David Reviews

 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

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

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TV KLAXON: REN FAIRE.

'Ren Faire', a new three-part documentary series from director Lance Oppenheim, centres on the Texas Renaissance Festival—an event in the midst of a succession crisis.


PHC JOIN ACADEMY FILMS.

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TRIGGER'S THE MAN FOR NM PRODUCTIONS.

Photographer and petrolhead Triggerhas signed with NM Productions.


DIRECTOR JON RICHE SIGNS WITH ANOTHER FILM CO

Experienced comedy director Jon Riche has joined the roster at Another Film Co, and making audiences laugh isn't the only string to his bow.


A GOOD DAY FOR HANNAH BON AND RIFF RAFF.

Multilingual, multidisciplinary director Hannah Bon is now part of the Nursery of Evil roster at Riff Riff Films.


THE CORNER SHOP WELCOME AKWASI POKU.

The Corner Shop have signed Akwasi Poku to their global roster.


LALOU & JOAQUIN JOIN CHELSEA PICTURES.

Directors Lalou Dammond and Joaquin Baca-Asay, or Lalou & Joaquin, have joined Chelsea Pictures for representation in the UK and the US.


PETE SCIBERRAS ARRIVES AT STITCH.

Peter Sciberras, revered editor of films such as 'The Power of the Dog' and 'The King', is now on the books at Stitch.


LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN FOR IMAGINE THIS.

The roster at Imagine This, the creative studio launched by Toby Walsham in March, has grown from seventeen to twenty-four.


ALESSANDRO DE LEO SIGNS FOR BIRTH.

Birth have signed an "unstoppable force" in Italian director Alessandro de Leo.


J HUS 'ALIEN GIRL'

Picnic Studio, repped by Partizan, direct an interactive music video for 'Alien Girl' by J Hus.


DOG EAT DOG ADDS ANNE-SOFIE LINDGAARD TO THEIR ROSTER.

London-based Danish writer/director Anne Sofie Lindgaard has been added to the roster at DogEatDog.


SHARIF ABDEL MAWLA JOINS FRIEND.

FRIEND London have completed the signing of Dutch director Sharif Abdel Mawla for UK representation.


HAMLET LAND YOUSEF.

Mononymous director Yousef is now represented by HAMLET in Belgium, France, China, and the Asia–Pacific.


UNTOLD STUDIOS SIGN ELEANOR HANN AND BALAN EVANS.

The music video roster at Untold Studios now boasts Eleanor Hann and Balan Evans.


JOCELYN ANQUETIL JOINS CAVIAR.

Jocelyn Anquetil, director of commercials and music videos, has signed for Caviar in the UK and the Netherlands.


FILM KLAXON: ALT SHIFT LIFE.

Laura Checkoway's 'Alt Shift Life' flits between Nashville, Tennessee, Bangalore, India, and the Bronx in New York City for a story about technology and new starts.


STINI ROEHRS GOES TO PARTIZAN.

Stini Roehrs, or Stini Röhrs for all you umlaut lovers, has joined Partizan's UK roster.


FILM KLAXON: SO LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY.

Marshall Street Editors, and director Sam Huntley are proud to present 'So Let Me Tell You a Little Story'.


JOHNNY FOREIGNER TOAST MATTHIAS LEBEER.

Belgian director Matthias Lebeer has partnered with Johnny Foreigner as he further strengthens his position in the UK market.


OBJECT & ANIMAL WELCOMES 91 RULES

Directing duo Erik Saltzman and Cameron Tidball-Sciullo who go by 91 Rules will now be represented by Object & Animal in all territories (apart from France).


THE BTS THREAD

This thread includes all the BTS films that we come across and will be added to on a regular basis.


IT'S HELEN & KIM FOR DARLING FILMS.

Helen J Raine and Kim Hinrichs, or Helen & Kim for those in a rush, have signed with Darling Films.


MATTHIAS HOENE JOINS SNAPPER

Acclaimed director Matthias Hoene has joined Helen Hadfield's band of merry men and women at Snapper Films.


Stories

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