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TV Land Names Mediahub/Mullen Media AOR

mullen-304Mediahub/Mullen was awarded media buying and planning duties for TV Land, following a review that also included Fallon, reports Adweek. TV Land had previously been working with agencies on a project basis.

The assignment marks the agency’s second Viacom media buying and planning client, following being made media buying and planning agency of record for VH1 last November. Critical to the assignment will be supporting VH1′s new original series Younger, written and directed by Sex and the City‘s Darren Star, which debuts in January. Mediahub/Mullen will also work on other new and returning TV Land original series, including the Betty White-starring Hot and Cleveland, the show that marked the channel’s initial shift to original content. Read more

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Mullen Rediscovers Punk Rock for Acura

Sex Pistols “bassist” Sid Vicious’s decision to cover “My Way” was idiosyncratic for its time, but one has to wonder what the man would think of his tune’s appearance in a 2014 car ad if he’d somehow managed to live past 21.

This week Mullen LA debuted a new campaign for client Acura, and its central spot uses John Simon Ritchie’s take on the Sinatra standard to cast Acura’s engineers as bold rule-breakers.

Here’s the copy:

“We all go a little mad sometimes. But the end result isn’t always a car. It’s That Kind of Thrill.”

In this case, however, the end result was most definitely a car.

The campaign to promote the client’s new TLX model, which previously featured Jerry Seinfeld riffing on his “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series, includes several shorter spots with less surprising musical accompaniment.

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Mullen Names New Top Creative in LA

353606cMullen has named Margaret Keene executive creative director of the agency’s Los Angeles office, AdAge reports.

Keene comes to Mullen from Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles, filling a role left vacant since the departure of Peter Rosch late last year. She will report to Mullen’s North America Chief Creative Officer Mark Wenneker.

Keene joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2011, where her work included multiple campaigns for Toyota. Prior to Saatchi, Keene spent over a decade at TBWA\Chiat\Day, arriving as an art director in 1996, and eventually working her way up to group creative director. While at TBWA\Chiat\Day she worked on brands including Apple, Nissan, Levi’s, Kinko’s, Taco Bell, ABC and Shutterfly. Mullen opened its Los Angeles office in June 2013, following winning the Acura business in March of that year. Read more

ULTA Beauty Splashes on Some Mullen

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ULTA Beauty operates 675 retail stores across 46 states and also distributes its products through its website. Yet the company recently decided to spruce things up a bit with an agency review.

CEO Mary Dillon, who has been at the helm for just over a year, exceeded investors’ expectations before deciding to trade Dallas-based Richards Group for Boston’s Mullen this week.

“ULTA is focused on continuing to build a leadership brand in beauty, and Mullen’s combination of outstanding brand strategy and breakthrough creative will help us accelerate our efforts,” said Ulta chief marketing officer Dave Kimbell said in a statement.

ULTA spent $17.7 million in measured media in 2013, up from $13.5 million in 2012. The review was managed by Mercer Island Group.

Here’s the most recent campaign Richards created for ULTA, titled “Trading Faces.”

It’s a Four-Shop Race to Fill Honda’s Digital Needs

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American Honda Motor Company works hard to keep up with the competition but hasn’t been quite so successful in the hybrid space. Honda’s Prius equivalent may have been called The Insight, but the company recently pitted all three major holding companies against one another in the search for a bit more of that key noun.

Other campaigns have gone viral (shout out to Michael Bolton) and, according to AdWeek, Honda spends approximately $50 million on digital advertising each year.

Now who’s competing for that money?

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Creative Director Christopher Brady Leaves Mullen

This morning Christopher Brady announced his departure from Mullen after eight years in what has nearly become a traditional way: with a public Facebook post.

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Brady has yet to announce where he’s headed, but for context, he spent more than eight years at the agency as group creative director. Before joining Mullen, he worked as a senior art director for Apple in Cupertino, CA for two years (one of which he spent as an employee of Wirestone LLC).

Updates as we receive them.

Mullen ‘World’s Toughest Job’ Spot Goes Viral

One day in and this Mullen spot already has more than a million views thanks to its appearance on every blog around as well as, you know, the enduring power of maternal love.

Because we’re cynical bastards who don’t fully appreciate our mothers, our favorite part of this campaign is the fact that the original fake listing supposedly scored 2.7 million impressions but only 24 applications–thereby demonstrating the incalculable value of paid placement.

We also applaud the Huffington Post for yesterday’s most blatant Upworthy ripoff headline:

“24 Applicants Were Terrified To Do This Job. Then They Found Out Why Billions Already Do It.”

Credits after the jump.

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We Hear: Cuts at Mullen…

mullen-ogWe’ve heard your whispers–which turned into shouts this morning–regarding changes at Mullen.

Los Angeles ECD Peter Rosch left the agency several weeks ago, and one tip names CCO Mark Wenneker as his replacement.

Multiple reports place the total layoffs that occurred yesterday in the 15-20 range; these cuts appear to be based strictly or primarily in the agency’s Boston office.

We’ve received no official word from Mullen, but based on the volume of helpful hints we assume that a basic restructuring followed Kristen Cavallo‘s recent promotion.

Updates to follow if/when we get them.

We Hear: Cavallo Promoted to Prez at Mullen?

KC1Nearly three years after officially joining Mullen as chief strategy officer, Kristen Cavallo is moving up the ranks according to those in the know on the Spy line. Word on the street is that Cavallo, who works out of Mullen’s Boston HQ, has been promoted to president of the agency (in her second stint).  As CSO at Mullen, has led planning, biz dev and analytics efforts for a range of clients including JetBlue, Google, Acura, Adidas and Zappos.

Prior to Mullen, Cavallo spent well over a decade at the Martin Agency, last serving as SVP/planning and development at said agency, where she led efforts for clients including Pizza Hut, Expedia, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola and Miller. During her career, Cavallo has also worked on the planning side at the likes of Arnold Worldwide.

Mullen Alum Behind ‘Agency Fight’ Heads to Translation

schuylerIf the name Schuyler Hunt doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps we can refresh your memory by recalling some of his fun projects during his two-and-a-half years at Mullen including the “Agency Fight,” “The Riddlist” and the cat-friendly, seizure-inducing and brief retuning of his old agency’s “Work” section. The “Zach Braff lookalike” as one tipster has coined him (ok, maybe they’re onto something) has joined up with NYC-based Translation, which is fresh off of hiring a new CCO in Martin Agency/Chiat LA alum John Norman, as an ACD/creative technologist. Prior to his time at Mullen, Hunt also had a brief spell or two at the Martin Agency as a CT and spent 15 months at the VCU Brandcenter.

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