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Thursday Odds and Ends

-Are the agencies themselves to blame for the “job-hopping epidemic?” link

-Conversation founder and The Pitch alum Frank O’Brien has a few words of advice for this season’s crop on the AMC show. link

-Seems like someone in L.A. (maybe not Kobe, but who knows) really wants Dwight Howard to stay with the Lakers according to these outdoors billboards in the city (one above). link

-George Zimmer fires back at his old company, Men’s Wearhouse. link

-Don’t worry, Canada, Kickstarter will be ready for you this summer. link

-Raleigh, NC-based agency Howard Merrell & Partners was named AOR for agricultural biotech company, BioResource International.

-U.K. agency Space has created a promotional microsite for Lufthansa. link

-WPP/GroupM audience-buying unit Xaxis has promoted Paul Dolan to the newly created position of SVP/global business development.

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Life After ‘The Pitch’: A Convo (Barely) with Conversation’s Founder

Well, this was somewhat interesting. If we can go all the way back to a few weeks ago, our scribe  Bob Marshall, in one of his weekly, epic The Pitch recaps, recapped the battle between NYC-based shop Conversation and Charlotte, NC-based BooneOakley for PopChips. Well, let’s fast-forward to recent times and tell you that we were pitched the opportunity to see what happened after the fact with this one particular episode.

According to the folks at Conversation, “the ‘Year of Pop’ website actually happened , and while we aren’t pursuing “The Greatest Viral Video Ever” we are still integrating user content in our campaign for [PopChips].” Great, but while we expecting something more matter of fact via a little Q+A on what’s happening from said episode’s star and Conversation founder Frank O’Brien, what we got was this:

So, how has life changed for Conversation after The Pitch?

It’s been nuts. We’ve had to increase our security detail because of all the screaming fans outside our office every day. Now we know how John, Paul, George and Ringo felt (only it’s been even crazier than that). David’s working on a new t-shirt line and Alex has been gone for a while since being out on tour with DJ Pauly D. We’re trying to fit time in for President Obama, as well. We didn’t even know he was a fan of the show (Biden too), but he has been BEGGING to stop by. Maybe we’ll squeeze him in sometime this fall.

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Here Are the Convo Changes You’ve Been Waiting For

Sorry to keep you waiting for so long, folks, but here’s the official news regarding New York-based independent agency Conversation, which we mentioned last week was undergoing a bit of an executive shift in order to emphasize strategy and process. The big news from Convo is that managing director Myles Kellam, who has been with the agency for two-and-a-half years, is being promoted to chief strategy officer. Kellam (left), who has held account/client services posts at the likes of Atmosphere, Deutsch and imc2 during his career, will be replaced by Mimi Lin, who was previously Conversation’s director of business operations.

Regarding the idea behind the moves at Conversation, which has recently picked up business from J&J among others, founder Frank O’Brien says, “Clients want an agency that is strategically sound, but nimble in their execution.” O’Brien, as we mentioned, is still on board as founder, though Conversation’s CEO chair is now open. Any takers?

Conversation is Undergoing a Transformation

Sources familiar with the matter tell us that New York-based independent agency Conversation, which dubs itself “the [new traditional] agency,” is in the process of restructuring its executive team in order to put more emphasis on strategy and ensuring a “systematic completion of projects.” From what we’ve been told, among other things, there will be an executive team member solely dedicated to running the agency’s strategic offering, so there’s the emphasis part. Whether this means there will be departures and new hires should be determined within the next day or so. The structural shift won’t affect the status of Conversation founder Frank O’Brien, who will remain on board and be involved from “a high-level standpoint.”

Conversation, if you don’t know, has done emerging media and non-traditional work for the likes of Unilever, Svedka, Pollo Tropical and L’Oreal. And yes, there’s the strategy part as well. We should hear more on this by tomorrow.