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Friday Morning Stir

-Director Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) created this elephant poaching PSA, entitled “Last Days” (video above).

-4 Creative assembled this spot for Film 4 from movies available on the channel.

-Publicis Groupe announced the acquisition of adaptive content agency Relevant24.

-AdAge explains “Why Omnicom Bought Another D.C. Agency.”

-Campaign examines its ten favorite TV and cinema ads of the year.

-UK charity Save The Children organized Christmas Jumper Day.

-Facebook debuts “call-to-action” buttons (such as “sign up” or “shop now”) for business pages.

-Digiday ranks the best and worst brands on social media this year.

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Chattanooga-based agency Fancy Rhino produced “Dial S For Santa” — billed as “The only Santa Short Film you’ll need to see this seaso” –  for their agency holiday card video (above).

-Macy’s announced the naming of Walton Isaacson as its multicultural marketing agency following a review.

-GMR Marketing announced the appointment of Crispin Bolt as its new client services director for Motorsport.

-Digital agency Adrenalin Media is dancing to raise money for UNICEF Australia.

-Freelance creative Todd Grinham and developer Mike Mackay launched, which allows users to declare a truce on gift-giving with Facebook friends of their choosing.

-British telecoms regulator Ofcom released a new global survey finding that social media growth is leveling off in the US.

-Digital agency VML announced the promotion of Eric Campbell to president.

Thursday Morning Stir

-YouTube released its “2014 Ads Rewind” documenting the year in global advertising on the platform (video above).

-Dove Men+Care will be returning to the Super Bowl in 2015.

-Business Insider reports that digital media is set to overtake TV as the “top venue for both audience share and ad revenue.”

-StrawberryFrog announced the appointment of Chris Perkins as managing director.

-Spotify launched a new feature showing the songs most popular among users’ Facebook and Twitter friends.

-Grey London introduces Beard Baubles, Christmas ornaments for your beard.

-Digiday examines “How publishers combat ad blockers.”

-Marketing takes a look at the ten most-watched ads on YouTube in Canada in 2014.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Tom Brady stars in BarrettSF’s “Have an MVP Day” for DailyMVP (video above).

-Andy Shulman, a senior animator at CP+B, has an interesting side business up-cycling vintage junk into unique light fixtures and sculptures.

-Chicago post-production shop Utopic announced the addition of Lauren Gray as a producer.

-Leo Burnett London launched this holiday campaign for The Co-operative.

-ENVOY of Irvine, California has been named digital AOR for smart water controller company Blossom.

-Boston-based AMP Agency launched “12 Days of Patience” for the holidays.

-Association of National Advertisers and White Ops study finds fake ad clicks will cost the advertising industry $6.3 billion in 2015.

-U.S. Bank announced the naming of Minneapolis-based branding and design firm Little as its agency of record.

Resource/Ammirati Names Cybelle Srour Managing Director of Strategy

Cybelle Headshot

Resource/Ammirati announced the naming of Cybelle Srour as managing director of strategy. Srour actually began the role at the beginning of the month, working out of the agency’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters and reporting to CEO Kelly Mooney.

Srour arrives from Energy BBDO in Chicago, where she served as senior vice president, group digital planning director. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president, strategy and insights at Proximity/BBDO Canada and as regional director of the Dell account at DDB Canada. She has worked with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, General Motors, Novartis, P&G, Bayer, SC Johnson, and HP.

The news follows Resource/Ammirati being named agency of record for White Castle last month, as well as adding Nestlé Tollhouse to its list of Nestlé brands. Read more

Wednesday Morning Stir

-Ford released “Snowkhana Three,” an animated holiday video celebrating the year in pop and internet culture (video above).

-Leo Burnett Chicago created ad-centric emoji, called “Leoiji” for its annual breakfast.

-Booze-delivery app Saucey is running a promotion with Jack Daniel’s this Friday featuring Frank Sinatra impersonators delivering whiskey.

-McDonald’s is expanding its customization experience to new locations in an attempt to combat falling sales.

-Twitter unveiled its annual roundup.

-eMarketer takes a look at worldwide ad spending.

-Boston-based agency Winsper pitted Gen Xers against millenials in its holiday video.

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Neogama/BBH had a surprise in store for an amateur guitar player in this Brazilian spot for Mentos 3 (video above).

-California Pizza Kitchen named Los Angeles-based Stun Creative as its new creative advertising agency of record.

-Heat invites all San Francisco-area ad creatives to draw Santa (nude) for charity.

-The One Club announced the establishment of an international Board of Directors.

-Matchbook, Inc., launched tealbook, “a new online sourcing tool that connects healthcare companies and their agencies online.”

-New York and Los Angeles-based editorial, design and production collective Wildchild + bonch announced the addition of Editor Eddie Ringer to its creative roster.

-Visual Effects Supervisors Andy Boyd and Jake Montgomery and Executive Producer Asher Edwards launched independent artist-driven studio, JAMM.

-Wongdoody created an “Ad Jargon Filter” for Google Chrome.

CP+B Appoints Jason De Turris CSO

Jason De Turris

CP+B announced the appointment of Jason De Turris, previously vice president, executive planning director, as its chief strategy officer. In the new role, De Turris will relocate to Hong Kong and oversee strategy on the Infiniti account, which the agency recently won AOR duties for following a review launched in the summer. He will also help open CP+B’s Hong Kong office and be responsible for building “the CP+B culture and brand throughout Asia” while still acting as a strategic leader across CP+B’s offices. CP+B said in a press release that it will appoint a new head of planning in North America in the near future.

While at CP+B, De Turris has worked with brands such as Xbox One, Grey Poupon, Best Buy, and He previously served as senior planner at Ogilvy & Mather and Deutsch and as a planning director at JWT. Back in 2011, he also spent five months as a professor of strategic communications at Columbia University. Read more

Tuesday Morning Stir

-SCPF launched the brand manifesto “We are not Champagne, we are Codorníu” (video above).

-TV’s share of the global advertising market peaked in 2014.

-Variety examines the “Best and Worst Ads of 2014.”

-Brands are starting to incorporate social feedback in product design.

-DesignTAXI takes a look at “Five Web Trends That May Take Off In 2015.”

-Digiday looks at five ways digital marketers are struggling to keep up with consumers.

-Take a look at J. Walter Thompson’s “History of Advertising.”

Monday Odds and Ends

-Nick Offerman sings “My Tales of Whisky” for Diageo (video above).

-Coca-Cola prepares launch of premium milk brand, Fairlife.

-Carat Global announced the appointment of Euan Jarvie as executive director.

-Red Bee Media encourages kids to “Get Your Badge” for Blue Peter.

-Independent marketing strategy and innovation agency Giant Spoon announced the additions of Adam Wiese, account strategist; Will Simpson, project manager; and Morgan Kee, associate project manager.

-Global ad spending to grow 4.9 percent next year, according to the Advertising Expenditure Forecast from ZenithOptimedia.

-AdAge asks, “Can Ads on Stamps Reduce Post Office Debt?

-Facebook rolls out series of “Just In Case Studies” tutorial videos.