The One Show

The One Show is the world's most prestigious award show in advertising, design and digital marketing. For over 40 years, the Gold Pencil has been regarded as one of the top prizes in the creative industry. The One Show has had a rich legacy of honoring some of the most groundbreaking ideas, created by some of the most remarkable minds in creativity.

2011 One Show Judges

Paul Venables

Venables Bell & Partners

San Francisco

Paul Venables is the proud Founder and Creative Director of a hot independent west coast ad agency by the name of Venables Bell & Partners. If Venables were here talking with you right now, he would surely point out that the agency's big, sweeping, trademark-able philosophy has nothing to do with buzz generation, media agnosticism or content creation, but is simply "our intentions are good."

Those good intentions have helped Venables and his partners attract 164 of the nicest, most talented people you'll find in advertising as well as big-time clients like Audi, Intel, Barclays, The Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra Foods, Clearwire and ConocoPhillips. They also led to AdAge naming VB&P to its "A-List" of Top 10 agencies in the country. Venables has no doubt a cause and effect is at work there.

Doing right by people also seems to result in odd hunks of metal and Lucite showing up at the agency in the form of Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Webby, Communication Arts, Addy, Andy, Kelly and EFFIE awards.

Prior to opening VB&P in 2001, Venables was Co-Creative Director, Associate Partner and heir apparent of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. By the end of his six plus years there he was running over $400 million in business and had won various and sundry industry awards for clients like Pacific Bell, Discover Card, Porsche, Bell Helmets, Nike, Polaroid, Netflix, HotBot and SBC.

Venables was also an Associate Creative Director at Korey, Kay & Partners, a copywriter at McCaffrey and McCall and a telephone receptionist at a small New York agency. He had attempted to start his career as a telephone receptionist at a large New York agency, but failed their typing tests.




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