Grey London – at the heart of London’s diamond district – plays host to The Talent Business’ CREAM 2015, showcasing young creatives worth nicking-

Some of London’s top creative chiefs shot in balaclavas by Rankin to promote the annual emerging talent event-

Grey London’s Hatton Garden HQ – located at the heart of London’s diamond district – plays host to this year’s CREAM private view, the culmination of The Talent Business’ renowned annual emerging talent competition.

The 17 September event will see the 20 winning creatives or creative teams unveiled before showcasing their portfolios, which have been judged by leading industry figures from around the world including Carlo Cavallone (72&Sunny Amsterdam), Icaro Doria (DDB New York), Richard Brim (adam&eveDDB), Steve Vranakis (Google Creative Lab London), Julie Scelzo(Facebook) & Caroline Pay (BBH London).

Inspired by the agency’s location and surroundings, Grey London has devised a ‘rough diamonds’ theme for the event, encouraging advertising’s A-List to bag themselves some raw, uncut talent. 

Invitations to the event comprise embroidered balaclavas and a specially commissioned series of photographs, shot by Rankin, which showcase some of London’s most senior creatives wearing the striking head gear themselves.

The work was created by Stevie Rowing-Parker & Emily Churches and Hanna Stenwell & Joyce Kremer and creatively directed by Dave Monk. It was designed by George Goldsack.

Tanya Livesey, managing partner and global head of creative talent at The Talent Business, says"Unearthing the raw talent that will be the industry's leaders of tomorrow is a constant quest, so CREAM is a fantastic platform for connecting the bright young creatives, fresh from colleges all over the world, with the ECDs that can give them their first breaks in the business.  It’s such an inspiring event to be part of every year so we are eternally grateful to our incredible hosts at Grey London and the ECD judges worldwide that help make it possible" 

Dave Monk, deputy ECD at Grey London adds“CREAM is an institution, and we’re chuffed that we’ve been asked to host it. ‘Rough diamonds’, given the heritage of Hatton Garden and the nature of the competition, was spot on as a concept. Big thanks to Rankin for shooting it, and to our sporting models, who I assume had more important things to be doing than donning balaclavas for us.” 

Graeme Hall, Creative Lead at Google Creative Lab and a past CREAM winner adds: "Being one of the 20 winners in 2003 directly led to my first job at DDB London, and a career that has taken me around the world and beyond all my expectations. CREAM has consistently stood apart as the best competition for young, undiscovered creatives. When I started my career, I wanted to win it. Now, several years later, I want to hire those that win it. Long may it continue."