Whether it's pilfering creative ideas or whipping coveted awards
off winning tables, adland is full of thieving pranksters.
In time-honoured tradition, a yellow Pencil walked during the recent
D&AD Awards ceremony, prompting Simon Porteous, a freelance designer at
Williams Murray Hamm, to crawl into work the next day wiping away tears.
He'd won it for his work on the alcopop brand Wildbrew.
To add insult to injury, a cryptic envelope later turned up containing a
menacing ransom note demanding 500 bottles of said concoction in return
for the gagged and bound Pencil.
WMH's creative director, Garrick Hamm, told of a night of booze and
celebration, during which he cunningly asked his wife to take his Pencil
home before things got too messy. Not so the hapless Porteous. "He got
up to have a boogie and beers and when he reeled back to the table, his
precious ornament had been swiped," Hamm sighed.
Porteous has moved on to pastures new and still nurses the hope that his
beloved Pencil will be returned safe and sound. Hamm, meanwhile, is
manning the postroom, and priming the client for a rather large favour.