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Kiran Aditham

Kiran joined Mediabistro in June 2009 and has been riling up ad agencies ever since as the editor of AgencySpy. Prior to joining Mediabistro, Kiran spent two years as a digital reporter for Crain's Creativity magazine and two years before that as managing editor of online marketing site Adotas.com. On the side, Kiran dabbles in music/film journalism and his work has appeared in Fangoria, Grooves, XLR8R, The New Times and sites like PrefixMag.com. He still continues his unenviable search to find someone else who shares equal love and admiration for horror films, tennis and the Golden Girls.

Thursday Odds and Ends

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-Carnival Corporation-owned Princess Cruises has appointed m/Six to drive its UK media planning and buying in the UK.

-IPG Mediabrands has launched a new social ROI measurement platform dubbed Performly. link

-Feel like being patriotic ahead of the 4th? Get some T’s that were designed by Minneapolis artist Craig Nordeen (one example above).

-Production company Caviar has signed Caviar has signed L.A.-based filmmaker Will Gluck for commercial representation.

-Merkle has acquired Charlottesville, VA-based search/digital marketing agency RKG. link

-McCann has picked up Diageo’s Cuervo business. Your turn, Sammy Hagar. link

-Carlsberg has launched a pitch for its global Tuborg account. link

 

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R/GA Alum Kim Joins Cheil as Chief Digital Officer

peterkimAfter briefly rejoining the Dachis Group–a firm he helped start in 2008–as chief solutions architect last year, Peter Kim has found a new home at Cheil Worldwide, where he joins up in the newly created role of chief digital officer. In his new role, Kim will be work out of Cheil’s Seoul HQ, and will be charged with building the agency network’s digital business platforms and expanding digital capabilities, both at home and abroad. Kim, though, is perhaps best known for his stint as managing director, business information at R/GA, where among other things he helped set up the agency’s Austin office and served on its leadership team.

During his career, the 15-year digital strategy vet also served as global head of digital marketing at Puma and principal consultant at Razorfish. In a statement, the new Cheil CDO says, “I’m delighted to join Cheil and integrate talent across its diversified network into a powerful world-class digital offering. In the current era of digital disruption, Cheil’s global positioning offers unmatched opportunities for clients to benefit from our creativity and expertise. I look forward to working closely with our clients to deliver great work by capitalizing on emerging technology trends, drawing on Cheil’s impressive heritage of delivering innovative ideas. I’m also thrilled to work with the management team and offices to integrate, enhance, and advance our digital capabilities across all disciplines worldwide.”

Monday Odds and Ends

-Grey’s San Francisco office has been named the exclusive marketing partner for Bay Area institution, The Sweetwater Music Hall.

-New Orleans-based agency Peter Mayer is getting into the July 4th spirit by letting everyone virtually sign the Declaration of Independence by tweeting #SignIt2014 to @peteramayer or visiting the campaign site here.

-In case you missed them, Leo Burnett Chicago and Culver City, CA-based VFX house Zoic Studios teamed up to create gala experiences at Cannes. link

-Speaking of Cannes, now that this year’s event is in the books, it’s time to turn those Gold Lions into cold, hard cash (above).

-Google is axing its 10-year-old social network, Orkut, which like the band Mr. Big, was apparently big in Asia. link

-The London International Awards has extended its entry deadline to Monday, July 14. link

-Boston/Philly-based shop  allen & gerritsen (a&g) has been named the first social-strategy agency of record for global audio brand, Shure. link

Ex-CP+B ECD Roper Heads to EnergyBBDO (Updated)

TimRoper1After spending the last two years as a writer/director at production company Partizan, Tim Roper has returned to the agency world, joining up with EnergyBBDO in “a senior creative capacity” according to sources familiar with the matter.

Roper, who we’ve been told arrived at the Chicago-based agency last month, spent the majority of his ad career at Crispin Porter + Bogusky–15 years in all–moving from Miami to the L.A. office over a decade ago and eventually settling in its Boulder HQ before leaving for Partizan in 2012. No word yet on his exact title at EnergyBBDO (we’re hearing ECD), but during his lengthy stay at CP+B, Roper worked on campaigns including the Burger King “Simpsonize Me” effort, the Will Arnett-starring Hulu spots and Sprite “Sublymonal.” During his career, Roper also worked early on as a copywriter/CD at Mullen.

Update: We received the following tip, clarifying Roper’s role at EngergyBBDO: “Tim Roper is a still a Director and committed to that role industry-wide. He is one of those rare talents who can do both. Currently he is assisting Energy BBDO and CCO Mark Taylor in an ECD capacity on several pieces of business. Duration, yet to be [determined].”

 

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Teddy Roosevelt Likeness Aims to Remain in Brazil, Rally US Soccer Fans

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With the US-Germany World Cup showdown getting underway in a matter of minutes, we figure it’s rather timely to mention the man above, who’s going by the name of “Teddy Goalsevelt” but is actually one Mike D’Amico, an ACD at Chicago-based, WPP-owned agency, Cavalry. Those who watched the US-Portugal stunner on Sunday may have seen D’Amico hamming it up as his Teddy Roosevelt character and rallying U.S. soccer fans on the telly (he even joined in on a pic with Super Bowl XLVIII MVP/Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith earlier in the week according to Deadspin commenters). Now, the very optimistic D’Amico, who’s also president of the Chicago chapter of US soccer fanatics the American Outlaws, wants to continue in his efforts as the USMNT’s unofficial mascot down in Brazil should team USA (fingers crossed) make it to the knockout round.

How? Well, with the aid of his cohorts at Cavalry (who count clients including Coors Light), Mr. D’Amico has launched a GoFundMe site asking for fan help to keep him and his character in Brazil through the tournament…or as far as the US goes, we imagine. We’ll see what transpires in the next couple of hours, but thus far, D’Amico and company have raised nearly $2K in less than 24 hours and will match the first $2,500 donated. You can check out the Facebook page here for more info and go to the GoFundMe site to donate here. Now, who’s ready to join in on the by-now-familiar “I believe that we will win!” chant?

Also: here’s a supportive tweet from Listerine (and digital AOR MRY):

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Adam and Eve DDB has tapped London/NYC-based prodco th1ng and sister shop Film Club Productions to create a motion graphics/animation-heavy clip for the United for Wildlife Foundation (above).

-Feel like dishing out red or yellow cards to your friends or enemies in honor of the World Cup? Feel free to use the Boom! Card here.

-Speaking of World Cup, even pest control company Orkin, with the help of Think Inc., is getting in on the action by showing off American and German cockroaches. link

-DigitasLBi is offering a $5K multicultural academic scholarship in a partnership with MAIP (Multicultural Advertising Intern Program) and the 4A’s. Online application here. Deadline to enter is July 18. link

-Ford and Toyota have placed 1 and 2, respectively, on Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands list. link

-11-year-old digital marketing agency Direct Agents has launched its new creative and mobile design services dubbed Responsiv3. link

-Zimmerman digital client manager Nick Martucci discusses social media newsrooms among other things in a new post on the agency’s blog. link

-Global B2B marketing agency Stein IAS has launched its own agency network called, yes, Stein IAS Global Network and in turn, is looking to expand its reach in markets including  India, Australia, South America and East Asia.

-Minneapolis-based Haberman was among the agencies that picked up multiple awards at AIGA Minnesota’s 2014 Minnesota Design Show. link

Ivan Cash, L’Oreal Draw ‘Inspiration’ from Streets of San Francisco

“If you could give one piece of advice to your childhood self, what would it be?” That’s one of the prevalent question being asked by artist/filmmaker Ivan Cash and his crew at Cash Studios, who were commissioned by cosmetics giant L’Oreal of all brands to make “a film about inspiration.” Rather than create an actual original film, though, Cash, the man who once told us that “reality is malleable,” to “stop making ads” and who was also a collaborator on the Couchella project from last year , turned his lens on the citizens of San Francisco to see what inspires them. As you’d expect, the four-minute film above features random strangers ranging from street musicians to former basketball coaches in SF sharing their thoughts on the aforementioned question or others like “What’s your greatest struggle?” and “what does inspiration mean to you?”

The New Age-y music combined with the people of San Francisco and the city scenery make for a very “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey”-esque effort, but what the hell, we could all perhaps use a little life-affirming insight from time to time. Of course, this type of project where Cash turns his camera on the people is nothing new for the man, as this SF project follows up his film from last year in NYC, where he asked people what the “Last Photo” on their phone was. While different in concept and tone  of course, Cash’s two efforts on two coasts follow the same basic template and leave us wondering if his next short film will do the same and take somewhere in between. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Credits after the jump.

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Leo Burnett Alum Bayley Heads to Y&R

GavinBayley1Though we mentioned this brieflyyesterday, we figured it perhaps merited some larger notice considering we now have the details. Anyhow, news from our neighbors up north as Y&R Canada has welcomed Gavin Bayley as SVP/global client leader for its BMO North American biz. Bayley who will handle said account out of Y&R’s Toronto office, joins the agency from Leo Burnett, where he spent the last right years as account management group head for clients including Kellogg’s, Invesco, Blackberry and Visa. In his new role at Y&R, the new SVP will oversee the BMO business across Canada and the United States, working alongside the agency’s Midwest account team in Chicago in the process.

Regarding the new Y&R hire, who’s held executive positions on both client and agency side for over a decade, Y&R North America president/CEO Matt Anthony says, “Finding the right person for this role has been a top priority, as it takes a unique talent to passionately and successfully navigate the complex financial services marketing landscape. Gavin will be a real asset to the Y&R team not just in Toronto, but across North America.”

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