If the name Schuyler Hunt doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps we can refresh your memory by recalling some of his fun projects during his two-and-a-half years at Mullen including the “Agency Fight,” “The Riddlist” and the cat-friendly, seizure-inducing and brief retuning of his old agency’s “Work” section. The “Zach Braff lookalike” as one tipster has coined him (ok, maybe they’re onto something) has joined up with NYC-based Translation, which is fresh off of hiring a new CCO in Martin Agency/Chiat LA alum John Norman, as an ACD/creative technologist. Prior to his time at Mullen, Hunt also had a brief spell or two at the Martin Agency as a CT and spent 15 months at the VCU Brandcenter.
No word yet on what his exact title is (we’re hearing communications planner), but sources in the know confirm that Matthew Baker, who has spent nearly the lat 18 months at Arnold Worldwide’s New York branch as VP/group planning director/digital director, has split for a new gig at Anomaly. From what we’ve been told by sources on the Spy line, Baker was “the digital brain” of ArnoldNYC and according to one source, “Matt is a gentleman and a talented Planner, so it’s a huge loss for us.” No word yet on if there are plans to replace but we’ll keep you posted.
After spending nearly two-and-a-half years at Energy BBDO, where he last served as SVP/group creative director on accounts including Wrigley, Chicago native Rick Hamann has moved on to a fellow Windy City operation, The Onion, where he now joins up as SVP and head of the satirical pub’s in-house creative agency, Onion Labs. In a statement, Onion CEO Steve Hannah says, “With over-15 years in advertising and experience working for a wide assortment of brands, Rick is the perfect person to head up Onion Labs. It will be his job to make sure that the most original, inventive comedy and pop culture ideas are created for our clients, and that they are absolutely aligned with their business goals.”
Here are some recent campaigns here and here if you need a refresher on the Onion Labs. During his time at Energy, Hamann moved up from VP/CD to his most recent GCD role, working with the likes of the aforementioned Wrigley (with ex-Energy BBDO AD/CD Jimmy Dietzen) as well as Quaker, Pearl Vision on various print/TV/digital efforts in the process. During his career, Hamann has also served as a copywriter at JWT Chicago and now-defunct Element79 before moving to up senior creative roles at Factory Design Labs and Cramer-Krasselt.
A young art director by the name of Manuel Caminero , who’s also toiled in the creative underbelly of DFCB NY and SF-based Cutwater, has started a campaign on Tinder in an attempt to land a junior level gig in Sydney.
We’re not sure we’ve seen Tinder used to find a job before, although Google has worked for folks in the past. Caminero hopes to prove his portfolio has merit by gaining 100 positive reviews on the page, which he hopes will then impress prospective employers. You can check out Caminero’s portfolio here, and, if you like his work, leave a positive review. We understand finding work isn’t easy, but maybe Caminero’s unusual approach can help him stand apart from the pack. We wish him the best of luck.
It took some time, but the folks at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York have finally landed a new head of integrated production in Chad Hopenwasser, who joins the agency after spending nearly the last eight years at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Hopenwasser essentially succeeds Robert Valdes, who left Chiat NY last spring and eventually joined up with Droga5 NY to serve as head of interactive production. But Valdes, as you may know, has recently left Droga5 to join up with old Chiat pal Mark Figliulo at the latter’s new shop, Figliulo & Partners.
As for Hopenwasser, the exec spent the last couple of years at CP+B serving as VP/director of video production across the agency’s network, working on, among other efforts, campaigns for Xbox and the new Kraft Mac n’ Cheese work starring Vanilla Ice. Prior to his lengthy stay at CP+B, Hopenwasser spent six years at Grey New York. He will officially assume his new post at Chiat NY in mid-March and work along the agency’s ECD, Matt Ian, and report to report to office president, Robert Harwood-Matthews.
It’s kind of surprising, we suppose, that Organic has never had a chief marketing officer up to this point, but the Omnicom-owned agency has now filled the newly created role with the promotion of Tracy Richards, who works out of the New York office. The 13-year Organic vet most recently served as group director/global business development. Richards’ CMO appointment comes as part of a “restructuring” of Organic’s biz dev efforts that’s being led by the agency’s CEO, David Shulman.
Along with the Richards promotion, sources familiar with the matter tell us that Organic has also won Kohler, KC Professional (adding to the agency’s portfolio of KC brands), and another, yet-to-be disclosed new business win on the West Coast that the agency just won in “a competitive pitch” with Razorfish. We’ll keep you posted when we find out what the new biz actually is.
After spending barely nine months at Droga5 New York as head of interactive production, Robert Valdes has left the agency, sources confirm. Valdes, you may recall, joined David Droga & crew after a four-year stint as head of production at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY, where he worked on several projects for accounts including Absolut and Jameson. Where’s he now, you ask? Well, Valdes just so happened to join up with his fellow former Chiat NY colleague, Mark Figliulo, who launched his Figliulo&Partners shop last year. Valdes is in familiar territory at F&P, where he has assumed the role of partner/head of production.
As for Droga5, our sources tell us that the agency is planning to replace Valdes, though no timetable has been set as far as we know.
This one’s been around awhile, but it hasn’t had much press and we felt it was worth sharing, especially if you’re a recent graduate or young creative with around 40 minutes or so to kill.
Not knowing what to do following graduation, two young creatives (William Novak and Francis Carter) embarked on a road trip and made a no-budget documentary called “The Ad-Venture,” exploring the current state of the ever-evolving world of advertising.
The creative pair interviewed industry professionals across the country, and begin the documentary by sharing inspiring messages from these individuals about the advantages and pitfalls of working advertising. Although at times it can feel overwhelmingly like a series of talking heads, these industry professionals touch on some interesting points about the current state of advertising and where it’s headed in the future. Mixed in with the interviews are intriguing relics from advertising’s golden age, which act as a welcome change of pace, and an intriguing look backwards to balance out the mostly forward-looking nature of the film.
As the documentary was dreamed up by young creatives, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they spend a significant amount of time delving into the creative process, getting differing opinions about how best to tackle a project, and the different processes interviewees utilize in their work. This part of the film tends to drag a little bit, as, even if this is an area of interest, it gets a bit repetitive hearing people talk about the creative process (especially when different people inevitably repeat the same basic ideas).
The pair also tackle the creative differences agencies in different parts of the country tend to have in an attempt to answer for the viewer where it is in the advertising world that they might belong. Although this section can feel like a bunch of creatives pitching for their own agencies, they quickly move on to how to stand out from the pack and land a job, ending the video on something of an inspiring note. Although it’s something of a mixed bag, and you may end up utilizing the fast-forward option quite a bit, there are enough clever insights and pieces of good advice to recommend “The Ad-Venture” to interested parties. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more
Two ad executives — chief operating officer at W2O David Mihalovic, and W2O global chief creative officer Mike Hartman — are biking from northern New Jersey to this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas to raise funds for Lyme Disease and COPD research in an endeavor they’re calling “Longhorn Tomato Motorcycle Run.”
The pair will set out from Asbury Park in a couple of days and have announced that “Anyone on two wheels brave enough to hit the road in the north east in early March is invited to join.” In the mean time, the fundraising aspect of the trip is in need of some help. Mihalovic and Hartman have raised $2,093 of their $25,000 goal. Undeterred, the pair says “…it’s time to give. Not give up.” So head on over to the donation page and help them out, if you can. It’s for a good cause.
Once the ride kicks off, you can follow the group’s Facebook page for updates on the action and their current location. Good luck, guys.