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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Geiger’

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-JWT North America president/chief integration officer Mike Geiger, DDB Worldwide CCO Amir Kassaei and Havas CCO Jason Peterson have joined the Executive Jury of the 2013 New York Festivals International Advertising Awards. link

-Commercial production companies Tomboy and Looking Glass Films have formed an alliance for mutual representation, thus bringing together a directorial roster including David Mamet, Roman Polanski, Renny Harlin, Danny Boyle and more. EP June Guterman presides Looking Glass Films, whose roster will be represented in the UK by Tomboy Films, overseen by MDs Glynis Murray and Barnaby Spurrier.

- Robert “Bobbie” Boucher (real name, we believe) has joined El Segundo, CA-based David&Goliath as director of digital delivery & technology.

-To set the mood for the cold, dark end of day, here’s a new campaign from NYC strategic creative agency YARD, which enlisted Jimmy Page and American musician Gary Clark Jr. to help promote the John Varvatos spring/summer line (above).

-Just a reminder that Target’s Twitter-based “Everyday Collection” event an actual online runway show from Minneapolis-based mono that’s inspired by people’s everyday tweets, will come to fruition this Thursday, Jan. 24. link

-The folks behind eTail have announced the finalists for their 2013 “Best in Class” Awards, which takes place in Palm Desert, CA from Feb. 25-28. link

-WDCW has brought on six-year Creature vet Ramon Vasquez as a senior designer.

-After the jump, if interested, you can check out the final round jury lineup for the 2013 Health Effies, which will determine winners in these six categories.

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We Finally Made it to SXSWi, Just Saw a Jimmy Fallon-Moderated Panel

Yes, folks, the eagle has finally landed, and later than expected. Following flight delays due to weather issues in Austin, we made it last night to the annual craziness that is SXSW. Due to said delays, we missed out on most of the panel sessions, but did manage to catch JWT’s “Messin’ with Texas” party at the Kung Fu Saloon on Rio Grande last night, and ran into folks you’d expect including the new North American CCO Jeff Benjamin and chief integration officer Mike Geiger. Here are a couple of images including one of the band Howler, which brought some brash punkiness to the party in the patio space outside.

After a pretty decent night’s rest (hey, we’d been up since 6am), our morning today was toplined by a panel discussion moderated by Jimmy Fallon, who joined forces with execs and athletes including Nike VP, digital sport Stefan Olander, VEVO GM Fred Santarpia, EVP and head of EA Sports Andrew Wilson, as well as track & field gold medalist Allyson Felix. The main topic of discussion was the new Nike+ FuelBand and how data and statistics play an important role in our sports and gaming activities. The highlight, though, occurred during the Q+A period, where an attendee challenged the late-night host to a foot race down the aisle to the exit and he readily obliged (and lost). Sorry for the grainy image (Fallon is on your far left), but the place was just about as packed as the Seth Macfarlane Film panel across the street at the Austin Convention Center. We’ll have more for you as the day progresses.

 

JWT Parts Ways with a Couple of ECDs

Nearly 18 months after joining up with JWT New York to work on the agency’s then-existing Microsoft commercial business, sources familiar with the matter confirm that executive creative director Bill Oberlander is no longer with the agency. Oberlander (pictured), a former Cossette CCO/EVP and McCann alum is not the only senior-level creative to be shown the door, though, as we’ve been told by sources that Jeremy Postaer is also out. From what we hear, the cuts were a result of “restructuring at the ECD level.” As you all know, JWT NY also recently parted ways with CCO Peter Nicholson following the hiring of Jeff Benjamin and Mike Geiger, so perhaps this latest “restructuring” is part of the mix.

JWT Snaps Up Benjamin, Geiger

JWT North America has enticed CP+B’s Jeff Benjamin and Goodby chief digital officer Mike Geiger to leave their respective posts and join the agency’s leadership team (guess JWT NA CEO/Worldwide digital director David Eastman’s got quite the charm). Benjamin (pictured) and Geiger will serve as JWT North America’s chief creative officer and president, chief integration officer, respectively.

JWT Worldwide chairman/CEO Bob Jeffrey seems obviously pleased, saying in a statement, “Jeff Benjamin and Mike Geiger are game-changers and they embody the future of our industry. With these appointments, JWT solidifies its position as the only agency that can deliver creativity and execution at the intersection of Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Hollywood. We know that clients need this unique expertise and we are excited to lead the way forward.”

Benjamin spent over eight years at CP+B, initially joining up as interactive CD and eventually moving all the way up to CCO/partner. Geiger, meanwhile, spent nearly twice that much time at GS&P, last serving as chief digital officer, associate partner.

As a result of JWT’s move, the agency’s NY CCO Peter Nicholson, who rejoined just over a year ago, is out of a job. Expect his replacement to be announced in the coming weeks.

McGinness to Serve as ADC Interactive Jury Chair

The Art Directors Club continues its promotional tour-de-force for its 90th annual awards show by announcing that Will McGinness (who bears a striking resemblance to my old pal, Nick Parish) will serve as jury chair for the Interactive portion of the event. You may remember McGinness from such agencies as Goodby (seven years spent) and Arnold (where he worked on the VW account), but now the creative is a CD at SF-based Venables Bell & Partners, which he joined in September of last year. McGinness will spearhead a jury that includes the likes of Arnold Boston CCO Pete Favat and Goodby CDO Mike Geiger. Read full jury list after the jump and as a reminder, the submission deadline for the Interactive category is Jan. 28.

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