Carl Johnson plots Anomaly UK launch

Carl Johnson, the founder of the New York-based multi-disciplinary hotshop Anomaly, is plotting the launch of a London office.

The former Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow & Johnson founder told Campaign: "We are looking seriously at London by year-end, providing we can find the right talent here."

Johnny Vulkan, the Anomaly co-founder and former TBWA\ group creative director, is understood to be in the UK with a brief to recruit talent for the London office.

Anomaly launched in the US in 2004, after Johnson quit as the chief operating officer of TBWA\Worldwide. The agency's first account was Coca-Cola Dasani. It won a design brief for the brand, later expanding its role to include advertising.

Anomaly now has a staff of 70. In 2005, Mike Byrne, the ex-Wieden & Kennedy creative director, became the chief creative officer after the departure of the founding creative partner, Ernest Lupinacci.

- Perspective, page 27.