Clemenger BBDO Melbourne snares GPY&R's Ingram and Couzens for creative director roles

Jim&Ben-web.jpg CB Exclusive - In what is sure to be a major shock to GPY&R, Melbourne, creative directors Ben Couzens and Jim Ingram have resigned to join Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne.

 

Couzens (far left) and Ingram (near left), who were promoted to creative directors at Patts in December 2009, have been responsible for a number of major award-winning campaigns, including Schweppes 'Burst' (recognised by the Gunn Report as the second most awarded commercial in the world that year), VB 'Symphony', the Cadbury 'It's no Picnic' work and Defence Force Recruiting campaigns.

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Ant Keogh, executive creative director of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, says he is delighted to be working with the pair again: "Ben and Jim have created some genius work of late. We also know, having worked with them before, they're extremely good blokes, so we were thrilled to hear they were interested in coming aboard. No doubt they'll help lead our creative department to bigger and better things," he said.

Couzens and Ingram will join the Creative Directors' table at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where they will sit alongside Julian Schreiber, Tom Martin, Darren Pitt, Rohan Lancaster and Creative Chairman, James McGrath. They will be helping manage one of the biggest creative departments in the country, working on clients such as CUB, Pacific Brands, NAB and Fonterra.

40 Comments

Anonymous said:

Ouch!

Anonymous said:

You'll be missed lads.

Anonymous said:


Wonder how Josh Robbins & Emma Hill feel about that?!

Derek said:

Good on you Jimmy and Ben

Anonymous said:

That's sure to test Ant's friendship with Coulson!

Anonymous said:

After selling their Clemenger shares, Josh and Emma won't give a rat's ass.

Anonymous said:

Cronyism personified. Yet again.

Anonymous said:

how many CDs at clems now?

Anonymous said:

What exactly happened to Josh & Emma?
Incisive journalism, anyone?

Anonymous said:

Russel will be really thrilled. Not.

Anonymous said:

Granted it is a major blow losing these two but Russel has slightly bigger problems ahead - i.e. the continued disaster that is The Palace and the impending BigW and Suncorp pitches. You heard it here first......

Anonymous said:

Motor finance wizard says YES

Anonymous said:

Everyone has their price.

Anonymous said:

So Clems is pretty much Patts creative department circa 2006. The only guys missing are already creative directors at other agencies.

Best of Luck Jiz and Cum

Anonymous said:

I just can't see the sense in it from either perspective. Its a long term lose lose.

Anonymous said:

It worked before, it will prob work again. De ja vu really. Remember - Ant, Carlton and where they came from.

Anonymous said:

Welcome to the sausage-fest fellas.

Anonymous said:

Does anyone in advertising have any integrity?

Anonymous said:

Best of luck Jim and Cuz. Champs the pair of you.

Anonymous said:

These are two of the finest dudes in adland. They've done fucking good work and still remain good guys. Good on them for making a move.

Congrats guys and keep it up. Don't listen to all the bullshit, they're just jealous.
J

Anonymous said:

Great creatives to a great agency. Sausage fest? Yep, for sure. But they're all GOOD.

Anonymous said:

All recently made CD's, that's a lot of roosters in the chook house. Good luck

Anonymous said:

Integrity? Come on buddy. Have you ever met these guys?

I've worked with them at two separate agencies and both times they conducted themselves with professionalism and honesty. And they were fucking fun guys to work with. Integrity is something they have in spades.

The only person's integrity in question is yours for writing such garbage.

Good work lads, you deserve it all.

Anonymous said:

9.42. Your cronyism comment would only make sense if they were no good. You think they should hire less talented people they don't know?

Anonymous said:

They're good.
But they're not irreplaceable.

Anonymous said:

Nice one jimmy and cuzzy, couldn't happen to two nicer blokes.

Well actually, it could. I mean, Jim and Cuz are two really nice blokes but I don't know if they're the nicest blokes in the world. So technically, it COULD happen to two nicer blokes.

Although you probably need to have some ability to score a gig at clems, so that rules out most of the nice blokes I know. Leaving only jim and cuz. And maybe Hamish and Andy: they seem like nice blokes. Talented too, and if they wanted I'm sure they could cut it in advertising.

Although I reckon Hamish definitely carries Andy, whereas with jim and cuz the talent is split pretty much 50/50. And maybe Hamish and Andy aren't quite as nice as they make out to be, what with all their money and supermodels and stuff.

So I guess on balance, I was right: it couldn't happen to two nicer blokes.

Congrats boys,

Johnny.

Mills said:

I was sick of carrying you two.

Anonymous said:

Jim looks good with horns on.

Anonymous said:

Surely if there’s someone above you, you’re a senior creative, not a creative director.

Anonymous said:

Top work Cowsens and Ingrams.
Capital

Anonymous said:

Seven CDs at the one table. The mind boggles.

Anonymous said:

And the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I've grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

And my ties are severed clean
Less I have the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign

Respect, always, wherever you may roam.

100%Colombian.

Anonymous said:

@3.42pm there will now be 9 of them

Anonymous said:

Is it job titles instead of payrises at Clems, or do they really need 17 creative directors there?

Anonymous said:

Re creative directors.
Don't knock it. It seems to be working: Agency of the year three times

Anonymous said:

MAMMOTH news boys.
Well done!
Tbone

Anonymous said:

4:14

You can be sure it's the title and the salary. And it'll be fives the 65K you're on, dickhead.

Anonymous said:

Its always amazed me to see two guys that have always been such lovely people remain that way after years of successes in a c-nt of an industry. Onward and upward!

Anonymous said:

time for a real watch Jim

Anonymous said:

You don't have to be an ass to success in this industry, you choose to be. All you need it talent, ambition and passion. Congrats Jim and Ben!

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