Author Archives: George Parker

George Parker has spent 40 years on Madison Avenue. He’s won Lions, CLIOs, EFFIES, and the David Ogilvy Award. His blog is, which is required reading for those looking for a gnarly view of the world’s second oldest profession.” His latest book, Confessions of a Mad Man, makes the TV show Mad Men look like Sesame Street.

George Parker remembers creative director Bill Hamilton

I was devastated to hear the news that Bill Hamilton (left) passed away last week at the age of 74. I have known and worked with Bill at Chiat, Ogilvy and J.W. Thompson over nearly thirty years. He was without ...

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George Parker of Adscam: my Top Tips for Cannes-A-Boola

Ah yes, once more the Cannes “International Festival of Creativity” is almost upon us. Now with more categories than attendees, everyone gets to take home a Zirconium Lion to justify their outrageous expenses which were probably blown on Peruvian Marching ...

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George Parker: why these nine greats are my ad heroes

The founder and author of Adscam, and sage of Idaho, chooses nine people from his long, varied and uniquely distinguished career.   My Ad Hero. How about Heroes? Oh dear, Oh dear, when Stephen invited me to contribute to his ...

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George Parker: where’s Luther when you need him?

No, I’m not going all religious on you; it’s just that as we are approaching 2017, which is the five hundredth anniversary of when Martin Luther nailed his creative brief on the door of the Big Dumb Holding Company at ...

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Adscam’s George Parker: best (and worst) ads of 2016

In his wisdom, Stephen has asked for my opinion on the great ads of 2016. I suspect that as he knows I have never failed to modestly represent myself as MAA’s Curmudgeon in Chief, so I would not expected to ...

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George Parker: here’s the key to ‘Generation Creation’

A perspicacious Pot Pouri! To paraphrase my old school mate, Winston Churchill, “Generation Creation” is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Now do not get me wrong here. It is a splendid book, but unlike many of ...

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