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Apple Officially Takes More Ads In-House

The strained relationship between Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day has reached a new stage.

Two months after unflattering email exchanges between Apple’s head of marketing and TBWA’s Media Arts Lab surfaced as part of the extended Apple vs. Samsung copyright battle, Bloomberg was the first outlet to report that the company will now be creating more (if not all) of its TV spots in-house.

An Apple spokesperson reminded Bloomberg that the internal team, which “includes at least two people Apple hired away from Media Arts Lab”, is responsible for recent spots like this one:

The shift has been in the works since early 2013, with Apple deciding to take control of more production duties and build up its own team rather than search for a new agency.

Other outside hires include at least two higher-ups from Wieden+Kennedy: Tyler Whisnand and Bill Davenport.

No one at MAL–which recently went through some staffing changes of its own–offered a comment to Bloomberg, so the current and future status of the partnership remains unclear. 72andSunny CEO John Boiler did weigh in, however, calling the company’s decision to hire from within MAL “…an indication of some seriously broken trust.”

Longtime ED Departs TBWA\Media Arts Lab

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This morning we received confirmation from a spokesperson that Cheryl Childers, longtime Executive Director of Production with TBWA‘s Media Arts Lab, officially left the agency last week.

MAL is, of course, the famously “secretive” shop TBWA set up in 2006 to work exclusively for Apple, and Childers was a member of the core leadership team at the time of its founding. Of the four names listed in that release, two remain with MAL: ECD Eric Grunbaum and CSO Elena Hale (onetime Brand Leader Alex Moulle-Berteaux now serves as CCO at Aereo).

Childers had been with TBWA for some time before the establishment of MAL as well; her LinkedIn profile notes 23 years spent with the organization.

This move is the largest staffing change at MAL since the January appointment of president Erica Hoholick, formerly of Ogilvy London. The agency gave no details regarding the reasons for Childers’ departure or her future plans.

TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Messi, Kanye for Adidas

TBWA\Chiat\Day have launched the “All In Or Nothing” World Cup campaign for Adidas — the biggest in the company’s history, according to The Guardian — with a spot starring superstar Lionel Messi and featuring a previously unreleased track from ubiquitous narcissist (and latest Kim Kardashian husband) Kanye West called “God Level.”

The 60-second spot, entitled “The Dream,” takes a look inside the dreams of the Argentinian forward. In a rapid-pace montage, we see in-game footage of Messi (among other stars) interspersed with practice/workout scenes and some more surreal elements (such as German star Bastian Schweinsteiger practicing in a very Game of Thrones-esque frozen forest). Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) builds towards a mood of anxious anticipation, undoubtedly echoing the feelings of Messi and other World Cup athletes who know that nothing less than perfection will give their team a chance at the Cup. At its conclusion, the spot asks viewers to choose between “all in” or “nothing” with corresponding landing sites.

“Giving anything less than everything will not win the World Cup,”global brand marketing director for Adidas football Tom Ramsden told The Guardian. “We are incredibly proud of this film and the entire ‘all in or nothing’ campaign.”

The Adidas campaign comes considerably later than rival Nike’s World Cup campaign from W+K, which we covered last month. The brand announced a tie-in with rapper Kanye West back in December, but kept the details of the collaboration a secret until the campaign’s launch. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

TBWA L.A. Names Stephen Butler Chief Creative Officer

tbwalogoAfter reportedly searching to fill the role outside the agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. has instead filled the chief creative officer position from within, Adweek reports, turning to Stephen Butler, formerly an executive creative director. Fabio Costa and Brent Anderson were also promoted to executive creative director positions, working under Butler.

Butler joined the agency in July 2013, following a stint as a creative partner at Mother in London, where he worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Ikea, Motorola and the London 2012 Olympics. He also served time as a creative director Bartle Bogle Hegarty, also in London, where he worked with Levi’s. In his new role, Butler will manage a department working with Gatorade, Adidas, Southwest Airlines and Energizer.

“Clients want to work with him, agencies want him on their team,” director of media arts Lee Clow said of Butler. “His brave, groundbreaking and unforgettable ideas will help push our creative boundaries.”

More Departures at TBWA

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We’ve confirmed a couple more departures at TBWA‘s Los Angeles offices. In addition to yesterday’s news about executive director Jason Clement leaving the agency:

These are only the latest changes atop the TBWA\Chiat\Day LA team, most prominent among them being the appointment of Luis DeAnda to replace outgoing president Carisa Bianchi two weeks ago following a round of cuts that occurred back in March.

We have no word on where O’Neill is going or who will fill either of the now-vacant positions. Updates as we receive them.

Executive Director Jason Clement Leaving TBWA

JasonClementWhile we can’t offer any more details, we can confirm that Jason Clement will be leaving his role as executive director at TBWA\Chiat\Day and TBWA\Digital Arts Network in Los Angeles.

The how, the why and the where regarding this move are unclear, but here’s some background:

Before beginning his current stint with TBWA (which he began as director of digital strategy), Clement served as SVP and group planning director at Deutsch New York, director of emerging platforms at W+K, and partner/director at Ogilvy‘s global media agency, Neo@Ogilvy.

No word on where he’s headed next or who will assume his role.

Luis DeAnda Replaces Carisa Bianchi at TBWA\Chiat\Day (Memo Included)

bianchi_detailIt’s official: after more than 24 years with TBWA\Chiat\Day–nine of which she spent as president–Carisa Bianchi is no longer with the agency. In her place, Luis DeAnda is acting president of the Los Angeles office as of…now.

Here’s the unsigned memo:

Carisa Bianchi, after nine years as President, is leaving TBWA\Chiat\Day. Let me take this opportunity to thank her. Carisa has been an integral part of our success over the past 20 years. Let me also share with you a few words from Lee about Carisa:

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Apple Berates TBWA\Chiat\Day in Internal Emails

apple-logoThe ongoing Apple vs. Samsung battle looks even less flattering for TBWA\Chiat\Day after Business Insider and others gained access to more emails detailing a contentious back-and-forth between head of marketing Phil Schiller and James Vincent of Media Arts Lab.

The full exchange is worth a read for your daily allowance of Schadenfreude. Some key points:

  • TBWA proposes an emergency meeting to address matters that seem more relevant to PR than ad departments: brand likability, employee behaviors, etc.
  • The ad proposal is to “change the conversation” with a focus on differentiating the iPhone from the Galaxy
  • TBWA also proposes a regular marketing communications meeting to facilitate “more open and expansive ways to experiment with ideas”

Schiller wasn’t buying it.

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Designer Dirty Talk Would Like to Fill Your Browser

Designer Dirty TalkHere’s a fun Friday item for you: Designer Dirty Talk. Created by (big surprise) designers at Bright Red/TBWA in Tallahassee, Florida, the site generates designer double entendres like “Let me undo that for you” and “I do a little back end from time to time.” Visitors to the site can also submit their own Designer Dirty Talk, and, “if it’s hot enough” the designers will add it to the site. We’ve included a couple of our favorites below.Designer Dirty Talk 2

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Chiat LA Cuts Some Staff

tbwachiatlaWhile we await a statement, which should come through later this afternoon/evening, we’ve received confirmation from sources familiar with the matter that TBWA\Chiat\Day LA has cut approximately 24 staffers. We’ve been hearing conflicting reports over the last hour on the Spy line that either the layoffs are happening both today and tomorrow, or just today.

If you recall, late last month we reported that not only was the Infiniti review leaving the agency in the lurch, but that another major client, Pepsi, was “reorganizing” the the way it coordinates US and global marketing. Not sure of how this plays into today’s layoffs at Chiat LA exactly, but hopefully we’ll get some clarification once the meetings have taken place and we receive a statement, which we’ll of course post once sent.

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