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Executive Producer Marc Calamia Leaving 360i

marc calamiaToday we learned that Friday will be Executive Producer/Head of Studio Marc Calamia‘s last day with 360i – house of digital campaigns, animated manifestos and the Super Bowl tweet that spawned ten thousand headlines.

While the specifics of his next gig are not yet clear, we can say that he will be replaced by Phil Pessaro, executive producer/project manager and group production director who previously spent time at Huge, Tribal Worldwide and Digitas New York.

As head of the agency’s studio, Calamia oversaw creative production for client campaigns including Oreo’s Vine account, the Breast Cancer Awareness “This is Mamming” meme, and many porcine-themed promotions for Oscar Meyer (most recently “Wake Up and Smell the Bacon“).

While he started his career dancing and singing, Calamia also has extensive agency experience: prior to joining 360i four years ago, he served as both creative director and executive producer at New York’s Big Fuel Communications.

Internal memo after the jump.

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Staffing Changes at DigitasLBi Chicago

DLBi-2C-VHere’s a quick round-up of some recent VP-level changes at DigitasLBi Chicago:

  • VP and Group Director of Creative Strategy Shelley Rees joined the agency after a stint at JWT.
  • SVP of Media Aaron Hoiles left Digitas; we have no word on his destination.
  • VP/Group Director of Project Management Charles Chung joined Digitas after serving as senior manager/program director at SapientNitro. He previously held senior project manager positions at Razorfish and Wunderman.

 

Y&R Hires Top Planner from R/GA

delange2In quick staffing news, Dick de Lange has left R/GA after working in its planning department for more than three years to assume the top role at Y&R.

de Lange joined R/GA in August 2011 after spending just over a year as head of group planning at JWT New York. Prior to that stint, he spent five years with Saatchi & Saatchi, splitting that time between the agency’s Sydney and New York offices. He also spent most of a decade with DDB in Amsterdam, Sydney and Chicago.

While de Lange joined R/GA to run the Nike account, he most recently worked on Samsung global — and Adweek tells us that his hire serves to replace outgoing planner Hope Cowan.

Since de Lange will lead the department, he will work on all of the agency’s existing accounts.

ECD Gaboriau No Longer with CP+B Los Angeles

Jason GThis afternoon we learned that VP/ECD Jason Gaboriau is no longer with Crispin’s Los Angeles office.

He joined CP+B in 2011 when the agency hired him, along with co-ECD and in-house vet Tiffany Rolfe, to re-establish its L.A. location.

Gaboriau, who helped found New York’s Amalgamated, made the move to L.A. after former DDB CCO Eric Silver took majority ownership of the previous agency in late 2010. Rolfe later left CP+B to join CO: Collective, where she still serves as partner and chief content officer. Several months afterward, CP+B lured Sue Anderson away from TBWA\Chiat\Day, where she had served as GCD on the Absolut account; she currently holds the ECD title at CP+B L.A.

At Amalgamated, Gaboriau worked on creative for Coca-Cola, Svedka and Ben & Jerry’s, among other clients. Recent CP+B credits include A1 and an extended 2012 campaign for Old Navy that played heavily on 90′s nostalgia.

We have no information on the details of Gaboriau’s departure, though a tipster tells us that he was involved in recent pitches to win business from Turbo Tax, the L.A. Clippers (which went with RPA after a very quick review) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Michael Canning Joins 72andSunny as GD

Michael Canning photoBack in July we reported that ECD Michael Canning had left Leo Burnett’s New York office, and today we know where he went: to the West Coast and a new group director role at 72andSunny.

Canning — another Australian — was hired by Burnett in 2011 along with his creative partner Kieran Antill in order to help the agency open its then-fledgling New York office along with current Saatchi CCO Jay Benjamin.

For context: Sydney native Canning wrote copy for Lowe Hunt and BMF before moving to Leo Burnett in his home country; he’s also won an award or two. His quote from the release:

“LA has emerged as the new epicenter of branded content, tech and entertainment, and 72andSunny is right in the middle of that.”

72′s most recent creative staffing announcement concerned the promotion of GCD Matt Murphy to partner; the agency also lost CD Jamie Reilly to indie agency Kastner & Partners earlier this summer in what looks like an unrelated move. The release offers no details on which accounts Canning will handle or to whom he will report.

New Kastner CCO on the Appeal of Moving from a Big Agency to an Indie Shop

jamie reillyLast month we learned, via MediaPost, that Los Angeles indie agency Kastner & Partners (best known as Red Bull’s longtime AOR) had appointed a new CCO.

The agency recently made it official with a release announcing the hire of Jamie Reilly to run the shop’s creative department. The most interesting part of the story, though, is Reilly’s history: after beginning his agency career as an art director at Deutsch LA and freelancing for Saatchi & Saatchi and other shops, Reilly spent almost nine years at TBWA\MAL, the West Coast Apple-only agency that has, at times, seemed nearly as secretive as the client itself.

He then joined 72andSunny as a creative director in January 2013 before leaving at the beginning of this month to join Kastner.

We wondered what sort of trade-off could lead an experienced creative to leave a big name for a smaller, less-established shop.

Today Reilly gave us his take on the transition.

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Former TBWA MD Leaves Quiksilver

nickdrakeWe learned this afternoon that Nick Drake – former global managing director at TBWA\Chiat\Day who just happens to share the name of our favorite semi-obscure late 60′s British folk singer – is no longer with Quiksilver, the company that made those surfboards all our friends used to ride the pathetic Myrtle Beach waves in the early 90′s.

The company’s CEO Andy Mooney noted that Drake’s departure marks a downsizing for the company and that nine other marketing positions were also eliminated.

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Sid Lee Announces New Creative Leadership

Tom and Jeffrey

Sid Lee has announced the promotions of Tom Koukodimos and Jeffrey DaSilva to the positions of executive creative directors, jointly taking creative leadership of the agency’s Toronto office. Koukodimos and DaSilva have served as creative directors at Sid Lee since arriving in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Executive Creative Director Dave Roberts is leaving Sid Lee Toronto after four years, in order to return to Sid Lee Montreal for a new global assignment.

Tom and Jeffrey were behind such recent work as the “We the North” campaign for the Toronto Raptors and “It’s a Bloody Big Deal” for Toronto FC. In their new positions, the pair will oversee creative leadership on all Toronto accounts, including Coca Cola Canada, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Post Media, Google Canada, Marks, Sport Chek, PC Financial and TJX Canada.

Prior to joining Sid Lee, Tom was a creative director at Cossette, working on McDonald’s. Jeffrey worked on Google at Mullen in Boston before returning to Canada to join Sid Lee in 2013. Read more

McKinney Names Adam Levine CMO

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Today McKinney announced the appointment of Adam Levine, who most recently served as EVP/global brand marketing director at Deutsch, as its new CMO.

Levine landed at Deutsch’s New York office just over three years ago to help the agency run its Microsoft account. Before that, he spent one year and eight months as chief growth officer at what was then DraftFCB before leaving in January 2011, and the release notes that he helped defend the Merck and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy accounts during that period.

The new CMO has a more extensive agency history than most: his first stint as a Deutsch employee lasted nearly a decade and ended with him serving as EVP/brand director, and he also spent five years working on new business at DDB.

Levine officially left Deutsch for the second time six months ago to become a self-described “free agent”, and in the press release McKinney Chairman/CEO Brad Brinegar clarifies that he will “split his time between McKinney’s new offices in SoHo [which opened in January 2013] and our headquarters office in Durham”. We enjoyed Levine’s official quote:

“…I won’t rhapsodize some BS about my role. It’s actually quite simple: Grow the agency.”

His roles outside the world of advertising include Chairman of the Board at Live Out Loud, a nonprofit created to help gay youth further their own careers by connecting them with established professionals in the community.

DDB Strategy Director Joins Heat

Justin CoxConfirming an earlier tip, this morning San Francisco’s Heat announced the hiring of Justin Cox as director of strategy.

Cox most recently filled the same role at DDB California, which hired him away from Pereira O’Dell; he spent less than one year in the position.

The release notes that Cox will lead Heat’s strategy team with the ultimate goal of helping clients like EA, Kendall-Jackson, Bank of the West, Levi Strauss & Co. and Teva to “determine the role of their brand in the lives and culture of their target audience.”

Cox served as senior brand strategist at Pereria before moving to the strategic director role, where he handled accounts like Skype, Intel, Amazon and Guitar Center while also working on new business. His early career included planning roles at Publicis & Hal Riney and Razorfish, where he worked on the Microsoft and Sony accounts (among others).

Heat President John Elder writes that Cox will be “a welcome addition to Heat’s deep strategic bench, even if he’s a Dodgers fan.”

The release tells us that Cox’s other roles include SXSW speaker, WSJ.com contributor and account planning instructor at Academy of Art University and Miami Ad School.

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