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GS&P Hires Two New Creative Directors

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In a somewhat unprecedented move, GS&P turned the hiring of its two newest creative directors into…a customized beer cozy giveaway.

It’s symbolic, see: Danny Gonzalez and David Suarez, or “the guys who did all the Ragu and Little Caesar’s stuff at BFG”, will work on the Corona Light and Modelo accounts, hence the brew theme.

The duo most recently made news in 2012 when they jumped the Chiat ship to join BFG9000. Gonzales previously wrote copy for JWT while Suarez served as art director.

This move serves as a reunion of sorts as it once again unites Gonzales and Suarez with Eric Kallman, the copywriter behind “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” who Graf hired from W+K in 2011. Kallman, who has been CD at GS&P since February, writes:

“Working with them again will be like putting on a really comfortable pair of jeans, but jeans that also surprise you, impress you and make you laugh. So, basically, way better than jeans.”

We would tell you to email dannyanddavidarecoming@gspsf.com for your free cozy, but those things are hotter than the weather in Manhattan this week.

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Hey, Welcome to Goodby, Eric Kallman

59_Eric_Kallman_thumbYes, San Francisco-based Goodby Silverstein & Partners has hired Eric Kallman as a creative director. In case you don’t recall, Kallman is one of the creative minds who was behind the now-ubiquitous, award-winning Old Spice “Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign who was poached by Gerry Graf and Barton F. Graf 9000 nearly three years ago. During his time at said agency, he helped win and worked with clients ranging from Little Caesar’s, DISH, Finlandia to Disney among others. Anyhow, he’s now headed to the Bay Area to join up with GS&P co-founder/co-chairman Jeff Goodby, who says in a statement, ““I think Eric will be an inspiration to our clients, to our people and, frankly, to me. I’m looking forward to watching how he sells such challenging, distinctive work.”

Along with his time with Gerry Graf and W+K Portland, Kallman served at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York. According to Goodby, the CD will work on accounts including fast-food chain Sonic and “got milk?” for California Milk Processor Board  as well as helping to lead various new business pitches.

Barton F. Graf 9000, Psyop Charm with ‘Clash of Clans’ Anthem Ad

Gerry Graf’s Barton F. Graf 9000 NY has worked with production company Psyop, fresh off their game-developing debut with the Susan Sarandon-narrated Nightmare: Malaria, to develop this charming spot for the Supercell-developed strategy game Clash of Clans.

The one-minute anthem ad places the viewer in the middle of the action, on the same level as the melee taking place. To bring the game to life in the spot, Psyop “embraced the bright, stylized and saturated look of the game,” explained Psyop Director Fletcher Moules. “We wanted to fully conceptualize what the world would look like if we were running alongside the horde of barbarians, what would it feel like to be covered in their saliva.”

The impressively animated ad really does a good job transporting the viewer into the world of Clash of the Clans, thankfully without any saliva. One noteworthy moment occurs when two giants chuckle as they are hit with cannonballs. It was one of Psyop’s favorite segments to animate, as well. “It added the heart and the warmth that was only achieved when we removed ourselves a little from the ruckus to enjoy it from their perspective,” said Moules.

It would appear that Supercell’s audience is enthusiastic about Clash of Clans as well. The video was released on December 23rd, and garnered 14 million views in its first week. Credits after the jump. Read more

Well, We Figured as Much: Vitrone, Reichenthal Reunite with Gerry Graf

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As sources hinted yesterday, we were on to something when we started hearing that longtime creative partners Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal were leaving Wieden + Kennedy New York, which the agency eventually confirmed. Our guess was that the duo, which has been working together for nearly 15 years, was joining Gerry Graf‘s NYC-based Barton F. Graf 9000, a notion that was only heightened when we got this tip around the same time: “Eric Kallman was let go today from BFG9000. It was totally unexpected.” There’s no confirmation on the nature of his departure but yes, that Eric Kallman, the award-winning copywriter behind “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” for Old Spice who left W+K in early 2011 to rejoin old TBWA colleague Graf, but who’s now been left as a mere footnote in the BFG 9000 news about Vitrone/Reichenthal. When we called BFG 9000 yesterday, we were told simply that Kallman was “not available.” Ah well, why steal the thunder, read on here.

Ad School Grad Publishes Phony Press Release from ‘Dream Agency’

You probably know by now that former Saatchi & Saatchi CCO Gerry Graf‘s new NY start-up agency, BFG 9000, has been turning a lot of heads in over the past year. In fact, some new work for travel site Kayak.com landed the agency, named after Gerry Graf’s father and the mega gun from Doom, in the #1 spot on Ad Age’s list “Agencies to Watch in 2012.”

However, you may not know that, according to a press release that started making rounds online on Monday, BFG 9000 has never hired a graduate from Miami Ad School. Yes, the press release states, there are employees at the agency from the VCU Brandcenter, but none from perhaps that world’s most famous school of corporate creativity and stuff (or whatever they do there). Well, one enterprising young Miami Ad School grad, Felicia Carr, decided to buck the trend, sending out a pretty authentic-looking press release to the ad community announcing that, egad, BFG 9000 had hired its first Miami Ad School graduate. Even Creativity was fooled by the press release. After all, BFG 9000 had sent out messages to the press announcing ridiculous things in the past. The addition of a junior art director sounded like something the agency would alert marketing journalists about.

Of course, BFG 9000 had no idea who Carr was prior to the press release. Though Carr has declared BFG 9000 her “dream agency” to work at, she still has yet to hear from Graff and his crew, despite Carr telling Creativity she sent, “35 cupcakes for the entire staff at BFG, 40 finger puppets and an apology letter explaining what I did and asking for an interview.” While most ad school students try to get hired by displaying technological prowess, Carr used an old communication medium to create some buzz. In doing so, she made BFG 9000 look like a desirable place to work while simultaneously making Graff and his crew look stuck up if they choose not to grant her an interview.

So, agencies, would you rather have an art director who can make your Facebook Timeline look pretty, or someone with balls? If you favor the latter, find Carr’s portfolio here.

Update: We asked Carr, who just completed an internship at Razorfish NY, a few questions about her stunt. Read on after the jump.

Update 2: BFG 9000 ECD Eric Kallman would like you to know that, contrary to the press release in question and Carr’s interview in Creativity, his agency does hire Miami Ad School alumni. In fact, he says, “Myself, the ECD, attended Miami Ad School as well as one of our creative directors and copywriters. Also, another one of our creative directors is an instructor at Miami Ad School. Roughly a quarter of our creative department has attended or is affiliated with Miami Ad School.”

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W+K Gives Isaiah Mustafa a Breather in Latest Old Spice Campaign

You know, these ads just aren’t the same without Isaiah Mustafa, but then again, maybe it was time for W+K Portland to make a fresh start with its valuable client, Old Spice. But we don’t know if this spot, which may have been copywriter/art director Eric Kallman‘s last writing effort for the brand (didn’t he jump to BFG9000 already?), is it. Here, a sea captain with the worst fake facial hair since Theo and Cockroach on The Cosby Show charms a lass while punching an octopus. The swagger and nod to Mustafa is still in effect, but our swooning has long since ceased. TV credits and a print element after the jump.

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Gerry Graf Encourages Moms to ‘Log Off’

While the Barton F. Graf 9000Work page still consists mostly of his past advertising glories, Gerry Graf is slowly getting down to developing some new projects including this effort called “The Log Off.” Graf served as creative director, copywriter and art director on this “viral” video, which features a cutesy tune and lip-synching children who just want some time with mommy, though she’s too busy social networking away on Facebook.

The clip leads to the website TheLogOff.org, which is a basic homepage hosted by web portal MomFilter that includes the copy below:

In a statement, Graf says, “I had this idea about promoting online moderation and shared it with [the viral’s director] Harold Einstein and this piece was born. When we were thinking, ‘Who is this for?’ the idea of using the mother as a central character resonated, and we tapped into our partner MomFilter.com through friends of Harold’s as the ideal way to reach that audience.”

Maybe now that Graf’s hired an old TBWA\Chiat\Day NY colleague, he hopefully won’t have to shoulder so much of the creative responsibility on the next project. Credits after the jump…

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W+K Bumps Allen Up to Old Spice CD

With Old Spice copywriter Eric Kallman leaving shortly to join up with Gerry Graf, Wieden+Kennedy is making some changes to its popular account, specifically moving creative director Eric Baldwin to global CD on Levi’s, where he will partner with Tyler Whisnand.

As a result of the Baldwin bump, Craig Allen (Kallman’s former partner-in-crime) is moving up to CD on Old Spice as well as Electronic Arts. The move seems to enthuse W+K Portland ECD Mark Fitzloff, who says in a statement, “We can’t wait to see what Eric brings to Levi’s. He is an impeccable designer and an inspirational leader. And who better to take his place on Old Spice, than the co-creator of ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’?”

Gerry Graf Lures Old Spice Creative Away from W+K

Gerry Graf‘s New York-based start-up, Barton F. Graf9000, LLC, which the former Saatchi & Saatchi CCO launched last fall, has found a new ECD in Eric Kallman, the award-winning copywriter of Old Spice’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign who has spent the last three years at W+K Portland. As a result of joining BFG9000, Kallman (pictured) is reuniting with Graf, whom he worked with while the former was a CW and the latter was an ECD on Mars at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY (continuing the game of agency musical chairs, meanwhile, their former cohorts on Skittles, Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal, are now back at W+K. Still keeping score?). Following Graf’s departure from Chiat NY, Kallman and creative partner/art director Craig Allen split for Portland.

Kallman, who officially joins Barton F. Graf 9000 on May 1, tells Creativity, “When [Graf] offered me the opportunity to not only work for him again, but also to be a part of starting something new that I believe has the potential to be great, I was honored.”

BFG9000′s current clients include Kayak and Diageo (the latter on a project basis).

The Isaiah Mustafa Blitz Continues

We’re sure there’s many of you who think the Isaiah Mustafa-led Old Spice campaign has lost its luster, and perhaps some of the more recent spots have sullied the once-novel concept. But that hasn’t stopped Wieden+Kennedy from continuing to use its buff pitchman, who returns to dazzle the ladies and continue his role as  in this latest installment entitled “Fiji.” Does the fresh scent of Fiji make your man smell like a never-ending tropical sunset, personalized love song melody and a romantic puppy surprise? Mustafa says, “yes.”

Credits and an example of the print component after the jump.

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