Aussie creative team Matthew Knapp and John Downing, who have spent the last five years as art director and copywriter, respectively, at DDB Sydney, have moved to the States to join the agency’s New York office.
Knapp (pictured) and Downing, who officially start at DDB NY today as senior AD and CW, respectively, will work across the agency’s portfolio of clients including the New York Lottery and Hertz. As a result of the move, the pair reunites with Matt Eastwood, who was their boss back home in Australia and eventually took over as DDB New York’s CCO in the fall of 2010. The New York transplants have basically spent their entire professional careers at DDB, which plucked them from its “LaunchPad” internship program (created by the Sydney office) back in 2007. Since then, Knapp and Downing have collaborated on efforts for McDonald’s, Telstra, Tourism Australia, Lipton, Arnott’s, Volkswagen, and Hasbro.