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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.

Friday Morning Stir

-Raleigh, NC-based agency Baldwin& has brought on former Leo Burnett Chicago ACD/copywriter Ryan Dean Waite as a senior creative.

-Omnicom-owned, St. Louis-based agency Rodgers Townsend and car rental brand Enterprise team up to try to instill some fun into the topic of rental reimbursement coverage (above). link

-Droga5 namesake/founder/creative chairman David Droga has been named chairman of the 50th International ANDY Awards in 2014.

-Instagram sheds more light on what ads will actually look like on the Facebook-owned service. link

-Nashville-based graphic designer Clif Dickens gets right to the truth in his Tumblr, Honest Slogans. link; link

Thursday Morning Stir

-It’s already that time again as the Webby Awards crew has announced their 18th annual call for entries. Judges for 2014 include Kevin Spacey and David Droga. link

-Director Rob “Whitey” McConnaughy, formerly with Hungry Man, has signed with bi-coastal prodco, humble.

-While we’re on the subject, director/screenwriter Keith Bearden, who lives in NYC but makes commercials in France, has joined the roster of Euro prodco, Wanda. link

-Global children’s charity Touraid has appointed Arc Worldwide’s London branch as its sole marketing agency.

-Apparently, demand is high for a job at Yahoo. link

If You Have Eight Minutes to Spare, Here’s a New Cannes Lions Doc

We’re sure many of you on the East Coast have already checked out by this point, but here’s a short film anyways produced by Jack Morton Worldwide that somewhat documents the Cannes Lions experience. Beginning with shots of creative notables including AKQA CCO Rei Inamoto in some sort of meditative pose as they ponder the questions being asked, the video eventually gives us a sense (especially those of us who’ve never made it out there) of what it’s like to win, or just be at the week-long event in general. That’s good enough for us at this point, thanks.

Regarding the doc, which also features the likes of David Droga, Jack Morton director of moving image, EMEA Adam Norris tells Campaign Brief, “Cannes Lions is far more than an industry event; it’s the key gathering of creative minds from across the globe.   Creating the documentary is a singular opportunity to shine a light on this world and reveal what makes Cannes unique.” And we suppose it basically does.

William Morris Acquires Minority Stake in Droga5

Jeez, what started out as a slow morning turned into quite a busy afternoon. A friend tipped us on this a couple of days ago and after a few inquiries, we’ve now received clarification/confirmation on the matter from Droga5 itself. No, David Droga did not sell his whole operation to talent agency William Morris Endeavor for something well into the nine figures (some are reporting less than half of what we heard), but the latter has indeed acquired a minority stake in Droga5. In a statement, Droga himself says, “Droga5 has always endeavored to be the most influential creative agency in the business, with ideas that move our clients and our industry forward. This partnership will exponentially accelerate our ability to realize that ambition.”

Despite the minority stake acquisition, the management of Droga5’s agency operations will not change according to the parties involved. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Adding to the mix, might as well throw in the statements from WME’s head honchos Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, who say, “Droga5 is best-in-class across the board—from its management to its creative output. Through this investment, we will be able to join the best artists and storytellers from all verticals, and we look forward to creating new opportunities for our collective clients.”

Newcastle Celebrates ‘Independence Eve’

Normally, a made-up holiday like Independence Eve would be some sort of patriotic money grab, but for Newcastle Brown Ale and Droga5, it’s actually a tongue-in-cheek U.K. money grab. Independence Eve – the latest part of the No Bollocks campaign – celebrates the last day of British rule, one day before John Hancocks were signed and European monarchies renounced.

Across the States, Americans (and immigrants, legal and illegal) can buy a Revolutionary Koozie, which features both the British and American flags on the bottle. I’m not sure how many Americans would willingly drink a British beer the day before July 4th, but I think we’ve buried the hatchet 237 years later. You see, revolutions can be humorous once enough time has passed. So in the next decade, everybody get ready to chug some Edelweiss and giggle over the French Revolution. Credits after the jump.

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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

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Draftfcb will consolidate its two Chicago offices at a new headquarters in the tower at 875 N. Michigan Ave. in early 2014. link

-Campfire embraces PDA in a new effort for Ian Schrager‘s Public Hotel in Chicago (above).

-The Business Insider crew is going on an ad agency pub crawl. link

-Droga5 founder/creative chairman David Droga is getting inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Fame. link

-In case you missed it, Twitter product manager Sachin Agarwal talks about the new profile look. link

-NYC-based audio post company Heard City has welcomed mixer Eric Warzecha to the fold. link

-According to reports, BBDO, W+K, Saatchi and Grey will all be duking it out for the Gillette creative business. link

-Commercial, music video, TV and film director Johan Renck  has joined the roster of production company Reset, which was founded by David Fincher and Dave Morrison. 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?

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