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The Marketing Store Hires Ben Felton as CSO

Ben FeltonBen Felton, most recently executive planning director at MRM Meteortie, has joined The Marketing Store as its new chief strategic officer.

In his new role, Felton will be responsible for leading the agency’s strategy and planning team, working across all of the agency’s client partners, and will report to managing director Lisa Bonney. Felton joins The Marketing Store with over 17 years experience “leading strategy for both pure-play digital shops and fully-integrated agencies.” Over the course of his career, he launched the UK’s first price comparison website, and led strategy at Global Beach, MRM, and Wunderman Interactive. He was part of the team that built Wunderman Interactive into a European network, after which he took a role as managing partner at agency.com. Felton has worked with clients including Ford, Harper Collins, IKEA, Intel, Jaguar, Motorola, Nationwide, Pringles, Tampax, and Virgin.

The Marketing Store managing director Lisa Bonney said, “We’re delighted to have Ben on board. He’s a gifted and highly creative planner, driven by insights and genuinely understands brands and their audiences. With Ben’s arrival and additional recent senior hires, we’re well positioned for the next phase in our evolution as an agency.”

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Huge Hires Tim Nolan as GCD from BBH Labs

8bb4241e6565c9e74627fb8242214606Today we got confirmation that former BBH Labs creative director Tim Nolan is group creative director at Huge as of this week.

We have no official statement or press release (and you didn’t want to read one anyway), but we do have a bit of background: before joining BBH, Nolan worked at JWT for just over a year, contributing to such accounts as Johnson & Johnson.

Prior to the stint at JWT, Nolan worked creative at DUMBO’s HUSH as well as Firstborn and Poke.

MetaDesign Welcomes Lindsay Gravette as Design Director

Lindsay GravetteGlobal branding and design firm MetaDesign has welcomed Lindsay Gravette aboard as design director. Gravette brings over 20 years of interactive and strategic design experience to the position, which he will begin immediately.

“Gravette brings a wealth of identity design and creative expertise to the table,” said Stan Zienka, MetaDesign creative director. “His strategic approach to both brand and interactive design will no doubt fuel our growth and success.”

Lindsay previously served as design director of Duncan/Channon, “where he helped expand their growing design and branding practice with work for Palms and Hard Rock International.” Prior to joining Duncan/Channon, the California native spent over 15 years at his own practice, working with Fortune 500, tech and startup companies, and creative firms including IDEO and Larson. Gravette’s award-winning work has been featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection.

“I’m very proud to be joining a firm I’ve admired my entire career and who has been a direct influence on my work,” said Lindsay. “…MetaDesign is still the firm to look to for what’s best in identity design.”

Falusi, Paterson Move Up the Ranks at Ogilvy NY

corinnafalusi1-140SOgilvy’s NY HQ has given the bump-up to two of its senior creatives as the agency has promoted group creative director Corinna Falusi, who works on IKEA and Coke, to ECD, and creative director Michael Paterson, who works on American Express, to senior partner/GCD. Falusi, you may recall, joined O&M nearly two years ago from StrawberryFrog, where she spent nearly a decade and last served as ECD. Paterson, meanwhile, has been with Ogilvy’s New York office for five years, during which time he’s also worked on the “A Smarter Planet” campaign for IBM as well as efforts for Gap.

From what we’ve been told, the pair isn’t replacing anyone in their respective positions, but are just being promoted “due to their great work and the need for creatives at a higher level.”

Portfolio Night: Now a Reality Series of Sorts

Well, the wave of ADC-related news has yet to recede (and no, we’re not getting compensated for this) as the organization has announced May 21 as the date for the 12th annual installment of its Portfolio Night event (last year’s brought on some rather inspired work). We’ll get to that in a sec, but as a lead-up to PN12, the ADC is launching a new video series based on the happenings from its first-ever Portfolio Night All-Stars battle that took place in NYC last year. There will be five episodes in all (not including the intro clip above) that will be unveiled through May 1, with the first launching this Thursday and featuring a pep talk from DDB Worldwide CCO, Amir Kassaei. As for PN12, for those of you angling to get your work seen during the May 21 global event (24 cities in all are participating), you can go here for more info and ticket purchasing. And yes, it appears there will be an All-Stars sequel this year, so raise up, kiddies.

CP+B Boulder Names Ralph Watson CCO

Ralph_WatsonCrispin Porter & Bogusky Boulder have announced the appointment of Ralph Watson as the office’s new chief creative officer, AdAge reports.

After the departure of worldwide chief creative officer Rob Reilly in December, CP+B “announced a new, decentralized model that gave its offices in various cities more autonomy.” Watson joins the agency from BBDO, where he led the Bud Light account. Before that he was at Goodby Detroit, where he oversaw Chevrolet. The industry veteran has also spent time with Leonard/Monahan, Team One, Arnold and Saatchi & Saatchi New York. He has created award-winning work for clients such as Miller High Life, Fruit by the Foot, and AT&T.

Arcade Edit Bolsters Roster with Pair of Editors

arcade2arcade1Bicoastal Arcade Edit has strengthened its roster with the addition of editors Jen Dean and Mark Paiva.

Dean joins Arcade Edit from Whitehouse Post, where since 2011 she has honed her skills for brands including Google, New York Times, Cotton, BMW, TJ Maxx and Sprint. She began her commercial editing career under Hank Corwin (Natural Born Killers, Tree of Life) at Lost Planet, where spent almost 12 years. Dean discovered her love of film while studying under legendary experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage at the University of Colorado.

Paiva joins Arcade Edit with over 10 years of experience. Last year alone he worked with agencies including 180 Amsterdam, Droga5, The Corner and Wieden+Kennedy. Back in 2009, he helped found Poster Boy Edit, which recently merged with Toronto-based Saints Editorial, of which Paiva is also a founding member. He was recently honored with the 2013 Craft Award for editing at The Bessies​.​

“Mark is able to visualize the possibilities of a project from the early stages of pre-production to the finished product, and his collaborative nature has attracted a large client base that looks forward to sitting with him in an editing suite and exploring new creative solutions,” said Arcade Edit partner and executive producer, Sila Soyer. “Jen is a natural fit for Arcade. She has a fantastic ability to craft compelling visual stories that engage viewers with poignant emotional resonance. Their respective talents are a valuable addition to Arcade Edit.”

Editor Lucas Eskin Joins Cut+Run

LucasAward-winning editor Lucas Eskin has joined production company Cut+Run.

Eskin spent years as an editor/owner at Mad River Post, before joining Beast as senior editor in 2009. He has worked on such notable projects as the Cannes Lion and Clio Award-winning Apple Vs. PC campaign for TBWA\Chiat\Day, multiple Nike spots for Widen+Kennedy, the “Boom De Yada” spot for Discovery Channel via 72andSunny, BBDO’s VISA Olympics “Extreme” featuring Gracie Gold and directed by Marcus Walter, and GM’s “Robot” spot directed by Phil Joanou (which was named one of Time Magazine’s best Super Bowl spots of all time).

“Lucas is so talented, which is evident in the scope and breadth of his work. He has an incredible passion for editing,” said Cut+Run EP, Carr Schilling. “When you say his name, people’s faces light up. Everytime.”

Eskin’s editing work for Cut+Run was already featured on the recent “Bedtime Story,” for the Newport Beach Film Festival via agency RPA.

W+K Creatives Crack Dark Popsicle Stick Jokes

Schadenfreezers

W+K creatives Matt Moore and Jason Kreher have reimagined the corny popsicle stick jokes of your youth in a dark, hilarious way.

Their project, SchadenFreezers imagines dark, depressing humor in place of the corny puns you’d expect, and the results are often quite funny. The pair created a series of gifs with the different popsicle sayings, which you might describe as anti-jokes. The humor comes from the juxtaposition of the dark, depressing lines in the cheery context of a popsicle stick. “Why was the ghost sad? A lot of different reasons.” should give you an idea of what to expect, although things get considerably darker than that (and occasionally pretty fucked up). There are definitely some misses, but more than enough funny ones to make wading through them worthwhile. We’ve included a few favorites after the jump.  Read more

Jay Benjamin Jumps to Saatchi & Saatchi as CCO

Jay BenjaminJay Benjamin has left Leo Burnett to fill the chief creative officer role at sister shop Saatchi & Saatchi, Adweek reports.

The transition should be smooth for Benjamin, with no shift in title and a move to a larger Publicis-owned agency. Benjamin joined Leo Burnett as an executive creative director for the Sydney office in 2008 and has held the chief creative officer title for the last four years. His work for the agency includes the Cannes Lion winning “New York Writes Itself” for the Village Voice. Prior to Leo Burnett, Benjamin served as executive creative director at J. Walter Thompson. He has worked for Saatchi & Saatchi before, as creative group head Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand and Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, respectively. He begins his new role on April 21st.

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