Connolly of Foster’s fame joins Saatchis for art director role

Brian Connolly, the former Young & Rubicam creative, has joined Saatchi & Saatchi as a senior art director working across a broad range of accounts.

Brian Connolly, the former Young & Rubicam creative, has joined

Saatchi & Saatchi as a senior art director working across a broad range

of accounts.



Connolly, who is best known for making a Foster’s commercial that

parodied the steamy Haagen-Dazs ads, joins the agency from Delaney

Fletcher Bozell to partner David Fowle. Fowle’s previous partner, Keith

Terry, remains at Saatchis and will work with a new partner.



The Saatchis creative director, Adam Kean, said of Connolly: ’He can

clearly art direct and is a good TV writer - that combination is what

I’m looking for. Personality-wise he will fit in here. He’s very keen,

very hungry.’



Connolly began his career at the then SSC&B Lintas in 1986, after

graduating from Manchester Polytechnic. He had stints at Gold Greenlees

Trott and Leagas Shafron Davis Ayer before joining Y&R, where he stayed

for four years, producing much of his award-winning work. There he

teamed up with the copywriter, Jonathan Budds, to create the Foster’s

spoof (which won a silver nomination at D&AD) as well as the ’Eiffel

Tower’ poster for Eurostar, which won a silver award at the Campaign

Poster Awards in 1995.



Connolly moved to BST in April 1995, where he art directed the ’trompe

l’oeil’ campaign for Classic FM, which won him a Creative Circle silver

award. He moved to Delaney Fletcher in July 1996.



The 35-year-old Connolly was a Campaign Face to Watch in 1992 during his

time at Y&R.



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