No exact numbers have been divulged but sources familiar with the matter confirm that JWT’s Atlanta office has had to part ways with “a handful” of employees this week. From what we’ve been told by sources, the key reason for the cuts is sequestration, specifically the fact that most government accounts faced a reduction in allocated funding in 2014 due to the automatic slashing of budgets. JWT ATL has handled a couple of government accounts (U.S. Marine Corps, for one) and has felt the impact of the sequestration. If we find out more, we’ll keep you posted.
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JWT New York has added another executive creative director to its flagship office following the hiring of Andy Carrigan and Jon Zast in December. Frederic Bonn, ECD at Razorfish NY, has joined in the same role at JWT NY and will oversee digital creative across the office, which has won new biz from Puma and Google as of late. Bonn spent well over four years in all at Razorfish, working on efforts for Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo and Citibank among other accounts. During his career, served as a creative director of the London and New York offices of what Euro RSCG 4D as well as Ogilvy Interactive, Paris.
His new boss, JWT North America CCO Jeff Benjamin says in a statement, ““Here we are in 2014 and it seems almost backwards to be hiring an ECD for digital. The reality is that digital simply moves too fast to expect everyone to have the expertise brands demand. It is hard to imagine, but the next 10 years will dwarf the innovation we’ve seen from the last. In this evolving world of real-time marketing, platforms, newsrooms, apps, social, invention and whatever happened today — you need digital leaders who can help brands and agencies stay ahead of the pace and places digital is pushing. Frederic brings a selfless talent and wisdom that is too rare in this industry, but necessary to succeed,”
MassMarket and JWT New York have partnered up with noted fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi to make blowing mucus into a tissue fashionable for Kleenex in the new spot “Do My Thing.”
The 30-second spot, directed by Grady Hall, highlights different women (there are only women in this ad, because men don’t use tissues — they just blow snot rockets) expressing their personal style with their Kleenex selection. The new designs follow the ladies, enveloping their surroundings in their patterns and colors. To achieve the effect, MassMarket “brought together an interesting mix of artists and techniques to smoothly unite the multiple shots for this project,” explains VFX supervisor Diego Vazquez. This included implementing “traditional 2D, stylistic motion graphics and dynamic 3D.” The team’s distinctive visual design really shines in the spot, succeeding at making Kleenex’s new styles seem appealing and inviting. Credits after the jump. Read more
In America, we may have to worry about politicians manipulating our maps, but at least we know that the maps themselves are complete. In Brazil, that’s not something the people can take for granted. In Rio, for example, there are more than 1,000 favelas that simply appear as blank or incomplete spaces on maps. However, some folks at JWT Brazil just launched a campaign with the educational organization Afroreggae that will let students in Rio conduct research and accurately draw a new map that includes the favelas. The goal of “Ta No Mapa!” is to let kids interview business owners and ultimately manage the online mapping platform as a means of social communication. Think of it as digital networking for future employees who, until this point, have limited access to this type of social media entrepreneurship and creativity.
JWT and Afroreggae hope to expand to other cities and favelas in the future if the project succeeds. Bem feito and credits after the jump.
“Forever Faster.” Remember that mantra as it’s the 2014 tagline for Puma, which has now appointed JWT as its global creative agency in a move that will span North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Middle East/African regions. In a statement, the sports/shoe/apparel brand’s CEO Björn Gulden says, “In JWT, we have found an agile agency with a global reach that understands the PUMA brand and culture. The team quickly proved that they could deliver on our new mission to become the Fastest Sports Brand in the World. Together we’ll craft a more nimble creative structure that will allow us to support all of the company’s sporting and lifestyle categories with a single consumer message and streamlined creative concept across territories.”
JWT New York will spearhead creative on the account, which was previously handled by Droga5. According to sources, BBH and Barton F. Graf 9000 were also in the pitch, which we hear JWT wasn’t initially invited to but eventually became a “dark horse.” Yet, “chemistry” worked out and due to touting a “small agency-style creative” at a network agency, which the brand didn’t expect, JWT won out thanks to a pitch led by the agency’s NY CEO Peter Sherman, North American CCO Jeff Benjamin and director of business development Emilie Vasu.
We’ve received confirmation that after spending the last three years as managing director of the JWT Inside’s New York office, Tonya Garrett has left the agency. We’ve been told that Garrett’s last day was actually Nov. 15 at Inside, which in case you didn’t know, is the JWT unit that aims to “advance employee engagement through comprehensive advertising, marketing and employee communications services.” Sources familiar tell us, though, that Garrett isn’t going too far as she’s transferring to another WPP company with the full support of JWT Inside management.
After serving on the account side for several years at the likes of Razorfish and iCrossing, Garrett joined JWT Inside in summer 2010 to lead the NY office alongside creative director Timothy Bruns, who parted ways with the agency back in August. We’ve been told that neither of their roles are being replaced at Inside and that their duties are being absorbed by existing staffers.
After spending the last four years as group director/integrated content marketing at Coca-Cola, Kevin Keith has headed back to the agency side, joining up with JWT’s Atlanta office as director of planning. Keith has taken over for Michael Deszo as of this week and will report to the agency office’s president/CCO, Perry Fair. During his time on the client side, Keith led brand strategy and integrated marketing communications on both Coke and Sprite. Regarding his meeting with Fair and the JWT Atlanta crew, which works on clients including the U.S. Marine Corps, Shell, Transamerica and Quaker State, Keith says in a statement, ““I was introduced to Perry when he joined JWT Atlanta and have followed his accomplishments and work over the past two years. The extensive technology capabilities at JWT and the supporting infrastructure to propel creative ideas into business solutions for clients made the agency very attractive for me, and I’m excited to see what we can invent together.”
During his previous stints in ad land, Keith worked on the account side at the likes of Draftfcb, Lowe and Hal Riney & Partners.
JWT Brazil, the agency responsible for the “91 Rock Clock” progressive wake-up app and turning Brazilian teen mag Capricho into an iPhone amplifier for Coca-Cola FM has a new project raising breast cancer awareness for A.C. Camargo Cancer Center.
Dubbed the “Anti Cancer Paste Up,” the project uses the graffiti and tagging around Sao Paulo to raise awareness for breast cancer. The narrator of the spot remarks that everyone always assumes the graffiti was done by male artists. So JWT used painted posters over the graffiti of several artists, in each case pasting over an image of a breast with a post-mastectomy image, in an attempt to spread the message that breast cancer “is a real problem and…can happen to anyone.” The WPP-owned agency hopes that the “youthful language” of graffiti can help them reach young women and convince them to get breast exams that can result in a 90% treatment success rate. It’s the kind of innovative and unusual approach we’ve come to expect from JWT, and should turn some heads to raise awareness of an issue that’s much too easy to ignore. Credits after the jump.
There will be a major changing of the guards–well, eventually–at JWT’s top ranks as Gustavo Martinez has been tapped to succeed Bob Jeffrey as the agency’s global CEO in 2015. Jeffrey, who’s served as JWT’s top exec for 15 years, will continue in his role as chairman/worldwide CEO through 2014. In a statement regarding his eventual replacement, Jeffrey says, “Over the past few years, Gustavo and I have cultivated a relationship of mutual admiration and respect. He is passionate about the business, devoted to clients and understands that the key asset of the business is the caring, nurturing and understanding of its people. Gustavo Martinez is the future of JWT.” Couldn’t have ended it with a better exclamation point, we say.
While he awaits his move to top of the heap at JWT, Martinez (pictured) will assume the the role of global president of the WPP-owned agency network effective Feb. 2014. The exec currently serves as president for Europe and Asia at McCann Worldgroup, where’s he spent nearly the last three years. Martinez initially joined the Worldgroup from Ogilvy back in early 2011, replacing Brett Gosper as president of the European region. He subsequently moved up the charts at McCann, taking on more responsibility as co-leader of the agency’s Global Brand Community a year later. According to Campaign Asia-Pacific, McCann hasn’t made any announcement yet as to who Martinez’s potential replacement will be.
It’s been some time since we’ve covered staffing news at JWT New York, but the agency has now sent word out that it’s welcomed some senior staffers, both in creative and account management. On the creative front, toplining the new hire list is Robert Frost (he must have fun with that), a 13-year ad vet who’s made the rounds in senior creative roles at the likes of Y&R and TBWA Chiat\Day but spent the majority of his career at McCann.
During his last stint at said agency, which lasted six years, Frost served as SVP/GCD on MasterCard among other accounts. Now at JWT, he will served as executive creative director on the Vonage account, which the agency won at the beginning of the year. Along with Frost, JWT NY has also brought on RAPP alum Bryan Gaffin to serve as GCD on its healthcare accounts including Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb as well as Kimberly Samskin-Barger, former creative lead on AmEx OPEN at Digitas, as a CD.
On the account side, meanwhile, Sherri Chambers, who most recently served as group brand director on Carl’s Jr. and Hardees at 72andSunny, joins JWT NY as global business director a yet-to-be-named “new account.” Hmm.
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