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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Collective Christmas Dinner 2005

This year the Collective Christmas Dinner will be held at the luxurious Mercurius restaurant, on Wednesday, the 7th of December, 2005 in Amsterdam.

The interior of this French-Fusion cuisine venue is a nice mixture of hip and chic. The downstairs is exclusively ours for the evening so there is room for you to socialise and enjoy the atmosphere in the unique and spacious surroundings.

We will begin the evening with drinks around 7 p.m. To make this year’s dinner even more special, we will invite a special guest speaker (still to be announced). Following their speech, we will enjoy an excellent buffet dinner. Mercurius is located in the heart of Amsterdam, across Central Station at Pr. Hendrikkade 20/21.

This is an open dinner so you are welcome to bring a date or friends along. When making the reservations please indicate how many guests you intend to bring. You can reserve your place for this exclusive dinner from Emilia at

We can accommodate a maximum of 50 people. All the bookings will be dealt with on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so in order to avoid disappointment, we advise you to book early. Please note that your place for the dinner will only be secured after you have deposited a payment of 38.50 euros (45.82 euros inc. Dutch tax) for yourself and each of your guests in the following account: Coll of adv creatives – 589405829 – Amsterdam (receipts can be sent by post. Dutch tax need not be paid by people paying from outside the Netherlands.)

We believe it is going to be a memorable occasion and hope that we will have the pleasure of sharing this evening with you. In case you are travelling to Amsterdam especially for the dinner, we would be happy to arrange accommodation for you.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

New Freelancers in September

Here are the new freelancers to have joined The Collective in September.

Nick Wray - British Copywriter
I began my career as an Art Director at Ogilvy & Mather. I became a Copywriter on joining Gold Greenlees Trott in the 80’s. Since then I’ve worked at agencies such as JWT, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and Lowe & Partners. I was also Creative Director of Reay Keating Hamer, BDH/TBWA, and Walsh Trott Chick Smith. My work has won awards at D&AD, BTVAA, The Creative Circle, Campaign Poster Awards, Cannes and The New York One Show.
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Peter Strange - Danish Art Director
I’ve always been very curious. I like to travel and see new places. To learn new skills and to get new ideas. Im also very enthusiastic and dedicated. I have very high expectations for my work and Im prepared to work hard to reach them. To me it is very important to find joy in everything I do and I always try to keep an open mind.
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Benoit Chavane - French Art Director
Happy to live happy to work.
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Ville Vainio - Finnish Copywriter
A seasoned professional with experience in all media. Worked with several multinationals as well as local clients. Totally fluent in both spoken and written English and Finnish; studied, worked and lived in the U.S. for a total of 14 years. In addition to advertising, I have written for several travel publications as well as business and customer magazines covering a very wide range of topics from biotech to wireless communications and export promotion. Additionally, I have published three crime novels. Written more than 100 TV commercials, thousands of ads, websites etc. Creativity, ability to understand the client’s business and efficiency are my strengths.
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Annelies Engel - Dutch Account Manager
I would say that I was a confident, experienced, self-starting, hands-on type Account Director and Brand Strategist, with a good list of happy clients that I've worked for over the years. I have operated on both the national and international levels of Marcomm's - with a strong preference for the diversity of challenges and opportunities offered on the international level. I aim to meet and exceed expectations, teach, grow and learn through what I do and how I do it. I'm open and friendly and not afraid to roll up my sleeves and burn the midnight oil when needs be. I think for and with both the client and the agency, seeking the best possible results at all times.
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