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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.

Falusi, Paterson Move Up the Ranks at Ogilvy NY

corinnafalusi1-140SOgilvy’s NY HQ has given the bump-up to two of its senior creatives as the agency has promoted group creative director Corinna Falusi, who works on IKEA and Coke, to ECD, and creative director Michael Paterson, who works on American Express, to senior partner/GCD. Falusi, you may recall, joined O&M nearly two years ago from StrawberryFrog, where she spent nearly a decade and last served as ECD. Paterson, meanwhile, has been with Ogilvy’s New York office for five years, during which time he’s also worked on the “A Smarter Planet” campaign for IBM as well as efforts for Gap.

From what we’ve been told, the pair isn’t replacing anyone in their respective positions, but are just being promoted “due to their great work and the need for creatives at a higher level.”

Portfolio Night: Now a Reality Series of Sorts

Well, the wave of ADC-related news has yet to recede (and no, we’re not getting compensated for this) as the organization has announced May 21 as the date for the 12th annual installment of its Portfolio Night event (last year’s brought on some rather inspired work). We’ll get to that in a sec, but as a lead-up to PN12, the ADC is launching a new video series based on the happenings from its first-ever Portfolio Night All-Stars battle that took place in NYC last year. There will be five episodes in all (not including the intro clip above) that will be unveiled through May 1, with the first launching this Thursday and featuring a pep talk from DDB Worldwide CCO, Amir Kassaei. As for PN12, for those of you angling to get your work seen during the May 21 global event (24 cities in all are participating), you can go here for more info and ticket purchasing. And yes, it appears there will be an All-Stars sequel this year, so raise up, kiddies.

Here’s a Quick Horror Primer from the Folks at FEARnet

Having watched a couple of horror films on the cable channel FEARnet (currently on FiOS at least) over the weekend, figured why the hell not ride the blood-soaked waves and mention this little promo from the network, which to be honest offers a great slate of old-school, cult and slasher films mixed with a total bevy of garbage. Still, us horror fans can’t play choosers in this and so we support whatever medium the genre gets exposed. Above is a brief promo as part of a new TV image campaign for FEARnet from L.A.-based Stun Creative’s graphics/animation division, Buster, which tries to offer a quick manual on the do’s and dont’s of horror films. Think Jamie Kennedy‘s character Randy in the first couple of Scream films and there you have it. Don’t worry, as long as idiots still won’t listen, the genre will be very much alive and kicking. Credits after the jump.

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Friday Odds and Ends

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-The Cannes Lions folks have announced their final juries for the 2014 event in categories such as Branded Content & Entertainment, Creative Effectiveness, Mobile and PR. link

-StrawberryFrog India has rebranded as Famous Innovations. link

-Seeing as he’s done it once before, our old pal Rich Siegel returns with another timely post about Red Lobster. link

-It’s safe to say that Omnicom chief John Wren did pretty well for himself in 2013. link

-According to the IAB, U.S. interactive ad revenue rose for $42.8 billion in 2013, surpassing broadcast for the first time marking a 17 percent rise from 2012. link

-Speaking of the IAB, the organization welcomed Scott Cunningham as VP of technology and ad operations. link

-Mad Men star Jon Hamm talks, what else, Don Draper among other things in a Q&A with Rolling Stone. link

-Yep, Spirit Airlines still sucks. link

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And Now, Your Final ADC Fest Recap

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All good things must come to an end as they say and with that, here’s the final recap of the 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft that wrapped up yesterday in Miami. Once again,  here’s a quick snapshot of the third and final day of the festivities courtesy of ADC content manager, Brett McKenzie. As mentioned below, the big winners for at the actual ADC awards included Stockholm’s Forsman & Bodenfors, which picked up the almighty Black Cube for the Van Damme splits work for Volvo Trucks (full winners list here). Well, for our sake, there’s always next year. Take it away, B.

“The 2014 edition of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design is now in the history books, after the third and final day of intriguing workshops and meals, not to mention the finale of the ADC 93rd Annual Awards, the unveiling of Laser Cat and not one but two blowout after parties.
Beginning at sunrise with some beachside yoga and a breakfast open only to ADC Members, Day Three of the Festival featured some of the event’s most popular workshops. Attendees donned aprons and picked up knives and chisels to build guitar frames with Dick Boak, experimented with computer code with Sub Rosa’s Joshua Davis, unleashed imaginations and inhibitions with street artist Kazilla and peered into the unsettlingly bizarre mind if legendary illustrator Gary Baseman.
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The evening’s gala took place at the beautiful New World Center. If you are looking for the full laundry list of Cube winners, visit http://adcglobal.org/adc-93rd-annual-awards-winners-part-two/ but the one sentence version is that the night belonged to Forsman and Bodenfors, Volvo Trucks and Van Damme’s epic splits, whose checked luggage going back home to Sweden will likely be overweight.
Immediately after all the Cubes were handed out, Hungry Castle unveiled it’s much anticipated Laser Cat installment, beaming the personal projects of thousands of creatives onto the walls of the venue.
After Laser Cat’s reveal, Festival attendees danced the night away on the New World Center’s rooftop, and when the lights came on at that venue, they hurried on to a nightclub for several more hours of celebration.
This morning there were a lot of happily comatose Festival attendees, shaking hands and promising to keep in touch, already getting excited for 2015. We hope you’ll join them next year!”
More images after the jump.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

 

Let’s play along with the Oculus mirror, shall we (above)? link

-Are you ready for 15 new types of ads in your Twitter feed? link

-New York-based digital ad tech shop, Magnetic, has appointed Sandeep Swadia as its chief strategy officer.

-The Lions Health folks and the United Nations Foundation have teamed up to launch the new Grand Prix for Good award. link

-Hmm, which is better? Bigger Facebook ads or more of them? link

-Publicis Groupe chief Maurice Levy is calling for “carpet bombers” and “snipers.” Apparently, he’s not playing. link

And Now, Your ADC Fest Recap, Part Two

And so, the party continues in Miami at the 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft. With day two in the books, we give you yet another snapshot of the event from ADC content manager, Brett McKenzie, The party still sounds pretty fun. Send us a postcard, will ya?

“The second day of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design was full of inspiration and creative rejuvenation, from a sunrise yoga session overlooking the Atlantic, all the way to a blowout blast at the famous Bass Museum, where the Design, Illustration, Photography and Print Advertising winners of the ADC 93rd Annual Awards were displayed and awarded.

During the day there were amazing workshops by Mariscal, ADC Young Gun Ivan Cash and architect supreme Clive Wilkinson, as well as the premiere of the new ADC film series InspirADCion, featuring the one and only Lee Clow.

The temperamental South Beach weather forced us to move the award ceremonies indoors, but the intimate setting ended up being ideal for two kickass presentations, one by design legend Mariscal and the other by ADC Hall of Famer George Lois. And afterwards, the (unofficial) party continued poolside at the James Royal Palm Hotel, ensuring plenty of hangovers for Day Three.”
Check out a few images from day 2 after the jump and for a full recap, you can go here.

Here’s a Quick Recap of ADC Fest Thus Far

Just like last year, we here at the Spy are providing a brief snapshot of the revelry likely taking place at the ADC Festival of Art + Craft, which kicked off in Miami yesterday. Since we’re not there (of course), we’ll let  ADC content manager Brett Mackenzie handle the duties. Take it away, Brett

“So we are knee deep in the second day of the ADC Festival of Art & Craft of Advertising and Design, and part of Day Two  means getting Day One edited.
We’ve just posted the Day One recap on the Festival site right here. http://adcglobal.org/adc-festival-day-one/
But if you really wanted to boil the first day down to its essence, it ended up being all about Hungry Castle and Lionel Richie’s Head (and not just because I got to play Lionel Richie.) https://vimeo.com/91441383.

Day One ended with the 2014 Tomorrow Awards ceremony, poolside at the James Royal Palm Hotel. You can see all five winners here http://adcglobal.org/adc-celebrates-2014-tomorrow-awards-winners”

Seems like fun, we suppose, and who can deny a Lionel Richie likeness. More images the goings-on follow after the jump.

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Lineveldt Assumes ECD Post at SK+G

macrlineveldtLas Vegas-based SK+G Advertising, which you may remember from the first season of The Pitch and currently works with clients including the Borgata and Andre Agassi Foundation, has landed a new creative leader in Marc Lineveldt, who joins the agency as ECD. Lineveldt joins SK+G after serving in a similar role at Atlanta-based Fitzgerald+CO. It seems SK+G spent some time in its search for a new ECD. In a statement, agency managing partner John Schadler says, “We conducted an extensive and committed search for the perfect ECD candidate who would bring a worldly point of view, honed by experience, which will enhance the company’s position, expand our opportunities for growth and reinforce our pursuit of creative excellence. Marc brings with him an impressive range of achievements and we feel the timing is optimal as we are embarking on taking our business to the next level with continued expansion and global reach.”

During his 24-year ad career, Lineveldt has also served as a co-ECD at TBWA\Hunt Lascaris in Cape Town, and has held creative positions at the likes of Y&R and Saatchi.

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