BBDO’s David Lubars Displays on His Artistic Legacy

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After 44 years within the enterprise, creating a few of promoting’s most iconic work, David Lubars deserves to do nothing for some time.

Lubars is ready to retire from his publish as chairman and chief artistic officer of BBDO Worldwide, and he advised ADWEEK that as he begins his retirement, he’s going to do nothing, “after which after I do this, I’m going to relaxation.”

Lubars mentioned that BBDO has been on a 20-year dash that has been “largely nice,” however now feels he must stroll, and this trade doesn’t know how one can decelerate.

He has been a part of many memorable and award-winning campaigns, from the “Herding Cats” Tremendous Bowl spot to the “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” Snickers platform to M&M’s campaigns.

Andrew Robertson, president and CEO of BBDO Worldwide, who persuaded Lubars to rejoin the company in 2004, mentioned in a press release, “There’s no query that David is likely one of the world’s most gifted writers, however his actual items are his skill to catch concepts and see the potential in different folks’s work, then to assist them take it from good to nice. That’s why so many amazingly gifted folks have needed to work with him, each in New York and throughout our community.”

A legacy of ‘unlearning’

Most trade legends need to depart a legacy of nice work and studying to the trade. Lubars has that catalog of outstanding work, however he’d prefer to be remembered for the idea of “unlearning.”

“As an alternative of being caught within the tropes and the issues that everyone does again and again, what’s the uncharted territory {that a} consumer can present up and actually shock and delight? It’s important to be taught every little thing, however then unlearn and lower a path,” mentioned Lubars.

The trade has taught him a number of issues as nicely, from being affected person to staying even keeled.

“Don’t ever get too excessive. Don’t get too low. Simply keep even it doesn’t matter what’s happening. As many songwriters [have sung], ‘Carry on keepin’ on,’” Lubars mentioned.

A part of Lubars’ legacy will likely be what he leaves at BBDO: a artistic division buoyed by Chris Beresford-Hill. Lubars famous the legacy left at BBDO throughout the “artistic revolution” of the Nineteen Seventies with Allen Rosenshine as CEO and Lubars’ predecessor Phil Dusenberry.