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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-WPP-owned digital network Possible has promoted Lucas Peon to chief creative officer of the Cincinnati office. Peon replaces Hank McLendon.

-Big Spaceship has promoted Ranae Heuer, who has spent the last four years leading the Brooklyn digital shop’s client service and production teams, to the new role of managing director.

-Veteran Chicago media/marketing columnist Lewis Lazare is bidding farewell to Reel to focus on reporting full-time for the Chicago Business Journal. link

-RAPP has promoted Zihla Salinas, SVP of strategy and relations, to chief marketing officer, US.

-L.A.-based indie agency/production house mOcean has appointed Robert “Bobby” Gumm as its first VP of music.

-The “un-conference” that is Planning-ness has announced its first annual call for entries for its research/print grant program. link

-WPP/Grey Group Hispanic ad agency Wing is promoting AIDS/STD awareness for non-profit Red Hot Organization via a New York-based hidden camera stunt (above).

-Jeff Collins, who previously worked at SapientNitro London as creative director, UX, has rejoined the agency’s New York office as creative director, experience design, effective immediately.

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Colasanti Out at VSA

If you don’t remember the name John Colasanti, here’s your refresher: Two years back, the former CEO/managing partner at Carmichael Lynch, where he spent 15 years, joined up with VSA Partners, which former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lewis Lazare said, “…Famously designed the exquisite torch logo that was for a brief while the symbol for Chicago’s failed Olympic bid.”

We contacted VSA’s corporate HQ and were told that Colasanti, who served as COO/managing partner, was no longer at the company. So, there you go.

Lewis Lazare is Back with New Column, Same Bowtie

Everyone’s favorite Chicago advertising reporter, Lewis Lazare, is back in the mix after being cut from the Sun-Times back in March. My, how we’ve missed this guy.

Lazare’s new column will appear in The Reel Chicago, a technology website that’s been operating since 2002 and boasts a readership of 35,000 globally (a number we predict will go up with the addition of Lazare). Back on the media horse, Lazare concisely sums up the ad scene in Chicago since he’s been away by saying, “For the past couple of months, while we were taking a breather, Chicago’s ad industry has chugged along.  Maybe not robustly so, but at least it’s kept on chugging.”

Lazare’s first column for The Reel Chicago will appear on Thursday.

Cricket Leaves Element 79, Goes to TPN

We just got official word that mobile service provider Cricket Communications has appointed Dallas-based agency TPN as the company’s new AOR, bringing to an end the company’s over six-year relationship with Chicago-based Element 79. Six months ago, now ex-Sun-Times media/marketing columnist Lewis Lazare reported that Cricket launched an agency review, adding that the brand was a big part of E79′s business in recent years.

If you’re from Chicago, you know Cricket for its super-cheap cell phone plans that do not require a credit check or a long-term contract and ads that cover the interiors of CTA trains and buses all over the city. As of yet, we haven’t gotten an official statement from Cricket regarding the agency move. Watch Element 79 spots for Cricket called “City Orchestra” here and here.

‘Sun-Times’ Cuts Lewis Lazare

And so it has come to pass. Yes folks, our old pal Lewis Lazare, he of the marketing/media reporting ilk at the Chicago Sun-Times, has been let go by the paper. And no, there was no party at DDB Chicago celebrating Lazare’s departure, but our sources say that maybe someone was upset at the agency’s office, while others might have raised a toast. You can check out our interview with Lazare from a year ago here.

SC Johnson Review: Down to Five(?)

Though it already rained on Draftfcb Chicago’s parade (ok, maybe there wasn’t one), SC Johnson seems to be finally getting down to brass tacks. According to Lewis Lazare at the Chicago Sun-Times, the $1 billion account has been whittled down to incumbent Draft, McGarryBowen, Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA\Chiat\Day, and Y&R. Lazare is betting on McGarryBowen.

S.C. Johnson Drops Big Lump of Coal in Draftfcb’s Stocking

So much for holiday spirit. Lewis Lazare over at the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Wisconsin-based home care products giant S.C. Johnson decided earlier week to basically put every ad account from its global portfolio of brands into review, which could be disastrous for Draftfcb Chicago. The agency just experienced layoffs in April, though at the time, a source familiar with the matter told us that it’s the “largest and most successful” agency in the Draft global network.

Lazare says that Draftfcb’s “realignment” in August, which resulted in the elimination of Mark Modesto, could be somewhat  to blame for S.C. Johnson’s latest move as Modesto was in charge of said company’s North American business. The eventual completion of the review, which S.C. Johnson has no set timetable for, could spell the end of a nearly 60-year relationship with Draftfcb Chicago, which handled advertising for Pledge, Windex and Raid among other brands in the S.C. portfolio. Of course, while Draft is the key player here in the purported $600 million account of the “Family Company,” this move also affects agencies working with SCJ on a smaller scale including R/GA, Ogilvy and Mullen.