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Posts Tagged ‘Adam Koppel’

Zoosk, C+K Unleash ‘Heart Friend’ for Love Advice

In early June, San Fran-based Camp + King took over as the first AOR for the mobile dating site Zoosk. Seven weeks later, we herald the return of Heart Friend, the chatty heart-shaped mascot who is now doling out dating advice for inquiring users. Zoosk asked its users to post questions on Facebook, and then the Zoosk team selected the best posts for our little buddy, Heart Friend.

Each week, Heart Friend will answer one question by video for the site’s YouTube channel. This week: what to wear on a first date. Heart Friend does some rambling about men being bulls and then goes into an awkward aside about a red dress. Heart Friend has a man’s voice, but then shows up wearing a dress, which is supposed to make you laugh, I think? Cupid must already be under contract elsewhere. Credits after the jump.

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Camp+King Manages to Reunite ’6%’ of ‘Princess Bride’ Crew for Good Cause

Damn, has it already been 25 years since The Princess Bride hit theaters? Well, folks, rejoice, we have a reunion—er, well, sorta as Westley aka Cary Elwes (who hasn’t aged a bit, by the way) and the film’s director Rob Reiner star in a new campaign from San Francisco’s Camp+King for global humanitarian org, Mercy Corps. While Chris Sarandon is not in the mix, there are definitely some Humperdinck references in these two clips, which are aimed at driving attention and support to the Mercy Corps cause via our two Princess Bride alums hawking film-related, um, memorabilia. After all, who doesn’t want a piece of Meathead’s gray beard hair (below)? Credits after the jump.

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Lal, Koppel’s Freelance Careers Were Cut a Bit Short

Three weeks after we reported that Publicis & Hal Riney associate creative directors Rikesh Lal and Adam Koppel were leaving the agency to go freelance, they go ahead and get full-time gigs at Camp+King. Lal (pictured) and Koppel are joining C+K, which was (hmm, coincidence?) founded by ex-Riney duo Roger Camp and Jamie King at the start of the year with some help from Havas, will be joining as creative directors on Old Navy and Redbox business. The Cyber Lion/One Show-winning duo have worked with clients ranging from Nike and Converse to HP and Sprint during their careers.

We Hear: Riney Loses a Few Creatives

Sources familiar with the matter tell us that a few notable creatives at Publicis & Hal Riney have put in their notice at the agency over the past two weeks. Among them are creative director Adam Koppel, who in the past has worked as an ACD/copywriter on U.S. Cellular campaigns at Riney before getting promoted to CD.

In addition, we’ve been told that ACDs Rikesh Lal (left) and Justin Kramm have also given notice. Both creatives had two tours of duty at Riney, first as art director and copywriter, respectively from 2007-2009, during which time they were involved with campaigns including the Cyber Gold Lion-winning “AAA Town” and the 2008 redesign of the agency’s website. After leaving for brief¬† stints at Tribal DDB Amsterdam, the creative duo returned to Publicis & Hal Riney in April 2010 to assume the roles of ACDs. From what we’ve been told by our sources, all three creatives are leaving to freelance (because that’s so hot right now, apparently). We’ll hopefully get some official confirmation on the departures as the day/week progresses.

Update: It looks like it’s all on good terms as Publicis & Hal Riney says, “Yes, we can confirm that they’ve decided to go freelance, and we fully support them. They’re all incredibly talented creatives who will do amazing work anywhere and everywhere.”