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Havas Taps Former College Football Stars for DISH Network

Havas Worldwide Chicago tapped former college football stars Matt Leinart, Heath Shuler and Brian Bosworth in their latest spot for DISH Network, promoting the DISH Anywhere app.

Also featuring the kangaroo mascots that just refuse to go away, the spot finds the three athletes deciding to head back to college after misunderstanding a conversation about watching live college football anywhere with DISH’s app. This is about as painful as the rest of DISH’s recent advertising, with the involvement of Leinart, Shuler and Bosworth the only thing really differentiating it. Hardcore college football fans might get a kick out of seeing the trio, but for the rest of us this is just another annoying DISH ad. Credits after the jump. Read more

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Havas Cuts in NY

Details are scant at this point, but we’ve been told by sources familiar with that Havas Worldwide, which has just appointed Propane alum Laura Maness as its U.S. chief growth officer and reported revenue growth, has cut approximately two percent of its staff across departments in its New York office. The “realignment” phrase comes into play and we’re getting approximate numbers ranging from 10-15. Our sources say that there are approximately 500 staffers in the NY office, which works with clients including GSK, Merck and IBM.

On another note, we’ve been told that New York-based Rob Pihl, ACD/copywriter at Havas, has left and started his own Basquiat-inspired brewery. Check out the contents here.

Thursday Morning Stir

-Here are your 2013 North American Effie winners (pdf) link

-Welcome to the world of new NYC-based agency, Pixel. link

-We’ve been told Sharon Stone is one of those behind a campaign for World Down Syndrome Day created by Saatchi Italy (above). link

-Two months after calling it quits from her gig from SF/Brooklyn-based digital shop, Propane Studio, Laura Maness has landed a gig as U.S. chief growth officer at Havas.

-Will Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer be revealing her company’s strategy soon? link

-Mickey D’s adds the chicken McWrap to its permanent new menu. link

Propane CEO, SVP/Biz Dev Call it Quits

It appears that the new year has heralded quite the leadership blow-up at San Francisco/Brooklyn-based digital agency Propane Studio. Sources familiar with the matter confirm that CEO Steven Brisson, who had been with the shop for nearly two years, and SVP, business development Laura Maness, who joined Propane from Draftfcb SF barely nine months ago, are among the C-suite folks who have tuned in their resignation as of late.¬† From what we’re hearing on the Spy line, those who’ve left were at odds with some of the Propane partners’ recent decisions as well as the future direction of the agency.

Prior to taking on the CEO gig at Propane, Brisson, who also works in commercial/editorial photography, spent some time as ECD at Acquity Group and served as president/CCO at Black Dog Interactive. Maness, meanwhile, spent over two years as director of biz dev at Draftfcb SF and worked in the same department at Wunderman during her career.

Propane, which works with clients including Intel, Hitachi, Kaiser Permanente and Sega, has yet to officially comment on the matter.

DFCB SF’s Director of Biz Dev Moves On

After spending two-plus years as VP, director of business development for Draftfcb’s San Francisco office, Laura Maness is heading to another Bay Area operation, namely Propane Studio to serve as SVP, director of biz dev. Billed as a “full-service digital advertising agency,” Propane has worked with the likes of Intel, CNN, Audi and Pandora according to its work list. Prior to DFCB, Maness spent nearly two years on the biz dev side at Wunderman.

According to tipsters, she left Draftfcb SF last week and will be leading strategic growth for Propane effective immediately. Guess this confirms it.