Maggi Machado - Snr/CD Writer - Specialises in social content. Great with integrated campaigns, but done it all from huge tv ads to brochures.
Maggi is a writer and a creative director. She's 10 years into the advertising industry, worked in New York and London on brands such as Google, MTV, Microsoft and Royal Caribbean. Some career highlights include nearly shooting a Super Bowl spot, writing Christmas songs about car parts, doing handstands for a whisky distillery and creating an ice cave for an Olympic skater. She specialises in social content and integrated campaigns but she's done a bit of everything, from million dollar TV adverts to banners and brochures – and all the other digital, traditional and experiential stuff in between.
Day Rate £400
Jason Lawes - CD/AD, huge focus on craft and lots of retail experience. Jason has worked on Tesco and run Morrisons as well as Natwest and Stella.
Jason is a grown up CD with a focus on craft. Having led the creative on some of the biggest banks and supermarkets in the UK he certainly knows his retail and can work at a fast pace. Jason started his career at Bates as an art director working on tobacco, his biggest stints were at Lowe (6 years) and Red Brick Road (6 years). His last perm role was as a CD at M&C Saatchi for just over 2 years before he hit the freelance scene and was brought into Publicis to run Morrisons for 18 months.
A wonderful guy to work with.
Day rate: £600*
Dave Johnson - CD/ writer
Dave Johnson is a CD/CW with international experience (Amsterdam and NZ). He returned to the UK in 2009 to work at WCRS on SKY, Mini, BMW, Bupa and the Royal Navy. He joined VCCP in 2013 but left soon after to CD on Ford at GTB.
Radhika Kapur - Snr/cw, Indian background and strong digital skills. Great experience with youth audiences & also great at scriptwriting + Directing
Radhika is a senior Creative that has spent most of her career in India working at Leo Burnett, DDB and most recently as a CD at McCann Delhi. She has experience with big accounts like VW, HBO, Philips, Nestle and Coca-Cola. She has done digital work for every brand that she worked on, especially for brands such as Aircel and Coca-Cola, who had younger audiences and regularly produced content that they could engage with across all digital platforms (nice, considering India is the third largest internet user in the world). Earlier in her career she also worked as an assistant director on Bollywood films! Her latest work is here
Day rate: £300
Arnab Chanda - Snr CW, Professional comedian, writer and producer.
Arnab is a professional comedian who stumbled his way into advertising after Mother got hold of him for some freelance in 2012. He has toured the Uk and the US. he has worked as radio producer, planning and implementing radio sketch shows for Radio 4. Originally born in Leeds, but travelled the world and studied economics in the US. He has written jokes for several TV hosts and had quite the career with his stand up and acting. He has now returned to do more writing, both screenplays and a new 1 hour long standup show. He's freelanced at W&K, Creature, Brothers & Sisters and Mother. A lovely talented young man.
Day rate: £350
James Bloom - Snr/CD CW, Journalist background with tech at heart
James started off as a journalist at the Guardian at 19 and became a contributing editor of GQ by the time he was 20. He always had a keen interest in the evolving digital world which is how he eventually transitioned into doing more content style writing and producing entertainment content. He eventually went agency side and helped launch 2 digital content startups and helped launch WIRED in the Uk. Now he is mostly focused on TV ads, online and interactive videos, he also writes screenplays. Interesting idea using AI for Dove Hair and the Nokia work was nominated for an Emmy!
Day rate: £400
Rich Wisken - Midweight CW, Very funny and smart around PR.
Rich, a writer from Australia with a sharp wit. He came in to advertising later than most after he created something of a viral storm with his personal ad he wrote to sell his car. He joined AWARD school and never looked back - getting hired at BMF in Sydney where he stayed for 4 years learning his craft under some great mentors. He has lots of experience working on SportsBet, Tooheys and Aldi. Humour reins throughout his work.
Day rate: £250