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Posts Tagged ‘Rich Siegel’

Monday Odds and Ends

-Ogilvy digital consultancy Social@Ogilvy has formed a global partnership with social intelligence/social monitoring solutions provider Sysomos.

-According to one tipster, Austin agency Sanders\Wingo and their Super Official World Cup Predictor are “out-Nate Silvering Nate Silver.” Check it out here.

-Our old pal Rich Siegel discusses his “Cannegover.” link

-Brightline Interactive, which works with clients with Pepsi, HTC and Sprint, has now unveiled the 10,000 square foot Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N experience in New York’s Times Square (video above).

-Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy will not seek to stay in his current role after next year. link

-Oppenheimer Funds has launched a creative agency review. Incumbent Havas Worldwide is not participating. link

-Is it a bad move that Delta wants to trademark “world’s most trusted airline?” link

-R/GA CCO Nick Law talks the thrill of leaving Cannes. link

-YouTube has unveiled the Asia-Pacific region’s top 10 video ads. link


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Friday Odds and Ends


-After months of murmurs, Darden Restaurants is finally bidding adieu to its Red Lobster chain in a $2.1 billion all-cash deal. Your move, Rich Siegellink

-Thiago de Moreas is leaving his ECD post at Droga5 Europe after just eight months, though he will still be freelancing for the agency. link

-IPG and Omnicom will split duties on Heinz’s $250 million global media account. link

-In case you missed it, the late John Palestrini was inducted into the AICE Hall of Fame during the organization’s awards gala in NYC last night. link

-Dentsu/Aegis has appointed Carat alum Tray De Groose as its first U.K. CEO. link

-For a two-week span, Samsung is literally turning Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport into one giant ad for the Galaxy S5 Android phone. This should go over well. link

-So, what can military history teach us about the Publicis/Omnicom debacle? link

-Ogilvy India is apologizing for a totally tasteless ad that promotes a mattress company of all things. link

Friday Odds and Ends


-The Cannes Lions folks have announced their final juries for the 2014 event in categories such as Branded Content & Entertainment, Creative Effectiveness, Mobile and PR. link

-StrawberryFrog India has rebranded as Famous Innovations. link

-Seeing as he’s done it once before, our old pal Rich Siegel returns with another timely post about Red Lobster. link

-It’s safe to say that Omnicom chief John Wren did pretty well for himself in 2013. link

-According to the IAB, U.S. interactive ad revenue rose for $42.8 billion in 2013, surpassing broadcast for the first time marking a 17 percent rise from 2012. link

-Speaking of the IAB, the organization welcomed Scott Cunningham as VP of technology and ad operations. link

-Mad Men star Jon Hamm talks, what else, Don Draper among other things in a Q&A with Rolling Stone. link

-Yep, Spirit Airlines still sucks. link

Monday Odds and Ends

-Former BSkyB executive creative director Clare McDonald has joined in the same role for Publicis Groupe-owned Rosetta’s European operations.

-Our old pal Rich Siegel offers his SXSW thoughts. link

-Yes, MRM once again has its own SXSWi blog (one clip above). link

-Former Mattel senior manager Travis Harding has joined Horizon Media’s L.A. office as its director/social media.

-Minneapolis creative studio SPLICE has welcomed sound designer/mixer Troy Hermes to its roster.

-New York-based integrated marketing services holding company The CHR Group has acquired PR firm, Raker Goldstein & Co.

-Avon, CT-based agency Mintz + Hoke has added the president title to COO, Ron Perine, and has also hired Grant Sanders as agency creative director.

-Talent/production support services shop Talent Partners has signed a yearlong global sponsorship deal with ad community news/networking site, Little Black Book Online.

-The Wall Street Journal has launched its new content division dubbed WSJ. Custom Studios and will debut its first native ad product, Narratives, on March 11. link

-National production company Envision Media Arts (EMA) has signed director Mike Nelesen to its commercial division.


Thursday Odds and Ends

-Miles Nadal & Co. at MDC Partners have reported their results for the three and twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2013. Among the notable numbers, the holding company experienced 8.3 percent organic revenue growth in 2013 as a whole while revenue itself increased 8.1 percent from $1.06 billion to $1.15 billion. link

-We’ll gladly have Mila Kunis serve as our guide through Jim Beam’s 219-year history in a new spot from FutureWorks, a joint venture between Sydney indie agency The Works, StrawberryFrog and Jung von Matt (above). link

-Brooklyn-based healthy beverage/snack maker Organic Gemini has appointed NYC agency JWALK, which specializes in beverages/spirits, fashion/retail and lifestyle work, as its first agency of record. There was no review and media spending is undisclosed.

-Our old pal Rich Siegel ponders the disappearance of the AOR motif. link

-The New York Festivals “World’s Best Advertising” show is now accepting entries for the Torch Awards, a competition for young creative that, in its inaugural year, focuses on “the art of the pitch.” link

-The end is nigh, according to this bizarre ad that aired during NBC Sports Network’s Olympics coverage. link

-Here is Budweiser’s 10-second teaser for its 2014 World Cup ad, which was created by Anomaly and is dubbed “Rise as One.” link; link

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-WPP-owned global brand strategy/design agency, Brand Union, and digital brand consultancy partner, Digit, have been appointed by Land Rover as its new brand identity partner. We’ve been told the aforementioned agencies won out in a “rigorous” pitch process among a handful of others, though no word on who those were as of yet.

-Speaking of reviews, privately-held wireless provider C Spire has tapped Doner to handle media duties. The MDC-owned agency takes over for Spark on media buying/planning duties.

-Grey Group has announced the merger of Grey Milan and 1861 United to create a new Milan-based agency dubbed Grey United, which will now house 100 staffers.

-L.A.-based prodco/strategic consultancy Wondros has signed Icelandic directing duo Arni & Kinski to its roster.

-Sid Lee has launched a new content division and has appointed Joseph Barbieri as managing director/content & media partnerships.

-The One Club has announced the winners of its 2014 One Show Automotive Advertising of the Year awards. W+K London nabbed top TV honors for its Honda “Hands” spot, which you can revisit above. link

-New York-based design/animation boutique Mr. Wonderful has added Gary Keenan as creative director.

-New York-based shop Rooster has redesigned its website. link

-Our old pal Rich Siegel leads us to “the path of least resistance.” link

-Silicon Valley-based, lifestyle-focused social media company Glam Media has welcomed Jill Byron has joined the company as SVP Marketing

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Victory Motorcycles, which is being billed as “the second-largest heavyweight motorcycle brand in the USA,” has appointed Charlotte-based creative studio Tattoo Projects as its agency of record. TP won AOR duties without a review as it’s already been working with Victory on a project basis.

-Minneapolis-based shop Clarity Coverdale Fury has brought on former Olson senior art director Emily Hoyne as an ACD. In addition, CCF has promoted Elizabeth Clarity to project coordinator/new business.

-Toyota veers into “No-Mans-Land” to promote its 2014 4Runner (above).

-Just a reminder that the deadline for the One Club’s Automobile Advertising of the Years is Nov. 1. link

-Wine connoisseur/entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk explains why every single one of us is a media company. link

-Our old pal Rich Siegel is now ranting about raises (or the lack thereof). link

-Wait, did Apple use Microsoft Word to design iOS 7? link


Friday Morning Stir

-Former LBi U.S. CEO Frank Pedersen, who left said agency last year, has joined Deep Focus as managing director and will work out of its New York HQ. link

-Planters wants you to harness the “Power of the Peanut” via a new campaign featuring the voice of Bill Hader as Mr. Peanut. link; link

-Bi-coastal prodco Little Minx has hired MJZ alum Rania Hattar as executive producer.

-AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has announced that the company is cutting 40 percent of Patch staff today. link

-Our old pal Rich Siegel tells us why he’d rather be working from home. link

Monday Odds and Ends

-Starcom USA has appointed Xi Chicago (formerly Energy BBDO unit Proximity Worldwide) alum Andrew Kasprzycki as EVP/managing director on the Microsoft account. Kasprzycki will work out of Starcom’s Chicago office.

-Grey New York has teamed up with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch the NYC-based campaign, “Recycle Everything” (one print example above).  link

-A week after bringing on Matt Ian as its new creative boss, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York has welcomed former Barneys e-commerce director Jordan Holberg as director of technology. link

-After spending the last three years at the likes of Blast Radius and SapientNitro, Scott Weisbrod has returned to his old stomping grounds at Critical Mass Toronto to take on the role of VP/strategy. link

-It was only a matter of time before The Onion covered the Publicis/Omnicom merger. link

-Aaannnd our pal Rich Siegel chimes in on you know what. link

-New York-based prodco Rascal Films has signed director Adam Bonke for exclusive U.S. representation.

-Former Atomic Playpen project manager Julie Salfer and Periscope alum Abbey Jensen have joined fellow Minneapolis shop Clarity Coverdale Fury as account manager and production/traffic manager, respectively.

-Health/wellness firm inVentiv Health has opened two new offices in Tokyo and New York for its medical communications business. link

Monday Odds and Ends

-To mark June Pride Month, Digitas has commissioned what it claims is “the industry’s first large-scale research” on LGBT mobile device behavior. link

-Lars Bastholm and Cindy Gallop are among those industry notables offering their thoughts on whether Cannes is still a worthwhile experience or not. link

-New York-based production studio Click 3X has welcomed Publicis/The Sweet Shop alum Megan Kelly as EP/managing director of live action. link

-CP+B and Jell-O present “Jigglevision,” a Facebook effort that lets you send “secret” messages to friends that can only be viewed on the top of a red Jello-O refrigerated gelatin snack. link

-Milwaukee-based Omnicom/DAS agency GMR Marketing has appointed 10-year vet Tyson Webber as EVP of client management.

-At today’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (best summed up by this one pic), the Cupertino, CA giant’s CEO Tim Cook announced major makeovers of iOS and Macs and unveiled iTunes radio.

-Our old pal Rich Siegel compares freelancer vs. agency staffer life. link