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Boulder Digital Works Adds New Staff

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Boulder Digital Works at the University of Colorado announced it has added some new faculty to lead instruction for the 60 Weeks program, This will be Digital Works’ third batch of grads since the start of the program and it looks like Boulder is looking to beef things up.

The new staff coming aboard consists of names such as Holly Counter-Beaver who will teach IXD and oversee the school’s IxDA partnership, Darden Longenecker will instruct project management, Eric Miller will teach advanced web, Robert Reich will lead BDW’s startup class and Anna Thielke will instruct creative lab 1. All the new faculty members will report to executive director David Slayden.

“As we welcome our esteemed new faculty and our third 60 Weeks class to Boulder Digital Works, we are furthering our mission to create an immersive and progressive graduate program that addresses the pressing need for digital talent and leadership in business,” stated Slayden. “Corporations, agencies, businesses and government need versatile, smart, connected, plugged-in and adaptive leaders who can move comfortably across the disciplines of technology, creative and business.”

We wish the best of luck to the new batch and look forward to writing snark about them in the future.

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AAF Looking To Raise ADDY Entry Fee

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The national board of the American Advertising Federation are looking to jack up fees which will directly affect local clubs across the country.

The new fee will increase the national portion of each ADDY entry fee from $2 to $15. A 750% increase that they refer to as “modest.” Currently, the ADDY entry fee for members is $38 per entry. With the increase from nationals, the entry fee will be raised to $51 per entry.

What’s really going on is that the federation is looking to take this extra coin to increase the quality of the national ADDY show and to better promote the ADDY brand. Now does anyone buy into that? Who knows where the money really goes? Check out the website to learn more.

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So, Who Wants to Have Lunch with Linda Kaplan Thaler?

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The Ad Club announced its first, online auction open to the industry that provides one-on-one access to some of the iconic names in advertising and marketing.

The auction launches live at the Club’s Stars of Madison Avenue luncheon setting off Ad Week on Monday the 27th and will continue online throughout that week and end on Monday, October 4th. The highest bidder will have a breakfast, lunch or dinner with their “prize” at one of NYC’s hottest spots with all expenses PAID. It may even include time at a ball game, art gallery, karaoke hall or the corridors of the executive’s company. The opening bid for each is $500.

If this is up your alley, go to their website for more details and learn about some goodies like a three martini, retro-inspired lunch at ’21″ with Bryan Batt of Mad Men and Linda Kaplan Thaler , CEO/chief creative officer of The Kaplan Thaler Group.

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G2 Alum DePaolis Takes EVP/CD Post at Draftfcb Healthcare

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Draftfcb announced today that Diane DePaolis has joined the Draftfcb Healthcare club as EVP, creative director/branding. DePaolis’s role has been created for Draft to further the scope of the agency’s creative offering with a dedicated branding center of excellence according to the release.

In a statement, Draftfcb NY CEO Dana Maiman, says, “Integrating Diane with the team we will be building around her creates a unique capability, allowing us to anticipate and respond early and effectively to clients needs. We have been doing branding forever so we did not set up a ‘new’ division, as the goal here is to utilize, integrate and synergize the vast knowledge and depth of experience found throughout the Draftfcb Healthcare agencies.”

DePaolis had previous stints including SVP, creative director at Y Brand in New York where she handled global branding programs for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer clients such as Merck, Allegan, Baxter, Takeda, The Gap and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, she was a partner at G2 Worldwide, where she directed the branding design strategy, development and implementation for clients such as Ramada Worldwide, McAfee Security, Underwriters Laboratories and Kmart.

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Optimedia US Named AOR For British Airways

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Antony Young, CEO at Optimedia US announced today that Optimedia US has been named digital media agency of record for British Airways. The agency expands its global media AOR assignment which it has led since 1995. Not a bad run.

“Optimedia continues to deliver integrated media programs that demonstrate both a true understanding of our brand, and a smart strategy for breaking through the clutter to make connections with our customers,” said Anne Tedesco, VP, marketing communications, NA for British Airways, in a statement.

The digital media duties were previously held by Agency.com.

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NYC Contest Calls for Ad Folks/Wannabe Standup Comedians

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Catch a lot of laughs around the water cooler with your witty humor? Maybe you should be a stand-up comedian. If you can bring the funny (or think you can) and are working in advertising, design, marketing or PR, Drinking With Adholes and The World Standup Comedy Club in NYC will give you your chance to shine with a contest on September 21.

The grand prize will be your very own live performance at the world famous Friars Club, home of the roasts. If you think you’ve got the goods, send an email with your name, photo and short bio to awesomecontest@theworldnyc.com. You can view the flyer after the jump.

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Euro RSCG Edge Hires Jennifer Peabody To Lead New Unit

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Jennifer Peabody will serve as vice-president of the newly reorganized short-form media group at Euro RSCG Edge, the direct response marketing branch of Euro RSCG Worldwide. Peabody will be receiving some help from Chad Crammer, who will serve as director of client services for the new branch.

Regarding the short-form group, Steve Netzley, CEO of Euro RSCG Edge, states, “The short form DRTV world is changing at an amazing pace. With the emergence of new devices, from iPads to GPS systems in cars that serve as portals for ads that are designed to change consumer behavior, I knew it was time to raise our level of thinking and approach the space in a new way.”

Peabody will be bringing her arsenal of more than 20 years of direct response experience to the short-media group. She’s been vice president of direct marketing for Murad Skincare and has also served as director of development for World Media TV Productions, and director of development for Western Media/Main Street Media.

Crammer meanwhile was media director at Mercury Media in LA prior to joining Edge.

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2011 ANDY Awards Announces Last Call, Jury

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It’s getting down to the wire, ladies and gents. The co-chairs for the awards Ty Montague and Michael Lebowitz announced the members of the 2011 ANDY jury and issued a final call for submissions to the global “Call for Entries” creative challenge going on as we speak.
We’ve covered this from the very beginning but just in case you slept in that day, feel free to go here and see what it’s all about. Plus, you still have five days to enter if you feel the urge to do so. Check out a list of the 2011 jury after the jump.

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Boutique Call: Calliope Voices Hits High Notes

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We haven’t done a boutique call in a while, so might as well shake the dust off. Calliope Voices is a Minneapolis voice-over talent agency led by former New Yorker Evan Rapp. Less than a year since launch, Calliope has already worked for agencies such as Fallon, Olson, Carmichael Lynch and Campbell Mithun. Their voice-overs can be heard on TV and radio spots for brands like Progresso, Sprint, A1, Domino’s Pizza and Volvo just to name a few.

Calliope is attached to professional recording studio Buzz Cuts Audio which provides the agency with top of the line equipment and enables them to complete a job promptly and proficiently. Evan also requires a training and workout session for his employees to keep their vocal attributes fine tuned and contemporary.

To learn a little bit more about Calliope Voices and hear some of their voices you can go to their website and check it out for yourself. It was a pleasure speaking with Evan and we see nothing but good things in their future.

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RSA Films’ Little Minx Debuts Teaser for Clancy-Inspired Game

To all the gamers out there who don’t already know the deal, Francois and Herve debuted a teaser for Tom Clancy‘s Ghost Recon Alpha film at Comic-Con this weekend. The full flick, produced by RSA Films’ Little Minx division and Ubisoft, will come out later this year to coincide with the videogame that’s inspired by this entry in the Clancy collection.

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