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Chris Ford, DraftFCB San Francisco Part Ways

Well, it was fun while it lasted. We’ve received word that after spending just over a year as chief creative officer at Draftfcb’s San Francisco office, Chris Ford is no longer with the agency. A DFCB spokesperson tells us, “Chris Ford, chief creative officer of Draftfcb San Francisco, is leaving the agency to pursue another opportunity.  We wish him well as he plans his next career step, and thank him for his contributions to our business.”

Along with spending time in the Bay Area at JWT and Wolfe/Doyle, Ford toiled on the East Coast as an ACD at TBWA\Chiat\Day.

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Gamers Called Upon to ‘Take Earth Back’

During last night’s broadcast of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Electronic Arts debuted the above spot from DraftFCB SF for the new title coming to stores March 6, Mass Effect 3. Before you fret, realize that the spot aired after the Academy Awards ended, and many who felt like remaining on the couch (me included) flipped over just in time to see it.

Since debuting yesterday, the emotional spot depicting the end of the world, an alien invasion, and the battle for humanity’s survival has already chalked up more than 75,000 views on YouTube. Filmed over six days in Prague, “Fight for Everything” is, in a word, cinematic, so much so that it’s initially quite difficult to tell what exactly the spot is advertising. But it succeeds where it aims to, making ME:3 look enticing to gamers and non-gamers alike. Sure, it’s a little bit Halo and a little bit Star Wars, but that doesn’t make images of people running for their lives any less moving.

Also, since the Vancouver hockey riots of 2011, it’s hard to imagine a scene of mass chaos that doesn’t include two young people making out. Maybe that’s the “better with Kinect” feature Electronic Arts is hinting at. Credits after the jump.

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Chris Ford Resurfaces at Draftfcb SF

Remember Chris Ford, whose last stint as an ECD at Ogilvy Sydney lasted just under a year? Well, the creative exec has now landed back in San Francisco to take on the chief creative officer role at Draft San Francisco. Ford, who officially assumes his title at Draft on August 29, will lead the creative departments in both San Fran and the agency’s Seattle office. As mentioned, it’s a homecoming for Ford, who, before heading down under to join O&M, spent 11 years at Goodby and worked his way up from senior copywriter to GCD, working on accounts including Comcast, TiVo and Saturn in the process.

During his career, Ford had other stints in the Bay Area at JWT and Wolfe/Doyle and spent time on the East Coast as an ACD at TBWA\Chiat\Day. In a statement, Draftfcb’s North American ECD Tom O’Keefe says, “Chris is exactly what this office needs right now. Under the watchful eye of leaders like Colin McRae, Tony Vazquez and Julie Scelzo San Francisco has done great work recently – we can’t wait to see how far they’ll go now with Chris at the helm.”

FYI, Todd Tilford, who was announced as Draftfcb Chicago’s CCO a few weeks back, officially started yesterday.

Chris Ford’s Time at O&M Sydney Comes to an End

Chris Ford was this close to making it a year as ECD at Ogilvy Sydney, but it looks like O&M Australia’s executive chairman Tom Moult had other plans. Our buds at Campaign Brief contacted us in the wee hours of the morn to let us know that Ford is out after 11 months in his post.

Last June, Ford was imported from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, where he spent a dozen years, was a GCD on Comcast (including the award-winning “Rabbits” effort) and worked on other accounts including Saturn, Adobe and Budweiser. Prior to Goodby, he was an ACD at TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Campaign Brief claims that nearly a year after Ford was brought on to oversee all creative output across Ogilvy Sydney and essentially resurrect the agency’s creative department, “the work has not noticeably improved.” No word as to whether Ford is staying Down Under or heading back to the States, but O&M is now on the hunt for his replacement. Is it us or do most American creatives just not last too long in Australia (ok, maybe just Goodby’s… *cough* Franklin Tipton *cough*)?  How come the same doesn’t seem to apply vice versa?