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Letter from Justin Gomes

January 29, 2014
Justin Gomes

Dear CC Members

First up, a big thank you for my nomination as CC Chairman. It's a huge honour to represent the South African creative fraternity and I look forward to building on Chris's great work over the last two years. Chris has been all-in from the get-go and in addition to delivering on everything expected of a Creative Circle Chairman, he's been an outspoken defender of all things creative, in 140 characters and beyond. During his tenure, he challenged many a naysayer to public debates on the power of creativity to deliver business results. Needless to say, no-one took him up on it. I felt it particularly fitting The Creative Effectiveness Award was implemen...

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Letter from Chris Gotz

January 29, 2014
Chris Gotz

Dear members,

Alas, my time as Creative Circle Chair has come to an end.

It has been interesting, exciting, instructive, fractious, inspiring and, for the most part, generally pretty cool. My tenure has coincided with a time of great change for our industry and everyone in it, especially us creative folk.

We are in the middle of a revolution in tech and media which is completely changing the way we tell our stories. It’s been part of my mission to create a culture that reflects that. Our digital Creative Circle Award category grows ever stronger, as does the rest of the work we are producing as a country. We are seeing these new influences at play in vir...

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Judging Cannes Lions Film

July 4, 2013
Alistair King

by Alistair King, Chief Creative Officer, King James Group (@alsparkles) The last time I judged Cannes Lions Film I swore never to do it again. I found the process political and argumentative, and many of the jury members devious and full of agendas. I found letters in my room from production houses telling me what work to look out for and hardcover books, elegantly printed by holding companies, showcasing their finest work. Party invites inevitably came with a 5 minute sales pitch on which ads they had entered. All in all I found the whole thing sickening and desperate and so I decided to approach this Cannes with a sense of...

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Letter from Chris Gotz

January 19, 2012
Chris Gotz
Chairperson

Dear Members

It was with surprise and trepidation that I accepted my nomination as Chairperson of the Creative Circle for 2012/13. I hope I can live up to the high standards set by Brett Morris over the past 2 years. My tenure as Chair of the Creative Circle Exco begins in earnest in 2012, but I felt we should touch base this year just to get the ball rolling. It should be a great year, as long as those pesky Mayan predictions don’t come to pass.

I would like to thank Brett Morris for being a truly outstanding, hardworking, approachable and exemplary Chair over the past 2 years. As I am rapidly discovering, balancing the twin roles of being Exec CD of an agency a...

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Letter from Brett Morris

January 19, 2012
Brett Morris

Dear members

I can't believe two years has come and gone and I'm writing my final letter as chairman of The Creative Circle. Damn that was quick.

My term has been enlightening and given me real insight into the amazing talent in our industry. I am truly inspired and excited by the creative muscle that exists in South Africa and yet I also realise there is still a lot of untapped potential that needs to be brought to the fore. Specifically, we need to be doing a lot more as an industry in identifying and mentoring the next generation of creatives. This is an ongoing challenge and something I'm sure we'll focus on for many years to come.

I also b...

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