Graham Warsop (2007)

Graham was the first South African Creative Director to judge the big four international advertising awards – Cannes, The One Show, D&AD and Clios. For the latter, he chaired the international print jury in 2001. Uniquely, for an SA CD, he has judged D&AD on more than one occasion.

In 2001 the work Graham wrote and/or creative directed contributed to The Jupiter Drawing Room being ranked as the 5th Most Creative Agency in the World by US Trade Publication, Advertising Age’s Creativity. It is the only time in the history of South African advertising that a local agency has featured in the Global Top 5.

In 2005, at The London International Advertising Awards 20th Anniversary banquet, Graham was honoured as the most awarded creative director in the world in the twenty years of the festival. Second was Marcello Serpa of Almap BBDO (a former Cannes Lions Jury President).

Warsop celebrated 20 years in advertising in May 2007. Formerly a qualified barrister from the UK, his advertising career began in 1987 when he joined Meridian Advertising (part of the Ogilvy Group) as a junior copywriter. After a stint at Lindsay Smithers FCB, where he wrote the multi-Loerie winning SAA Costcutters ads, Warsop left in May 1989 to open the doors of The Jupiter Drawing Room with business partner Renee Silverstone.