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R/GA Now Accepting Applications for Second ‘Accelerator’ Program

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The “agency for the digital” has announced that it’s accepting applications for the second round of its “Accelerator” program, an initiative that’s run out of its R/GA Ventures unit, which is focused not only on integration of design, technology and innovation but enabling startups and doling out investment funds. For its second Accelerator program, R/GA, with the aid of TechStars, is turning the spotlight on to n the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Devices space and is looking for applicants ranging from early prototype developers to startups with traction.

In a statement, R/GA boss Bob Greenberg says, ““The power of internet software continues to disrupt industries as it spreads beyond the web and mobile and into devices, machines, and physical environments. For companies to succeed, whether in the consumer or B2B space, they have to create truly innovative technology solutions. However, great technology is not enough. Companies must also create elegant and cohesive user experiences across digital and physical touchpoints, in addition to compelling brands that consumers will care about.”

Those applicants that make the grade will have access to a range of R/GA services, including strategic design, branding, and technology, startups as well as network of senior clients from the likes of Nike, Samsung and Beats by Dr. Dre. In addition, startups that enter the Accelerator program will be eligible to receive up to $120,000 in funding for their brainchild. The application process for Accelerator, which this time enlists the services of industrial design outfit ASTRO Studios, begins today and runs through Aug. 25. Those that make the cut will be notified by Sept. 22 and the program itself kicks off on Oct. 20. You can keep up to date on the project here. Best of luck, folks.

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Australian Creatives Poke Fun at Your Least Favorite Agency Trends

Want to watch a few top creatives at Australian agencies have some straight-faced fun at the expense of current industry trends? Sure you do.

Yes, the video is a little long–but it does manage to allow CCOs and ECDs from Ogilvy, BBDO, JWT, etc. to get some camera time and drop a few inside jokes.

Of course, it’s all about promoting a Creative Fuel conference in Sydney next month, at which speakers like R\GA founder Bob Greenberg will apparently encourage agency professionals to “cut the bullshit and refocus on creativity.”

Still, “The World’s First Crowd Sourced 3D-Printed QR Code Live Streamed Via Go Pro To A Smart Phone Or Tablet Device Drone Delivery Ticket System Project” almost sounds believable, doesn’t it?

If you’re really pressed for time, skip ahead to 4:00 for a bit of light slapstick.

Thursday Odds and Ends

 

-2014 International ANDY Awards chairman David Droga has picked his jury for next year’s event, which takes place Feb. 18-24 in Shanghai. Among those creatives making the list, which spans the globe, are CP+B CEO Andrew Keller, DDB Worldwide CCO Amir Kassaei and W+K ECD, Susan Hoffman. See the full list after the jump.

-Havas Worldwide London has welcomed 11-year AMV BBDO vet Mark Fairbanks as its new ECD. Fairbanks replaces Mick Mahoney, who left in May to become ECD at RKCR/Y&R.

-According to Business Insider, these are “The 50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive.” link

-New York-based creative agency Cornerstone, which works with brands like Converse and Diageo, is expanding its U.K. operations, moving to new HQ in London’s East End and adding a handful of new senior hires. Among those joining Cornerstone U.K. are content manager Adam Hanim, senior account manager Fiona Ghobrial, senior account director Joe Strinati and in January, digital director Karen Piper.

-ATTIK has teamed up with prodco Humble and director Jeff Bitsack to create the latest spot in Scion’s Pure Process campaign (above). A little behind-the-scenes info on the spot here.

-Vertical social media company Glam Media has appointed Dan Lagani as president/chief revenue officer. Lagani will work out of NYC and will report to Glam Media chairman/CEO, Samir Arora.

-Director Scotty Bergstein has joined the roster of Los Angeles-based production company TWC Films for exclusive U.S. representation.

- L.A.-based UTA Brand Studio, the brand strategy division of United Talent Agency, has brought on FutureBrand/Siegel+Gale alum Marcus Bartlett as creative director.

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And Now, a Quick Look into 2013 D&AD Black Pencil Judging

While the 2013 D&AD Awards is now in the books, the folks behind the event, like last year, have released a post-game video documenting the seemingly painstaking process of deciding who takes home D&AD’s most prestigious prize, the Black Pencil. Thankfully, there’s less debate and dillydallying this time around as the parties who produced this clip have shaved off half the time from last year’s Black Pencil instalment, which featured judges like David Droga and Bob Greenberg. This year’s version, meanwhile, features Black Pencil judges including W+K alum/Google Creative Labs ECD Iain Tait, Fred & Farid co-founder Fred Raillard and Turner Duckworth’s David Turner. In total, there were four 2013 Black Pencil winners (we’re almost certain you can guess one of them) as you’ll see at the end of the video, which lets you be a fly on the wall if only for a few. FYI, D&AD 2014 call for entries is now open.

Thursday Odds and Ends

 

-Sir Martin Sorrell & Co. at WPP have released their Q3 report. Among other things, the holding company reports a seven-percent revenue increase from last year. link

-R/GA don Bob Greenberg, Martin Agency president Mike Hughes and BBH co-namesake Sir John Hegarty are among the inductees at the AAF’s 65th Advertising Hall of Fame ceremonies, which take place April 7, 2014 in NYC. The Walt Disney Company is the corporate inductee. link

-Speaking of WPP, Rockfish, which is housed within the WPP Digital network, has launched a new site for new client, national fast-casual chain Corner Bakery Cafe. link

-Nikon heads to the Scottish plains for the first of a handful of teasers to promote its retro-style DSLR camera (above). link

-Here are your judges for One Club’s 2013 OneScreen Short Film Festival. link

-Cinematographer Tuomo Virtanen has joined the roster of Pacific Palisades creative management firm, colleen. Here’s Virtanen’s reel.

-According to Campaign, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has put its global digital account up for review. link

-San Francisco/L.A.-based creative studio Portal A, which produced this effort for L’Oreal’s Vichy earlier this year, has acquired viral video production company, Seedwell.

-According to WSJ, Twitter plans to sell shares for $17-$20 each. link

-YouTube is reportedly readying its music subscription service for as soon as December. link

Tuesday Morning Stir

-Publicis Kaplan Thaler has created a rather timely spot called “The Power of Dad” for Oral-B (above).

-Engine-owned creative agency Partners Andrews Aldridge has hired Wunderman alum Erminia Blackden as strategy director.

-Japanese company SoftBank has upped its takeover offer for Sprint to $21.6 billion. Your move, Dish. link

-Ahead of Cannes, Droga5 NY has launched a campaign for Spotify called #60inspirations, which asks 10 notable names ranging from Bob Greenberg to John Legend to each list six songs that inspire their creativity. link

-According to eMarketer, desktop advertising will peak in 2014 as more spending goes to mobile advertising. link

Adams Jr. Succeeds Hughes as Head of VCU Brandcenter Board

And now, a bit of news news. The baton has officially been passed from one Martin Agency exec to another as the Richmond, VA operation’s chairman John B. Adams Jr. is taking over for longtime friend and colleague, Martin president Mike Hughes, as head of the VCU Brandcenter’s Board of Directors, which includes other notable names such as David Droga and Bob Greenberg Hughes, who you’re probably aware is battling cancer at the moment, will step down from his VCU leadership position, one he’s held for two decades, and into the role of chairman emeritus with the Brandcenter’s Advisory Board.

In a statement, the outgoing VCU board head says, ““I’m especially proud of my part in helping to bring [Brandcenter director] Helayne [Spivak] and John to these positions. I can’t imagine two better people to lead the changes and advances ahead. The students, faculty and the industry should all feel very good about this. My 34-year partnership with John and my 20-year relationship with the Brandcenter have been two of the highlights of my career. I envy their opportunity to help define the future of this business and the future of advertising and branding education.”

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Ladies and gents, meet your 16 Cannes Lions 2013 jury presidents including Bob Greenberg, David Droga, Rei Inamoto and director Joe Pytka. link

-In case you missed it, Mashable has a nice profile on Dave Adams, an ad industry vet who last served as a lead creative at Digitas before leaving the biz altogether to start the “Acoustic Guitar Project, which might pique the interests of both established and aspiring singer-songwriters.

-Former Draftfcb NY EVP/group management director Kim Corrigan has joined Publicis Groupe-owned Rosetta as a partner in the agency’s healthcare vertical.

-Amsterdam/Barcelona-based agency Code d’Azur launched a new social media campaign for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines dubbed “Must See Map,” which lets you create printable, personalized city maps filled with the tips from friends (above). link

-Taco Bell has hit up Vine to promote the March 7 launch of its Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. link

-FYI, the Clio Awards 2013 deadline is this Friday. link

-Here are your five finalists in the Porsche review. link

-Production house Brink Studio has opened its doors in Toronto and with it comes a self-promo that gives a little nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Watch it here.

-You can expect to see ads from the likes of JCPenney, AmEx, Stella Artois and Coca-Cola during ABC’s Oscars broadcast on Feb. 24. link

Ah, So This is What D&AD Judging Looks Like

We’re not sure if it’s some sort of lead-up to the D&AD’s 50th anniversary celebration in September, but for whatever reason, the folks behind the U.K.-based awards show decided to film Black Pencil judging for “the first time ever.” Today, the D&AD crew released this trailer for a full film put together by RSA that will be unveiled next week. From what we see so far, we’ve got appearances from Bob Greenberg, David Droga and of course, a bevy of opinions–though we wish D&AD would at least tease one of the campaigns the judges are reacting to. But, pray tell, is Black Pencil judging different than that of any other awards show?

Creative Changes Are Afoot at R/GA

Thanks again, tipsters. R/GA, aka the “agency for the digital age,” has announced a creative overhaul of sorts, mainly that Nick Law, currently North America chief creative officer, will take over for Bob Greenberg as global CCO. In addition, Chloe Gottlieb and Taras Wayner are now taking the creative helm at R/GA’s New York office, which is the agency’s largest in the global network.

In a statement, Greenberg, who remains chairman/CEO of the IPG-owned agency, says of his successor (pictured), “Nick Law is one of the best creative and visionary minds in the business and it’s been a pleasure to work with him for more than a decade now. This evolution in his role will allow him to apply and share his expertise with our rapidly growing global network, ensuring our creative ethos is consistent across the world.”

Along with Law’s move up to the big creative chair, tipsters were spot-on once again as Tim Allen has indeed rejoined his old stomping grounds at R/GA after a brief spell at SapientNitro’s Boston office. Allen will now head up R/GA’s experience design department. As for new NY co-creative chief Wayner, the exec most recently served as VP/ECD at R/GA, which he joined in 2007. Gottlieb, meanwhile, has spent a dozen years at the agency and will now be succeeded by Allen.

 

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