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3 great ads I had nothing to do with: Ben Tollett & Emer Stamp

Ben Tollett and Emer Stamp, joint creative directors, Adam & Eve DDB reveal the three ad campaigns they admire but had nothing to do with.

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In this series of short films, leading Thinkbox Creative Academy members have the tricky task of selecting just three TV ads that have inspired them: brilliant commercials, old and new, that they admire but had nothing to do with.

The idea is not only to explore some of our greatest ads in the company of people who know a thing or two about making them, but also – because of the proven link between creativity and effectiveness – encourage the advertising industry to even greater heights.

We hope you enjoy the films.

To see more in this series, visit the Three Great Ads I Had Nothing To Do With archive

Ben Tollett & Emer Stamp, joint executive creative directors, Adam & Eve DDB


Throughout their twelve years together, the pair have created a string of campaigns which have championed a sense of warmth, wit and charm for clients as diverse as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, VW, Travelocity and adidas.

Their TV ads are discussed regularly in the national media. Presenter Lauren Laverne said their work showed a "kind of dark genius". Art critic Waldemar Januszczak said their Halifax ad with the dog was "really clever". The columnist and author Caitlin Moran said one of their commercials made her cry for three minutes.

In 2008 Emer and Ben joined start-up agency adam&eve. They played a key role in winning the John Lewis account, and established a new, more emotional tone of voice for the brand. In 2012, the John Lewis campaign won them their second IPA Grand Prix.

According to the Gunn Report, the John Lewis Christmas ad "The Long Wait" is the fifth most awarded ad film in the world.

 

 

Ben & Emer's choices

Tango "St George"

Lynx "getting dressed"

NSPCC "cartoon"




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