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ECD Christian Haas is Leaving Goodby

0ee5644Executive creative director Christian Haas has announced that he is leaving Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, AdAge reports. Haas does not have plans for his next full-time gig following his departure, although he is “advising a few startup clients and planning to freelance,” while the agency currently “is in discussions about the best leadership scenario for N.Y. going forward.” Comcast/Xfinity, which had been handled by both the agency’s New York and San Francisco offices, will will be run by San Francisco-based executive creative directors Adam Reeves and Nick Klinkert.

“I want to go somewhere I feel both excited and terrified — the feelings I had when I first joined Goodby,” Haas said. “I’m not leaving to go somewhere. I want to try something new and I want to take my time to find it.”

Haas arrived at Goody, Silverstein & Partners back in 2006, following over seven years at Organic. He was named a founding partner of the agency’s New York office in January, 2013, where he launched campaigns for the likes of YouTube, Google, Comcast and PledgeMusic. During his time with the agency, Haas was instrumental in making the Omnicom-owned shop a digital powerhouse while leading work for brands such as Sprint, HP, EBay, GE, and Got Milk. In 2010, Creativity named Haas one of its Creativity 50. Read on for Rich Silverstein and Jeff Goodby‘s memo to agency staff following the break. Read more

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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.

Monday Morning Stir

-Jeff Goodby and Cindy Gallop are among the notable names sharing their thoughts on 2013′s best and worst ads with The Wall Street Journal. link

-Well, it’s still holiday season after all so why are 2,000 Santas running through the streets of Belgrade? Well, not just to celebrate the upcoming Serbian Christmas on Jan. 7, but to raise money for children who suffer from a rare skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa (above). link; link

-What will it take for content-focused agencies to dominate their traditional peers? link

-Apple CEO Tim Cook reduced 10 percent of his own pay due to Apple’s underperforming stock price. link

-According to eMarketer, total U.S. media ad spent will reach $171.33 billion by year’s end, up $6 billion from 2012. link

Goodby Silverstein & Partners Ring in Holiday Season with ‘Jingle Hoops’ for NBA

Last year, Goodby Silverstein & Partners celebrated the holidays with their “BIG: Color” spot for the NBA, which they sometimes refer to as “Carol of the Balls” (sounds a bit gross to me.) Following on the success of that spot, the agency has put together another NBA Christmas carol for hoops fans, this time taking on the ubiquitous Christmas song known variously as “Jingle Bells” and “One-Horse Open Sleigh.”

The spot, “Jingle Hoops,” (the folks over at Goodby are undoubtedly referring to it as “Jingle Balls”) features five of today’s biggest NBA stars – Derrick RoseKevin DurantStephen CurryJames HardenSteve Nash and LeBron James – wearing Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms and shooting hoops rigged with jingle bells, to a certain famous Christmas tune. Since the song normally ends with a shout of “Hey,” they had LeBron finish things out with an enthusiastic dunk. It’s a simple idea, well executed (personally I think they did a better job than with “Carol of the Bells” last year), that I imagine most NBA fans can appreciate.

Personally, I think it’s a bit early for Christmas/holiday stuff (Can we please wait until Thanksgiving?), but that’s a losing argument since the entire world has decided that November 1st (and sometimes earlier) is the proper time to start the winter holiday onslaught. Given that, the song choice is kind of appropriate, since “One-Horse Open Sleigh” was originally composed for Thanksgiving.

The Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms are part of the Adidas Winter Court collection and will be worn by NBA players exclusively during Christmas Day games. Interested parties can purchase the uniforms online at the NBA store. Credits after the jump. Read more

Here’s Jeff Goodby’s Note to Staff Regarding ‘Changes’ at GS&P

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We’ve been hearing about it all afternoon on the Spy line, and though it took a while, we’ve finally received the memo that Jeff Goodby sent to staff about an hour ago regarding a shakeup at San Francisco-based Goodby Silverstein & Partners this week. This is the second notable round of cuts to hit Goodby this year following one mainly due to “financial reasons” back in May. No numbers have been disclosed in terms of staff affected, by the “restructuring,” but anyhow, read on….

 

“We spoke about this at our agency meeting today, but for those of you who were unable to attend, here’s what we shared.

As many of you know, the nature of our business is changing quickly. Client relationships are splintering from large accounts into many smaller ones. Functions that were not only appropriate but also crucial a few years ago are now shrinking and even disappearing.

To that end, we are making some changes in our agency this week.

The changes are motivated by shifts in our financial position, sure. But they are also the result of a careful study of how our time is spent and what part of that time our clients most value.

In some ways, this is a course correction so that we all hew more closely to our mission: making stuff people care about. Our goal is to have everyone touching great work, facilitating great work and selling great work.

What parts of the company will change as a result of this?

First, we are simplifying our structure at all levels. A simple structure leads to better work and happier people.

We’re folding project management back into account management. And we’re scaling back the size of in-house production on eLevel.

That will mean going outside for some of the things that we have gotten used to doing internally. Outside eyes for film, digital design, editing, music and production will help keep our work fresh.

That doesn’t mean we won’t still make things like Christmas videos, the AV Club, meeting films and other unexpected things. We will not change things that are dear to  the unique and stupid culture of this place.

The result of all of this will be departments that are smaller and more nimble, with everyone working in more tightly knit teams on client-facing projects. Some people are leaving; some departments will change significantly. It is something that will take patience from all of us. But it will put people closer to the work, and we think that is something that should make everyone feel more fulfilled in the end.

None of this makes it any easier to part ways with staff members. The people here are the core and centerpiece of this company. We will do everything we can to find them a next chapter, in which they can have the remarkable impact they’ve had here.

There is nothing like this place, and never will be. We want to continue stoking the things that make us unique.

Jeff”

Here’s Jeff Goodby’s Memo Regarding Today’s Cuts

Numbers have not been revealed but all day, we’ve been hearing from multiple tipsters that anywhere from 50-100 staffers have been affected by reductions today at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. But from what those familiar with the matter tell us, the numbers skew to the lower side and are not in the realm of the Sprint cuts. Anyways, read the San Francisco agency’s co-founder Jeff Goodby‘s note that was just sent to staff verbatim:

“You’ve heard the financial reasons for reducing our staff.  I just want to talk a bit about the human side of it all.

Please be assured: No one takes this process lightly.

As we often say, advertising is all about people and accounts.  David Ogilvy wrote, ‘The assets go up and down in our elevator every day.’  It is so true.  We value our people, and our humanistic environment, more than anything.

Strangely, that’s why, when we lose business or have cuts in fee, it is important to react thoughtfully, but expeditiously.  Companies that don’t are not prepared for the future, and they don’t serve the people who are still on staff.  They endanger present and future jobs.

We are optimistic about our plan to move forward, in terms of serving present accounts and getting new ones, and will share details next week. But we are also thankful for and deeply appreciative of the contributions of people who are leaving.

We will do everything to find them new situations.  And if history is any indication, we will find ourselves welcoming some of them back in the future.

Thanks for your patience about all this.

JG”

Perhaps JD Beebe can create a follow-up to this?

Monday Odds and Ends

-After spending the last four years as an executive producer at Ridley Scott‘s production company, RSA, where he worked on several projects for the likes of Bud, AT&T and Hyundai, Tom Dunlap has now joined up with 72andSunny as its first-ever chief production officer. Prior to RSA, Dunlap worked on the agency side in senior production roles at Deutsch L.A. and W+K Amsterdam among other agencies.

-Former Ogilvy senior partner/group creative director Jason Marks has joined Project: Worldwide division Partners + Napier as ECD.

-We tried to get out, but GS&P pulled us back in thanks to its anti-”Harlem Shake” of sorts (above). We snickered. For a real-deal Holyfield, non-agency version meanwhile, try this one out.

-Speaking of, Jeff Goodby was appointed to the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. After all, the GS&P co-namesake did win a Clio last year for his “Birding the Net” effort.

-WPP-owned strategy/design consultancy The Brand Union promoted ECD Wally Krantz to worldwide creative director, corporate branding.

-If you’re dying to know exactly what your mobile personality is, McCann is here with its online “Personality Profiler” tool. link

-Big Spaceship has teamed up with Chobani and Boathouse to launch the digital component of the “Go Real Chobani” campaign with #tastereal. link

-MediaVest has appointed Todd Myers to the post of SVP of human experience strategy. Myers will be based in the agency’s New York office.

-Stardust alum Paul Abatemarco, who most recently headed up MPC’s U.S. division, has joined Foundation Content as executive producer, effective immediately.

-The IAB has added a dozen new industry folks to its Agency Advisory Board including Victors & Spoils CEO John Winsor and Leo Burnett CCO, Susan Credle. link

Commonwealth Drives Out New Chevy Campaign During Grammys

John Cusack wants to know: “Why just go from A to B when imagination can take you everywhere?” It’s a valid question, especially coming from the guy who played Lloyd Dobler. Would  the boombox move from Say Anything exist with conventional thinking?

The tagline is the adspeak centerpiece of Commonwealth’s new Chevrolet campaign titled “Find New Roads.” The 90-second spot premiered last night alongside irresponsible tweets about Katy Perry‘s cleavage and Justin Timberlake‘s bad haircut. Chevy’s ad acts as a trailer for what’s to come, showing off the Volt, Spark, Sonic, Impala, and Stingray. There’s also a robotic pet dog and a doe interacting, which may be awkward symbolism for combining technology and nature, but we can just pretend that part doesn’t exist. The response thus far has been positive, and the ad already racked up a six-figure view count on Youtube.

It makes sense for Commonwealth to jump outside the box. The agency, which unites folks from Goodby and McCann, was born thanks to unconventional thinking from ex-GM CMO Joel Ewanick, who didn’t want to waste money on Super Bowl ad space. One could easily see “Find New Roads” debuting during last week’s game, but it didn’t have to compete with farmers and sloppy kissing noises. GM fired Ewanick last summer, but his auto agency and some of his ideas are still in play, apparently.

I guess he didn’t try the boombox move with GM’s senior leadership. Credits after the jump.

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We Hear: Goodby Creative/Strategy Leads Split to Form Own Shop?

So, when we reached out to Jeff Goodby himself, we were greeted with the succinct answer of “call them and ask.” So we did, and in lieu of actual human feedback, we were fed with the monotonous outgoing messages. Anyhow, multiple sources have been telling us over the past 24 hours that executive creative directors Hunter Hindman and Rick Condos are leaving to form their own shop.

The pair, who were elevated from creative directors to ECDs nearly three years ago, have worked on several notable efforts for GS&P, most recently the “Tomorrow Starts Here” campaign for Cisco as well as fair amount of work for Chevy and Cheetos. From what spies are telling us, Condos and Hindman (pictured) have also lured Goodby group strategy director Max Heilbron to their new venture. We’ll check in the with any or all of the trio and see what’s doing. Stay tuned.

What Happens When Some of the NBA’s Best Celebrate the Holidays?

As part of Goodby Silverstein & Partners’ ongoing “BIG” work for the NBA, we leave your this Turkey Day with this double-dribble-galore tune brought to you by Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook among others to herald the Association’s Christmas uniforms. We need not explain more, but we with you a Happy Thanksgiving in the process. Let’s just hope there are no David Stern fines to be levied. You, like us, are hopefully looking forward to the NBA Finals matchup between the Heat and Thunder come Xmas. Credits after the jump.

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