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Fry Rejoins CP+B

After spending the last three years at Havas-owned Victors & Spoils, Evan Fry has rejoined his former cohorts at Crispin Porter + Bogusky as executive director of creative development. Fry, who co-founded V&S with fellow CP+B-er John Winsor as well as Claudia Batten in 2009, initially spent seven years at CP+B, last serving as a VP/creative director but leaving the agency to “be fucking awesome.”

Fry, the CCO at V&S who once played temporary reporter for this here site while with the crowdsourcing evangelists, says in a statement, ““The timing was pretty much perfect for me to come back to CP+B. And so was the position. I feel that there is so much that I can contribute to the agency. I love writing ads, I love production, I love the teaching process and the craft. And I believe in empowering those around me and encouraging them to think in new and exciting ways. I’m back now and it’s so exciting to be working with new people as well as so many of my friends who are continually reinventing what it means to be an agency and pushing the boundaries in remarkable ways. It’s a new era for CP+B. One with a lot of momentum, a lot of chutzpah and a kick-ass, evolving identity. And I am honored and grateful to be a part of it.”

During his first run at CP+B, Fry picked up a Titanium Grand Prix Lion for his work as a CD on the “Twelpforce” work for Best Buy.

 

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-New York-based shop the watsons was appointed as AOR for local eatery chain, Cafe Metro. The watsons camp will now be responsible for branding, packaging and an integrated mix of OOH, digital and social.

-Hill Holliday alum Phil Geyskens joined Starcom USA as EVP/analytics & development director

-After a stint as “curator of pop culture” at Goodby, Barbara Lippert has returned to the other side and is joining forces with former rival ad critic Bob Garfield as editor-at-large at Mediapost. link

-Speaking of Goodby and seeing as it’s rather timely, here’s the agency’s new “BIG” spot for the NBA, which commemorates the 2012 Finals (above).

-Victors & Spoils co-founder Claudia Batten has left the now-Havas-owned crowdsourcing operation to launch her own startup. link

-National Geographic Channel is teaming up with NYC shop Campfire to promotes its new show Chasing UFOs with a campaign called “The Wow Reply.” link

-Method principal Reuben Steiger begs the question, “Who’s the chief experience officer?” link

-Boulder-based CGI/retouching/photography studio XYZ Graphics claims that it has, yes, hired a real-life yeti as creative director/brewmaster. Don’t ask. link

-The folks behind The Creative Finder have launched a “Fave Galleries” tool to help “finders” and creatives curate their image galleries. link

-Well, here’s the not-so-startling truth about Twitter followers. link

 

 

Havas Adds Victors & Spoils to the Fold (Updated)

Adage reports that John Winsor & Co. have sold a majority stake of their Boulder-based crowdsourcing operation that is Victors & Spoils to Havas. Winsor, who will remain on as V&S CEO and will also assume the title of chief innovation officer at Havas, offers a lengthy explanation for the acquisition on his blog. Here’s a quick excerpt in case you didn’t feel like clicking through:

“…Along the way I had the good fortune to meet [Havas CEO] David Jones.  While many in the advertising industry talk the talk about innovation, very few walk the walk. David takes it one step further and runs the run. I was impressed not only by his vision for Havas and One Young World, but also by his bold philosophy outlined in Who Cares Wins. Every conversation we had flowed from a similar world-view that collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing are the future of not only advertising, but business itself; and that a deep dedication to becoming a social business can make the world a better place. We both believe that the new competitive advantage is a collaborative advantage.

From those conversations grew a vision to work together to create even more global cultural momentum for collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. I believe that Victors & Spoils and Havas together can change the way advertising is done for both clients and creatives for the better.”

According to Adage, Winsor’s V&S partners-in-crime Evan Fry and Claudia Batten will continue to own a stake in the shop.

Update: We had a quick phone chat earlier with Mr. Winsor and among other things, he tells us that while V&S has had conversations with “every good thinker in the industry” regarding the future of the industry, the new Havas chief innovation officer specifically “loved the way [David Jones] is super bold and wanted to change things and is transparent about the way things are going.” Winsor adds that the Havas move will “give us more resources to grow”, will get “technology scoped and scaled” and from what he tells us, Victors & Spoils is eying expansion in London and Hong Kong. But for now, it’s about “accelerating technology” and going “one step at a time.”

 

V&S Shows Off Two Years’ Worth of Work (Updated…Again)

Has it been two years already since John Winsor, Evan Fry and Claudia Batten launched Victors & Spoils? Time sure does fly, and apparently enough so that the Boulder-based crowdsourcing crew is ready to unveil an epic showreel of their own. But according to notes posted on The Denver Egotist, the seven-minute clip above is a rough cut and is “still missing Smartwool and Virgin America Provocateur digital initiative walk-thrus.” Don’t worry, we believe there’s still enough material here for our audience to weigh in on.

Update: Wow, that didn’t take long. As you can see, it appears someone caught wind at Victors & Spoils and has taken the video private. Well, if you’re looking for some sort of showreel from the V&S camp in the meantime, there’s this work for Virgin and a “Liberation” spot for Harley-Davidson.

Update 2: Aaaaand, it’s back up and running…for now.