David Reviews

 It's the work, stupid.

PODCAST - BEN PRIEST
6 November 2017

The timings of our podcasts have been a bit erratic since we launched them at the end of last year but we're relaunching them with this very special edition featuring adam&eveDDB co-founder Ben Priest, and we're aiming to release them once a week from now on.

This podcast was recorded early in the year but - for a variety of reasons - we're only just publishing it now and we'd like to thank Ben for his understanding about this.

Part of the reason for the delay is that this was something of an experiment. We recorded it on the streets of London, wandering around the buildings where Ben has worked over the last twenty-five years. The wind, the rain and the traffic noise were a real challenge, and we eventually took shelter in Harvey Nichols where the hubbub from the other diners in their café offered an additional technical problem.

Nonetheless, it was a fascinating journey with Ben offering an amazing insight into his career, his philosophy and the trials an d tribulations of founding and running the advertising agency which has set a benchmark for the entire advertising industry.


Ben is a dream interviewee because he's clear, funny, candid and honest. He's not afraid to issue criticism but extremely generous to those who have inspired him and mentored him. It's a revealing portrait, so pop on your headphones and listen to what one of our industry's real stars has to say for himself.

This podcast is also available on iTunes. Search for the David Reviews Podcasts.

The David Reviews podcasts would not be possible without the wonderful people at String & Tins. They provide studio facilities, a brilliant sound engineer, editing assistance, invaluable advice and unbeatable hospitality.
Stories

AISULTAN SEITOV ENLISTS WITH PARTIZAN.

Partizan have signed what they describe as one of the “most exciting new directing talents” around in the shape of promo director Aisultan Seitov.


NOT TO SCALE CATCH LOBSTER.

Not To Scale say they "couldn't be more excited to welcome" Italian-Bulgarian directing duo Lobster to their global roster.


MICHAEL J FERNS SIGNS FOR 76 LTD.

76 have high hopes for their latest signing, young Scottish director Michael J Ferns… and a quick glance at his CV suggests their confidence is justified.


NICE SHIRT FILMS SIGN KIM GELDENHUYS.

Nice Shirt Films have serendipity to thank for their latest signing, Kim Geldenhuys.


SIXTYFOUR MUSIC ARE YORGOS LANTHIMOS'S FAVOURITE.

SixtyFour music's Nick Payne has been watching this year's movie awards with more interest than usual as The Favourite - which his company worked on - has become the favourite to pick up the major gongs.


ANDY HUMPHREYS ADDS BITE TO BARK

It's been a little while since Andy Humphreys added his clout to Bark Soho, so we popped by to see him and Simon Elms so find out how it's working out.


OLLY WILLIAMS ARRIVES AT VISION.

Production designer-stroke-director Olly Williams has joined Vision's design roster for representation.


BRUCE ST CLAIR JOINS RATTLING STICK

Rattling Stick have signed director Bruce St Clair to their roster for UK representation.


RIDLEY SCOTT CREATIVE GROUP GO DUTCH.

Ridley Scott Creative Group are pleased to announce the launch of their new Amsterdam office.


DUMAS HADDAD ENTERS THE DARKROOM.

London-based filmmaker Dumas Haddad has joined Partizan's developmental roster, Darkroom.


STRING AND TINS LAUNCH BID TO NURTURE FEMALE SOUND DESIGN TALENT.

Sound design studio String and Tins have launched a bid to nurture female sound design talent.


EDWARD BERGER ENTERS THE SWEETSHOP

Acclaimed German director Edward Berger has joined The Sweetshop for global representation.


THE VISIONARIES SCORE A HAT-TRICK

The Visionaries have announced a trio of new signings: Jon Yeo, Femi Ladi, and Claire Norowzian.


LUCKY THIRTEEN AT TENTHREE.

Editing house tenthree are pleased to announce the launch of thirteen, a roster dedicated to up-and-coming editors.


THE APA'S FUTURE OF ADVERTISING EVENT 2019

There's a great line up for this year's Future in Advertising event on Wednesday.


COMPULSORY DECLARE INTENT BY RECRUITING STEPHANIE WALTON

Film production company Compulsory have underlined their move into the TVC realm by recruiting Stephanie Walton as Head of New Business & Development.


READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Aardman Animation have partnered with Huawei and agency FCB Inferno to create StorySign - an educational app which translates written text into sign language.


CRAFTWORKS AT BAFTA 195

Our first CraftWorks event took place at BAFTA on Monday 11th February and - to judge by the feedback - it was a hit.


76 SIGN ROBIN GOODE.

76 Ltd have recruited one of South Africa's foremost directors in the shape of Robin Goode.


MACEO FROST SIGNS WITH KNUCKLEHEAD US

Knucklehead's US arm have signed director Maceo Frost for representation.


NEXUS STUDIOS LAUNCH MANSHEN LO

Nexus Studios have announced their new signing - director and animator Manshen Lo.


OBJECT & ANIMAL SET OUT THEIR STALL.

It's been a few months since Object & Animal set out their stall and they're doing rather well.


PAPAYA DOUBLE THEIR PLEASURE.

Directors Nicolas Caicoya and Willem Gerritsen are the latest to join Papaya's London roster for commercial representation.


PETER LYDON GOES INDEPENDENT.

Seasoned TV and commercials director Peter Lydon has joined Independent for representation.


BLINKINK SCORE A BRACE.

Blinkink have signed husband-and-wife directing duo Stevie Gee and Essy May, as well as adding animator and illustrator Robert Hunter to their ranks.


Stories

David Reviews - Lovely Lenzie Ltd, Woodbourne House, Seven Sisters, Lenzie, G66 3AW. Telephone: +44 141 776 7766. Editor: Jason Stone.