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Monday Morning Stir

-Portfolio Night, which is now presented by the Art Directors Club, announced its first 18 city hosts for Portfolio Night 11, which will take place on May 22. link

-Former Initiative SVP/group media director Harold Dawson has joined Starcom MediaVest unit Spark in the newly created position of EVP/managing director.

-ZenithOptimedia has published its New Media Forecast, which among other things identifies the top 19 digital markets in the world. link

-And now, a “God Made a Farmer” spoof for the 2013 Birmingham ADDY Awards (above). link

-Thank you, Lay’s, for finally rolling out Sriracha-flavored chips. link

-Publicis Worldwide international creative director Erik Vervroegen is among those toplining the jury lineup for 2013 Dubai Lynx, which also extended its deadline to Feb. 14. link

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Erik V. Back in Paris?

The saga continues as reliable sources and tipsters are each telling us that Erik Vervroegen, he of Goodby fame if you remember, is back in Paris and taking on a top creative role at an agency called Marcel, which merged with Publicis Net a year ago to create what some called a “turbo-charged” digital boutique. If you recall, Jeff Goodby did say Erik V. “will be leaving us for a post as global chief creative officer at a network that will take him back to his European roots.” We’ll let you know when we get official confirmation regarding Vervroegen’s Paris homecoming, so hold your breath.

Update: It looks like we didn’t have to wait long. According to Campaign, Erik V.’s role is larger than we expected as he’s been picked to oversee creative in all countries for Publicis Worldwide outside of France, Australia, New Zealand and the USA and lead creative on the global Ray-Ban business.

 

 

 

 

 


Here’s the Note Confirming Erik V’s Split from Goodby

Just in case you needed closure on this whole Erik Vervroegen matter, we’ve obtained the copy from a memo written by Jeff Goodby that was sent to the whole agency regarding the status of the ECD, who joined GS&P from TBWA\Paris in 2009. Here goes:

“We’re sorry to report that Erik Vervroegen will be leaving us for a post as global chief creative officer at a network that will take him back to his European roots.

Erik has been a refreshing, expansive presence here for two years, and we will miss his unique perspectives and smoldering drive for excellence.   He is quite unlike anyone else who has ever worked here, and that has been instructive for all of us.

Please congratulate him and remind him to go easy on those Italian motorcycles and be mindful of his hands when breaking two by fours or whatever it is he does.

JG”

And yes, we are trying to get confirmation on Erik V’s new “network.” Stay tuned.

 

We Hear: Erik Vervroegen Out at Goodby?

It sure seems to look that way as the Goodby camp isn’t really making us think otherwise (calls to him were transferred elsewhere, vague email replies, etc.). To remind you, Erik Vervroegen joined GS&P two years ago from TBWA\Paris–where he served as president/ECD–and subsequently worked on accounts including Commonwealth Bank of Australia. During his time at the San Francisco agency, though, he perhaps most notably served as ECD on the AIDES work including the recent “Willy the Tourist” clip. If you’re out there Erik, give us a shout.

AIDES Sends a Penis on Vacation (Sort of NSFW)

Remember Smutley, the cartoon cat who humps everyone and everything? About a month ago, that frisky feline reminded kids and kids and heart about the dangers of unprotected sex in his own rape-y way for AIDES, the French association dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS. It was a weird spot, but apparently the folks and Goodby decided it was time to raise the bar on strange. Rape-y cat? Okay. Penis that goes on vacation? Whelp, just make sure you’re not on any hallucinogens when you watch the adventures of Willy the Globe-Trotting Penis.

Willy apparently has spent most of his life racking up frequent flyer miles. Or, he’s just really rich and kind of a dick about it (har). True, you never know where a penis has been, and you should probably be even more suspicious of a penis with a camera and backpack. A skinny-dipping penis resulting in a shrinkage joke? Why not. Credits after the jump.

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Smutley the Cat Teaches the Importance of Safe Sex for AIDES

Meet Smutley the Cat, a sex-crazed cartoon feline that humps just about everything in sight. If an animal has a pulse, Smutley will have sex with it and totally ignore using protection. It doesn’t even look like Smutley asks for consent most of the time, but somehow he roams the streets free from police.

Of course, Smutley is fictional, and unsafe sex is exactly what this spot from AIDES, the French association tackling HIV and AIDS, and the creative folks at Goodby are trying to fight against. Goodby partnered with multiple illustrators and animators for the above online spot, which definitely would not fly on U.S. broadcast television. This isn’t the first time AIDES used a somewhat shocking campaign. If you recall, just last year, AIDES and TBWA Paris released a spot titled “Graffiti” which featured a cartoon penis chasing around bathroom stall sketches of women and vaginas. Truly, Europe’s sense of sexual humor is bit different than what we consider appropriate for PSAs here in the States.

AIDES’ YouTube page states that the organization’s challenge with the spot was to “de-dramatize the somewhat embarrassing, if not plain awkward, moment when ‘rubber protection’ needs to be discussed.” Well, perverted anthropomorphic cartoons cats everywhere may have found their calling and a use for their nine lives. Credits after the jump…

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CLIO Awards Final Deadline = Today

Quick reminder folks that today is the final day to enter into the 2011 Clio Awards. Will we see a reappearance of Best in Show star John Michael Higgins at the ceremony this year? Well, we’re thinking not, but this year’s awards has another interesting list of jury chairs including RGA SVP/ECD Richard Ting manning Interactive, Goodby ECD Erik Vervroegen on Print/OOH/Innovative/Direct Mail and one Faris Yakob running the Content & Contact/Integrated Campaign jury.

Judging by how much love you all showed Yakob a few months back, we can only imagine how good you feel about the CLIOs appointment. On their Facebook page, the folks behind the show posted a link to a video featuring a different presentation from the KBS+P chief innovation officer. Enjoy.