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Boutique Call

So, Is This the New Shop Formed by Ex-Syrup Leads?

It looks like it’s still in its nascent phase, but multiple sources are telling us that Saints New York is the new shop that’s been formed by Syrup founder/executive creative director Jakob Daschek and its former CEO/managing director,  Omino Gardezi. If you recall, the pair essentially served as the leadership team at the LBi-owned Syrup, but parted ways (or vice versa) shortly after Publicis Groupe acquired LBi last fall. Thus far, it appears that a fair amount of the work featured on the Saints site harks back to Daschek and Gardezi’s Syrup/LBi, but as mentioned, the Saints operation is a newly formed one. We’re checking in with at least one of the two involved, so we’ll let you know and get some clarification on staff count/current client roster if and when we can. Check out the Saints’ MO below:

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Boutique Call: Fabula – The New Creative Shop on the Canal

Yan Elliott, Luke Williamson, and Sam Brookes must be well versed in narratology and anatomy. The name of their new creative shop, Fabula, means the chronological order of retold events, the raw material of a story. And of course the word can’t help but remind us of fibula, otherwise known as the calf bone, a key piece in efficient movement.

Hopefully as this business grows, it will be shortened to “Fab.” Just heading to Fab. We’re doing work with Fab now.

The trio of founders did well by choosing an intriguing name, but it’s the experience they bring to their endeavor that makes it more exciting. Elliott and Williamson were once creative directors at WCRS, while Brookes was managing director of Wieden and Kennedy Platform.  Further back, Elliott and Williamson teamed up at Mother, working on campaigns for Coca-Cola, Doctor Pepper, and the Orange Film Funding Board cinema ads. At W+K, Brookes ran projects for brands including Sony, Coca Cola, Nokia and Prada.

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Wait, How Did These Folks Not Make it on ‘The Pitch’?

If our pleasure from being on the outside looking in wasn’t even more gratifying, here’s this self-promo to solidify things from a San Francisco shop called School of Thought, which makes a Bob Ross show look like Soul Train. SoT includes the services of co-founder/creative director and Agency.com alum Joseph Newfield (who we believe was not involved with the Subway “Fist Bump” fiasco) and former McCann SF ACD Tom Geary, who formed the operation in 2008. Yep, there are “power hours” and free lunches involved, ad school kids, so feel free to sign up.

Writer of Aronofsky-Directed Meth PSAs Starts New Shop

You might not know Fred Abercrombie‘s name right off the bat, but to provide a reminder, while at Organic, the copywriter penned the horrifying, yet intriguing Meth Project PSAs that were directed by Darren Aronofsky. Anyhow, after a year at Organic, which was behind said campaign, Abercrombie has moved on to launch his own, Petaluma, CA-based shop called ABERCROMBIE+ALCHEMY. Abercrombie & Co. are still a couple of weeks from an official site launch/announcement, but they did take the time to create this clip for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, specifically its Audio Program series that’s being held in San Francisco at month’s end. Check out more info here.

Boutique Call: Reveille Alum Launches Populus Brands

For those who remember Ben Silverman’s 10-year old production studio Reveille, we thought we’d let you know that one of its wunderkinds has moved on. Chad Bennett, who served as head of brand development at said shop for eight years, has now launched Populus Brands. which is based on content production.

Bennett says in a statement, “Content producers have the full attention of their audience, but many do not have the time or resources to fully leverage them. There’s huge opportunity to use content to develop and build lifestyle brands that complement the viewer experience and drive a maximum number of ancillary revenue streams. Populus Brands will focus on leveraging the audience’s relationship with the content to create tangible products and experiences that viewers can bring into their everyday lives.”

Boutique Call: Jaffe Returns with ‘Evol8tion’

Joseph Jaffe, the man behind the Jaffe Juice blog and Crayon, the latter of which was acquired by Powered two years ago, is back in the agency biz with his new operation called Evol8tion. The idea behind the one-time TBWA\Chiat\Day and OMD staffer’s new shop is to bring start-ups and brands as well as Madison Ave and Mountain View together. According to the man himself, “The startup lives in the epicenter of technology-inspired innovation. But brands are often not brought into the picture until the startup is so far downstream in the process that it’s too late to influence direction, partner or truly innovate.”

Jaffe is kickstarting Evol8tion with a product called “Matchmaker,” which, wait for it, helps start-ups find their “brand soul mate.” Anyhow, you can find out more from the link above about Evl8tion, which has attracted clients like AB-InBev and Kraft to the fold.

Boutique Call: Former CP+B Digital Producer is Ready to ‘Supply’

It’s been a little while since we’ve rolled out a Boutique Call post, but since the category seems somewhat wide open at this point, we’ll let you know that Shaz Sedighzadeh has started up a new operation called The Supply.

Sedighzadeh set up the new shop, which is being dubbed as a “a resource representation entity for digital and creative talent,” following a two-year stint as a digital producer at CP+B, where he helped produce work for Old Navy, Coke Zero and Microsoft Windows. Prior to Crispin, the new entrepreneur spent a few months on the digital production side at Tool of North America.

Want an explanation of what The Supply does? Well, regarding his new operation, here’s a statement from Sedighzadeh, who lives in Denver but shuttles between NY and LA often: “The world of traditional staffing, simply matching keywords on a resume, has been a working model for some time, and may continue to be in some capacity. But in the digital advertising world today, things are shifting way too fast to solely be supported by the standard candidate sourcing methods. Talent specialists and reps now need to think like experienced digital producers and strategists; they need to ‘get it’, knowing what the project/campaign consists of, what type/level of specific talent is needed, matching resources with the timeline/budget, identifying what design aesthetic needs to be applied, whether it’s a job for a vendor or a couple of freelancers, and the list goes on.”

Boutique Call: This Agency Made $80 Million in Three Years

Welcome the world of Grok, which despite its rather questionable name, explains, “comes from a word in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, which means ‘to communicate with deep empathy; to understand
(someone or something) profoundly or intuitively.’” So, who founded this shop, you might ask? Well,  Julie Bauer, Steve Landsberg and Tod Seisser, the last of which served as CCO at Saatchi & Saatchi New York. Seisser, if you need to know, spent six-plus years as CCO of Saatchi NY, while Bauer was a client/strategy exec at the likes of Ogilvy and Saatchi.

Here’s a statement from Bauer, which reads, ““Our very first assignment as an agency was a small project for Estroven, back when it was owned by Amerifit Brands,” said Bauer. “Amerifit was acquired by Martek which was, in turn, acquired by DSM. Throughout all these changes our responsibilities grew based on a record of outstanding sales results and a relationship built on trust. Today, they’re one of our most valued clients.” The full-service Grok, which resides in NYC’s Flatiron District, says it “saw their company grow from three to 20 employees and nearly $80 million in billing.”

We Are Pi Finally Opens Doors in Amsterdam

After simmering in beta for the past six months, WE ARE Pi has now officially opened this week. The Amsterdam-based shop was founded by four ex-W+K Amsterdam folks–Jamie Kim, Rick Chant, Barney Hobson and Alex Bennett Grant–and counts clients including Deloitte, Lego, Bread & Butter, TEDx Amsterdam and Habitat For Humanity. If you were curious about the shop’s mission statement/concept, the Pi gang says, “WE ARE Pi will use creative storytelling, technology and interactive experiences to bake shared-value into communications for brands, causes and entertainment.” Sounds a bit familiar, don’t it?

Anyhow, the WAP founders say that for the past six months, they’ve been road-testing this “shared-value” proposition with partners such as Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, Lowlands music festival, and NYC’s Uniform Project. As for background, Kim (pictured above, right) spent about three-and-a-half years at W+K Amsterdam and served as an interactive producer, Chant worked as a copywriter, Hobson was an AD and Bennett Grant spent three years during the same period as an account director.

 

Boutique Call: HaloEffect

It’s been a while since we dusted off the Call, but since this is an agency that proposes “game changing marketing  ideas” (how novel), we were only compelled to post. Anyhow, there’s a new shop in Boston starring president Tom Schneider and EVP, creative/strategy David Abend, who have teamed up to form the HaloEffect. Schneider served as CMO at Alloy Media & Marketing for three years while Abend spent four-plus years as VP/GCD at Digitas and had copywriting/creative director stints at the likes of Hill Holliday and Arnold (lordy, this guy’s more loyal to Beantown than Ben Affleck).

As for what HaloEffect has accomplished, the agency has completed the launch of Groupon for grocery and are currently working on marketing concepts for Nuance, Sokolove Law and Johnsonville Sausage. We’ll leave the “game-changing” judgment up to you,but here’s the Halo’s site to help you make your decision.

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