Special Australia appoints the Chrises as creative directors

Tayla Foster
By Tayla Foster | 4 July 2022

Special Australia has hired Chris Ellis and Chris Andrews as creative directors.

The Chrises, as they are known, have been recognised at all major award shows including Gold at Cannes, Oneshow, Clio Grand Prix, Effies, Spikes, AWARD, D&AD pencils and in-book, as well as 17 nods at the Sirens.

Ellis and Andrews have worked with varied names in Australian advertising – nearly every agency acronym including DDB, BMF, CHEP, JWT, TBWA plus Cummins & Partners and The Monkeys. With over 30 years’ combined experience across just about every category, they’ve respectively driven a slew of account wins, Agency of the Year titles and award-winning work for Jeep, Specsavers, Carsales, Chemmart, the RSL, Radiant, RACV, Westpac, Woodstock Bourbon and Movember.

Tom Martin, CCO and partner said: “The Chrises are a pair that once you get in the door, you don’t let them leave. They’re both not only remarkably talented but they radiate a glass-half-full-never-give-up-spirit that’s incredibly infectious. They’re already having a hugely positive impact on all the work they’ve touched”.

Bec Stambanis CSO and partner said: “Chris and Chris are exactly the kind of hearts and minds we want here in Melbourne. They’re simply great for the work and great for the culture. With Ryan (Fitzgerald) starting soon as ECD, and with the welcome addition of the Chrises, our creative firepower is only growing more formidable."


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