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Executives Leaving TBWA, Razorfish and KSV

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Today we can confirm that three top executives have either left or will be leaving their respective agencies.

First: Tito Melega, who was creative director, Americas at TBWA\Chiat\Dayis no longer with the agency as of today. Melega, who spent four years with TBWA, described his own role as “Creative Director, Americas of all things Nissan.”

At the moment we have no word on where Melega is heading or who will replace him, though a spokesperson tells us that CCO Steven Butler ”is currently creative lead” on Nissan. For context, the client most recently shared a bit of “Tough Love” via 80s rocker Bret Michaels.

Logic would lead one to believe that Melega will land another role at a major agency, quite possibly one with notable auto industry clients: prior to joining TBWA and working on Nissan, he held the VP/CD position at BBDO, where his accounts included Mitsbushi.

He was an art director at Team One from 2000 to 2005, and his earlier career includes stints at AD positions with JWT, Fallon, Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles.

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Wins Miller Lite

MillerLiteRetro_2Twitter hashtags didn’t quite do the trick for Leo Burnett: TBWA\Chiat\Day will be creative AOR for Miller Lite.

The agency is currently referring all media inquiries to the client, but a spokesperson (and several tipsters) confirmed that the announcement happened minutes ago in its L.A. office.

This news caps off a good two-week run for TBWA, which won Airbnb and Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this month.

As for the strategic implications of the agency shift, we have a feeling Miller will stay on the retro path since real-life research tells us that people seem to honestly think that the beer tastes better in old-school cans.

TBWA\Chiat\Day Serves Jimmy Dean 24/7

As The New York Times told us this weekend, Americans are eating more frozen food — and Jimmy Dean wants to move out of the freezer and onto the dinner table by expanding upon its breakfast-sausage-centered lineup.

The company’s creative AOR TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. will help its longtime client move toward that goal with a new campaign. Here’s the first spot, which aims to dispel the crazy idea that frozen dinners lack flavor by pitting them against a fresh batch of iceberg lettuce:

We’ll have what they’re having, et cetera.

Jimmy Dean also defeats the dreaded tuna fish sandwich after the jump.

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Creative Director Mark Peters Joins TBWA\Chiat\Day LA

Mark PetersToday brings news that Mark Peters has joined the LA offices of TBWA\Chiat\Day as creative director.

Peters made headlines here in 2010 when he left mcgarrybowen for Deutsch LA after a brief stint managing the Verizon account. At Deutsch, he served as SVP and played lead on Volkswagen (which recently taught our imaginary sons how to throw a baseball).

CCO Steven Butler writes, “Mark has an impressive background, and a rich history of creating inspiring, needle-moving campaigns for a slew of top-tier multinational brands”. His resume includes periods serving as art director at Ogilvy LA and Martin, and prior to joining mcgarrybowen in 2010 he handled BMW, Kohler, AT&T, Legacy and L.L. Bean as ACD at GSD&M.

In his new role, Peters will no longer be a one-client guy: he will work across accounts including Southwest Airlines, Nixon, Gatorade and NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles).

One factoid we gleaned from the release: Peters played both collegiate and professional soccer before settling into a more workaday career in the ad world.

ADT Leaves Non-Secure Relationship With Arnold After Less Than a Year

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It was only eight months ago when Arnold beat out some stiff competition to become security giant ADT’s chief creative AOR.

It was a big day for the agency pitching out of its Boston office, which beat TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York, McKinney in Durham, N.C. and the incumbent, Doner in Southfield, Mich. Remember that name of the incumbent…because evidently ADT did not.

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TBWA\Chiat\Day, Adidas Throw a World Cup House Party

For the Super Bowl, the game is the advertising. For the World Series, ads are a respite. For the World Cup, however, there’s just not as much fanfare. TBWA\Chiat\Day hopes to change that with its new spot for Adidas.

The work features retired legends of football/soccer/futbol (depending on who you ask) David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, who are bored watching the young guys Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura playing EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup.

And then, a jewel-encrusted goblet of male bravado spills on the hardwood floor as a real soccer game trashes “Beckhingham Palace.”

Now that you’ve recovered, click through for some credits.

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Apple Officially Takes More Ads In-House

The strained relationship between Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day has reached a new stage.

Two months after unflattering email exchanges between Apple’s head of marketing and TBWA’s Media Arts Lab surfaced as part of the extended Apple vs. Samsung copyright battle, Bloomberg was the first outlet to report that the company will now be creating more (if not all) of its TV spots in-house.

An Apple spokesperson reminded Bloomberg that the internal team, which “includes at least two people Apple hired away from Media Arts Lab”, is responsible for recent spots like this one:

The shift has been in the works since early 2013, with Apple deciding to take control of more production duties and build up its own team rather than search for a new agency.

Other outside hires include at least two higher-ups from Wieden+Kennedy: Tyler Whisnand and Bill Davenport.

No one at MAL–which recently went through some staffing changes of its own–offered a comment to Bloomberg, so the current and future status of the partnership remains unclear. 72andSunny CEO John Boiler did weigh in, however, calling the company’s decision to hire from within MAL “…an indication of some seriously broken trust.”

Final Cut, Backyard Sign New Directors

C StruthersCreative editorial company Final Cut added Oscar-nominated editor Crispin Struthers, best known for his work with director David O. Russell, to its roster.

Struthers–who received Academy Award nominations for his editing work on Russell’s last two films “The Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”–will join the facility in its Los Angeles office to do creative work for clients.

Beyond his film pedigree, Struthers has a history in advertising: he began his career in the TBWA\Chiat\Day editorial department.

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Executive Producer Justin Taylor Leaves TBWA\Chiat\Day for Nike

Nike_Swoosh_Logo_White_originalWe’ve confirmed, via TBWA\Chiat\Day source, that executive producer Justin Taylor has left his position at the agency’s Los Angeles office to take an in-house gig with the Nike basketball division.

Of course, we could have just checked out his Twitter account:

Some backstory…

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More Departures at TBWA

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We’ve confirmed a couple more departures at TBWA‘s Los Angeles offices. In addition to yesterday’s news about executive director Jason Clement leaving the agency:

These are only the latest changes atop the TBWA\Chiat\Day LA team, most prominent among them being the appointment of Luis DeAnda to replace outgoing president Carisa Bianchi two weeks ago following a round of cuts that occurred back in March.

We have no word on where O’Neill is going or who will fill either of the now-vacant positions. Updates as we receive them.

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