Mumbrellacast: Nick Garrett departs Clems, Seachange returns to screens and IAG’s Brent Smart

Easily the biggest news this week was the departure of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Sydney CEO Nick Garrett from the business after nine years with the BBDO network. Tim Burrowes shares his thoughts on the impact of the news on the future of the two agencies, and what might be next for the adland giant.

SeaChange made a triumphant and nostalgic return on Nine, becoming the highest rated drama of 2019. The team asks what other iconic Australian dramas could be revived to fight back against the dominance of reality TV. Adding in the launch of the 15th season of The Block has Nine sitting pretty moving into the second half of the TV year.

Revenue is down across TV and radio, and, following the end of financial year, media owners are just starting to release their reports. The team asks: When will ‘a couple of poor quarters’ become ‘the state of the industry’?

And Brent Smart pops into the studio to chat about his return from the US and the switch to client-side at IAG. He speaks with editor Vivienne Kelly about the evolution of creative work, how Australian advertising stacks up on the global stage and making insurance sexy.

In the news

  • Nick Garrett is out at Clemenger BBDO (1:24)
  • Revenue is down across TV and Radio (13:42)
  • Nine continues riding high on Seachange and The Block (24:36)

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