We promise to keep this short, but since you were all clamoring for it, we might as well give you the rundown of the Advertising and Integrated juries for the 91st Annual ADC Awards. You have already received notice that Natalie Lam and 72andSunny’s John Boiler were jury chairs for Interactive and Advertising, respectively, but after the jump, you can check out the full jury roster for the latter category as well as Integrated. We’re sure there are some names you might recognize (Ian & Scott–ok, we’ve now been told that the former of the dynamic duo is not able to participate, Faris, etc.)
After what had to be a tough month to endure, the Y&R network could use some uplift and since the beginning of December, we’ve been hearing that agency’s Chicago office has locked yet another account, which happens to be BMO Harris Bank. We haven’t received confirmation from the agency yet, but since Dec. 6, we’ve received pretty straightforward tips like these: “Y&R chicago awarded AOR for BMO Harris” or “BMO Harris won by Y&R Chicago. Announcement coming soon.”
If true, this marks yet another win for Y&R Chicago CCO Bob Winter, who in just 15 months on the job, has led a team that’s picked up several accounts including Dave & Buster’s, Famous Footwear and the YMCA. Nearly five months ago, Chicago-based Harris Bank, as it was known pre-merger, launched a review for its creative account, which was handled by Element79 since 2005. As the tipsters hinted, we hear that some sort of announce is expected within the next few days. We’ll keep you posted.
Only by client design, not the agency’s from what we’ve been told, those demanding, uppity folks at AdAge had to have first dibs on the news that Famous Footwear tapped Y&R Chicago as its AOR. Is this agency turning into the new McGarryBowen? Anyhow, CCO Bob Winter and his crew pick up the FF biz from Campbell Mithun, which apparently declined to participate in the brand’s review that was launched over the summer. From what spies are saying, it was a neck-and-neck race between Y&R and South Carolina/NYC-based Erwin Penland, though the latter seems like an afterthought at this moment as only Euro RSCG, Colle+McVoy and Richards Group have been mentioned in the AdAge write-up.
Speaking of, here’s one quote from Famous Footwear’s SVP, retail marketing Will Smith that catches our eye: “We are so appreciative of the incredible talent that came to us looking to help drive our business. While several agencies from the Ad Age Family Tree made impressive presentations, ultimately the team at Y&R Chicago was selected because of their level of retail and brand-building expertise, strategic vision and superior campaign ideation.”
“Ad Age Family Tree?” Oy, we give up, and we thought the Miami Heat had collusion issues. Check out an old Campbell Mithun ad for the Famous Footwear brand above if you feel like waxing nostalgic.
So the “big layoffs” that were apparently happening this week at Y&R Chicago weren’t as “big” as tipsters implied. Our sources have confirmed that Y&R Chicago has cut five staffers–three in creative, two on the account side–resulting from the “restructuring of departments under Bob Winter,” who of course came on board as the agency’s CCO’s last October.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with The Egotist network, AgencySpy checks in with The Windy City to get a quite succinct picture of the current ad scene in the Midwest metropolis. Take it away, Egotist.
It’s been a hot fall here in Chicago. We welcome the sunshine and longer beach time for sure. As far as the ad world in The Windy City? You be the judge. Here is a brief breakdown of the last few months:
-People are moving around. Like Ken Erke heading over to R/GA (remember?) Since Erke left Y&R, Bob Winter was just announced as the new CCO. Let’s hope he can spur some creativity into the Sears dominated shop.
The man behind Budweiser’s “Real Men of Genius” campaign is now the chief creative officer at Young & Rubicam’s Chicago office. The agency’s global CCO Tony Granger announced this week that Bob Winter will serve in the aforementioned post in the Windy City.
Winter was most recently an SVP/ECD at Leo Burnett, working on accounts including Altoids, Kellogg’s, Greenpeace and Caesars Palace. During his career, as we mentioned above, Winter created the Bud campaign while holding a VP/CD post at DDB Chicago, where he spent eight years, eventually climbing his way up to a creative director gig at Goodby and overseeing work for clients such as Ace Hardware and Netflix.