Yep, in case you haven’t heard, Grey NY president/CCO Tor Myhren, man of many memos has been profiled in Time for his rather generous offer, that being valiant and giving one possession each day, every day for a year. This is pretty generous, we must say, and according to our favorite memo writer, what he dubs “The Purge Project” goes like this: “This is not a commentary on consumerism,. The Purge Project was just for me. To see what I really wanted, and really needed…Frankly it has been a very selfish experiment.” We say good on ya, matey.
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It appears that the Grey New York president/CCO Tor Myhren and crew have fully embraced the title of group creative director, which the agency surprisingly never used until the appointments of Leo Savage and Jeff Stamp to said role on the Gillette biz last week. Now, another pair has assumed the position of GCD, namely five-year Grey NY vet Sean Crane and Joe Mongognia, who arrives from Deutsch NY.
Prior to Deutsch, the latter spent several years as a senior art director at JWT New York, working with clients ranging from Halls to Domino’s to Sunsilk, and also had stints as an ACD and/or CD at Ogilvy Mather London/New York. Anyhow, wouldn’t you know it, we do happen have a memo handy from Myhren that just went out to staff a short while ago and offers some nice background on Grey NY’s newest GCDs as well as their remit. Peep it after the jump.
Yes, before you even ask, we do have the memo, which, somewhat surprisingly, reveals that the title of group creative director hasn’t been used at the agency before. As has been the norm, a memo to staff from president/CCO Tor Myhren landed in our tips box and this time, says most importantly that Leo Savage and Jeff Stamp, creative directors on the Gillette biz, have indeed been promoted to GCDs. Savage has spent the last 18 months, give or take, as a creative director at Grey, while Stamp joined the agency after working at the likes of Campfire and Possible. Anyhow, we’ll let Tor take it away after the jump and provide details on the pair and the new position.
-Brian Wheelis, former global marketing solutions manager for Facebook, is joining Austin-based shop McGarrah Jessee as media engagement director.
-Speaking of the aforementioned social network, eMarketer reports that Facebook’s share of the $104.04 billion global digital ad market reached 4.11 percent in 2012, up from 3.65 percent in 2011. In addition, Facebook is expected to increase its share of global digital advertising revenues to 5.04 percent.
-Seeing as we receive Grey NY CCO/president Tor Myhren‘s memos to staff at a consistent pace, why break the chain. Here’s the latest regarding the agency’s first-ever Emmy nod:
“For the first time in Grey’s 96 year history, we have been nominated for an Emmy. This year, only four commercials in the world were nominated, and Canon’s beautifully mesmerizing ”Inspired” spot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg-9LuCQXrk) was one of them. We will be up against Nike and Google, so the competition is stiff. But win or lose, this is a huge feat, and illustrates just how far we’ve come.
The Emmy’s will be held on September 22nd. So be sure to tune in.
Huge congrats to our Canon team.
They continue to raise the bar on what famously effective work can be.
-With the help of Acquity Group, lifestyle brand C. Wonder has relaunched its e-commerce portal. link
-Seattle-based agency Creature has promoted Tyson Flandreau, who returned to the agency last year after a decade-long hiatus, from account director to executive director of account management.
-The ad folks behind the HappyBombs Kickstarter project, which we covered over a month ago, are only halfway to meeting their goal with just 59 hours left. Give ‘em some love if you so choose (video, once again, above).
-David Brashear is making his prodco debut as a commercial director with New York-based Harpoon Pictures.
And now, your silly aside of the day courtesy of, yes, another memo from Grey New York, which our tips box has been adequately filled with over the last couple of years. The latest opus comes from Grey NY president/CCO Tor Myhren, who decided to bless his staffers on this, the hottest of weeks in the Big Apple, by letting them wear shorts all this week. Why? Well, agency staffers helped find candidates for the apparent “hiring spree” Grey’s on (we’re assuming the newly won Gillette biz has plenty to do with it). Anyways, consider us jealous once we dare step outside and roast. Read on if you’d like, though we did redact a couple of the names just to be fair.
“I’m fighting against every fiber of my being as I write this. But it’s hot out there. Like, really hot. And as [redacted] has pointed out, you guys did a great job helping us fill the ridiculous amount of new hires we needed over the past few months. So it is with absolutely zero pleasure that I announce you can all wear shorts for the rest of the week. Run home now and change, [redacted], because this is the day you’ve been waiting for.
Michael and I agree this offer is only good for the rest of this week, so enjoy it people. You’ve earned it.
P.S. In two hours I’m strategically off to LA for the rest of the week and won’t have to witness this atrocity. So in my head, it never really happened.”
Michael Houston continues moving up the charts at Grey New York. Houston, who’s been with the agency for nearly six years and most recently served as chief operating officer, has now assumed the position of CEO at the agency. We’ve obtained the memo to staff from Grey Group CEO/chairman Jim Heekin regarding the promotion of Houston, who spent five years at KBS+ prior to joining Grey and also played host on one of our episodes of Cubes. Read on:
“I wanted to share some great news with you. I am delighted to announce that Michael Houston has been promoted to CEO of Grey North America, a new position, reporting to me. Michael and Tor Myhren, President and Chief Creative Officer, will continue to share leadership duties in New York. Please see the New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/
07/05/business/media/grey-new- york-executive-takes-on-a- larger-role.html
This well-deserved promotion is a logical next step for Michael who with Tor has been such a vital factor in our New York success: building a first-class management team, transforming our creative performance and digital prowess, forging a culture of innovation and compiling a new business track record second to none.
In his expanded new leadership role, Michael will oversee Grey North American offices comprised of New York, San Francisco, Canada, including Toronto and Vancouver as well as Grey Activation and PR and Wing, working with their respective presidents.
Grey has tremendous potential in North America as we approach our 100th anniversary. Michael is a natural to capitalize on our momentum, extend our “Famously Effective” culture and best practices and expand our integrated offering to fuel our growth with great clients across the region.
Please give Michael your congratulations on this milestone and your full support as he hits the ground running.
GREYgroup | Famously effective since 1917
Jim Heekin, Chairman & CEO”
Well, this certainly comes as a surprise this morning. We’ve received what appears to be a legit memo sent from Grey New York president/CCO Tor Myhren and COO Michael Houston to staff regarding one of the agency’s most well-regarded accounts. Read on:
“After a spectacularly successful six-year run, we are resigning the E*TRADE Financial account.
We think it’s in both Grey’s and E*TRADE’s best interests. Think of the history we’ve made. It’s worth celebrating.
Across six Super Bowls, the street-wise baby became synonymous with the E*TRADE brand’s maverick, consumer-championing DNA, proving online investing is so easy a baby can do it.
The E*TRADE baby set new records for popularity and effectiveness in the Super Bowl, delivering sales success and unprecedented media buzz in broadcast, print and social media. The commercials were ranked among the “most popular” on the game by CBS, USA TODAY, ADWEEK, ADVERTISING AGE, TIME, TIVO and NIELSEN, generating over 60 million YouTube views. In addition, creative recognition for the baby and his friends included Effies, One Show, London International, AICP and D&AD honors. And it was also voted the best campaign in America two straight years by the Wall Street Journal.
E*TRADE, and all the terrific people we’ve worked with, have our everlasting gratitude and best wishes for continued success. We will always look back on this relationship as one of the best and most famously effective in Grey’s history.
Of course, we will do everything in our power to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.
Thanks to everyone for all you’ve done on this game-changing account for Grey. Let us never forget this was the brand and the work that began our turnaround.
Tor and Michael.”
Sources familiar with the matter tell us it’s legit, and if you want to recall some of the good times between Grey and its financial client, see above and below. From what we hear from, Grey “just though it’s time” to part ways with E*Trade, which we’ve been told has gone through seven CEOs since the relationship began.
Grey New York wants to tell you that “It’s Never Not a Good Time for a Refreshing Mike’s.” Excuse the double negative (what about “It’s Always a Good Time…?), but to draw your attention away from the grammatical errors, they included some very, very random celebrity cameos from actor Martin Landau and rapper Coolio. The 30-second spots include some random rhyming that leads to a series of non-sequitors, hence the random celebrities. Random is the only way to describe this campaign.
Before watching these spots, I hadn’t thought of Landau and Coolio in years. Both are stored away firmly in the Club for G-List Celebrities Who Will Never Be Famous Again. In Landau’s defense, he’s 84 and had a memorable run of “Entourage” a few years back (not to mention his Oscar-winning turn as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood). Coolio is Coolio. They both picked up paychecks in return for a loss of dignity. That’s advertising for you. Check out the Coolio spot and credits after the jump.
Today, the social network has unveiled the winners of its second annual Facebook Studio Awards, which honors the ad industry and its various socially inclined campaigns from the last year. Among those making the grade this year, as chosen by a jury that included familiar names from the biz such as Colleen DeCourcy, Nick Law, Jeff Benjamin, Tor Myhren and Rob Reilly, are Draftfcb and 360i, which earned the top Blue Award for their “Daily Twist” work for Oreo. Other winners include R/GA, which made the list twice, once for Nike work and the other for the intriguing “One Copy Song”Facebook app the agency developed for Swedish rapper, Adam Tensta, a year ago (it’s also up for a Webby this year).
Marriott and Grey New York are getting that much closer as the brand has now awarded PR duties to the agency, thus expanding a relationship that began last September when the latter succeeded McGarryBowen as AOR for the hotel/resorts brand. No word yet, though, if president/CCO Tor Myhren and now-COO Michael Houston sent a short and sweet memo to staff like last time in regards to this latest win.
Instead, for now, we have this statement from Marriott VP of global brand PR John Wolf, who says, “We chose Grey for its expertise in integrated consumer brand marketing that will help us amplify the innovations Marriott is bringing to market to appeal to Gen X and Gen Y travelers. We were impressed by Grey’s passion, creativity and best-in-class PR practices to maximize the buzz factor across business and lifestyle media.”
We’re checking to see if there was a review for this. While we’re on the subject of Grey, we’re hearing from sources that the agency is still one of the finalists in the Gillette creative pitch and a decision is expected to made by this coming Monday. Update: There was no review for the Marriott PR biz; the appointment just grew out of Grey and the hotel brand’s existing ad relationship. Burson Marsteller, meanwhile, continues to handle corporate PR for Marriott.