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DOJO and John Legend Go Behind the Music

To repeat the popular Mark Twain misquote, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

We’re not sure why San Francisco’s DOJO didn’t respond to any of our requests for information on last month’s rumor that it would soon be closing its doors or why its listed phone number stopped working, but the agency certainly appears to be operating normally: today we received two new campaigns for client Sound United’s audio brands Definitive Technology and Polk Audio.

First we have John Legend sounding “so real” in two…no three…no four…places at once:

After the jump, three spots for Polk.

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We Hear: DOJO San Francisco Closing Shop

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We’ve received several tips over the past week or so about San Francisco agency DOJO.

First, we heard that former GS&P account lead Marty Wenzell, who joined DOJO  in July 2012 and most recently held the president/MD title, was out. Then we heard that the agency — founded in 2009 by veterans of SF shop Fancy — would cease to exist at the end of this month.

Way back in January, we did confirm that Chris Masse, the DOJO art director turned creative director, had departed.

We didn’t hear much more from the shop until last week, when we got our first tips about Wenzell. We reached out to the agency’s contact email but received no response — and yesterday the listed phone number stopped working.

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Masse Out at DOJO

chrismasseIn case you don’t know the name Chris Masse, he was employee #1 at San Francisco-based shop DOJO, originally joining as art director in 2009 before moving up the ranks to creative director at the agency. Well, now it appears that he’s on the freelance circuit as a CD/AD, working on several campaigns for Logitech, LG and Activision among other DOJO clients. Prior to joining DOJO, Masse worked in a similar role at the likes of Fancy with the former’s agency founders, Geoff Edwards and Mauro Alencar.

DOJO Picks Up Trend Micro Biz

With new president Marty Wenzell in tow, Geoff Edwards and Mauro Alencar‘s San Francisco shop DOJO has been tapped as an agency partner for fellow Bay Area outfit, Trend Micro. If you haven’t heard of the latter, Cupertino, CA-based company, TM fancies itself “a global leader in antivirus cloud computing security.”

While tipsters were telling us that DOJO picked up global AOR duties for Trend Micro, a spokesperson for the latter clarifies things, telling us, “Not global AOR. We have retained them to lead our consumer division advertising efforts that, while primarily to be used in the US, may also be used by other regions.” According to the DOJO camp, which won the TM biz following a review, consumer-facing work for the brand will launch this month including digital films, display, social and web support.

Prior to DOJO, Trend Micro worked with the likes of Ogilvy and Leo Burnett.