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Monday Morning Stir

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We were off the grid yesterday, so apologies for missing the sad news that after his long battle with lung cancer, Mike Hughes, who essentially became the face and creative force of The Martin Agency over the course of his 35 years at the Richmond, VA operation, passed away yesterday morning. As has been widely reported, prior to his death, Hughes beat the world to the punch by penning his own obituary on his Unfinished Thinking blog, in which he’s been documenting his cancer battle over the last year. Hughes’s autobiographical obit is a touching, humble reflection on both his personal life and career, providing a view into his character and definitely worth reading.  Martin Agency chairman John Adams Jr. has posted his own thoughts on the agency’s homepage, which you can read here.

Hughes’s passing brings to mind a note we mentioned earlier this year from Martin CCO Joe Alexander to the late exec that perhaps provides further glimpse into the latter’s character. It reads:

“Last year, I approached the St. Paul School Board about a scholarship in my dad’s name. He was a lifelong educator in St. Paul and really felt teaching was his “calling.” They loved the idea and I’m happy to say we have a first winner. It’s an annual award that will be given to a minority male graduating senior who has committed to majoring in education in college. Just thrilled about this. Wanted to share with you because I know how much you love this kind of stuff – and yeah – I love impressing you, too. That never gets old. Love you, Joe”

 

We’ll leave Hughes with the solo Stir spot this morning. Look for the rest of the day’s tidbits in our afternoon Odds/Ends roundup.

(portrait above from Mike Hughes Hall at VCU Brandcenter – via).

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Odds and Ends

 

-Sir Martin Sorrell & Co. at WPP have released their Q3 report. Among other things, the holding company reports a seven-percent revenue increase from last year. link

-R/GA don Bob Greenberg, Martin Agency president Mike Hughes and BBH co-namesake Sir John Hegarty are among the inductees at the AAF’s 65th Advertising Hall of Fame ceremonies, which take place April 7, 2014 in NYC. The Walt Disney Company is the corporate inductee. link

-Speaking of WPP, Rockfish, which is housed within the WPP Digital network, has launched a new site for new client, national fast-casual chain Corner Bakery Cafe. link

-Nikon heads to the Scottish plains for the first of a handful of teasers to promote its retro-style DSLR camera (above). link

-Here are your judges for One Club’s 2013 OneScreen Short Film Festival. link

-Cinematographer Tuomo Virtanen has joined the roster of Pacific Palisades creative management firm, colleen. Here’s Virtanen’s reel.

-According to Campaign, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has put its global digital account up for review. link

-San Francisco/L.A.-based creative studio Portal A, which produced this effort for L’Oreal’s Vichy earlier this year, has acquired viral video production company, Seedwell.

-According to WSJ, Twitter plans to sell shares for $17-$20 each. link

-YouTube is reportedly readying its music subscription service for as soon as December. link

Adams Jr. Succeeds Hughes as Head of VCU Brandcenter Board

And now, a bit of news news. The baton has officially been passed from one Martin Agency exec to another as the Richmond, VA operation’s chairman John B. Adams Jr. is taking over for longtime friend and colleague, Martin president Mike Hughes, as head of the VCU Brandcenter’s Board of Directors, which includes other notable names such as David Droga and Bob Greenberg Hughes, who you’re probably aware is battling cancer at the moment, will step down from his VCU leadership position, one he’s held for two decades, and into the role of chairman emeritus with the Brandcenter’s Advisory Board.

In a statement, the outgoing VCU board head says, ““I’m especially proud of my part in helping to bring [Brandcenter director] Helayne [Spivak] and John to these positions. I can’t imagine two better people to lead the changes and advances ahead. The students, faculty and the industry should all feel very good about this. My 34-year partnership with John and my 20-year relationship with the Brandcenter have been two of the highlights of my career. I envy their opportunity to help define the future of this business and the future of advertising and branding education.”

And Now, a Heartwarming Exchange Between an Agency Prez & CCO

This actually happened a few days ago, but we figured a good warming of the cockles was in order to kick off yet another work week. If you haven’t heard, Martin Agency president Mike Hughes has been battling cancer for some time now and began documenting what he’s going through under hospice care via his blog, “Unfinished Thinking (and now there’s a sister blog as well). Well, weeks after his writing commenced, his agency, led by chief creative officer Joe Alexander, sent some love back his way via the tribute site, “We All Love Mike.”

Well, the fond reciprocation has continued as of last week as Alexander sent this note to Hughes that perhaps provides a glimpse into their relationship and perhaps the culture at Martin:  ”Last year, I approached the St. Paul School Board about a scholarship in my dad’s name. He was a lifelong educator in St. Paul and really felt teaching was his “calling.” They loved the idea and I’m happy to say we have a first winner. It’s an annual award that will be given to a minority male graduating senior who has committed to majoring in education in college. Just thrilled about this. Wanted to share with you because I know how much you love this kind of stuff – and yeah – I love impressing you, too. That never gets old. Love you, Joe”

As one tipster says, “How many President-CCO relationships in advertising include promoting one’s charitable work, smiley face emoticons and telling each other I love you? Not enough.” Can’t say we disagree.

Friday Morning Stir

 

-Google has shifted its Chrome ad duties from BBH NY to 72andSunny. Among other things, BBH says of its four-year relationship on this specific piece of biz, “This is end of our work on Chrome but we continue to work with Google on many other projects.”

-TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. is hosting an exhibit in its lobby of sticker-bombing, Portland-based photographer, Lars Topelmann (see self-promo above). link

-Martin Agency shows its love for Mike Hughes, who’s currently in hospice care at his home. If you haven’t check out his blog here. Best wishes, sir. link

-Boston-based brand strategy/ad agency FORGE Worldwide has appointed Jeffrey Porzio to the position of executive director, digital, effective immediately.

-MDC Partners passed the $1 billion revenue mark in 2012. link

-Ten Networks has brought on former Y&R global CEO Hamish McLennan as chief executive officer/managing director. link

Monday Odds and Ends

-If you haven’t heard, Martin Agency stalwart/president Mike Hughes has been blogging about his long battle with lung cancer, which dates back to 1995. Today, he updated with a new post entitled “dying in plain sight.” We wish him well. link

-We’ve been told RAPP was behind a a Super Bowl-related online effort called PopTag.Me, which indulged in all things social media smack talk. link

-According to Edmunds and AutoTrader analysis, Hyundai’s Super Bowl XLVII commercials were the most effective drivers of web traffic. link

-Former Smuggler head of production Trine Pillay joined B-Reel as executive producer of its London office.

-L.A.-based prodco TWC Films signed director Kathleen Lorden to its roster. link

-The Ram “God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl ad (which we’ll probably be discussing more at length tomorrow) topped Harrisburg, PA agency Pavone’s annual “Spotbowl” rankings. link

-Creative agency ais London added to its account team, welcoming Kitcatt Nohr Digitas alum David John as account director for clients including PlayStation and Betfair while Katie Booth joins as account director on Vodafone.

-In non-Super Bowl-related ad news, here’s what 72andSunny has been up to for Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s (above).

The Industry Bids Adieu to Luke Sullivan

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.

Who Will Take Over for Boyko at VCU Brandcenter?

After eight years as director/professor at VCU Brandcenter, it looks like Rick Boyko is hanging it up at the Richmond, VA-based “school of mass communications.” Boyko, who does sound rather resigned, no pun intended, in the clip above, joined VCU in 2003 from Ogilvy & Mather, where he was co-president/CCO.

Anyhow, it doesn’t look like the school is resting on its laurels when it comes to finding his successor as it’s launched “The Who Search,” which exists as an online hub (and is set up like an interactive infographic) that includes the Brandcenter director job listing/description, a people recommendation window, stat charts, a Richmond, VA guide and another video message from the chairman of the board, Mike Hughes.

 

Martin Adds New SVP/CD

Just over a month after its “creative restructuring,” the Martin Agency is adding another CD to the fold, namely Fabio Costa. Who’s that, you ask? Well, Costa has been an agency creative for about 15 years now, spending six years as a creative director at Almap BBDO and helping set up the agency’s interactive department before taking on CD posts at Blast Radius, OgilvyOne and Cutwater (where he spent nearly three years and worked on accounts such as Ubisoft, Ray Ban, Disney and Motorola).

Most recently, Costa was a creative director at Ogilvy Paris, where he was responsible for the Perrier and Louis Vuitton work. As for why he’s joining Martin, Costa pins it on the leadership. In a statement, the creative says, “Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great creative minds. But with John Norman and Mike Hughes at the same agency, I feel like this is the perfect place to be. I’m extremely excited about what lies ahead here, and about all that I will learn as a part of this already strong team.”

Costa began his advertising career in Brazil and during said time there, he helped Almap BBDO win prizes including an Interactive Grand Prix at the London International Awards and a Gold Cyber Lion at Cannes.

VCU Brandcenter Pays Homage to Mike Hughes

Following a dedication ceremony on Oct. 27, the Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, Brandcenter will officially be known as “Mike Hughes Hall.” Besides being the president of The Martin Agency, Hughes has served as chairman of the Brandcenter board since 1995 and created and built the graduate program at the ad school with the help of its founder, Diane Cook-Tench.

Rick Boyko, director of the Brandcenter says in a statement,”Mike Hughes has been an integral part of the VCU Brandcenter since its inception. In fact, without his support, leadership and dedication the school would simply not exist. As chairman of the board from the day the school began, he has helped guide the school to earn top rankings by BusinessWeek, Advertising Age, Creativity magazine, the 4A’s and the industry itself. It is only fitting to have the building that houses the Brandcenter named in his honor.”

As far as Hughes’ day job goes, most of us are familiar with The Martin Agency’s client roster, including Geico of course, as well as Walmart, Pizza Hut and Tylenol. Under his leadership, The Martin Agency was named “Agency of the Year” in January by Adweek and earlier this year, Hughes was the 47th person in the history of advertising to be inducted into the One Club Creative Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, Hughes will be feted by the likes of IPG chairman Michael Roth and Martin’s CEO/chairman John Adams.

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