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Quotes of the week: D&AD, Quality Meat Scotland, Vauxhall,

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

September 17, 2010 | 5 min read

The Drum looks at some of the best quotes from the industry news over the last seven days.

Newly elected D&AD president 'Sanky' Sankarayya commented on the announcement of his new status; “I want to act as a bridge between advertising and design, ensuring a ‘digital spine’ runs through all of D&AD’s activities. I want to support new talent and give graduates the leg up that they need and engage with smaller agencies and individuals that are shaping our industry through a variety of smaller events and taking a fresh look at what we have to offer online."

On the wining of the marketing account for Vauxhall, a very happy Dean Lovett, CEO of McCann Erickson Central, said; “This is an incredible win for the agency – our biggest ever - and I couldn’t be more proud to announce we will be doing more work for such an iconic automotive brand.”

Meanwhile, a storm was brewing ahead of the Auld Enemy clash in Manchester which would see industry members from Scotland head to face off against their peers south of the border.England’s captain Neil Griffiths said in the build up: "When I saw the Scotland team I have to say I had a chuckle, it's a shambles. The squad I have assembled I have to say is one of the most professional outfits I have ever worked with. My lads want to win tonight and during training have been a real cohesive unit, showing energy and flair that would impress Jose Mourinho. I'm confident come 8.45 tonight the England team will be celebrating and those miserable Jocks will be drowning their sorrows in a few hundred bottles of Buckfast."

Also taking place in Manchester was the unveiling of the MPA’s new logo.

Cindy Simmons, managing director of the MPA, commented: “Community ownership of the MPA brand is an interesting, progressive concept, and is a perfect fit in the sense that it is completely in line with the notion that the new MPA operates for and is led entirely by Manchester’s creative sector and what they need. It’s the community’s MPA.

Of the new media panel set up to look at the Scottish media section, MSP Fiona Hyslop, commented; "There is unanimous support for the network in the Scottish Parliament, and recognition of its potential to develop Scotland's broadcasting sector, provide more high-quality programmes for Scottish audiences, and create much-needed competition for the BBC.

Scott McCubbin announced that he was leaving Glorious, where he was MD and the industry, only to crop up just a couple of days later at Uniform.

McCubbin said: "I've known the guys at Uniform for years and always respected what they do. They're a great fit for me. We're already working towards some jobs."

Another industry ding-dong was taking place in Scotland with the launch of the new Quality Meat Scotland campaign.

“I did not post my name because I did not want it to be a fight between agencies but I feel strongly about our industry and the quality of work we produce. Every day I watch talented creatives come up with good work that could make us proud.

I rarely see any of it made.” Said Newhaven creative Chris Lloyd who explained his reasons for disliking the new Quality Meat Scotland campaign and his belief in the lack of good creative work being produced by Scottish creative companies.

John Morgan from Merle, the agency behind the QMS campaign responds to Lloyds postings – and those of many others: “I have read all the contributions from Chris and I can see where he's coming from. I don't agree with much of it - or his use of the case he makes against an end product, the brief for which he knows nothing about. But he has the right to say what he thinks. Somebody will be listening.”

Said another of the many commentators on the same story:

“There is an old advertising ditty:

"If the client moans and sighs,

make the logo twice the size,

but only in the direst cases,

Should you show the clients' faces."

Describing his experience on Dragon’s Den, Media Display’s MD Ian Taylor, who agreed an £80,000 investment deal with James Caan, said: "I am personally camera shy, so to have six BBC cameramen and a production team all watching the pitch and not to forget five Dragons in front of you, it’s a unique but really rewarding experience, especially if you get an offer."

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