"Currently, the best place for a young director is a production company," she told Campaign. "Can you get that in an agency? It depends on who you’re working with in that agency.
"With the structure that currently exists, there’s a distance between the client, concept and the making of an ad, which creates an objectivity."
Gehrig’s comments come amid debate about the role of in-house agency units in production work. The US
Department of Justice is investigating whether agencies are rigging production bids to favour their own divisions.
Production companies in the UK, the US, France, Germany and South Africa have pledged not to pitch against agencies’ in-house divisions and are calling for stricter guidelines.
Gehrig suggested there is a role for in-house divisions in making good work: "There’s a rigour with how the industry works, and I respect that. Whatever makes the best work works, as long as there’s that respect."