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Staffing Changes at Y&R, Hawthorne Direct, And More

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Ronny Northrop is now ECD at Y&R California. Northrop, who will report to CCO Mimi Cook in the agency’s San Francisco office, previously spent extended stints as a copywriter at CP+B and creative director at GS&P. Before joining Y&R, he spent time freelancing for 72andSunny, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and others. While Northrop’s resume indicates that he joined Y&R in February, AdAge mentioned the change for the first time today.

Hawthorne Direct promoted John Pucci to the position of Chief Marketing & Creative Officer. Pucci, who joined the agency in 2011, has served as SVP/CCO since 2013; in his new role he will oversee all “marketing, publicity and promotional activities.” Prior to joining Hawthorne, Pucci served as ECD at Havas Edge in Hollywood, and his recent agency history includes SVP/ECD stints at Publicis and RAPP. Earlier in his career, he worked as art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, held the GCD position at DDB LA, and served as a partner at TracyLocke.

He has also worked in-house for organizations as varied as Walt Disney World, E! Networks and Mattel.

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Apple Adds Two New Verses

Apple has added two new spots to its ongoing “Your Verse” campaign: “Jason’s Verse” and “Yaoband’s Verse.”

The “Your Verse” campaign, as you might remember, debuted in January with an anthem ad featuring the sadly recently deceased Robin Williams‘ recitation of Walt Whitman‘s “O Me! O Life!” (from which the campaign gets its title) from the film Dead Poets Society. It was also notable for being produced in-house, without the aid of Apple’s agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab, as were the follow-up verses.

Apple’s latest additions to the campaign aim to continue the inspirational tone with two new stories. “Jason’s Verse” follows Detroit resident Jason Hall as he attempts to revitalize the Detroit community through his Slow Roll. What begins as a solitary bike ride turns into a weekly event drawing thousands, with Jason’s iPad Air helping him get word out to the community and build Slow Roll into a sort of institution.

“Yaoband’s Verse,” meanwhile, sees a Beijing electro-pop group’s using their iPad Air for everything from sound-sampling to communicating with fans. Both “Your Verse” stories can be examined in more depth at Apple’s site, where visitors can also access an exclusive concert from Yaoband. Stick around for “Yaoband’s Verse” after the jump. Read more

Family, Friends, Elements Won’t Stop Nike’s Running Girl

It took the joint efforts of W+K’s Portland HQ and Sao Paulo branch to come up with this new sport for Nike, which arrives just a week after AKQA launched its own running-themed piece for Nike+. Maybe it’s that time of year to motivate people to get off their asses and get in shape (but wait, isn’t it almost winter?). Whatever the case, W+K’s latest Nike work features an athletic, extremely focused gal who is undeterred by whatever life throws at her and can give Forrest Gump a run for his money (Rocky doesn’t stand a chance, but we’re somewhat reminded of his classic jog through Philly here). The spot, dubbed “Some Time Together,” promotes Nike’s Lunarglide + 3Shield line and will be complemented by weekly “Never Stop Running” challenges on Facebook and other social media channels. Credits after the jump.

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