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W+K Names Colleen DeCourcy as Partner

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Wieden+Kennedy has named Colleen DeCourcy as the eleventh partner of its global network.

DeCourcy most recently served as Global Coexecutive Creative Director; she joins Dan Wieden, Dave Luhr, Mark Fitzloff, Susan Hoffman, Tom Blessington, Bill Davenport, John Jay, Neil Christie, Tony Davidson and Kim Papworth on the partner team.

DeCourcy worked at W+K for only eighteen months before the promotion; prior to joining the agency, she founded her own shop called Socialistic, which she ran as CEO and chief creative officer. The release states that, during her time at W+K, she has “extended the creative department’s capabilities beyond advertising, into both experience and product design.”

Her full ad industry resume includes stints in leadership positions at TBWA New York, JWT and Organic.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Report: Samsung has its global ad/media account up for review. So, guess 72andSunny wore out its welcome? link

-Libby Schnee has been named the managing director of Fenton’s New York City office. The previous managing director of Fenton New York, Beth Kitzinger, has been named chief of operations, a firm-wide role overseeing operations and talent.

Jason Lee was promoted to senior partner/senior director of digital at WPP/GroupM agency MEC for its Marriott International business.

-Portland, OR-based agency North has been named AOR for San Francisco-based craft beer brewery, Anchor Brewing Co.

-Here is the latest episode of ADC’s reality series based on last year’s Portfolio Night All-Stars (above). McCann Erickson ECD Natalie Lam stars in this episode.

-HBO basically says fuck Netflix, Amazon it is. link

 

Ex-DDB, TBWA Creatives and Producers Launch Joinery in L.A.

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Only Child, aka the directorial project of former DDB creatives Mike Andrews and Daniel Mabe, is one of the many parties merging to form newly launched L.A. production studio Joinery.

Principals include veteran director Paul Dektor, producer Richard Gladstein (“Pulp Fiction”, “The Bourne Identity”), and Leslie Dektor, all of whom will work under former Believe Media executive producer Gerard Cantor.

On the directorial front, the lineup also includes Lasse Hallstrom (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) as well as John Curran, Rob Feng, David Masters, Bo Platt, filmmaking/motion design studio ‘weareflink’ and video artists ‘Objective.’

Peter Mertz and Alvaro Chacon, both of whom spent time at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, will serve as digital producers.

The agency’s name comes from the tradition of “joiners” who used carpenters’ raw material to create new pieces without using nails, screws or other fasteners.

Current clients include HP, Bayer, Bombay Sapphire and McDonald’s.

CP+B Partners with 2K for NBA 2K Franchise

CP+BCP+B announced today that has partnered with 2K to launch the next edition of their long-running  basketball simulation video game franchise, NBA 2K. Santa Monica-based CP+B LA won creative duties following a competitive pitch process and will roll out an integrated marketing campaign starting in September for the next iteration of the franchise, NBA 2K15. The campaign will include TV, digital, social media and more.

NBA 2K continues to break new ground in interactive entertainment and culture, and has even bigger plans for the future,” said Mason Reed, EVP/Managing Director, CP+B LA. “We couldn’t be more excited to help them along the journey.”

You may recall that the account previously belonged to Zambezi, which ran this “Michael Jordan Uncensored” series last year.

Ad Council Elects 21 New Board Members

ad-councilThe Ad Council, “a non-profit organization and the largest producer of national public service advertising (PSA) in the U.S.” announced today the election of 21 new members to their Board of Directors earlier this month. Additionally, current board member David Kenny, CEO of The Weather Company, was elected Vice Chair of Media.

The Ad Council Board of Directors is responsible for providing guidance on creative strategy, media placement and outreach, as well as helping to secure funding for the organization’s operations. It is made up of leading executives from all areas of marketing, including media companies, advertising agencies, research companies and digital agencies, and is led by Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks. Each year, the Ad Council produces 50 national public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and federal government agencies, with creative developed by leading ad agencies pro bono.

“Our new board members join us from a wide variety of industries and bring with them expertise that will be invaluable to the Ad Council and our national campaigns,” said Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of the Ad Council. “With backgrounds in marketing, advertising, public relations, social and digital media, the new members possess knowledge and leadership that will augment our campaigns. I look forward to seeing what innovation they bring to our causes.”

A full list of the new board members follows after the jump. Read more

Choose Chicago Names FCB Chicago, Starcom USA Agencies of Record

ChicagoThe chair of Choose Chicago, Chicago’s official tourism marketing organization, Desiree Rogers and CEO Don Welsh announced today that Choose Chicago has selected FCB Chicago as its new creative agency of record and the Chicago office of Starcom USA as the city’s media planning and buying agency of record. The appointments come following an eight week review process, conducted in partnership with Chicago-based search consultancy R3:JLB. Choose Chicago’s review focused on agencies with strong Chicago ties, as well as proven global brand building capabilities and strong traditional and digital communications channels expertise. FCB Chicago and Starcom USA will work together “to build fully integrated, multi-channel marketing programs to significantly increase leisure and business travel to Chicago from domestic and international markets.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Choose Chicago to share the stories that make our city great,” said Michael Fassnacht, CEO and president of FCB Chicago. “This is a humbling opportunity to make a true impact on Chicago.”

Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue was equally enthusiastic, adding, “Chicago is our hometown, and we are thrilled to bring our talent, expertise and strong digital focus to showcase all that this great city has to offer. This is a truly special city, and along with Choose Chicago and FCB, we look forward to enticing countless others to visit and experience it along with us.”

The Richards Group Takes on Flowers for Edible Arrangements


The Richards Group debuted a new creative direction for Edible Arrangements, the originator of the “fresh” (if you’ve ever tasted their product, you know otherwise) fruit bouquet and global category leader, in their first integrated marketing campaign for the brand. The new campaign “marks an evolution from several different creative campaigns for different media to one streamlined positioning played out from storefronts to social media to broadcast to banner ads.” As you may recall, Edible Arrangements named The Richards Group their agency of record last summer.

The Richards Group’s new multi-million dollar campaign (the brand’s largest advertising campaign to date) centers around the new tagline “Pick Fruit. It’s Fresher.” with an integrated effort championing the choice of fruit over flowers. “Reaction,” the 30-second television spot featured above, typifies the approach. Various mothers’ open-mouthed reactions to flowers appear at first to be enthusiastic, but are revealed to be bored yawns. The spot debuts in advance of Mother’s Day on April 28, with both a 30-second and 15-second version.

“This advertising, across all channels, pokes a little fun at the same old gift and encourages families to celebrate mom in a fresh way. And our research shows that moms really appreciate creativity and ingenuity in gift-giving,” said Edible Arrangements’ chief marketing officer Jeff Lobb. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Cornett IMS Crafts World’s Longest Hashtag for A&W

Kentucky-based agency Cornett IMS (who you may remember from Beardvertising or “Kentucky Kicks Ass“) has created the world’s longest hashtag to promote the release of A&W’s new chicken tender sandwich.

While most brands see the hashtag as something that fans will hopefully share on social media, Cornett chose to create a hashtag so long that the chance of it being used are pretty damn low. The extra-big hashtag is, presumably, meant to coincide with the extra-big nature of A&W’s Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Texas Toast Sandwich. Like that sandwich, the hashtag is quite the mouthful. As Cornett’s Whit Hiler puts it, they were going for a “hashtag so long, our consumers would say ‘man that’s a really long hashtag, that Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Texas Toast Sandwich must be freaking delicious.’” You can view the TV spot introducing the hashtag above. That hashtag, by the way, is: #supertastylargeandinchargetexastoasttwohand-wichmadewithdeliciousonehundredpercentwhitemeathandbreadedchickentendersandyourchoiceofclassicorspicypapasauceeitherwayyoucan’tgowrongwowthatsoundsgoodyouneedtotryoneit’sonlyavailableforalimitedtimeImgoingtohavetogogetonemyselfareyoustillreadingthisseeyouatAandW. Credits after the jump. Read more

Wongdoody, Seattle Film Festival Give You Roles in Your Favorite Flicks

L.A./Seattle-based Wongdoody and digital studio World Famous have joined forces to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle International Film Festival by reintroducing viewers to some of their favorite movies.

Watch as a vaguely robotic/European narrator posing as a “futuristic scientist transport[ing] willing subjects into alternate realities” sells the “Cinescape” experience by empowering a viewer to live out her “Trainspotting” toilet fantasy and recasting some extra as the only professional actor in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

The campaign, which also features “key art, print, outdoor, online and identity assets”, is currently airing as a trailer in various Seattle-area theaters. It will expand in various forms in the period leading up to the festival’s May 15th opening date.

The relationship between the agency and the festival has been a long one; this is their 11th collaboration.

Check out the shorter cut along with some quotes and credits after the jump.

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‘Ideas to Steal’ Lets Creatives Share Unused Ideas

Ideas to Steal LargeChances are you’ve felt the frustration of having a great idea never see the light of day, or, conversely, have faced days where any ideas seem hard to come by. Freelance digital creative directors Kalle Everland and Timo Klaarenbeek have created a dual solution in the site http://www.ideastosteal.today/.

The site lets creatives upload their unused ideas for others to steal. There’s only one stipulation: if you steal an idea, you have to credit whoever posted it and share the glory should the work come up for any awards. Using the site is pretty simple. Login with Facebook or set up an account with username and email, and a password will be sent to you. Then click on “Upload Idea” and load your video or image onto the site, adding a brief explanation and selecting a category. If you want to steal an idea, just go for it (and perhaps add a comment), while making sure to credit the person who posted it should the work get published. Check out the site for yourself; if you’re running low on inspiration, or have a drawer full of unused ideas you’d like to see get some love, it just might make your day.

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