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Venables Bell, REI, Martin Agency, GEICO Are Among Big Winners At One Show
Joe Alexander, chief creative officer, The Martin Agency
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Venables Bell & Partners scored Best of Show last night at the 43rd annual One Show Awards on the basis of its #OptOutside campaign for REI whereby the retailer closed its stores on Black Friday so that their employees and customers could instead enjoy the great outdoors, spending the time around Thanksgiving to be with family and friends.

Also coming up big during Friday evening’s award ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC were The Martin Agency and its client GEICO. The Martin Agency was recognized at The One Show as Agency of the Year. Additionally Martin and GEICO teamed to receive the inaugural Penta Pencil, an award given to an agency-brand team who together have created outstanding work for five or more consecutive years. Furthermore, GEICO was named Client of the Year.
“Winning Agency of the Year is huge, but I’m most proud of the Penta Pencil,” said Joe Alexander, chief creative officer of The Martin Agency. “Doing great work that brings great results consistently year after year is tough to do. Like Warren Buffett has said, ‘When I count my blessings at night, I count GEICO twice.’ We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Buffett.”
Of the 32 winning entries, campaigns included GEICO’s “Fast Forward,” GEICO’s “It’s What You Do,” OREO’s “Colorfilled” and Tic Tac’s “Little Loader”--all from The Martin Agency.

“The relationship between GEICO and The Martin Agency has resulted in three special awards at this year’s One Show: Agency of the Year, Client of the Year and the inaugural Penta Pencil, which recognizes great work between a brand and an agency over a five-year period,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO of The One Club which produces The One Show. “From a troupe of characters that became household names to innovative work like the 'Unskippable' campaign, GEICO and The Martin Agency have shown that loyalty matters.”

Also garnering a Penat Pencil was Wieden+Kennedy for its body of work on behalf of client Old Spice.

Earning Network of the Year distinction was BBDO with eight of its agencies winning Gold Pencils. WPP took the Creative Holding Company of the Year mantle.

The following are the Best in Discipline winners:

Harvey Nichols’ “Shoplifters”
adam&eve DDB London
Blink London, The Mill London

Interactive’ “Call Brussels” 
Air Brussells
Lovo Films, Globule Bleu, +White, Brussels

REI’s “#OptOutside”
Venables Bell & Partners, Tool of North America, North Kingdom, Edelman

Intellectual Property
Cirec Foundation’s “Intellectual Property”
Publicis Colombia, Bogota; Cirec Foundation, Bogota

Taco Bell’s “Taco Emoji Engine”
Deutsch LA

what3words’ “The world addressed” 
what3words, London

L’Oreal Paris’ “Make Up Genius”
McCann Paris, Image Metrics, Las Vegas, My Studio Factory, Paris

ADN’s “Learning on the way”
Sancho BBDO, Bogota

For a full agency-by-agency rundown of One Show winners, click here.