Clay Weiner, 29, Copywriter Years in business: 1 Notable Bling: 1 Bronze Lion, Art Directors Club Young Guns 2004, 1 Silver One Show * Alan Vladusic, 27, Art Director Years in business: 5 Notable Bling: 2 Bronze Lions, 1 Clio, 1 Andy, Junior Art Director of the Year Publicis/Germany
Team Lowdown: At 28, Clay Weiner had a resume that any comedy writer would kill for. The Columbia grad had worked in sketch comedy with Late Night with Conan O'Brien's Robert Smigel and on The Dana Carvey Show, contributed to The Onion and written and starred in a quirky MTV branding package as super-hipster dancing machine Intro Guy. After a short stint at Cliff Freeman, Weiner joined Publicis/N.Y., where his cube was adjacent to that of Alan Vladusic, who came to New York from Publicis' Frankfurt offices around the same time as worldwide creative director David Droga. When Weiner and Vladusic were assigned to work together as a creative team about a year ago, Vladusic, a visualist of the strong, silent type, was still working on learning English. The fact that they produced Lion-winning work straight out of the gate-Stoli's "Frozen" outdoor campaign, which shows owners who have frozen all their pricey possessions to keep the vodka cold-they attribute to a language barrier, which they say helped to yield simple, yet powerful ideas. Having also created PSAs for MTV's "Rock the Vote" campaign (done outside of Publicis, but with the agency's permission) provoking young people to think about same-sex marriage, and another for the American Academy of Dermatology about the danger of skin cancer, Weiner and Vladusic will focus their energies next on a trio of alcoholic beverages-Stoli, Heineken and Beefeater.
Little known factoids: Alan: "Before I did advertising I did nothing. I did shit. Hanging out, selling car radios and fake designer clothes. Now I do advertising and that is all I do." Clay: "I've never understood boredom. I've never been bored. I've always got multiple projects going on."