Canning quits Bates to accept Burkitt job

Jon Canning, a creative director at Bates Dorland, has been named as the new creative director of Court Burkitt & Company.

Jon Canning, a creative director at Bates Dorland, has been named

as the new creative director of Court Burkitt & Company.



Canning replaces Mike Court, who departed for McCann-Erickson this

summer after only 18 months at the agency which still carries his name

above the door (Campaign, 22 August).



At Dorlands, Canning was one of three creative directors who have been

running the agency’s creative department since Tim Ashton, the executive

creative director, was fired in June. Since then, Jay Pond-Jones,

formerly at Mother and GGT, has been named as Ashton’s successor.



Canning, a copywriter, was closely associated with the Safeway

account.



His art director of 14 years, Russell Waldron, was killed in a road

accident last May. Together, the pair created the acclaimed ’Harry’

campaign for the supermarket chain. Canning directed some of the Safeway

commercials and had been considering a move into full-time

directing.



He commented: ’Court Burkitt is a famous agency with a good name but it

is small enough for me to work on a personal level.’



Hugh Burkitt, the chairman of Court Burkitt, said: ’We have a grown-up

planning and account handling team, and Jon will work well with them,

but he’ll be prepared to put them back in their boxes when necessary.’



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