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Jim Thornton

Jim Thornton

  • United Kingdom
  • Member since 2001

Jim began his career as a copywriter at J Walter Thompson, London
launching Persil Washing Up Liquid & working on campaigns for Persil, Kitkat, NatWest & Kelloggs amid a plethora of other delights.
He then moved to GGT where he wrote & Creative Directed the Holsten Pils Fast Show campaign before being merged with TBWA where he was Creative Director through the line on the single biggest ever account win in the UK, NatWest.
In 1999 Jim left and went east to join Mother as a Creative Director.
Over the next 4 years he was responsible for new campaigns for Typhoo Tea, ITV Digital, ITV Sport Channel, QTV, The Observer and Pimm’s. He also launched Talk to Frank for the Government.
In 2003 he became Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett, London where as well as overseeing a department that won more D&AD digital awards than most digital agencies, he also created the world's first ever night of live ads on the West End stage.
After leaving Burnett’s, Jim variously ran his own consultancy; launched Eulogy, a magazine & a website about all aspects of the last great taboo, namely death; and acted as Marketing Director for the launch of an exclusive financial services company.
Then in 2008 the bankers ruined everything and he went back to Mother to run the Post Office and pay the mortgage, before moving to Naked as ECD, where he brought back Alan Partridge & Vic’n’Bob for Foster’s Funny.
He then departed for Arnold KLP, again as ECD, working on Britvic Pepsi, Jack Daniels and Volvo. It was during this period that, inspired by the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Jim also created www.thiswondrousisle.com, a social media driven thank you to Danny Boyle and his team which eventually became a book, in partnership with Artomatic and the graphics students at Farnham.
Finally, in 2012, Jim arrived at VCCP as Creative Director on O2, Budget & Avis and is officially as happy as Larry. If not happier.

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