Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Bud Caddell, who has spent the last two-plus years at Deutsch LA, where he initially joined at was dubbed at the time an “invention strategist,” has parted ways with the agency. We’ve been told by sources in the know that the split was amicable and has landed “a nice new gig.” No word yet on where he headed to, but Caddell joined Deutsch after helping launch social venture Common with Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham. During his career, Caddell also spent time as a strategy director at Victors & Spoils and served for a while as a senior strategist at New York digital firm, Undercurrent. From what we hear, Caddell has headed back to Undercurrent, though in its Los Angeles office.
We’ve been getting tips all morning and now have confirmation that Deutsch partner/CCO Greg DiNoto is no longer with the agency. Taking over his position is Kerry Keenan, whom Deutsch is hiring away from her own agency, Half Irish, which she co-founded earlier this year after leaving the global ECD role at Y&R. Here’s a note from Deutsch on the switch:
Deutsch New York CEO Val DiFebo announced today that Kerry Keenan has been hired as CCO/Partner. “Kerry is a live wire: she is a source of inspiration, sharp and passionate about this business and has an adventurist spirit. We believe Kerry will be a strong addition to the team,” noted DiFebo. Here’s more of the note:
Keenan has built a reputation for creating innovative work that crosses and combines all mediums and connects with consumers. During her career she has specialized in creating and producing high profile branded content, including: producing Y’all vs Us: Head to Head, a docu-drama series distributed nationally by Fox Sports Net for Cellular South, staging a major mock protest for client Ikea that went viral, creating an invisible pop up store for Airwalk, and developing a series of shorts for MTV2 called Maturity is Overrated. Her work on numerous blue chip businesses have earned quite a bit of attention and hardware including: Gold Cannes Lions, D&AD Pencils, Gold Andy¹s, Gold One Show Pencils, Webby’s, AICP Best of Show and others.
“I have always admired Deutsch’s distinct and entrepreneurial culture. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Val who has been able to do what few others have keep all agency offerings under one roof, allowing one team to solve problems together and generate the best ideas together,” said Keenan. “The partners are a group of smart, fun, and super passionate people who genuinely like each other and will roll up their sleeves and push each other to make the work great. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
“Kerry has a fresh, collaborative grass roots approach to unearthing big, high profile creative ideas,” said DiFebo. “A highly regarded and respected creative, Kerry has what it takes to create a groundswell of growth and brand building work for our clients.”
Keenan takes over the CCO position from Greg DiNoto. “Greg has been a great contributor in both tours of duty at Deutsch and we fully support and wish
him great success in his next chapter,” said DiFebo. Keenan will join the agency on September 30th.
No word yet on where DiNoto’s heading, but we’ll let you know when we find out.
Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Ryan Kitagawa, who has worked on accounts including HTC and has spent two-plus years at Deutsch LA, is leaving said agency. No official word on where he’s headed to next but we’ve been told that Kitagawa is heading to Saatchi & Saatchi to serve as an executive producer on the digital side . On another note, we’ve received word that Nathan Pitzel has been promoted to VP/ executive integrated producer at Deutsch L.A. We’ll keep you posted on further notice, but from what we’ve heard, Pitzel is being promoted to VP, executive integrated producer.
Here’s what we got from a seemingly deleted Facebook status update from David Kim, who joined Deutsch LA as a group creative director merely 10 months ago. From what we’ve been told, this is what Kim posted: “LA’s in my blood but SF’s got my heart. #farewellDLA #lookingforaplacetoliveinSF.” Kim joined Deutsch LA as group digital creative director last year on Volkswagen, essentially taking over for Jerome Austria after spending a few years working at Venables Bell & Partners, helping the Bay Area agency launch Google Fiber and Intel’s “The Chase” in the process.
From what sources tell us, Kim and family just missed the San Francisco area hence the departure, which we hear was amicable. During his career, Kim also served as an interactive CD at Publicis Seattle on T-Mobile and served as a designer at TBWA\ unit \Tequila. No word yet on his next move, but we’ll keep you posted.
No official word from the Deutsch LA camp as of yet, but a phone call to the agency tells us that Victoria Guenier is no longer at the IPG-owned operation where she’s spent nearly a decade. For the last four years, Guenier served as SVP/director of broadcast/content production at Deutsch LA, which last December helped fund her feature film effort, Between Us, via the agency’s Side Project Project initiative. As for her day job, Guenier worked on several campaigns for the likes of Volkswagen (including this), Playstation, Dr. Pepper and Taco Bell (including this). No word yet on reasons for her departure, but those on the Spy line allege that VW budget issues may have had something to do with it.
Prior to her lengthy stint at Deutsch LA, Guenier spent a few years on the production side at Ogilvy.
Discovery’s annual Shark Week extravaganza not only confirms that viewers go crazy for underwater creatures that can rip them into a thousand pieces, but that brands will use just about any tangential connection to a popular theme to try and wring out that extra dollar. Take the fat, colorful Tide billboard above the Lincoln Tunnel that I came across yesterday: “We get the blood out, too.” That’s one way to do it.
Volkswagen and Deutsch are going all in as well, bringing cars and sharks a lot closer than they’ve ever been before, a true sharknado of brand association if there ever was one. The VW campaign is loaded on social media, mainly focusing on sharable videos through Instagram and Vine. VW created a Beetle convertible that will be used as an underwater cage hooked up to cameras for the remainder of the week, hoping to conquer a chunk of the digital space floating around with these exclusive videos. Credits after the jump.
There’s no acrimony with this split it appears as we’ve been told by Deutsch itself that ad vet Cheryl Greene, who’s spent the last three-plus years as partner/director of business initiatives at the IPG-owned agency’s New York office, is preparing to retire from the agency world altogether. A Deutsch NY spokesperson adds and clarifies, “We have been working together to take the steps needed for a smooth transition – for example by reducing hours and client interface. We are happy that we are able to help her ease her way into retirement. We will not be looking to replace her.”
In early 2010, Greene rejoined Deutsch , where she initially spent sixteen years and worked in positions including brand strategy advisor, after a stint as managing partner, director of integrated brand strategies at KBS+.
To showcase their back-to-school dorm room wares, Target and Deutsch LA have built Bullseye University, a 4-day interactive installation housing social media stars such as actor/musician Chester See and Jenn Im of Clothes Encounters. Online visitors can see live-streams of the University’s inhabitants and then click to purchase the items in each of their rooms. The Bullseye U site also hosts back to school-centric giveaways and events like a Ben and Jerry’s milkshake dunk tank, which starts at 10am PST today by the way.
As a preteen who once waited with bated breath for the newest Pbteen catalogue, I can imagine getting into this scheme as a college freshman. Especially if I was already a follower of the social media celebs involved, Target’s campaign would play to my college fantasies. Alas, we all know the truth is less colorful and more drinking-oriented, but Bullseye University’s version lets us run wild with creative, Internet-savvy roommates and purple throw pillows.
In case you haven’t heard the news today, 15-year Deutsch LA vet Jason Elm, who last served as EVP/group creative director on Diamond Foods and Playstation (he was joined by 180LA alum Gavin Lester on the latter account late last year) has assumed the chief creative officer post at DDB California. Elm assumes a position that’s been left vacant at the Omnicom-owned agency’s Cali operations (L.A., San Francisco) since January when Lisa Bennett stepped down from her CCO role. Bennett has since been appointed as EVP/creative for DDB North America.
As for Elm, during his lengthy stay at Deutsch LA, where he started as a copywriter, the senior creative subsequently played a major role in PlayStation efforts, creating the Twitter feed for @TheKevinButler and leading creative on the award-winning “Michael” work for the console. His new boss, DDB California (formerly DDB West) CEO Mike Harris, speaks his name and sings his praises in a statement, saying, “Jason was recently, and rightly so, named to Business Insider’s ‘people most-sought after by rival agencies’ list. He is a creative genius and a superstar in the industry and I have no doubt that his creative vision will elevate the level of our work, across departments.”
About a year ago, GoDaddy hired Deutsch New York as their creative agency, and the world wondered whether we’d see the end of the “GoDaddy Girls” gimmick, or even the beginning of a more nuanced campaign. Instead, during this year’s Super Bowl, GoDaddy offered us Bar Rafaeli (“sexy”) making out with a red-faced man named Walter (“smart”). Danica Patrick narrated and did her best not to look embarrassed. Our op-ed contributor at the time, WWD&S co-head Harry Woods, may have captured the most accurate reaction: “The whole ugly thing once again sent us reaching for a wing bone, nacho or beer bottle cap to dig our eyes out.”
Thankfully no eyeball gouging is necessary with GoDaddy’s latest spot. In it, a Ron Weasley-esque man is introduced to the GoDaddy team. His name and its closest iterations are already taken by his colleagues, so the team tosses around other possibilities. Anyone who’s thought about buying a domain name is familiar with this brainstorming process, and Deutsch did well personifying it. The whole thing is off-kilter and amusing, and finally we see Danica Patrick in racing gear, not heels. She’s still hot.
Here’s hoping GoDaddy continues the curve away from their signature blunt, sensationalist spots.
Credits after the jump. [Ed: Welcome back, Ella]