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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-After spending less than a year as CCO at Santa Monica-based Pitch, Eric Springer–aka, the creative force behind VW’s “The Force” spot–will be joining Draftfcb Orange County as EVP/CCO, effective Jan 2. Once he joins, Springer (above) will also be tasked with building a new “creative beachhead” for DFCB Los Angeles. We still prefer his party picture from the last time.

-DDB Canada (specifically the Vancouver office) has extended its AOR relationship with the Canadian Tourist Commission for another five years. The agency was picked following a “rigorous RFP process” that narrowed down the field from 35 to five Canadian agencies. No word on who they were, though. DDB Canada and CTC’s working relationship dates back to 2002.

-Gerry Graf, Tor Myhren, KBS+ Ventures’ Darren Herman and Percolate CEO/Barbarian Group alum Noah Brier are “Brand Geniuses” according to Gotham‘s “100 Most Powerful New Yorkers” list. link

-If you’ve ever dreamed of going into glassblowing but were too scared to actually try it, check out this app from the Martin Agency and unit9 that promotes the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts and its exhibit with famous glassblower, Dale Chihuly, called “Breathe Art into Life.”

-L.A.-based agency, mOcean, which just wrapped up its third and final “Ladies of Movember” episode and raised nearly $17.5K for the cause, has also created an interactive site around the film, Lincoln. link

-Walton | Isaacson has moved its L.A. office to a 17,500 square-foot space in Culver City.

-Blast Radius has developed a winter cocktail app for Bacardi. link

-Instagram voluntarily nixed its Twitter photo integration. link

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KBS+P Launches Investment Arm


KBS+P’s entrepreneurial chief digital media officer Darren Herman is the mastermind of agency’s new investment arm called kbs+p Ventures. Herman–who joined KBS+P four years ago and whose digital media firm, Varick Media Management, is also housed under the MDC umbrella–will serve as managing director of Ventures while maintaining his current post at Kirshenbaum.

The goal of this new unit is to back up early stage entrepreneurs and startups in the ad technologies, mobile and UX/UI sectors. Those who receive funding from Ventures will also be able to access resources from KBS+P and sister agencies within MDC. Ventures’ first investment is an on-demand realtime media intelligence platform called Yieldbot. The latter’s CEO Jonathan Mendez says in a statement, “Over the past five years or so, I’ve bumped into Darren at all different tech and advertising conferences. We struck up a friendship and when I started building YieldBot, he was one of the first people I met with to tell our story and he instantly understood it. We’re excited to have him and his firm on board.”