Chris Palmer. My 5th boss. His 1st job was as John Hegarty’s writer. He won 5 D&AD silvers in his first in his first year. Set up and agency in his 4th year. Become one the most in demand directors of the last 25 years. Launched, arguably, London’s No 1 production company over over the last two decades; Gorgeous. Also, Mark Denton says Chris can draw better than him. Annoying isn’t it?
We had a great chat, hope you enjoy it.
After years of being amazed at what was on the net, I’m now increasingly surprised at what’s not. Three years ago I was trawling for a particular ad of Tom’s, not only couldn’t I find it I could barely find any of his work. Outraged, I gathered together as much of his work as I could lay my hands on and put out a post called ‘Hands Up Who’s Heard Of Tom McElligott’.
I was trying to be snarky and ironic, like you may write ‘Hands Up Who’s Heard Of John Lennon?’.
Two things happened:
1. An enormous amount of people checked it out, 65k. Most had never heard of him, he was being shared and referred to on Twitter and Facebook a ‘really cool pre-internet guy’.
2. A few members of his department got in touch to point out that some of the ads featured were not under Tom’s watch, they were overseen by Pat Burnham. Then Pat Burnham emailed me; I opened it cautiously. ‘Just wanted to get in touch to say thank you, I really enjoyed your blog post, best, Pat.’
It made me feel bad. What can I do to make amends? Interview him, I’d never done it before but it seemed like a good thing to do.
I’ve now posted about 50 interviews.
So it feels appropriate that Tom is my first podcast interview. He hasn’t given an interview for 25 years and said he doesn’t plan on giving one on the next 25.
I Hope you enjoy listening to him as much as I did. (VFTL? It stands for ‘Voices From The Loft’, it’s a podcast.)