The Goat Farm founder Vaughn Davis recognises that there are some major problems with Cannes, but he still sees value in the event's ability to inspire fresh creatives to think differently.
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As we wrote last week, the classic endorsement approach in New Zealand seems to be bunging a rugby player (or even a coach) on your ad. But Invivo's strategy is at the other end of the spectrum, with international talk show host and self-proclaimed he-devil Graham Norton called on to help create—and now help promote—a very special wine.
Sincerity, an advertising man and columnist not a million pages from here was once quoted as saying, is everything. Learn how to fake that, and you've got it made. He couldn't have been more wrong, says Vaughn Davis.
If you managed to avoid Twitter over the weekend, you may not have realised that hyper-intellectual event Tedx was held in Auckland on Saturday.
Following on from its slick rebrand of Paper Plus last year, Hyde Group, with the help of writer Vaughn Davis and designer Graham Murray, has launched the chain's new online office stationery offering paperplusoffice.co.nz with a series of billboards that aim to capture the attention of traffic in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
The lazy susan spins, bringing with it a couple of big creative departures at Rapp/Tribal, a few new arrivals at OMD, a promotion at nzherald.co.nz and a timely lesson in goat farming.
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Vaughn Davis Parnell's creative stocks have taken a battering in the last couple of days: Saatchi & Saatchi announced yesterday that its executive creative director Dylan Harrison was offski after just seven months in the job. And Y&R Auckland's creative director Vaughn Davis is also leaving after ten years with the agency.
If they haven't been washed away by the flash floods, six lucky New Zealand bastards are currently swanning about in the South of France. Of course, business is being mixed with pleasure: they are there in a professional capacity as judges for the Cannes Advertising Festival awards, which, as the world's biggest and best advertising event, invites the world's biggest and best advertising brains along to do the deciding. So here's to them.
Six of the country's largest, most impressive creative brains will join a host of other large, impressive international creative brains as jury members for the 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.