Greetings from the remains of The Media Dept. Appreciate you advising that Stacey and I are safe and well and trucking on. Our building at Ground Zero was actually a damn good place to be. Whilst it may be very old, the complete refurbishment two years ago has meant it is as strong a place as any and stood up well enough for me to (stupidly?) race back in and get mobiles and the laptop! But the devastation in our area at High/Lichfield/Manchester is massive and unfortunately a lot of people will have perished around us.
We have had a number of wonderfully kind offers of assistance from up north and sincerely appreciate these. We’re holding up well but much of the worst news is clearly yet to come.
I can be contacted on mobile – 021 981-645 – and my email is now back up and running.
Who's it for: Ford by JWT and Flying Fish
Why we like it: As JWT's creative director Cleve Cameron says, it's 'the ad as content thing' and creating a music video means people might actually want to watch it. 'Tis a good way to connect the brand to X Factor NZ—and, with the obligatory car porn in a host of appealing Kiwi landscapes, to New Zealanders.
Who's it for: h2go by Colenso BBDO and Flying Fish
Why we like it: While bottled water is one of the most ridiculous products ever invented and shouldn't really exist in New Zealand, credit to the brand, which has just launched its designer bottles, for laying a few easter eggs around the Auckland streets (and, given the prevalence of flying fish in the ad, for using the appropriate production company).
Who's it for: McDonald's by DDB NZ and Flying Fish.
Why we like it: A trifecta for Flying Fish and a quinella for the X Factor sponsors with this all-singing, all-dancing and all-eating number for McDonald's.