They’ve been gaining plaudits and raking in awards for DDB New Zealand for a while now with campaigns like ‘Mexi-Doug’ for Instant Kiwi, Sky TV’s ‘Que Sera Sera’, ANZ’s ‘Perfect World’ and the internationally heralded Sky TV Arts Channel print and radio campaign. But it appears the grass is slightly greener across town, because creative team James Tucker and Simon Vicars are saying goodbye to the Death Star at the end of June to take up roles at Colenso BBDO.
Since arriving at DDB as interns in early 2007, they have honed their skills and worked incredibly hard to become two of the highest ranked creatives in this year’s Big Won report. Young Guns also recognised them earlier this year and the pair are ranked first equal as the world’s best advertising creatives.
DDB group executive creative director Toby Talbot says he’s seen their talent bloom in the past four years.
“Si and Giant were pretty much my first hires when I joined DDB. It was their first real job in advertising. They started on placement here, worked hard and learned fast. Their passion, humility and appetite for creating funny ads will be missed by everyone around here. Of course, I’m sad to see them go, but there’s no other agency I’d rather see them go to than Colenso.”