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Sir John Hegarty on the current state of creativity

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Times have changed. Hegarty hasn’t, much. He is here, again, in town this week to tout “Feed our Future,” a new global campaign for the United Nations World Food Programme done in conjunction with SAWA, a global trade body of cinema advertising companies.

A founding shareholder in Saatchi Saatchi and a co founder of TBWA London before starting Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1982, Sir John has himself been behind hall of fame work for Levi’s, Volkswagen and Audi. Never shy about his opinions, Hegarty took the opportunity of yet another Cannes Lions to share a few thoughts on the current state of creativity with Ad Age.

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You’ve bemoaned the increasing role data and tech have played in the creative process.

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Exactly. The greatest brand in the world is the Catholic Church. Best logo. Every lesson in marketing is there. The point is: Two thousand years, some problems, still going. Where will you canada goose outlet be in 2,000 years.

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