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Paul Courtney leaves Colenso BBDO to start a production studio


Director of operations of Colenso BBDO, Paul Courtney leaves the agency after 16 years.

Courtney has been in her current role since 2016 and revealed on his LinkedIn this morning that he is setting up his own production and his studio, which is due to open in January.

Paul Courtney leaves Colenso BBDO

During her time at the agency, she received nearly every advertising award made available, including being named Cannes Agency of the Decade for the Pacific Region.


Courtney joined Colenso in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi, and was always present during the agency’s most successful period.

2021 saw a number of senior talents leave the agency, including Levi Slavin who left to join Howatson + Company, while Scott Coldham also left, taking on a marketing role.

In his LinkedIn post, he said, “After 16 years at Colenso, I’m here to share that I’m finishing tomorrow. Some thought it would never happen. Damn, I thought that would never happen. But it’s time to take the leap and start something new.

“I am leaving to start my own production and my studio. Starting a business right now is kind of weird, but I know I have the support of a whole bunch of amazing people and I’m sure with a little hard work, everything will turn out fine.

He also thanked a number of colleagues he worked with during his time at the agency.

“I’m fortunate to have learned from some very special leaders: Roger MacDonnell, Brent Smart, Richard Maddocks, Nick Worthington, Nick Garrett, Scott Coldham, Maria Devereux, Jim Moser, Jim Gall, Mike Higgins, Strahan Wallis, Levi Slavin, Steve Cochran, Kimberley Ragan, Simon Vicars and the fantastic Angela Watson Thank you for guiding me and thank you for teaching me, I appreciate that so much.

Watson, managing director of Colenso BBDO, told Mumbrella: “Paul has served Colenso for 16 years and leaves with our best wishes and support. He’s an absolute legend and we look forward to working with him in the future, but in a new capacity.

“The agency is growing year over year and we plan to make some exciting announcements on new talent in the weeks ahead.”

Courtney was approached for further comment.