MJW. Champions of the Underdog

We are a creative and communications agency
for challenger brands

If you're a challenger brand – or if you think like one – we're in your corner

Our Work

Valvoline

Man Like Horsepower

Mentos

Fresh Cola

NRL

State of Mind

Adstream

Brand Identity

NRL

Membership

Nilfisk

The Clean Way to Clean

NRL

Finals 2014

KTAS

All year low prices

NRL

Rise for Alex

Fisherman's Friend

Office

Beak & Sons

Not your common sausage

Fisherman's Friend

First Date

We make stuff that involves and solves.

Our Clients

  • NRL
  • Konica Minolta
  • ATC
  • Bertolli
  • Dencorub
  • Adstream
  • Fisherman's Friend
  • Tabasco
  • Thermos
  • Nilfisk
  • Valvoline
  • Reward Insurance
  • nair
  • Curash
  • Gerni
  • Sharp
  • Mentos
  • Freedom
  • Legrand

Whatever your game, we aim to be your MVP.

About Us

We are a creative and communications agency for challenger brands.

We relentlessly leverage the strategic and creative advantages of challenger brands, to drive step-change growth. We help brands do more with less in order to fight for share, or to stay top dog.

We believe a challenger brand is a state of mind, not a state of market. It’s an attitude that has nothing to do with size, but has everything to do with an aggressive challenger spirit, and a love of challenging convention. It’s about an ambition to move differently to the establishment style, to zig when others zag.

We have a very independent Australian spirit, whilst enjoying the backing, resources and innovation of Hakuhodo, the 7th largest Communications group in the world.

We are a team of 35 in Sydney and Melbourne, who are part of a team of 3000 worldwide.

We have a specialist social media unit Live247, whose focus is always on real time content generation for our clients.

Our Difference

We use proven challenger principles for developing innovative strategy, creative and engagement solutions.
We focus on commercial effectiveness, not soft results, not awards.
We establish clear ideas on the real challenge, the problem behind the problem.
There is no B team. Your challenge gets 100% senior thinkers and practitioners.
We have an entrepreneurial spirit. We put skin in the game.

Our Philosophy on Challenger Brands

We love challenger brands because they have to do things differently.

They have to involve us and make us question what we thought we knew and liked. They have to excite us and amplify their differences with a fresh voice. They have to be intelligently brave and punch above their weight, or they’ll just fade away.

We believe that everyone has their own unique challenge or obstacle, something that’s keeping them from taking the next step. An obstacle can come in many shapes and sizes. It can be a sales goal, old competitor, new channel, new identity, new threat or just a wave you desperately want to ride.

That’s why we believe in challenger brands. Because our strategic and creative approach stems from ‘thinking like an underdog’, being nimble, resourceful and non-conventional. It’s a way of thinking we pride ourselves on at MJW, and it enables us to imbue others with the same challenger spirit.

We make stuff that involves and solves.

Our People

We’re made up of creatives, strategists, marketers, technologists, producers,PR folk, editors … in short, a squad of generalists and specialists working fluidly to develop game-changing solutions.

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    Ricardo Larriera

    General Manager

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    Luke Chess

    Creative Director

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    Nick Whetham

    General Manager, Digital

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    Steve Davis

    Client Service Director

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    Fiona Karslake

    Finance Director

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    Scott Davis

    Strategy Director

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    Paul McKay

    CEO

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    Sanja Zanelli

    Senior Account Director

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    Jon Foye

    Associate Creative Director

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    Linda Spina

    Account Director

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    Eeuwout Baart

    Head of Art

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    Peter Delaney

    Production & Technical Services

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    Emily Lynch

    Copywriter

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    Cyrus Njuguna

    Accountant

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    Sophie Turner

    Account Manager

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    Ella McGuire

    Account Executive

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    Sam Urban

    Social Media Executive

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    Felipe Cairello

    Junior Graphic Designer, Digital

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    Rachael Cole

    Social Media Coordinator, Digital

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    Annabel Livingston

    New Business Executive

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    James Gillespie

    Art Director

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    Tristan Hay

    Brand Director

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    Ash Ling

    Designer

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    Mel Cole

    Designer

We make stuff that involves and solves.

Contact Us

Visit Us

Sydney

Suite 2, Upper Deck, Jones Bay Wharf,
26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Vehicle access is via Bayview St


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Melbourne

Level 2 /710 Collins Street,
Docklands VIC 3008

Backed by the Hakuhodo network