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Monday, December 11, 2006


Saatchi & Saatchi has scored the services of multi-award winning Tim Huse (bottom left) and Hywel James (top left) to be group heads in its new-look ‘Ideas Department’.
“Tim Huse always got ads, but a big attraction for us is that he totally gets the new media landscape too,” says Auckland Creative Director, Toby Talbot. “He’s one of the new breed of creatives who can do anything from a website to a billboard. He may be a good-looking lad but, reassuringly, he’s a bit of a geek on the inside.
“Hywel James has been freelancing with us for a few months now and he’s really impressed the agency. Personally, it will be fantastic to have someone in our department whose name gets mis-spelled even more than my own.”
James has won some serious awards in a very short space of time, including an elusive Gold AWARD pencil and an even more coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil, as well as three D&AD Yellow Pencil nominations.
Talbot says the pair will be joining the new look department alongside the agency’s other recent hirings, Levi Slaven and Dave Govier, the ex Colenso BBDO creative team behind the Tip Top ‘Undies’, Fresh Up and Frank ad campaigns: “The return of Sonya Berrigan and the arrival of Adam Olivera as Interactive CD makes for a great starting line up for next year," adds Talbot.
“On a sad note, we also have to announce that after 12 years at the agency, Basil Christensen and Damon ‘O Leary are leaving us to pursue a whole new challenge as creative directors of Ogilvy. I guess that’s a long time to be working in the same agency,” says Talbot.
“Though they know the DNA of Saatchi runs through them, Bas and Damon feel that the time is right to move on and they are looking forward to working once more for the guys who first hired them here in 1994, Roy and Jeremy.
"They are family and we will miss them. And so, might I add, will Cibos.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do you reckon has got more DNA - the people at Saatchis or the people at DNA?


12:22 PM NZDT

Anonymous Craig Love said...

Awsome Hywel. Well done.

1:05 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Hywel and Tim, and good luck to Bas and Damon back with the old fellas, and special good luck for Damon who goes under the knife today - (penis reduction surgery). I love you guys. Best of god darned luck to all of youse and a wonderful Christmas to everybody. It's just such a lovely day I feel like shouting 'Hooray' from the garden bar just for being alive and in this amazing industry. Come on everybody...sing with me...

4:05 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lucking lad?! Tim's straight out pretty. I mean really cute.

11:07 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Huse is a hottie

8:56 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice press release Saatchi. Pump up the hiring and then hope no one will notice the stuff at the bottom. After 12 years of service I think they deserve better.

Also what's a fucking 'Ideas Department'?

I wonder how many more will be leaving the old 'Creative Department' before the end of the year?

1:39 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, in a kind of Napolean Dynamite way?

8:49 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Tim Huse related to Leo? Or do they have the same hairdresser?

2:27 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Tim Huse single?

4:30 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently 5 creatives resigned on Friday from Saatchi. The same day as another 2 were leaving after having resigned, a week after another 2 resigned.

Is that normal?

10:27 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim has a very hot girlfriend

9:38 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10.27PM - got more info?

1:48 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going at Saatchi? 10 people have left the creative department the last weeks. Any goss?

2:11 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you are counting, might as well go for it. Somewhere around 17 or 18 creatives have left this year.

Good stuff.

8:36 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit that's a lot in just one department!! Not to mention heaps of suits (at various levels) and production have also left.

Something is definitely going on over there. Can someone please shed some light on this?

9:55 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad that was the best department they have had in there for years. But on a positive, I think they are hiring if your intrested in running into burning building.

10:31 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, 18. Wear it with pride people.

11:36 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on over there kids

12:16 PM NZDT


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