For those of you who’ve never wandered around TBWA\Chiat\Day LA’s admittedly nifty, dog-friendly office space and needed some musical accompaniment to help you explore, here’s a quick snapshot. Of course, Lee Clow and Rob Schwartz make an appearance in this clip that tries to show us how Chiat LA’s culture inspires its creativity. So, is this a recruitment video or what?
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As we noted back in April, eight-year GSD&M vet Luke Sullivan, who last held the title of GCD at the Austin agency, is moving on to chair the ad department of Savannah College of Art & Design. So, what better way to send the man off than some video roasts from his former colleagues and industry peers including Lee Clow, Mike Hughes, Jamie Barrett and Roy Spence. There’s actually a Whipple Roast site set up, (in honor of and in reference to Sullivan’s Hey Whipple blog, of course) where you can view the clips and submit your own video or text to tell the man how much he sucks. Sounds like our comment thread everyday.
We’re not sure why this was released or what purpose it serves, but apparently this 13-second clip has something to do with that mysterious Cornelius Trunchpole character. Apparently, the premise behind this brief vid, which looks as staged as a Broadway musical, is that an intern “caught” TBWA boss Lee Clow “going berserk.” Er, not quite, oh valiant unpaid staffer. With a boom mic hanging above, Clow’s harangue feels, I dunno, less than authentic. Now, let ‘s see how long it takes before this clip is pulled.
We’ve seen a variety of ad agency charity for the victims of the Japan disaster, including a t-shirt Lee Clow sports while hanging out with dogs (hope you know someone at TBWA to get that). And, while the charitable programs have taken all sorts of creative turns, we have yet to see a simple, direct way to donate.
“Creatives Unite for Japan” is a simple concept the combines the Art Directors Club and One Club with AKQA and is, as they put it, “NOT A CALL FOR ENTRIES. Instead, it’s simply a place to donate through PayPal that funds the Ashinaga Foundation, an organization that aids orphaned children who have lost their parents due to hardship, economic or natural disasters. As AKQA CCO and ADC board member Rei Inamoto says, “Right now, Japan does not need ideas that win gold, silver or bronze Cubes or Pencils, they need our support. We urge fellow creatives around the world to unite in rebuilding Japan.” Hard to argue with that logic, isn’t it? Donate here.
Lee Clow and the gang at TBWA have gotten involved with raising money for Japan by launching their own effort called “Give a Shit, Get a T-Shirt.” While Grey chose the auction route and BBH decided to sweat it out in order to help the disaster-hit nation, the TBWA camp is offering a T-shirt featuring artwork by LA-based graphic designer/visual artist Geoff McFetridge in exchange for a $20 donation.
Our favorite agency ever, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, announced that it’s promoted staffers including Jennifer Nottoli to global account director on Energizer, Karin Schaer to executive director of marketing and business development and Mike Litwin to group account director on Pepsi.
On the creative front, the Lee Clow-led operation brought on Tito Melega (right) as creative director on Nissan. Melega, who bills himself as “Award-winning Integrated Art Director / Creative Director Available for select projects, both agency and client-direct” on his LinkedIn, served as an AD at shops including Ogilvy and JWT New York and was a creative director at BBDO for a few years. Additionally, he’s the organizer and curator of TEDxHollywood and is the founder of autism recovery-focused organization, Hopetism. Melega, who Chiat LA’s CCO Rob Schwartz calls “a true Media Artist” in a statement, will work on Nissan in North and Latin America as well as Canada.
As for the people that were promoted, Nottoli and Schaer have both worked their way up the TBWA\Chiat\Day LA ranks for 14 years while Litwin joined the agency in 2004 after stints at JWT and the now-defunct Fallon New York.
We continue our industry op-ed contributions with this piece from Drew Miller, director of client development at Sound Lounge and RadioFace. The soapbox is yours, Drew.
A few years ago, in a fit of mild insomnia, I was blankly gazing at Jay Leno interviewing Drew Barrymore on the Tonight Show. Seemingly out of left field, Leno stated “I heard a rumor that you love grill cheese sandwiches.” Barrymore took the cue and announced, “Oh, not just any grill cheese, Jay. It has to be KRAFT grilled cheese!” At first this only served to zone me out even more, but around the third mention of KRAFT SINGLES by Barrymore, I got the message. She was a shill. Affronted with such an obvious sell out, I click off the TV.
I remember being offended by such a blatant plant. Those of us in advertising tend to believe ourselves impervious to such obvious sells, and this was Itchy hitting Scratcthy over the head with a Kraft anvil. But as I made my way to the kitchen to make a grilled cheese, I could not help but appreciate the idea.
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