MIRIMAR U.S. lures award-winning creative team Jake Ausburn + Alex Polglase from The Monkeys

MIRIMAR U.S. lures award-winning creative team Jake Ausburn + Alex Polglase from The Monkeys

Emmy award-winning, independent Aussie-owned creative agency MIRIMAR ~ with offices in New York and LA ~ has snared Aussie creative team Jake Ausburn and Alex Polglase from The Monkeys, Sydney.


Ausburn (above left) and Polglase (above right) have been working together for two and a half years. In that short time, they’ve won the Cannes Grand Prix, shot on the steps of the Sydney Opera House with Aussie director Kim Gehrig for Play It Safe, sold a script to an acting prime minister, and written a story about a rural sports team that was voted Australia’s Best Ad of 2023 by Adland, This is Footy Country.

Says Ausburn: “Working in the U.S. has always been the dream, and tackling big briefs with the tight-knit, ambitious team at MIRIMAR is the perfect realization of that dream. Don’t tell the Aussies, but I look forward to spelling my words with more z’s: realize, idolize, stylize. Lovely.”

Says Polglase: “I’m stoked to join the team at MIRIMAR. Their gleaming record of top-tier work for iconic clients makes them quite the port of entry into the States. I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what we can create together.”

Ausburn and Polglase are leading the global relaunch of Speedos for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. They are also an integral part of the team working on MIRIMAR’s new business initiatives.

Says Aussie expat Luke McKelvey, founder and managing director, MIRIMAR: “They naturally look to push their work beyond just regular advertising, into entertainment, which is a great fit for us. We’re excited to have them as part of our growing team.”

Adds Aussie expat John McKelvey, founder and chief creative officer of MIRIMAR: “Jake and Alex are incredibly talented creatives – smart, great taste, and creatively ambitious. It’s exciting for them to join us and see them thrive in the U.S. on such a big stage.”

Says Nick Morrissey, ECD, partner at MIRIMAR: “Having left the Monkeys myself to embark on a US chapter, I’m so excited for what they have installed for them. They’ve already been a formidable force, adding their unique voice to our work. If I was to add an award to their already impressive list, it would be for being delightful blokes.”

MIRIMAR works with brands at the intersection of advertising and entertainment creating notable award-winning work for Apple TV+ Priceline, Speedos, Klarna, Squarespace, Gopuff, Expensify, and Faire La Fête. It was named Cannes Lions Independent Agency of the Year—Entertainment for 2022, Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year 2022, and named one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies.