Archive for the ‘Singapore’ Category

Andrea Cid Illustrates Her #SaatchiSwitch

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Andrea Cid from Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore has made a #saatchiswitch to Saatchi & Saatchi London. She tweets (and illustrates) her experience at @65to44

 

 

 

Saatchi Switch: Ben Wight

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Ben Wight

Ben Wight is a copywriter from London currently working in Singapore as part of the Saatchi & Saatchi Switch programme. If you see him around, say hi, recommend some cool things to do in the region, and introduce him to more of Singapore’s “nice food”.

What do you do at Saatchi & Saatchi?
I’m a copywriter, I mainly work on Head & Shoulders. I’ve been at Saatchi’s for just over a year.

What was your first job?
My first ever job was working in a supermarket. I was a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker. (That last one wasn’t true but I was also fishmonger.)

What led you on the path you’re on today?
I remember reading one of my reports from school, from when I was about 8, and I made an advert about vikings for one of the projects. Apparently it went well. So I guess since then it was kind of meant to be.

What are your Lovemarks?
RedBull, Nike

How did you hear about the Saatchi Switch program?
I didn’t. It was a surprise.

What are you looking forward to the most? What do you want to learn while you are in Singapore?
I’ve been looking forward to just meeting new people, eating new foods and experiencing a different culture. I’m also looking forward to trying to travel to some other parts of Asia while I’m here; it’s so easy to get around. Work wise, it’s interesting to see how a smaller agency in the network works – the UK office is pretty big.

Have you been in contact at all with your Singapore counterpart?
Yep, we sure have. We’ve given each other tips about everything there is to know or at least everything we know about the places we’re from. We still check up one each other when we can.

Do you have any advice for them for their London experience?
Work hard. Play hard.

If you have any time to do sight-seeing or activities, where are you going and what are you going to do?
I’m thinking of going to a couple other countries while I’m here. I’ve already booked a weekend trip to Bali! And also trying lots of nice food.

What’s your favorite ad (all time or currently?)
I don’t think I have a favourite ad of all time but I really like this series of ads for Panda cheese.

Award-Winning Creative Duo, Jeremy Chia & Fajar Kurnia, Joins Saatchi Singapore

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore continues to energize its creative team with the hiring of award-winning duo, Jeremy Chia and Fajar Kurnia, who will assume the role of Creative Directors at the agency, reporting to ECD Dominic Stallard. The pair will work across the agency’s portfolio on local, regional and global clients.

“Bringing in Jeremy and Fajar is an important part of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore’s creative revitalisation. They have the rare ability to win new business as well as major awards on real accounts. They understand the importance of digital communication and a killer concept. We’re very excited to have them onboard,” said Dominic.

Both Jeremy and Fajar began their careers at Saatchi & Saatchi (Jeremy in Hong Kong and Fajar in Malaysia), and they have gone to work at agencies such as iris Worldwide Indonesia, who they helped win Digital Agency of the Year and Ad Agency of the Year.

CEO Shannon Cullum said, “When you get the opportunity to include creatives like Jeremy and Fajar to your agency, you take it. Having talent of this caliber will enable us to showcase great creative work globally that is produced right here in Singapore.”

Jeremy and Fajar’s end-to-end thinking and their ability to successfully translate ideas across traditional, digital, mobile and e-commerce platforms is what gives them dynamism as a creative team.

This has translated to award-winning creative ideas across the region for brands like, Dove, Heineken, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Singapore Health Promotion Board, Sony Unilever and Wall’s. Together, Fajar and Jeremy have won numerous awards including a highly-coveted D&AD yellow pencil, Cannes Lions, CLIO Awards, One Show and Effies.

Category: New Hires, Singapore

Steve Walls Joins Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Steve Walls has moved from Ogilvy & Mather to energize and advance his creative career at ideas hothouse Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore as Head of Planning.

Walls is the first senior hire by Shannon Cullum since he took the helm as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore in late 2014.

“Steve is here to do what he does best – make wonderful work,” said Cullum. “Inspired thinking begets inspiring creative, and I know Steve will quickly become essential to both our creatives and clients.”

Steve’s career has seen him develop effective and impactful strategies for both brands and agency. He has worked at AMV BBDO North America, JWT, “WhatIf”, BBH London/Singapore and Publicis, where his clients included BMW, Castrol, CNBC-Asia, JetBlue, Johnnie Walker, Nestle, SingTel, Smirnoff and Unilever.

“The Saatchi creative department is young, talented and hungry” said Walls. “I look forward to helping them create some awesome advertising on some equally awesome clients”.

Category: New Hires, Singapore

Acer Appoints Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore As Global Creative Agency

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Acer have announced today that they have awarded their global creative advertising account to Saatchi & Saatchi, Singapore following a global search and selection process run by the Singapore office of Roth Observatory International.

The search considered both international and globally recognised boutique agencies across all continents. It was narrowed down to four agencies (Grey, Dentsu Aegis Network, DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi) late last year. Although Acer does not have an incumbent global creative agency, Saatchi’s will work closely with Red Peak who is Acer’s branding consultancy.

Roth Observatory’s Managing Partner for Asia Pacific, Paul Davies, commented: “We are delighted to have helped Acer find a global marketing communications partner. The Acer team that included global and regional participants were a pleasure to work with and are determined to form a great partnership with Saatchi’s.”

“Saatchi & Saatchi’s delivered on all the key criteria Acer identified as critical in achieving their marketing objectives and will help them continue with their growth and success.”

Maarten Schellekens, Chief Marketing Officer for Acer said: “We are delighted to appoint Saatchi & Saatchi as our global creative agency. We are excited about the intelligence, ideas and passion Saatchi’s have demonstrated throughout the process and about the journey we will go on together. The IT market is very competitive and cluttered and we believe the work we will do together with Saatchi’s will differentiate Acer and help us go forward.”

Shannon Cullum, CEO Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, said: “We’re incredibly excited to have this chance to work with Acer. They’re a global company with enormous scale and even bigger ambition – and the more time we’ve spent with them the more excited we’ve become about what we can accomplish together. This win speaks to what we’re capable of as an agency, and is a real testament to where Singapore based agencies can play within our industry – this is a world class creative market which I’m sure will host more global business in the coming years. “

Category: New Business, Singapore

Saatchi & Saatchi Brings Its Legendary NDS to Spikes Asia

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Saatchi & Saatchi will be bringing its highly-anticipated New Directors’ Showcase to audiences in Asia for the first time at the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity on 23 September. The showcase reel, which premiered at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June, will feature films specially selected by Saatchi & Saatchi’s Worldwide Creative Board and highlights some of the most exciting new global directorial talent.

“We’re excited to be able to share the experience of the New Directors’ Showcase with the creative community at Spikes Asia,” said Shannon Cullum, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. “The theme this year – #feelthereel – was a great experiment in the power of emotion, film and technology.”

The New Directors’ Showcase has been an important part of the creative industry calendar since 1991 and can be seen as a barometer of film tastes throughout the world. This year’s reel will feature 19 films by 18 directors from all over the world, and includes viral hits such as Tatia Pilieva’s erotic ‘First Kiss’ and Alberto Belli’s spoof HBO trailer ‘It’s Not Porn’.

Andy Gulliman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Film and Content Director and curator of the reel said, “The main thing that we look for is the individual talent to deliver a film that sustains our creative heritage. We want to be inspired by work that could not be as easily done by somebody else. It is about the way the director has executed the idea more than just the idea itself.”

The premiere at Cannes saw the use of wearable technology to measure the audience’s emotional responses to the films shown in real time. Not surprisingly, films with humour or sex as the topic received the highest levels of emotional arousal. Interestingly, however, there was a wide range in reactions among the different audience members. For example, Emile Sornin’s funny ‘Grab Her’ music video for Disclosure had some audience members getting very agitated, while others remained completely unaffected.

Category: Events, Singapore

Shannon Cullum Takes the Helm at Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Shannon Cullum

As of 1 September 2014, Shannon Cullum will lead Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia as CEO, marking a significant turning point as the agencies achieve strides in creative excellence, mobile and digital technology, as well as shopper marketing. Shannon will add his new responsibilities to his existing portfolio as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Indonesia and Chief Growth Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Asia-Pacific. He will build a synergistic regional offering for the Network’s local and regional clients. Shannon replaces Paul Roebuck who is moving to the USA.

“With Shannon leading Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia, we have a world-class leadership team to help our clients navigate the dynamic changes happening in the region,” said Chris Foster, Chairman and Regional CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Asia-Pacific. “With the addition of Dominic Stallard as Executive Creative Director, and Tom Eslinger, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Director of Digital and Social, leading our digital teams regionally, I look forward to great things.”

“Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore has an incredible creative legacy. We have been one of the best in the world and home to some of the brightest talent in the global industry,” said Shannon.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the agency at this point of its journey, and be able to integrate our capability across offices. We are already seeing the benefits with the attraction of top creative talent, optimised delivery across the region and new business.”

Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore is a multi-award winning agency and the regional hub for Saatchi & Saatchi Asia-Pacific. The agency most recently announced its new business win as Agency of Record in South East Asia for two Petra Foods brands – SilverQueen and Top – and counts amongst its clients Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Lexus, ITE, Scoot, Star Cruises and Subway.

Category: APAC, Malaysia, Singapore

Creative Technology Night Returns to Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore hosted their second annual Creative Technology Night on July 17, this time with a focus on mobile technology, following the success of their inaugural event that provided ‘hands on’ opportunities in new technologies.

In partnership with the Mobile Marketing Association, the agency dedicated the evening to speakers, activities and inspiring ideas that are tackling the mobile conundrum head on.

With keynote speaker Tom Eslinger, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Director of Digital and Social, and others including Rohit Dadwal of the Mobile Marketing Association; Rahul Pandey, CEO of Bonzai; and Liam Winston, Managing Partner of Mobile Now, invited guests were treated to a night of mobile expertise.

In his presentation, Tom Eslinger extended his thoughts from his recent book Mobile Magic: The Saatchi & Saatchi Guide to Mobile Marketing and Design. He provided learnings from Mobile winners at the recent Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and also shared “5 Things To Do Right Now” to make mobile part of daily life. Tom’s knowledge of worldwide trends and his gravitas as inaugural president of the Mobile Lions meant the evening was full of first class ideas and inspiration in understanding the mobile world.

Winston Hammill, Managing Director Asia Pacific for Concise Group, spoke on how brands can engage live audiences through mobile, with a focus on different mobile technologies used by top corporates and brands to encourage participation. The mobile technology on display aptly assisted Hammill in his discussion.

“Having speakers with such informed pedigree meant the night was guaranteed to brew innovation and inspiration. We see events like this as a valuable way to gain more insight into creating visually stunning and intellectually brilliant ideas for our clients. We look forward to what these nights will continue to bring the agency and the work we do,” said Paul Roebuck, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia.

Technology on show during the evening included Oculus Rift – a 3D virtual reality device, Cinime – in-cinema mobile technology, iBeacon and a 3D mapping station.

Other speakers and their topics of discussion were:

Rohit Dadwal Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Mobile: New Consumers, New Opportunities. The new frontier of interaction and visual dissection of our environment through mobile technology.

Rahul Pandey Bonzai, CEO & Co-Founder
Can Creative Ideas Maximize the Potential of Mobile Media Buying? Creative ideas and media buying are two sides of the same coin. A solid partnership between these two wings of advertising creates the foundation for a winning mobile campaign.

Nicola Morelli MORE, Founder & Director
Fragility of Mobile: Not-so-obvious elements from a few common situations in mobile marketing. Conflation, Concavity and other fallacies are taken onto the Mobile Marketing domain to be discussed from a technical point of view.

Liam Winston Mobile Now, Managing Partner
Mobile Gaming – The Opportunity for Brands. The increased appetite for gaming and brands entering this sphere sees a burgeoning opportunity to engage the consumer above functionality based apps.

Sandra Ng Group Vice President of IDC
How a win-win partnership between CMOs and CIOs is an essential for brands to succeed in the new marketplace.

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Category: Creative, Digital, Singapore