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Posts Tagged ‘Jim Marcus’

Jim Marcus Out at DDB

We’ve received word from those in the know that Jim Marcus, who last served as “SVP/director of communication “innovation” at the Chicago branch of the Omnicom-owned agency, has been axed. Marcus, who also moonlighted as a “high-powered sex toy” professor and a member of one of my fave industrial bands back in the day, led creative–mostly on the digital front–for clients such as McDonald’s.

To address another issue regarding DDB, we’ve been told by sources familiar with the matter that Die Warzau alum Marcus was one of a handful of Chicago office layoffs. While tipsters allege that there were more than 30 cuts, we hear otherwise, with sources saying it did affect five staffers.

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Friday Odds and Ends


-Today is the AICP/Next Awards deadline, people. link

-Doritos goes baroque. link

-WPP: Cautious firms love ad spending. link

-Disney divvies its $1 billion media account between Carat, Publicis Groupe. link

-Elite SEM was named digital marketing AOR for Milly by Michele Smith. link

-Here’s some free advice for Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, who’s launching an investigation into Tribal Chicago GCD Jim Marcus‘s actions at an after-class lecture. link

-Take a wild guess at who tops the list of the 10 most admired companies in the world. link

-Playboy goes private. link

Tribal DDB GCD’s Side Project: Live Sex Demos

When tipsters first sent us the story of Jim Marcus and his girlfriend’s, um, “lecture” at Northwestern University, our initial instinct was to check LinkedIn, and boy were we gobsmacked to learn that this was the same Jim Marcus who’s not only a group creative director at Tribal Chicago, but the lead singer of one Die Warzau, a personal favorite band during the 90′s (check out Engine if you’re into synth-pop/industrial).

Fanboy bias aside, Marcus, who we’ve been told works on the McDonald’s account, did cause a bit of a stir at Northwestern this week after he used a “high-powered sex toy” on his naked fiancee during an after-class lecture on Feb. 21. Well, the class was Human Sexuality, but nonetheless, Marcus and gal pal’s actions forced NW president Morton Schapiro to launch an investigation today. Ken Melvoin-Berg, who teaches “Networking for Kinky People” and was being paid for the after-class event, tried to defend what happened to the Chicago Sun-Times, saying,  “Tt’s a BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) toy but it’s not like a pain thing. It’s more like a woman can get off in under three minutes.”

Spies wonder if Marcus having the article proudly displayed on his Facebook page could be detrimental to his day job. Venue choice aside (should’ve just saved it for a fetish club), we say hey, it was out of office and to each their own, plus how many creatives does Tribal Chicago have left anyways these days?