Diary: On the QT ..

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 18 April 2008 12:00AM

It's the decade of the comeback tour, with the Spice Girls, Led Zeppelin, Take That and even East 17 all enjoying renewed success. And now it looks like the admen of yore are back in the public eye.

Following the popularity of America's latest TV export, Mad Men, the 1963 bestseller Confessions of an Advertising Man by the UK's original mad man, David Ogilvy, has experienced a resurgence of its own, rocketing to the top of the bestsellers list on Amazon ...

Choosing a venue for a board meeting that will be quiet enough to discuss pressing agency issues and far enough away from prying staff is always tough. TBWA thought it had got it right when opting for an away day for its senior management at the Sandown Park Racecourse. But despite going on a weekday to avoid the crowds, they got more than they bargained for. The TBWA top bods were somewhat surprised to find Matt Damon and scores of extras running around for the filming of the Hollywood star's latest flick. The management could barely hear themselves think over the shouting and explosions from the film set. Better luck next time ...

For the hacks at Campaign, the opening of a new agency always prompts a call from the mystery "Greg from Bartle Bogle Hegarty". The impostor, who has been known to take on a number of guises, including "a close friend of Trevor Beattie's", never fails to drop us a line to find out the contact details of the latest new agency. But beware, Greg, you've been rumbled; we know you're just an office supplier eager to pester the unsuspecting start-ups ...

Staff at Campaign Towers are also being inundated with e-mails from Haygarth. Obviously concerned that its phone lines weren't working, the PR company has been sending multiple e-mails containing alternative contact numbers. But perhaps Haygarth should entertain the possibility that the phones weren't broken - it's just that no-one wanted to call.

This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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