Jamie Mambro Takes Flight

Leaves Hill, Holliday for Freelance Career
BOSTON–Seeking greater artistic expression, associate creative director Jamie Mambro last week said he is leaving Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos to pursue a freelance career.
Like his former copywriting partner Ernie Schenck, who struck out on his own just weeks ago, Mambro intends to seek out “big brand” opportunities on a freelance basis.
Mambro, an art director, was part of the team that last summer brought home a Lion award from the International Advertising Festival in Cannes. Hill, Holliday won for a 90-second Olympic TV spot for John Hancock Financial Services titled “Sarajevo.”
That ad, Mambro said, showed him the possibility that exists when commercial messages and entertainment intersect. With or without the Hancock logo, those 90 seconds “really told a story,” he said.
The desire to find opportunities like that and get away from “quick-hit 30s” is stirring him to leave the Boston shop–not a specific grievance or Schenck’s departure.
Agency chairman and chief executive officer Jack Connors said that Mambro “could not be replaced” but noted, “his view is different than that of Mike Sheehan and Mike is the creative director.”
Schenck said he was not surprised by Mambro’s decision. “It’s time. You get inertia doing the same thing for years,” he said.