid) - how will he influence the global and local cd's of JWT, Y&R and O&M? Also, ironically, doesn't this make O'Keeffe Russell Ramsay's boss again? I wonder what Russell thinks of that?

Anonymous said...

Care to elaborate a bit more about the slippery nature of this gig? I'd certainly be put off if the place has this kind of reputation.

Anonymous said...

ah, i was wondering when this was going to get back on-topic.... SO fallon. fallon juniors eh? yyyyyeeeeeep.

anonymouse said...

Me too. Who else has something to say about adam & eve? What have they done actually? any good?

Anonymous said...

look at the work to come out of rainey's during ben dave and james tenure. utter pile of crap. doubt A&E will be any different. good call anon 12.09 on the CHI but less creative. fast and cheap does not make for good work.

j said...

all these up-and-coming startup makes me laugh when they are interviewed/featured on campaign. They go round with chest beating gung-ho that they will be approaching advertising differently; Doing the next 'new' thing, being the new model blah blah...

then they came out with that crapbury biscuits tv ad and that maryland thing. It's early days but you have to put the money, erm, i mean your work where your mouth is.

Anonymous said...

12:27 PM Did they hire Incredible Flying Duck or whatever they call themselves this week? If so, that has to be a point for them. The advertising world needs more wacky creatives with silly names.

Anonymous said...

Too much cynicism. If you're still a wannabe and you get the chance of a try-out ANYWHERE, grab it with both hands. And spend your time worrying about how good YOU are, not people who've already made it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the crapberry biscuit ad done by Mother? Not that that changes anything....

Anonymous said...

Still you have to be in the right place to do it, previous anon

I dare you to do brilliant work at Euro or Grey.

jpandtem@googlemail.com said...

don't you lot have a meeting you should be in?

Anonymous said...

If that's Mother behind crapbury they it's even worst! Aren't they supposed to be independent and only care about the work? It's shit.

Cactus boy is shit too no matter what Mark Waites says.

Anonymous said...

jpwhatever, don't you have a kettle descaler brief to work on?

Anonymous said...

that biscuit ad is not mother. it's definitely A+E. their first ever tv work. was big news on campaign. says alot really.

i do quite like cactus boy. a bit surreal but funny.

Anonymous said...

Not surreal, self indulgent and pointless.

Anonymous said...

anon 1.04
sorry, you're right. Mother did the Fox's biscuits ad.

how did I ever mix them up.

Anonymous said...

we're adam & eve, a new start up communications agency with a different way of working.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzZ2vVBccXs

Anonymous said...

if you want to work for 3 account men, then get your book in.

Anonymous said...

cactus kid is fun. standsout for sure. i disagree that you should just go in anywhere if you're a junior (unless you are a bt shit). i eblieve you should stck it out and go to places where there are ppl you respect. i know i know its time lxuruy luck etc... but i know enough ppl that get in somewhere shit then get trapped in a sphere of shit agencies. not that you cant beak out. but its not easy. nothing is.

Anonymous said...

apologies for my spelling in previous

Anonymous said...

Do not, whatever you do, go work for Ben Priest. He can't be trusted, nor can his creative judgement. The only teams at RKCR that 'succeeded" under him were turning in average work, effectively cock-blocking the teams that turned in good work.

Golding is a good IPA paper writer, but couldn't come to an insight to save his life. People at GLH still call him "ringo"

Murphy is clever, clever man. But without a CD or planning director with the gravitas and talent to serve as a counterbalance, A&E will only ever be a first-rate account shop.

They won't be the next CHI. They'll be the next VCCP.

Anonymous said...

The thing, mates is every body wants a job/placement in the same agencies. Mother, Fallon and W+K. Everyone is obsessed with those 3 and you have to be really lucky (not necessarily talented) to actually land something at those places.

The question is not Adam & Eve or not Adam & Eve, every agency in town is about the same kind of bet. Except the above and maybe DDB (but they haven't hired a placement team since 1928).

Anonymous said...

Job Opportunity in Paradise?
Exaggerating a little bit, aren't we Scamp? Otherwise, Scowling AD should give it a go.

Anonymous said...

^ seems to be a bit thick

Anonymous said...

lol @ anon 1.52

Anonymous said...

anon 1:33, spot on.

Anonymous said...

And you, dear Anon 1:55 PM, don't seem to have a sense of humour.

Anonymous said...

I thought Caroline Pay had a good chance at this.

Not the ECD job, the A&E placement.

Anonymous said...

i hear hes going to grey on placement from august

Anonymous said...

Yes...what has happened to Caroline and her ex-partner, Kim?

Moonbathing and that boring Honda gas ad?

Anonymous said...

Yes...what has happened to Caroline and her ex-partner, Kim?

Moonbathing and that boring Honda gas ad?

Anonymous said...

which ad was that?

Anonymous said...

Just to remind you who are you talking about:

Campaign's Best of the Best 2002
CAROLINE PAY AND KIM GEHRIG, Creative team, Mother

Shortlist: Tony Barry (Lowe), Martin Casson & Matthew Abbott (AMV), Richard Flintham & Andy McLeod (Fallon), Jerry Hollens & Mike Boles (RKCR/Y&R), Tony McTear & Mark Hunter (BBH), Antony Nelson & Mike Sutherland (Saatchi & Saatchi), Dave Price & Neil Lancaster (McCann-Erickson Manchester), Adam Scholes & Michael Long and Hugh Todd & Anna Toosey (Saatchi & Saatchi), Vince Squibb (Lowe), Justin Tindall & Adam Tucker (BMP DDB), Luke Williamson & Yan Elliot (Mother)

Show more respect.

Guy and Sarah, creatives said...

Are Adam & Eve a bit of an Accident & Emergency? Their website doesn't show any of their work or anything. Can anyone expand on what they've done (other than Cadbury's biscuits)?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, expand on that or on why did Caroline Pay left such a hot job at BBH to go and shoot dross with Russoff?

Anonymous said...

2:29 PM It's not boring, it's supposed to be artistique et recherche you ignorant.

PH said...

Scamp, I like the new Persil ad your lot have done.

jpandtem@googlemail.com said...

Yeah, we're over here sunning ourselves in Singapore as we speak..

Anonymous said...

what is the Persil then?

PH said...

It's on/in (?) the Brand Republic creative section:

http://www.brandrepublic.com/Discipline/Creative/54763/persil-roboboy-ad-bartle-bogle-hegarty/

Anonymous said...

jpandtem@googlemail.com
Not that I care where you are but while you're there, try not to catch scam rash.

Anonymous said...

I fail to see how paradise involves mediocre creative opportunities and miserable pay.

Anonymous said...

roboboy? what that charity ad?

you're a soap powder for heaven's sake, stop being so po-faced.

Anonymous said...

what have you done that comes even close to the shittiest frame of that ad?

Anonymous said...

Seriously, that ad is horrible.

Has the whole of adland collectively cut off it's own testicles? It seems that way.

You all say you like football but do you really?

I don't but I'd never make anything as soppy as that.

Anonymous said...

I don't like football. Girl's game. Some of them wear alice bands for christ's sake. And they're slaves if they don't get what they want. Bloody poofters.

Campaign seem to love A&E alot. I think they just want teams to churn out a lot of cheap work for them, stay until midnight and work all weekend without moaning.

Anonymous said...

Nothing. Because I'm really good and don't make things like the shittiest frame of shitty ads.

Anonymous said...

5:01 PM
Last time I watched it wasn't footballers the ones who buy detergent or buy their kids clothes.

Have all of you previous anonymous creative (apparently geniuses) gone mad?

Have you forgotten what tone of voice is? do you understand not every ad has to have gorillas playing drums?

If Nick Gill signed this off, it should be good for anyone with at least half a brain.

Now, unless you've producing something worth comparing with this ad, just do us all a favour and get back to your loo roll brief.

Anonymous said...

to anon 4:43.

gorilla.

Anonymous said...

to anon 5:31.

It's shit.

Anonymous said...

Has Nick Gill ever done/approved a bad ad? If he hasn't then he surely is a genius. In fact he isn't human. If he has, which I think everyone has except me, then just because he approves an ad it does not automatically make it good. Though it does improve its chances.

When I however, write an ad, it is automatically good and if it isn't approved it is because the approvee has no talent.

My leg still hurts a bit. I pronged it with a stick over the weekend. Picture my chagrin.

Anonymous said...

Some anon at Lunar raises an interesting point:

Has the industry forgot Mark Reddy?
Shouldn't they had at least consider him?

Anonymous said...

5:35 PM are you sure that stick is not up somewhere else?

Anonymous said...

Can i just ask why there's people slagging off O'Keefe? Didn't some of the brightest moments on BBH's history happen on his watch?

Was he really a gruff? Why then? Whyyyyyyy?

Anonymous said...

Yes, he was really a gruff. He'd abuse you, but in a friendly way. Particularly around the pool table. Unless the Arsenal lost. Then the abuse was real and you wouldn't want to show him any work. I once typed up some cannon fodder for him to kill the morning after the gooners lost a big match. The next day I presented the real ad. Bingo.

Anonymous said...

Oh you're such a whimp.
tha man was fair.

Anonymous said...

how's mark reddy doing at gbh anyway?
no one says much of his work as head of fart.

Anonymous said...

was it money? had to be money. early retirement is mandatory for all creatives.

Anonymous said...

I've only worked with ben priest once - and that was a very quick and dirty brief - and I have to say the impresion I got was exactly what other commenters here have made him out to be. slippery is a great word for him, guarded and eager, the latter in that creepy bad way, are as well. I, too expected them to be another VCCP, not CHI.

ben priest reminds me of 'karmarama' dave. two somehow creepy characters but I just can't put my finger on what it was.

mc.

Anonymous said...

Would anyone like to defend Ben Priest?

As someone who's only met him a few times I can't really say I know him, but I am intrigued by all the negativity.

Anonymous said...

Okeefe is just rude man. amazing at what he does but there's more to life than that.

Anonymous said...

I don't think O'Keeffe's rude. I think he's just a bit socially inept and it comes over as rude. I know this because I am also socially inept and everyone thinks I'm an abslute swine.

Anonymous said...

I'll defend Ben Priest.

He's a very sharp and charming man. Excellent with account people and clients.

But I agree with all the previous comments, he's as slippery as a snake and can't be trusted.

The perfect account man.

Anonymous said...

Scamp, how about a tuesday tip on how to get on as a creative in an agency once you land your first job?

Work hard and do some good work are obvious ones, but what else? for example, how do we best go about getting our good work made? and hwo long to stay?

Anonymous said...

Or...
How do you stand being in the same room as unctuous, insincere, backbiting and spineless account handlers without wanting to slaughter them like the vermin they are?

Anyone else having a bad day?

Anonymous said...

so, you made it to adam&eve then?

Anonymous said...

So:

An gruff bloke who's presided over some of our industry's best work.

Versus

A charmer with a dubious creative track record.

Both will earn shedloads of cash, but I know which reputation I'd rather have.

Anonymous said...

Hello, this site is funny, i found it 3 days ago, here is what i have learnt:

Everyone wants to work for Mother, W&K & Fallon
Mother, W&K & Fallon are fucking shit
What have you ever done you cunt?
Fallon Juniors have done something really bad (not sure what is is, killed someone?)
Mark Wenk isn't liked much
You lot don't half fucking bitch a lot

Anonymous said...

So O'Keeffe is rude and socially inept? Just the man for the Global CD role at WPP then!

Steve said...

It would be great if we could have two versions of Scamp.

One for the Neanderthals who are negative about everything.

And then another for the more intellectual among us.

Not me obviously. I fucking hate everything.

(Apart from Rainham Sheds, that was amazing.)

Anonymous said...

Scamp.
You must be well chuffed.

I can see tumbleweeds swirling across
the Campaign site regarding - O’Keeffe quits BBH for WPP role - no comments on that
and not much on any other topic
for that matter, even the latest creative work
get the collective hard shoulder.

You put up a Lativan hotel sign...
and three dozen...

Top dawg.

Anonymous said...

This blog is like a car crash. I don't want to look but I just can't help it.

Anonymous said...

i think it's more like an on line version of loose women.

but in a good way

Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust (see LUnar).

Anonymous said...

ECD is a difficult job, but one I am sure he will rise to. The best ECD's are like Mafia Dons, or Top Generals. They inspire everyone under them and put out fires everywhere else. They steer the larger ship and strategically place charismatic, rulebreaking, or studious CD's in the perfect places to execute. It's like managing a football team really.

anonymouse said...

3:36 PM,
who that might be? Please don't say O'Keefe or I'll personally teach you how to use your eyes to read instead of your arse.

Anonymous said...

speaking about arses, those fallon tankers* haven't got back to you, right? They'll probably forwarded your message to their juniors and since they're the prima donnas it's probably sitting in the bin now.


*you know what i mean but i just don't want to get the message scampminated.

Anonymous said...

Someone saw a well-known team from Fallon at Wal+Kennedy late at night earlier this week. Yes, it was an interview....

Anonymous said...

Oddly enough, there's only really one well known team at Fallon (go on, name another team off the top of your head).

Step forward, Chris and John.

Adrian L said...

Or maybe it was Scamp, look he hasn't post anything. Or is it that Nick Gill has proven to be more strict than O'Keefe?

Anonymous said...

Rumour has it Nick is going to run a tight ship after this year's disappointment at Cannes.

I can't see a nice bloke like him turn into drill sargent but apparently that's what has been asked from him.

How do I know? Let's just say I've got a certain PA's knickers in one of my drawers.

Anonymous said...

just to prevent scampination, it's not HIS, it's just SOMEONE from the buch, you do your guesses.

Dave @ dare noodles bar said...

Hate to open the Fallon can of worms but it's been a week and no signs of the elsley court crew.

It's all good, their silence just will add more mystery to the legend and that makes me admire them even more.

Not a big fan of their junior teams though.

Anonymous said...

what have the fallon juniors done?

Anonymous said...

its all because of Harv

Anonymous said...

@ 10:39

Nothing. But they act like they've done everything.

On another topic...

Has anyone seen Ogilvy's nudist spot?

I could be funny, but isn't.

Mr T said...

exactly, previous anon!
What have they done? absolutely nothing yet but they behave as if they've done gorilla.

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Timbo said...

10:45 AM
I think it's too long but I thought it was amusing.

Anonymous said...

At least they've killed off those clothworld cunts (I'm talking about Comfort not Fallons juniors).

Anonymous said...

Who did that new Passat ad?

Anonymous said...

lets have a new poll, most shaggable PA...or is this going to be scampernated?

The Oxymorons said...

Anonymous said... @ 1:16 PM

I agree, the Cactus ad is different and stands out.

Being graduates we have been in the situation of being offered placements at certain agencies but really having to think if that's were we want to start. I know a few people who have taken placements at less creative agencies for the money, this I do not agree with. Work hard and you can get in to the agency of your choice. Could take some time though but it could be worth it. We have applied for the book crit at Adam and Eve but are still waiting for a response.

DM

Anonymous said...

Can I be the first to say it... "Nick Gill. What's he ever done?" Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Can I be the first to say you you're a moron?

Anonymous said...

Scamp, did NiNick really get a 2 minute round of applause like it says in Campaign?

That just sound like bullshit. And very gay.

The Oxymorons: if you're picky why are you trying A&E? Are the first three letters of your name silent?
Your picture makes you look really sad.

'Being graduates....' Good lord. You don't have a clue, do you?

Anonymous said...

try fallon

Scamp said...

He really did get a 2 minute round of applause - maybe longer. It was very warm too. Can applause be gay? I didn't know that. I guess it was.

Anonymous said...

well, y'know, he makes decent ads.

He didn't broker peace in Israel. Or score for Man U.

2 fucking minutes?

Anonymous said...

Imagine if was married to Colleen and saw off some nasty men in explosive jackets. The floors of Kingly Street would be awash with creative man-fat...

Anonymous said...

Can applause be gay?
If a Fallon junior catches the clap off their same sex mate, then yes.

Not gay dude said...

1:39 PM
He got 2 min round of applause at BBH, not at the UN so let's put things into perspective. The man has a brilliant career and the promotion was well deserved.

This business is tough. You're always receiving enormous amounts of shit when you make a mistake, so why shouldn't you get unreasonable amounts of good vibe from your peers when you do well. Even if it feels gay.

Anonymous said...

re 2:05 PM, I can see a whole new fad now. How many Fallon juniors are needed to change a light bulb? That sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

Why did the Fallon junior cross the road?
To get Juan a cofee from Starbucks.

Anonymous said...

What did the Fallon junior do when Juan crossed the road?

Sat at his desk and go through all his stuff.

Anonymous said...

RE: Anon 11:43

Gerry Moira's PA, Kate.

Anyone else?

The Oxymorons said...
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The Oxymorons said...

A slightly expected and truly boring reply from someone who hides their name post after post. I presume you are in the Industry and that you graduated at some point. Yay, or nay?

As for A&E, we do not seem to be as informed as you, so rather than listening to everyone bad mouthing them, we would rather go their and get our own opinion.

DM

The Oxymorons said...

No email back so we never went. Heard on the digital line, it was a very brief book crit (10 minutes). If you were in contention, you were told there and then.

DM

Anonymous said...

I had an opportunity for paradise yesterday but blew it. Or did I? Just for those who are interested the crit was brief. I had about 10 mins with Ben Priest. I had never met the guy before so wanted to form my own opinions rather that believe in the anti-comments on here. For what it's worth he came across as a really decent guy. So he didn't think much of my work (I can't say that I feel too passionate about the stuff A&E have done so far either but it's early days so I am willing to give them a chance). He gave me a some useful advice which has been mentioned before so I'll take it on board. Some of it I'll ignore. What I will say is that those who mentioned A&E will be the less creative CHI or wherever have probably got a point. Listening to what he was looking for he kept mentioning 'simple' which having thought about it and looked at their work again probably meant 'cheap and not that creative'. Far be it from me to say I am a better creative than the man but I just realised my style is not right for what he is looking for. Would I feel proud saying I work for A&E and am producing the stuff they are doing now. No, so I didn't blow my chance at all. He's a nice guy though.

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Anonymous said...

Anonymous says that "david golding is a great ipa paper writer"

But could someone please tell me which award winning IPA papers he's written recently.

In his time at RKCR - IPA papers were won by Emily James,(gold) Megan Thompson (grand prix), Lucy Howard (silver), Rebecca Moody (silver)- but none was won by MR Golding himself. If you ask anyone involved you will find that now was he the person responsible for editing those papers - that was mostly done by Alison Hoad

It is true however that the only person mentioned in conjunction with this haul in Campaign at the time was David Golding....