The Gunn Report: Wieden runs to the top with awards for Nike work

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Nike and Wieden & Kennedy formed an unbeatable team that made Wieden's Portland office the most-awarded agency in the world in 2002, according to The Gunn Report. This year marks the first time a U.S. office headed the ranking of top 50 agencies in the Gunn Report, the fourth annual tabulation of award winners from the top international and national creative competitions.

At the network level, the top slot was reclaimed by Omnicom Group's BBDO Worldwide, which has scored first or second every year. BBDO bumped last year's top network, Leo Burnett Worldwide, down to fifth place. Second place went to Saatchi & Saatchi, buoyed by the U.K. agency's winning streak. Both Leo Burnett and Saatchi are now owned by Publicis Groupe. Saatchi London was behind the most-awarded and most notorious print campaign of the year, three controversial ads for raunchy Club 18-30 Holidays that at first glance look like harmless holiday horseplay but on closer inspection are intricately art-directed simulations of sexual acts.


"Many BBDO offices were the best in their market," said Mr. Gunn, citing the U.K., Spain, South Africa and Brazil as countries where local BBDO offices swept national creative awards, scoring Gunn Report points. This year, BBDO's New York agency was among the top 10 most awarded individual agency offices for the first time, he said.

The Gunn Report, to be released this week, was sponsored by Unilever and compiled by Mr. Gunn, a former Leo Burnett Co. creative director and longtime analyst of award-winning creative work. Mr. Gunn monitors 32 TV and 20 print competitions to rank the best-performing networks, individual agency offices, commercials and print ads (

In this year's biggest change, Wieden charged up the ranking to finish first among the top 50 agencies after disappearing from the top 50 list last year.

Wieden did three Nike spots-"Tag," "Shade Runner" and "Freestyle"-that ranked among the ten most-awarded commercials. And Nike's "Enjoy the weather" print campaign scored fifth among all print ads.

Award show judges gave the Nike work so many trophies that the shoe marketer was the world's most awarded advertiser, the first year in the history of the Gunn Report that Volkswagen hasn't been No. 1.

other highlights

In other highlights, the most awarded single commercial-and best performance by a couch-was Lowe & Partners Worldwide's U.K. Reebok spot in which a sofa tries to keep its couch potato, chasing a man around his home to stop him from leaving for the gym. Lowe is an Interpublic Group of Cos. agency.

In a surprise upset, Germany was the fourth most-awarded country, a slot that usually belongs to Brazil, following the U.S., the U.K. and Spain. Although German advertising is rarely considered creative, the country's three hottest shops all had good years: Springer & Jacoby, Hamburg; Scholz & Friends, Berlin; and Jung von Matt, Hamburg and Munich.

Fast Facts

World's most awarded...

Commercial: Reebok "Sofa" by Lowe & Partners, London

Print campaign: Club 18-30 Holidays, by Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Agency office: Wieden & Kennedy, Portland

Advertiser: Nike

Director: Frank Budgen

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