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Momentum Shift Occurs in Production

Three months after learning that Momentum had parted ways with SVP/ECD Josh Tavlin, we’ve received confirmation from the agency that its New York HQ is losing another exec in Madison Wharton (pictured). The latter staffer, who is also based in NYC, has spent the last two-plus years as EP of integrated production for the IPG-owned network’s North American ops. No word on where she’s headed next, but sources add that Wharton’s last day at Momentum is August 30.

In addition to the EP’s departure, Momentum is also parting ways with New York-based senior integrated producer Amanda Schultz, who has also spent two years at the agency. Both Wharton and Schultz have spent time on the production side at CP+B prior to joining Momentum. A spokesperson for the latter agency tells us, “we…extend to them our sincerest gratitude for their contributions,” though they wouldn’t disclose any other details. But, the agency did inform us that the New York office has promoted senior integrated producer Amelia Sutton to executive integrated producer. The Momentum camp adds, “Her track record of excellence – including incredible work on American Express Unstaged – has made her a real leadership asset to this office and a perfect fit for this new role.”

 

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Chamberlain Steps Up as Momentum NY SVP/ECD

Six weeks after parting ways with its New York SVP/ECD Josh Tavlin (who appears to be freelancing at the moment), Momentum has now promoted David Chamberlain to the role. Chamberlain has been with the IPG agency for two-and-a-half  years, initially joining as GCD across all of Momentum’s American Express activations including the TriBeCa Film Festival and U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Prior to Momentum, Chamberlain (pictured) spent five years at global agency Gyro, where he last served as ECD and led work on accounts including Virgin Atlantic, GE and Hess. In addition to the Chamberlain promotion, Momentum hired Rick Arnstein in the newly created position of SVP, business development for its New York operations.

 

We Hear: Momentum Parts Ways with ECD? (Updated: Yes)

Word on the street from multiple sources is that Josh Tavlin, who has spent just over a year as SVP/ECD at Momentum’s NY headquarters, is no longer with the agency. Tavlin, who also serves as an adjunct professor at Pratt, dubbed his alleged ex-employer one of “planet earth’s most eclectic experiential agencies.” Anyhow, you might remember Tavlin as a former SVP/group creative director at Ogilvy, where he spent nearly two decades but departed said agency along with fellow creatives Chris Mitton and Bruce Henderson at the beginning of last year. When reached for comment, we were transferred to Tavlin’s assistant at Momentum though direct contact was futile. We’ll keep you posted on the goings on once we get the official word, but we’re hearing that Tavlin was let go by Momentum yesterday.

Update: Momentum confirms that it has parted ways with Tavlin, and while not getting into specifics, the agency says, “We truly wish Josh the best in his next chapter.”

Senior CDs Leaving Ogilvy

There’s a little creative director shakeup happening at O&M this week as sources familiar with the matter confirm to us that Chris Mitton, Bruce Henderson and Josh Tavlin are all leaving the agency. Before you start blaming anyone specific or crying mutiny, our sources tell us that the departures are all unrelated. Tavlin (pictured), who’s been with Ogilvy for nearly two decades and currently holds the title of SVP/GCD in New York, is joining Momentum as ECD effective Feb. 1.

Mitton’s departure is a little murkier as sources say that his leaving has nothing to do with the agency, but is due to “personal reasons” and he’s getting out of New York to take a job elsewhere. The ECD was recently paired up with David Carson, who joined Ogilvy a month ago, to work on American Express and IKEA among other accounts. As for Henderson, who’s currently a top creative at OgilvyOne, we’ve been told that he’s leaving to take an ECD post at a “top direct marketing agency.”

This latest round of exits follows those of Tom Godici and Greg Ketchum, who worked on the IBM account but left in October of last year for BBDO after Steve Simpson took over at Ogilvy. We think the words “feeling redundant” could apply in this case.