MILLER AND 7 OTHERS OUT OF THE McCANNERY
CB hears McCann Erickson Sydney creative director, Mike Miller (pictured) has been retrenched, along with seven other staffers. Miller had only been CD since early this year and it is understood his role will be taken over by ECD, Mike Thomas, the former Singleton O&M Sydney CD who joined McCanns (along with other Singo heavies including CEO Chis Mort), a few months back. The cutbacks reflect recent account losses, including Boots (Nurofen, Strepsils etc) and Streets cutting back their ad spend, according to one source. The same source says McCann Sydney's top creative team, Robbi Kantor and Bart Pawlak are heading to George Patterson Y&R Sydney soon, presumably lured by former McCann CD, Michael Stanford - Miller's predecessor - now the new CD at George Patterson Y&R, Sydney.