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MRY CEO Britton to Oversee Big Fuel

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To update our recent post on MRY‘s status in the wake of this month’s Publicis shakeup, we can confirm that founder/CEO Matt Britton will now oversee the operations of both his own agency and fellow New York shop Big Fuel. The agency founded by Avi Savar announced in 2011 that it would sell to Publicis, where it initially served as a “social media center” for Razorfish, Digitas, Zenith and Starcom).

This week Laura Desmond, CEO of the Starcom Mediavest group that now includes both MRY and Big Fuel, announced that their leaders would report to Britton, who will subsequently report to her.

The move has not been announced outside the newly expanded Starcom because it will not reportedly affect any of the services that either agency provides to clients.

While the leaders of both shops will report to Britton moving forward, they will remain operationally independent from one another. (As a reminder, one of Big Fuel’s most recent major staffing moves was the hire of former Dachis Group ECD Jon Resnik as EVP/ECD.)

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Savar, Eslinger, Zacharias Topline Final Cannes 2012 Juries

The Cannes committee has rolled out its final jury lists and there are some notable names, as expected, in the bunch. Namely, Big Fuel’s founder/CCO Avi Savar will topline the Branded Content & Entertainment jury as president, Saatchi & Saatchi global digital creative director Tom Eslinger will oversee the Mobile Lions and Ivan Zacharias, director on the Stink roster, will take on the jury president role for the Cannes Film Craft Lions. Phew, thus ends our Cannes coverage, we think, until the actual fest gets underway. Check out the full jury lists after the jump.

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Publicis Indeed Takes Majority Stake in Big Fuel

The talks reported by AdAge last week are over and now, Publicis Groupe continues its acquisition spree with the news that it’s immediately taken a 51 percent stake in New York-based infomercial makers Big Fuel, which of course is GM and now T-Mobile’s social media AOR.

With the move, Big Fuel will now be housed within Publicis Groupe’s VivaKi unit to serve as a social media hub/resource for fellow VivaKi shops Digitas, Razorfish, Starcom MediaVest Group and Zenith Optimedia. Big Fuel CEO Jon Bond, who will remain on board along with cohorts Avi Savar (founder/CCO) and COO/managing partner Mike McGraw, says of the deal, “”Now that social is revolutionizing global marketing, this partnership gives the agency and its clients scale, impact, and a network around the world.”

According to agency figures, Big Fuel has grown from 30 to 170 employees in 18 months. Its new parent, Publicis Groupe, will have the opportunity to increase its stake in BF to 100 percent in 2014.