We’re a diverse bunch of problem solvers, designers, strategists, digital artists, videographers, illustrators and animators.
We are EightyOne, but we're younger than we sound.
Chris was asked to write his own bio, but he missed the deadline.
The man’s always busy. Responsible for some of New Zealand’s most loved ads, and almost anything Whittaker’s you’ve ever seen, Chris loves nothing better than pushing the creative envelope. He knocked about in the heyday of the NZ advertising scene, causing all sorts of mischief. He’s all grown up now, but it hasn’t diminished his desire to cause trouble.
Megan is the ultimate team player.
Megan is one of a kind. Literally. She was the first and only New Zealander to play in the WNBA. She’s also a two-time Olympian and has managed global relationships at Adidas and NZ Rugby. Passion for sport has taken her around the world. Now as the Director of EightyOneX, Megan wants to bridge the gap between sponsors and commercial property. Will you join her as she blazes her latest trail?
Grant knows how to get things running.
Grant's passion for restoring old Italian cars in his free time has taught him how to fritter away money very inefficiently. Thankfully he doesn't bring that passion into the office as he makes every client cent count by putting their ads where they're going to be most effective, so they can get the best bang for their media buck.
Everything in his life has lead Julius to this moment.
Honestly, that's a bit sad, because that means everything he's ever worked towards is having some idiot creative writing just enough words about him to fill this space. He's got kids, for crying out loud.
Alex is the James Bond of EightyOne…
We call him ‘OO-Sug’ (shoog). He has an incomprehensible repertoire of talents encompassing 3D digital media design and animation through to web and a whole stack in between. He quietly goes about his craft with an unflappable calm and wry smile.
Zelle is the slayer of all things creative and complex…
Oh, she is equally comfortable delivering the precision, down to the micro details. Zelle is a character with an astounding toolkit of contrasting talents – that means she is just as at home in the world of data visualisation as she is crafting a brand campaign. All of this is grounded in a personality that is equal parts mischief and discipline.
Andre’s a bit like fine fusion cuisine…
Having arrived in Wellington by way of California and Mexico City, Andre blends a confident, colourful approach to design and illustration with innate smarts and logic. Garnished with good humour and a peppering of cheek, he’s fast becoming a local favourite.
Ollie’s our man behind the camera.
For a man who had his heart set on joining the circus, working his magic at EightyOne was the next best thing. A self-professed nerd, Ollie’s an experienced DOP, Editor and Motion Graphics whiz. His passion for mixing technology with art has seen him notch up an impressive collection of awards across both the advertising and film industries.
Jenna is a rarity …
She’s of that special breed known as Creative Organiser; both a devotee to the detail and a dreamer of wild, blue-sky ideas. While her skills may be uncommon, she shares her passion for our cool little capital with many; having strategised and managed campaigns for Visa Wellington on a Plate, WellingtonNZ, and NZ Rugby. Other Jenna habitats include the netball court and hidden dining gems.
Jason is our ideas man and resident story teller…
He’d give Spike a run for his money we reckon. Jason has an enviably fertile mind for ideas and insights. He’s our King of Concepts, even if we didn’t think there was one to be had. When Jason isn’t plying his craft over at DOT loves data he’s over here with the EightyOne team.
Emma knows her way around a story…
Yeah, but Emma’s writing is sharper than any blade we could get our hands on. And she’s one hell of a wrangler too. Accompanied by a cheeky laugh, you can bet Emma will suss out a tough job faster than you can say “cut-through copy”.
Greg was born with a pencil in his hand…
He couldn’t look more comfortable with it now. When there’s a conceptual design to be cracked, the beautiful creations that flow from Greg's hands are scarily good. Humility prevents him from blowing his own trumpet so we have to sing his praises for him.
Lance is our go to man for everything technical…
He’s a highly experienced studio manager, with a knack for production technicalities. Complex and varied delivery schedules are mastered with ease in his safe hands. All the while ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the studio and its infrastructure.
Janine keeps a watchful eye over all things finance...
We’re not sure she signed up for that! But she does have a knack for keeping us in line. Janine has years of experience helping businesses make sound decisions around their processes and wider business goals, and it’s that focus that makes her an asset that we couldn’t be without. She doesn’t miss much either – she always makes sure we pay for our gin on time, and for that we’re forever grateful.
Because one Chris isn’t enough, here’s another…
This second Chris once (and only once) starred in his very own TV ad for a well-known hardware store. That tape is lost to time, but his enthusiasm for the industry lives on. Truth be told, he hates the spotlight, which is odd because he loves nothing more than creating unforgettable work that makes clients famous.
Brendan knows more about you than you know about yourself.
His calm demeanour belies what’s going on in his brain because inside there is a raging storm of analysis, graphs, charts and Venn diagrams that are probably telling him what you had for breakfast, or something equally as insightful.
Carlos is our guiding force and champion of the detail…
Slightly taller, with better hair. He's equally comfortable cracking creative conundrums as he is delivering the precision of that last 5%, Carlos is our go to when the answer is proving illusive.
Penny’s a tactical player…
Thoughtful and driven, Penny manages her projects with a cool head and attention to detail. With years of experience in sports marketing, she brings to the team a thorough understanding of relationship management and strategy development. Working within the fast-paced world of sport, Penny knows the meaning of high performance and with her get-it-done attitude she’s in a league of her own.
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James began his creative career as an illustrator until he was introduced to Copywriter, Chris Appelros. It was here he learned that with their talents combined they could create work that made their mothers proud and their fathers change the channel.
Paul’s an old hand at learning new tricks.
Paul has spent the better part of 30 years working in TV production and advertising. He’s seen it all, tried most things more than once, and is now sharing his knowledge to turn good ideas into great pieces of work. Having run his own businesses for 16 years, delivering on time and within budget is not only second nature but a point of pride.
Damian tries his best.
Damian is in a constant battle to be the best version of himself. Unfortunately for him, there’s a Damian Galvin in Romania who used to be a designer for Aston Martin. Fortunately for us, that’s why New Zealand’s Damian Galvin tries so hard to come up with great ideas.
Claudia’s taking care of business.
Whatever needs doing, Claudia's the go-to that gets it done. Part production assistant, part office manager, part personal assistant, part barista, part account executive, part courier, part concierge, she wears many hats on a daily basis and they all fit like a hat. Not a glove. Gloves don't go on heads.
Matt is our driving force and strategic compass…
Who knows! But if anyone has an idea where it might be, it would be Matt. He is the pointy end of our strategy and provides the litmus test of any idea before it goes out into the world. Including his own, of which there are many. Not keen on sitting still too long, he’s always on the hunt for the next opportunity.