And so, it continues. We’ve received word that David Bonner, who joined IPG-owned Momentum Worldwide’s St. Louis office barely six months ago as SVP/executive creative director, is no longer with the agency. From what we’ve been told, Bonner’s departure is “related to a proactive restructure of” Momentum’s “Midwest creative resources” and that the agency does “wish him well on his next chapter.” Bonner joined Momentum and essentially replaced Jeff Stevens after spending time on the senior creative tier at the likes of JWT Chicago, BBDO Toronto, Doe Anderson and GJP. No word yet if there are plans to replace Bonner at Momentum St. Louis, but we’ll let you know when we do.
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-Former Mother/StrawberryFrog Amsterdam creative Maurice Van De Ven has joined MEC as its first executive creative director, a post that calls for him to work with owned/earned media team, MEC Access, among other things.
-Bicoastal/Munich-based prodco Aéro Film has added executive producer Unique Hammond to its L.A. office.
-Fernando Tassinari, former CEO of MRM Worldwide Brazil, has joined demand-side platform Turn to lead its Sao Paolo office.
-It’s a day of appointments, friends, as VFX/design company Smoke & Mirrors has appointed The Mill alum Jeff Stevens as creative director of its New York office.
-Adidas has teamed with United States of Fans/TBWA to help launch its new siloed football boots brand, Nitrocharge (above).
-Facebook is following in Twitter’s footsteps with its own verified pages. link
-The Clio committee is siding with the ADC in a sense, encouraging a 50/50 gender split amongst its 2014 jury. By the way, the Clio Awards will also be shifting schedules next year to coincide with Advertising Week come 2014. Call for entries will now open on Feb 3, 2014. link
-Former JWT Chicago senior partner/creative director David Bonner has joined up with Momentum’s St. Louis office as its new SVP/ECD. Bonner replaces Jeff Stevens, who parted ways with the latter agency (or vice versa) last April.
-Following a review, Lionsgate has handed its $275-$300 million media biz to Mindshare, which had previously handled media duties for the film studio’s Summit Entertainment division. link
-BBR Saatchi & Saatchi is trying to address cyber-bullying and “clean up the internet” for the kids via a Chrome plug-in (see above, download it here).
-MEC Access, the entertainment/sports partnerships division of MEC, has promoted Eric Petrosinelli to managing partner of its North American operations, which now calls for him to lead a team of 20+ people.
-DAVID, the 50 person-strong, year-old Ogilvy & Mather division headquartered in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, has welcomed Veronica Beach and Nazia Du Bois as head of global production and head of planning, respectively. link
-Dell has announced plans to take the company private in a deal (involving the likes of Microsoft) worth $24.4 billion. link
-If you didn’t know, Griffin Farley, a strategy director at BBH, ZAG and BBH Labs (who we’ve corresponded with a few times in the past) passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. We’ve been told that those who know him are hosting drinks tonight at the Tribeca Tavern for anyone who wants to come and share some memories. RIP, Griffin.
-Here’s one of the unaired Dunder Mifflin spots that Tongal crowdsourced and which almost made it on air during Super Bowl XLVII (above).
-Global social media agency We Are Social welcomed former MRY senior director of marketing Nick Fuller as marketing director while also hiring Deutsch NY/Arnold alum Peter Fontana as research & insights director.
-The folks at NYC-based digital marketing agency Glow Interactive have developed a slideshow overview of “The State of Social” for their clients. link
You may or may not recall that a couple of months ago, we reported that, after 11 years, Momentum parted ways with St. Louis ECD Jeff Stevens, who has now found a new gig…sort of. Stevens (pictured) has signed a development deal to produce original content for fellow St. Louis operation Coolfire Originals, which focuses on entertainment programming and is a sibling of Coolfire Media. Apparently though, Coolfire Media president David Johnson, in order to keep relations between his company and agency clients tight, wants to clarify what is exactly happening with Stevens’s signing.
He tells us, Stevens “…will not be an employee of Coolfire Originals or Coolfire Media. It is strictly a development deal to create show ideas for cable networks and online.” Johnson adds that Originals and Media are two separate entities, saying, “We are not, nor do we have any intention of becoming an agency. Coolfire Media is a production company that partners with agencies to create and produce television commercials, brand films, online and meeting content, radio, and original music. Coolfire Originals is developing television shows for major cable networks.”
Well, we’re not sure this is the ringing endorsement Stevens, nor anyone, would hope for, so Johnson has deferred to Coolfire Originals CEO/president Jeff Keane, who at least says of the new addition, “”Coolfire Originals is always looking to bring on great talent. [Stevens] has a proven track record of developing interesting and engaging content across every medium, we’re excited to partner with him.”
This should be a fun first day. Along with his new, um, gig, Stevens has also started a new business consultancy called Icarus alongside fellow Momentum alum Deborah Nobis.
Update: Sorry, that is the real Jeff Stevens above.
Here’s some news for you from IPG global network Momentum. We’ve received confirmation that Jeff Stevens, an ECD based out of the St. Louis office, is no longer with the agency. Stevens, who spent nearly 11 years at Momentum and worked his way up from copywriter to ACD (on campaigns such as this) to his most recent role, was let go last Friday.
From what we’ve been told, a few people at the agency’s St. Louis office are assuming his responsibilities for the time being. A Momentum spokesperson says in a statement, “The decision was mutual and we wish him well in future endeavors.”