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W+K Opens Up ‘Garage’ with ‘Unleashed’ John C. Jay Set to Lead

Wieden + Kennedy creative lead John C. Jay, who has been with the Portland-based agency for two decades and currently serves as global ECD/partner, has been appointed as lead for a new unit dubbed W+K Garage, which we’ve been told “will serve as a multidisciplinary creative agency for the connected age, focused on the concepting, creating and investing in innovative experiences, content and technology.”

Agency namesake/co-founder Dan Wieden says this in a statement: “When a man has a vision it is best to help him realize it. This is John Jay unleashed. W+K Garage is for clients who seek a more personal, one on one relationship with one of the industries most celebrated creative minds. John’s connections are deep and worldwide. As is his ability to scour the globe and pull together the perfect team for the challenge at hand. I have never seen the man more energized.”

The “energized” senior creative joined W+K in 1993, subsequently working on accounts including Nike, Microsoft and Coca-Cola while also helping launch the agency’s Tokyo office nearly 15 years ago. We’ve been told by the W+K camp that the “Garage” offices will be based in Portland but there is also salon space in NYC. In addition, we’re getting word that there will be new hires and discussions are underway with potential clients, though the agency has yet to confirm a roster at this point in time.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Manhattan-based indie agency Gardner Nelson + Partners hired creative duo Jeremy Chin (CW) and Marcio Kelmanson (AD), aka “Jeremarcio” (get it?).

-twofifteenmccann introduces us to a life-changing hypnotist in a new Nescafe Mexico ad (above).

-W+K’s John C. Jay and director Joe Pytka are speaking at the ADC Gallery tonight. link

-Actor/director Eric Stoltz signed with Los Angeles prodco Department of the 4th Dimension for TV spot and branded content work.

-VFX/digital studio MPC hired Justin Lane as managing director of its NYC office. link

-Car and Driver‘s internal design team developed a new, HTML5-optimized site for the trade. link

-SF copywriter/mashup enthusiast Gino Click and his art directing partner Sam Bruehl pay a quick tribute to the late, great Heavy D (above). link

-Consumerist wants to spoil Best Buy’s Super Bowl advertising surprise yet again. link

-As expected, first-day sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are being called the “largest in history.” link

 

 

 

ADC Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Class

The Art Directors Club inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame, which already counts the likes of Andy Warhol, Leo Burnett, Jay Chiat, Walt Disney and Milton Glaser.

The 2011 HOF class includes W+K partner/ECD John C. Jay (pictured), who took his talents from Bloomingdale’s to Portland back in 1993 and subsequently helped establish the agency’s offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi. Other inductees include Joe Pytka, director of over 5,000 commercials who recently helmed what were essentially reboots of his old spots including one for PepsiMax and another for McDonald’s. The final two in the ADC 2011 HOF class are art director/designer Ruth Ansel and painter/illustrator/SVA chairman Marshall Arisman.

ADC board members and associates including AKQA’s Rei Inamoto and Taxi chairman Paul Lavoie selected the Hall of Famers, who will be inducted at a black-tie benefit gala in NYC on Nov. 10.