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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Silverman’

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Detroit native and former DeVito/Verdi senior creative Brad Emmett is heading back home to serve as executive creative director at Doner. Emmett’s arrival follows EVP/ECD Justin Smith‘s transition to the newly created role of chief innovation officer, head of the Digital Underground (if only that was what you were thinking).

-Former OMD director of digital strategy Mitch Brandow has joined Starcom USA as SVP/digital director, overseeing the agency’s ESPN and US Cellular businesses.

-Five months after winning Perio Inc.’s Barbasol and Pure Silk accounts, Austin’s own GSD&M has launched the first ads for the former brand (above). Here’s  a second spot.

-Former JWT Atlanta CEO Rob Quish has taken on the role of president of global strategy at healthcare agency network, inVentive Healthcare Communications. The move is part of a “realignment” at iHC, which is now operating under a model called “Done as One.” link

-New York-based shop the watsons have launched a new website and micro-site to celebrate the Grand Central Terminal centennial, which kicks off this Friday, Feb. 1. link; link

-Mozilla’s global “Firefox Flicks” competition has returned, with judges this time around including Edward Norton and Ben Silverman (above). link

-Brand Affinity Technologies has appointed former Teleflora/Overstock exec Jennifer R. Black to the role of VP, marketing and commerce.

-Adbrite has shuttered its exchange, is reportedly close to selling off its other assets. link

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Mozilla Picks Firefox Flicks Winners

Ben Silverman and Tyler Durden–sorry, Edward Norton–were among the judges for this year’s Firefox Flicks competition, which of course is brought to you by Mozilla, which announced the winners during the Cannes Film Festival. The jury including Mozilla staff, film industry folks and more picked six top entrants, whose work will eventually be incorporated into global marketing campaigns for the browser. Without further ado, see the showreel above and check out more info on Mozilla’s blog here.

Thursday Odds and Ends

-My old cohort Doug MacMillan discusses Mark Zuckerberg. link

-W+K London alum Rob Steiner has joined up with CP+B’s U.K. operation as head of production.

-Ah, so this is what happens when producers unite (above). link

-Ben Silverman‘s Electus has launched a new reality show on its “Loud” YouTube channel. link

-Adam Kmiec was promoted to the newly created position of director, digital marketing and social media at Campbell Soup Company.

-Yep, a band picked up a hitchhiking John Waters. link

-So, is Facebook set to price its IPO or what? link

-Apparently, online ad manager ranks as one of top 20 “great jobs” minus a college degree. link

Tuesday Morning Stir

-Ben Silverman appointed Chris Grant, former Shine International president and original Reveille partner as CEO of Electus.

-Deutsch NY, Biscuit Filmworks and now corporation are all involved in a new “viral” for Microsoft (above).

-Can we kill the word “excited” from press releases? link

-Director Trevor Cornish, who has helmed spots for the like of McDonald’s, Bud and Comcast, has signed to the roster of L.A., Denver and Chicago-based prodco Accomplice.

-Hello, Windows 8. link

 

Sarah Silverman Takes a Seat at Denny’s

Man, that David Koechner is so hot right now. As promised in our previous post regarding the launch of Denny’s “Always Open” web series, Sarah Silverman joins up with the aforementioned Anchorman star for a sit-down at the diner chain for a few minutes. One of the comedienne’s opening lines, complete with the porn music, kicks things off proper: “I do like it when people see me in a sexual way.” This “Always Open” installment, though, feels less “unscripted” and more improvisational as Koechner hits on Silverman throughout while she eats some toast and what looks like oatmeal. It’s like the awkward blind date you always wish you had. Credits after the jump…

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Denny’s: The Venue of Choice for Your Favorite Funny People

David Koechner, aka Champ Kind from Anchorman, plays host in a new web series for Denny’s concocted by Gotham in partnership with Will Arnett and Jason Bateman‘s DumbDumb studio as well as Ben Silverman‘s Electus.  The idea: Round up a group of comedians, comedic actors and the like for a quick, unscripted conversation at one of the diner chain’s actual locations. The new “Always Open” talk show, which is basically an extension of Gotham’s “America’s diner is always open” campaign, will feature the likes of Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler and Will Forte in the coming weeks.

The first clip above features Koechner and Arrested Development star Bateman yapping it up, bringing some dry humor and pretending to enjoy their meals. At the very least, it’s a decent branding attempt by the Gotham camp, which took over the Denny’s account last August.

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-eMarketer estimates Facebook ad spending will double this year, while MySpace spending will, as expected, take a tumble. link

-CareerBuilder’s ready to roll out the chimpanzees again for its Super Bowl campaign. link

-Who’s ready for golf season?? Yeah, we thought so. Anyhow, Troika Design Group created a new identity for the Golf Channel (above). link

-Dallas’s indie shop Moroch Partners hired Publicis/Richards Group alum Kevin Sutton as GCD.

-Digitas SVP Ashley Swartz joined the advisory board of the International Association of Internet Professionals, which was founded by two Martin Agency staffers. link

-New York-based digital agency Tenthwave has opened up for business. link

-Ben Silverman‘s IAC-backed firm, Electus, bought Engine Entertainment to build up its in-house global distro arm. link

-Blackberry selected the winners of its “Super Apps” developer challenge campaign. link

-Anyone want some lemonade with their MGDs? link