Posts Tagged ‘Saatchi New York’

Saatchi Media Scan

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

ssny1 It is easy to find a Saatchi & Saatchi New York presence in places like social media, blogs, news outlets, and other websites.  However, we wanted to post a friendly reminder of where you can find Saatchi, our people, and our best work online! Perhaps the simplest way to keep connected to the global Saatchi network is through our daily Media Scan.  Consisting of links that connect to all of the best work, articles, and updates on our global compatriots, the daily Media Scan is a great way to get inspired from some of the great things we are doing internationally. Please let us know if you would like to subscribe at

Category: Media Scan

The 1X7 Series

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


Although we all work in the advertising industry, at Saatchi New York our interests and talents extend well beyond the realm of TV and digital spot production.  In many cases, some people are more multifaceted and interesting than they know or would like to admit!  That is why we are going to start a new “1×7″ series during our agency meetings to showcase the hidden genius and expertise of the people with whom we work most closely. Like our 7×7 showcase, the trick is to show why you are interesting, why it matters, and re-frame it within a 7 minute window.

To get us started, our in house public speaking and  presentation superstar Claudine Cheever gave her 7 tips on how to deliver a powerful message in only 7 minutes.  Drawing upon her past experience from two 7×7 appearance, Claudine gave us the following guidelines on how to knock your audience’s socks off, so take notes!

Claudine’s 7 tips:

  • Remember you are interesting
  • Talk about something you really care about
  • Make it about something that you do that is NOT advertising
  • Reframe it
  • Find a trigger or starting point to make your talents relevant
  • Failing all that make a list of 7 things
  • Do it in 7 minutes!

Or if you prefer, here is the visual version:








Category: 1X7

Saatchi NY Interns

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

You might see some bright new faces around the NY Saatchi office, as the 2014 Saatchi NY interns have begun their first day on June 9th!

Though they all bustled through the streets of New York on a very gloomy and rainy day to get to the Saatchi & Saatchi building, they were all amped up for their anticipated internship. They started off strong by introducing themselves and sharing their own Lovemarks to the agency at a “Welcome 2014 Intern” breakfast, which was opened by a spontaneous yet warm welcome from Brent. According to Brent, twenty-four interns were selected out of a competitive pool of five hundred applicants. The selected interns range from current college students to recent graduates travelling from both coasts of the United States. With this impressive note in mind, we congratulate our new interns, and we are very excited to welcome and get to know them!

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Category: New York

Advertising And Academia

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


This week, through the Advertising Educational Foundation’s Visiting Professor Program, Professor Cathy Bullock is visiting Saatchi & Saatchi New York from Utah State University! Cathy is here to seek a learning experience within the advertising industry, however we can learn from her as well.  There will be a lunch-in at 12:30 on Thursday where Cathy will give a presentation on the Vanishing Middle Class. Cathy has also written a short blog post for us on what she does and why she is excited to be in New York, check it out below.

Cathy is Part of USU’s Journalism and Communications faculty where she teaches Introduction to Mass Communication, Communication Research Methods, an upper-division Mass-Media Ethics course, and an upper-division Magazine Freelancing course through which students develop articles for submissions to local, regional, and national magazines.  Beyond her professorial duties Cathy also advises the student-run Aggie BluePrint magazine, serves as an open line contact for undergraduate advising, and directs the Westminster Bell Choir on Logan UT on her free time.

We are lucky to have Cathy here, so if you see her around the office please say hello. There is much to be learned through collaborations between the advertising and academic worlds, so listen carefully if she lets you in on some of her secrets!

 Note to Saatchi & Saatchi New York:

Many thanks to Saatchi & Saatchi for hosting me through the Advertising Educational Foundation’s Visiting Professor Program. I suspect I was chosen, first, because I know so little about the advertising industry and, second, because there is great potential to incorporate information about the industry into the classes I teach.

In my early career, I worked as a writer and photographer for agricultural magazines. I returned to academia 25 years ago, teaching at Cornell University and Seattle Pacific University (yes, the site of the most recent campus shooting) before earning a PhD from the University of Washington. I joined Utah State University’s Journalism & Communication faculty in 2001. My goal is to use information gleaned during my two weeks in New York to strengthen the ad/PR portion of my Introduction to Mass Communication class and to show the math-phobic students in my Communication Research Methods class that research and numbers really are relevant within the communication industries. If I also happen to pick up an idea or two for my Mass Media Ethics class or my Honors section of Media and Democracy, so much the better.

All 14 visiting professors spent the first two days of the program touring four agencies (JWT, d’Exposito & Partners, R/GA, and Ogilvy). This experience helped highlight a range of niches, from traditional to multicultural to digital/interactive. I was then placed with the Advertising Council, where I had an opportunity to see some of the fine creative work the Saatchi team has developed for the Goodwill campaign. Perhaps the thing that resonated most was the time, effort, and resources the advertising industry as a whole invests in pro bono work designed to help society. My research deals with media coverage of issues such as intimate partner violence and child abduction, so I’m particularly grateful for the Ad Council’s campaigns dealing with topics such as the prevention of teen dating violence.

Now I’m at Saatchi. When told I would be placed here, I researched the organization and discovered that some of my favorite ads (for example, Gracie and the Cheerios) came to life here. I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from everyone this week.

-Cathy Bullock

Our Creative Vision

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Our Chief Creative Officer Jay Benjamin gave a stirring speech at last week’s agency meeting about our creative ambition at Saatchi New York. Here’s a recap. Light the fires!

It’s time to set our creative ambition.

One of the reasons I was most excited to join Saatchi New York was the appointment of Pablo Del Campo as Worldwide Creative Director. He’s someone whose work I’ve respected for a long time and someone I believed would set a vision that would bond us together as a network.

After sitting with the Worldwide Creative Board I’m happy to say we have a very clear ambition that I think will help motivate us all and get us going in the same direction.


Create the most Loved and Shared work in the world

- This is a simple and clear ambition that has nothing to do with the mediums we work in but everything to do with the people we are talking to.

- As the Lovemarks agency, we’re doing work people love, and we’re starting to get toward the most shared work.

- Sharing is about doing work with strong cultural relevance and human understanding, it’s not about gimmicks or tricks to incentivize people to share.

- People don’t share because they love your brand; they share because they love their friends.

We need to instill the spirit of a maker culture.


Don’t chase the awards, let the awards chase you.

- Create big, brilliant, transformative ideas, and the recognition will come.


- We need a sense of internal competition to push ourselves to be the best.

- Every great sport team has it. You have to fight to make the team, then fight for your spot as a starting player, fight to make the playoffs and then fight for the championships. All that competition is what makes the best teams brilliant.

- Pablo has identified 10 offices to lead the charge, and Saatchi New York needs to set an example.

- Pablo is making a book for the end of the year, 30 pages of the best work from these 10 lead agencies, covering film, social epidemics, case studies – all ideas bigger than advertising.

- That’s 3 potential pages per agency – we want 6 of them!


Category: Creative, New York

Delayed Gratification Graduation

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Ian Kelly

Meet Ian Kelly, Mr. content producer himself.  He is a bright young man who was faced with quite a conundrum last month.  As Ian was just finishing up his Masters in Fine Arts in film from Columbia University, preparing for his graduation, he was also given the chance to take a trip to the Peruvian Amazon to film a new detergent spot here at Saatchi New York.  The problem was, a once in a life time trip coincided with his graduation ceremony, the culminations of his higher education and all his hard work!

Although he was encouraged to dress in cap and gown and attend his well deserved commencement, Ian chose what he loved and opted to take the trip to Peru with the team.  As a thank you to his admirable passion and hard work, those who had witnessed Ian’s sacrifice organized his very own Saatchi Graduation!  Although less extravagant, Brent Smart presented Ian with a diploma and a check for $1000 as a token of his commitment during our May agency meeting.

So we wanted to ask Ian the all important question, Why did you do it!?  Check out what he had to say:


- What do you do at Saatchi?
I’m a content producer. In other words, I produce content. So much content. All shapes and sizes.

- Where did you graduate from and what was your degree?
I just recently graduated from Columbia University with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film, emphasis in screenwriting.

-What was the conflict surrounding your trip to Peru and your graduation?
The trip to Peruvian Amazon totally came out of left field. We literally put it all together in a matter of four days or something insane like that. And of course, graduation and our shoot were happening on the same day.

-Who did you work most closely with on the project?
I don’t remember any names. Just faces. It was all a blur. Kidding. Lauren McCrindle (Associate Creative Director) was the brave creative who jumped at the opportunity to head to the Amazon. She was amazing! We were joined on the shoot by Jason Baffa (Director) from Farm League, a production company based in LA. Jason is a world-traveling filmmaker who surfs amongst the whales, no joke. We first spoke to him on a Friday night. The following Tuesday we were in Lima together along with Amado Stachenfeld (Assistant Camera) and Wade Brandenberger (Line Producer). Jonathan Shanin (Executive Director of AidJoy) also helped out a ton. He was instrumental in introducing us to the incredible people of Peru.

And of course we had a ton of support from our Saatchi family who hung back in New York: Laura Mulloy (creative director), Mark Rolland (Global Tide Account Master & Commander—sorry, I don’t know his title!), Erin Wendel (ACD), Matt Bloem (Account Supervisor?), Tanya Lesieur (Chief Production Officer), and John Doris (Head of Production). I’m certain I’m leaving people out.

Why did you choose Peru over graduation?
C’mon. It was a no brainer. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and the Peruvian Amazon beats long-winded commencement speeches. Isn’t that what the kids say on the school yard?

What did the trip mean for you?
It was absolutely surreal to go from, “We want to shoot in the Peruvian Amazon in four days? That’s ludicrous.” to “Well, here we are on the Amazon River. Let’s roll camera!” Prepping the shoot was insane. We didn’t have much time but couldn’t afford to be lackadaisical at all. But I think we all approached it with a film school mentality of, “So what if we don’t have the budget or time? We have an incredible idea and we’re gonna make this work.”

Can you tell us a little bit about how your team operated on the short deadline, and how it all came together?
We were decisive. Mostly because we didn’t have the time to second guess ourselves. Everything was happening so fast that and we could only rely on our instincts and the person next to us. Fortunately, everyone had fantastic instincts and were all on the same page–from our creative team to our account team to Jason and his production team.

Were you surprised by Brent’s presentation?
Goodness gracious, I was absolutely floored. When he came out in that cap and gown, he put on this really serious face—he had the exact countenance of a Dean at an Ivy League university. And then they brought out an actual Columbia University cap and gown for me? And then the check? And the sheet cake? It was super loco crazy. I was choking back tears.

What will you do with the $1000?
I should seriously put it towards my student loans. But I’m trying to convince my wife to let me buy a new set of golf clubs.

Category: Our People

Live: Saatchi Showcase Series

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Hello Saatchi music fans!

Please join us in the Atrium on Tuesday, 5/13 at 5:00PM for a special live performance featuring Icelandic phenom, Ásgeir.

You may remember hearing Ásgeir’s music on a couple of our past Saatchi playlists – but if  you need a refresher, here’s a taste of what you can expect at Tuesday’s showcase:

He’s also been known to perform some stellar well-known covers, including Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”

At just 21 years of age, the Icelandic release of Dyrd I dauoathogn in September 2012 made Ásgeir something of a sensation in his native Iceland (home to Björk and Sigor Rós, et. al.). Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Ásgeir’s beautiful, melancholic songs and the unusual poetry of Dyrd I dauoathogn – mostly written by his 72-year old father – have captured the Icelandic popular imagination. The album has become the country’s biggest selling debut by a home-grown artist.

With lyrics translated by American singer-songwriter John Grant, Ásgeir’s English-language version of his debut album – In the Silence – was released in Europe and Asia via One Little Indian in January to much critical acclaim. It’s US release came on March 4th via Columbia Records, and quickly appeared at #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart, which features the fastest accelerating artists across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success.

So far in 2014, Ásgeir has performed for NPR’s World Café, SXSW, Daytrotter, Relix, and more. He’s already sold out his next NYC show in June, so you do not want to miss this performance!

Hope to see you Tuesday – Refreshments will also be served!

Fabergé Eggs Land At Rockefeller Center

Monday, April 21st, 2014


Photo Credit: Zandet Taketomo

Happy Easter!  To celebrate the holiday, as well as all of the hard work everyone at Saatchi New York has put into The Big Egg Hunt, part of our team made it to the unveiling of all the eggs at the Rockefeller Center.  Last Friday all the eggs came together in one place after the hunt, giving the public a free art gallery of 267 unique eggs at one of the most popular destinations in New York City.

Although it was part of our job to be there, it felt like anything but work.  We all walked the expanse of the Rockefeller center taking in the atmosphere, joining the public, and snapping photos.  We were honored to take our time soaking it all in with some of the artists of the eggs; it was an unforgettable experience to join the people behind the city wide effort to raise money for the non-profit organizations Elephant Family and Studio in a school.  You can see an article on the event at Adage, and you can check out some of the photos from the event below!