Diary: It's snow joke this Xmas

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:00AM

While adland is no stranger to the white stuff, last week's deluge of snow was more than even this industry could manage.

Some though, such as the CMW placement team Paul Crump and Vicki Murfitt, saw the weather as an opportunity to catch the eye of the agency's creative heads, Jamie Bell and Iain Hunter. Their snowmen proved an uncanny likeness to the pair - so even if Hunter and Bell don't give them a job, there's a possible career in ice-sculpting.

DDB's client officer, Nick Fox, also saw the funny side, telling staff in an e-mail that no-one was to leave the agency before 7pm and had to be in at 8am sharp, while informing them of a "sleepover facility" set up on the third floor for males and fourth for females, adding: "Nigel Beard is reading stories from 10pm." Cosy.

Adland sees funny side

Just when you thought Mad Men had ushered in a new era of advertising types not being portrayed as the butt of all TV jokes, along comes another adland satire.

A new sitcom from the writer of The Inbetweeners and ex-HHCL creative Jonathan Thake, hit our TV screens this week in the shape of BBC2's The Persuasionists.

Based on a legendary shop that folded a few years back, the fictional advertising agency in question, HHH&H (not leaving much to the imagination there), comprises "five overpaid and underworked employees".

The cast includes: Adam Buxton (of Adam & Joe) playing a feckless but eager account director called Greg who aspires to be as ambitious and amoral as his colleagues; then there's the boss, Clive (played by the stand-up Jarred Christmas) - the most Australian man on the planet; an uncontrollable account executive called Keaton, played by Simon Farnaby; Billy (Iain Lee), an intelligent if underachieving creative; and a neurotic TV producer called Emma, played by Daisy Haggard.

Not that Diary likes to draw comparisons, but Rupert Howell, Steve Henry and the wife of Adam & Eve's James Murphy, Victoria Baldacchino, will hopefully see the humorous side. If you missed it last night (Wednesday), catch up on bbc.co.uk/iplayer.

Cops' criminal cock-up

For most people, a relaxing Christmas holiday doesn't include being dragged off a plane in handcuffs by Interpol.

However, unfortunately for Adam & Eve's young creative Harry Budgen, his did.

Unbeknown to the hapless traveller, at some point in his journey back from Australia, his name had been wrongly entered into a computer as Harry Bodgen - who just so happens to be an international drug dealer who is placed very high on Interpol's wanted list.

So, as Budgen touched down on the tarmac at Heathrow, armed police stormed the plane and dragged him out for more than 24 hours of questioning. It's unknown whether it included a body cavity search.

Ad star nets gold award

The star of Saint's "freestyle king" anti-knife crime digital ad for the Home Office, L'il Dreadz, has bagged himself just about the biggest accolade anyone could wish for - a gold Blue Peter badge.

Mr Dreadz can now count himself among a very select few to have merited such an honour, including Her Majesty the Queen, David Beckham and, er, Lenny Henry.

And finally ...

Diary would like to welcome into the world the son of Dare's managing partner, Lee Wright, and Grand Union's managing director, Jaimes Leggett. While the parents plumped for the name Tate, Diary couldn't help but be disappointed that they didn't name him Quick.

This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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