Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Denis Griffith, who’s spent the last 18 months as head of user experience/experience CD at Atmosphere Proximity/BBDO, is parting ways with the agency. No word yet on his last day or if there are plans to replace, but from what we hear, Griffith is heading to Rupert Murdoch‘s turf to serve as VP of product and experience at News Corp (still awaiting confirmation on this). Prior to BBDO NY, Griffith spent a year as head of the UX department at Euro RSCG Life, which is now known as Havas Life, of course.
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-New York-based creative editorial boutique Red Car added Nick Lofting to its roster. Lofting most recently served as an editor within CP+B LA’s in-house facility, Plus Productions
-Today’s the last day, folks on the West Coast, to indulge in a staring contest with the donkey in the clip above and nab some free Del Taco as part of a May campaign from SF-based shop, Camp + King. C+K picked up the biz for Del Taco last summer.
-Campbell’s Soup welcomes in GSD&M and Taxi to its agency roster. link
-Who’s not clamoring for some Soda Shaq? link
Hamilton Nolan at Gawker is reporting that the Michael Wolff era at Adweek is drawing to a close. Wow, we really didn’t see this coming. Actually, we gave Wolff the benefit of the doubt and said he’d last until December. Apparently, those 10 trillion Rupert Murdoch-related items were not enough to appease parent company Prometheus, which Nolan says is looking to bring on an editor with closer ties to the ad world. Let’s remember the good times below, shall we?
How did we not see this coming? Keith Kelly and Claire Atkinson at the New York Post are reporting that Prometheus Global Media, parent of Adweek, is looking to replace our old pal and editorial director Michael Wolff because there seem to be some creative differences regarding Adweek’s direction. Sources tell the Post that “Jimmy Finkelstein, who hired Wolff to overhaul Adweek after several candidates turned him down, now thinks Wolff is a controversial highbrow who has alienated old-line Madison Avenue types.”
Wolff, though, seems surprised by the whole situation, telling Gawker, “I hope I don’t get fired. And nobody, except the New York Post, has yet told me I’m about to be.” If the situation does indeed turn out for the worst, at least we’ll always have the above and the bazillion Rupert Murdoch-related stories posted that have been posted on Adweek since the relaunch.
-Milwaukee-based Boelter + Lincoln promoted Garth Cramer to ACD.
-Yeah, we agree that it’s never a good idea to run a 9/11-themed ad for you business. link
-Facebooks is apparently spawning a network of ad partners. link
-23 years was enough for Unilever’s agency relations head. link
-Yes, someone is optimistic about AOL. link
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-The director of The King’s Speech helms a new Yankees-themed MasterCard spot from McCann NY (above). link
-A Florida seafood chain is suing Wendy’s over a slogan. link
-Google is now in the e-book business with a new marketing book. link
-Meanwhile, a Columbia University study says the Mountain View, CA giant is making us all dumber. link
-Initiative alum Michele Pauchuk was appointed president of MEC Canada.
-Microsoft leaked its social networking project which carries the odd title of Tulalip. link
-New York’s DOT slapped Sony with a cease and desist order for illegal sidewalk ads. link
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-Goodby nabs lead creative duties for Sonic. link
-Virgin Atlantic signed on as exclusive launch airline advertiser for Rupert Murdoch‘s iPad publication, The Daily.
-Starwood Hotels expanded its sponsorship alliance with Live Nation.
-Lincoln Center selected space150 as its digital partner.
-Blast Radius and Media Merchants created interactive storefronts for Starbucks in Canada (above). link