Damon went to New Zealand to work with his old partner Shane Bradnick and make some secret creative sauce. Before that he was ECD at Saatchi and Saatchi Australia, and before that, Group ECD of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Global ECD of Standard Bank. Follow him on Twitter at @D_Stapleton.
In the year Damon and Shane have been together, DDB has won Campaign Magazine New Zealand Agency of the year, Creative Agency of the Year at the Axis Awards, New Zealand's biggest advertising show. They were also runner-up agency of the year at Spikes Asia's largest show and the top New Zealand Agency and third overall at AWARD Australia's premier show. They also won the global business for Icebreaker clothing and Auckland City Council. A great year working with some very special, talented people.
CANNES, FRANCE: We are coming to the end of another Cannes. The big parties with small pieces of food. The champagne being consumed by ridiculously good-looking people. The sharks that are smiling at you but looking over your shoulder to see who is more important. And, of course, egos and insecurities that could destroy even the bravest fashion victim. These things are all true; however, there is another side.
CANNES, FRANCE: It's strange talking to the judges here. There really is a sense that nobody knows what's going to happen next. Advertising has become so all-encompassing, it’s really become hard to define. From a South African perspective, I believe we have about 12 months to take some quantum leaps.
CANNES, FRANCE: As I finish judging 4000 entries at 2010 Cannes Lions, I really do feel advertising is at a crossroad. I have never seen at awards show where you can definitely see the past, present and future all at the same time.