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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Johnson’

‘DJ Bunny Ears’ Moves on from DDB Chicago

Well, this is a name we haven’t heard in quite some time, but yes, we’ve received word that Eric Johnson–aka “DJ Bunny Ears”–has left DDB Chicago after two-and-a-half years to take on an executive producer position at Search Party Music. In his new role, which he officially assumed on July 1, Johnson is collaborating with writer/director Wes Anderson’s music supervisor of choice, Randall Poster (go here if the name doesn’t ring a bell).

Anyhow, during his time at DDB Chicago, Johnson served as executive producer of music + creative integration and worked across the agency’s client roster including McDonald’s, State Farm, Reebok and Mars/Wrigley. During his career, Johnson also served as a music supervisor for eight years at W+K and had a two-year stint as executive music producer at Y&R.

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Monday Odds and Ends

-In an effort to revamp its digital operations and expand its U.S. presence, Stockholm-based integrated production company Acne has hired Jesper Palsson as CEO of its L.A.-based office. link

-Las Vegas-based agency SK+G has formed SK+G Asia Pacific, which will be based in Hong Kong.

-Carmichael Lynch and Moxie Pictures director Martin Granger take us inside the Tempur-Pedic “Innovation Lab” with two new spots (one above, second one here).

-As you may have read, following a “formal agency review,” McCann NY has taken over U.S. advertising duties on tequila staple Jose Cuervo, which as of today, is shifting over from Diageo to Jersey City-based spirits importer, Proximo. Gotham Direct, meanwhile, will handle media efforts for JC.

-So, is it the end of days for Blackberry (once again)? link

-The American Advertising Federation has announced its new board leadership for 2013-2014 including chair Wendy Clark, SVP/ Global Sparkling Brand Center, Coca-Cola. link

-Looking for some summer reading ideas from C-suite folks? Read a list after the jump if interested.

-Bi-coastal post-production shop NO6 has added editor Paul Plew to its roster. link

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Which Form of Ad Speak Would You Kill in 2012?

So, a few of your ad brethren/sistren have resolved to eliminate certain overused/annoying phrases from their lexicon (and yours) come 2012. As we wind down this year (yeesh, it went way too fast), let’s get some thoughts from a few industry people to see what they’d like to extinguish, on homepage and after the jump:

Conor Brady, Organic CCO, vows never to say the word “ecosystem” or “platform” in 2012. Or at least he’ll try.

Barbara Apple Sullivan, founder/managing partner of  Sullivan: “Best in class.” Not only is it not believable, it says absolutely nothing. Just what is ‘best’ and in what ‘class’? It’s simply an attempt to fill air time with words that sound good.”

Stephen Malbon, founder/CEO of BON: “Tipping point,” “Sunset that idea,” and “Greasy media.”

Barbara Lippert, curator of pop culture at GS&P: “Could you provide a deck of these ‘jargon words’ you’re referencing? First, we’d need to put one of the teams within our eco-system of hyper hives on it to curate the deck. But before we can even re-purpose the adoption process of this collaborative initiative, we would need to circle back to the aggregation of our forces on a more integrative venture and see if it’s actionable on any platform. That said, we tend to be media-agnostic, but we have a suspicion about where it should live. Will let you know by EOD.”

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Y&R Finds Replacement for Eric Johnson

It didn’t take long for Y&R New York to replace Eric Johnson, who left the agency recently to head up the music department at DDB Chicago. Y&R has announced that DJ Bunny Ears’ successor is Jessica Dierauer, who has been promoted to the post of executive producer of music and creative content.

Dierauer has spent the past two years as executive content producer at Y&R’s Big Apple branch, producing and executing integrated campaigns, websites, new media applications and events for clients like LG and Office Depot. Prior to Y&R, Dierauer was a senior producer at BBH NY and has also worked as a producer at various agencies during her career including CP+B Miami, KBS+P, Martin and W+K Portland. Regarding her new post, Dierauer says in a statement, “Great music not only makes a commercial memorable, but it often adds value to a brand’s perception. This new position allows me to merge my love of music and production while also fostering and promoting the arts and culture within the agency—and also help out the music industry.”

Eric Johnson to Head Up Music Dept. at DDB Chicago

The man known as “DJ Bunny Ears” has landed a new gig in the Windy City as Eric Johnson has joined up with DDB Chicago to serve as executive producer of music & integration. Johnson, who will officially take on the title Dec. 1, arrives from Y&R NY, where he held a similar post, and spent over eight years at W+K Portland prior.

During his career as music producer/supervisor at shops like W+K, Johnson not only directed spots for Nike but worked campaigns for other notable brands such as Coke, Honda, Nokia, Target, ESPN, Bacardi, Gatorade, Land Rover, NASCAR and Starbucks. On the musical tip, Johnson helmed music videos for M. Ward and Cursive and has performed as a DJ and in bands (in acts like Pulseprogramming and Silent Knights) at various venues including San Francisco’s MOMA, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, CMJ Festival in 2008 and Barcelona’s electronic music marathon, Sonar.

Meanwhile, in other Y&R news, spies tell us that AD Roy Torres is leaving the New York office and heading to Droga5 in Sydney to work under ex-NY Droga5 ECD, Duncan Marshall, who just recently moved Down Under. We’re waiting for confirmation on this.

Update: Torres just reached out and confirmed that he is indeed leaving for Droga5 Sydney. He starts on Dec. 2.