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  • Ogilvy‘s western division will handle PR duties for Energy Upgrade California, a self-described “energy management brand and marketing initiative” created by the state’s energy and utility commissions and the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Ogilvy began work on a rebranding project in February and will continue assisting the group in its noble attempts to help Californians better manage their own energy consumption–an effort that will occupy the minds behind all four area Ogilvy practices.

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Multiple Brand Commercials Come Together to Form Powerful Autism Awareness PSA

In an effort to round out Autism Awareness month with a powerful (yet still brand-centered) message, advertising agency BBDO New York has created three separate commercial spots for clients Band-Aid, Campbell’s Soup and AT&T, which, when viewed together, combine to form a PSA about the difference that early diagnosis can make in the life of a child with autism.

The series of spots, which first aired together during Monday’s CNN’s News Day, opens with a brief message from Autism Speaks, which says, “Learn the early signs of autism today. Because an early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference.” The viewer then watches a young boy with autism grow up over the course of three fifteen-second, brand-sponsored clips — his mother applies a Band-Aid to his injured knee as a toddler; he takes a hearty bite of Campbell’s soup as a growing boy; he receives a device powered by AT&T as a high school graduate.

The project works well and is quietly powerful because the situations pictured are brief, relatable, and feel exceptionally real — this appears to be an ordinary family living their ordinary lives, but it’s through everyday scenarios that extraordinary progress is made, and extraordinary love is felt; such is the case in all of our lives. Furthermore, the brand integration feels seamless because the common, everyday products pictured are often staples of a child-rearing household, so the brand messages do not disrupt the greater message or feel shoehorned in. Read more

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  • Mosi Bicycles chose DRIVEN PR as its agency of record. The California firm’s primary responsibility will be promoting the company’s new “vintage European-style” bike line. The release says the designs “are far from sacrificing beauty for quality”; unlike New York Citibike members, riders will know exactly who’s been sitting on their seat.

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MWW Signs New EVP, GM of SF Office

mollyAgency veteran Molly Mulloy has joined MWW to serve as EVP and general manager of the firm’s San Francisco office.

This announcement marks the latest step in the firm’s West Coast expansion, which most recently included the acquisition of LGBT specialty firm Macias Media Group.

Mulloy brings more than 15 years of experience in both agency and in-house positions to the role. Before joining MWW, she was EVP of Zeno Group Los Angeles, where she specialized in consumer tech and worked with clients like Expedia, Redbox and T-Mobile.

MWW president/CEO Michael Kempner explains the hire:

“Molly’s deep understanding of Silicon Valley and the tech space will be a major asset as we embark on a new stage of expansion.”

She will also serve as western region technology practice lead and global tech practice co-lead.

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  • Stuntman PR will be the agency of record for Mexicue, a brand that started as a New York City food truck but will soon become a national chain thanks to investment from Ruby Tuesday’s founder Sandy Beall. Red-hot Mexican and down home barbeque sound like a more natural pair than peanut butter and jelly, but is Mexicue the greatest taco truck in New York? We’d like to see that debate go down in Sunset Park…

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Sunshine Sachs Names Two New Partners

PrintFor only the second time in its 23-year history, Sunshine Sachs is expanding its leadership team by elevating two longtime employees to partner status.

Heather Lylis and Keleigh Thomas Morgan will join principals Shawn Sachs and Ken Sunshine as the firm’s third and fourth partners.

Morgan, who began working at the firm’s New York office in 2004 after roles at Nike Communications and Mirimax, previously held the title of senior vice president and ran the firm’s recent L.A. expansion. Lylis, a veteran of Solomon McCown & Company who has spent the past ten years with SS, “played a large role” in the 2013 opening of SS’s Washington, D.C. wing.

Official statements after the jump.

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Fifteen Minutes PR will be the agency of record for Project Shoe, a service that allows customers to quite literally design their own footwear (which will be delivered to their doors in 2-4 weeks).

We hope they do slip-ons.

The firm will also represent Nicole Curtis, star of the DIY Network/HGTV show “Rehab Addict”. The show focuses on Curtis’ efforts to renovate condemned houses–a process that will almost certainly ruin more than a few pairs of shoes…

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Beyoncé and Her Agency Come OUT as ‘the World’s Biggest Brand’

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Who, me?

OUT magazine scored a coup this week with Beyoncé’s first interview following the “surprise” release of her last album.

While Queen Bey (hashtag #BeyOut) does offer some insights into the development of the album and her status as “the hardest-working person in showbiz”, the most interesting part of the feature offers readers a glimpse inside the team that helped her earn all these (unofficial) titles.

“Meet the people behind Beyoncé” includes profiles of several principals at Bey’s agency Parkwood Entertainment.

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MWW will represent Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, best known as the couple behind the suit that brought down Prop 8, California’s statewide ban on same-sex marriage.

It’s no coincidence that this announcement follows the acquisition of L.A.’s Macias Media Group and the creation of MWW’s LGBT specialty division.

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RLM Finsbury Names New CEO

Caption: Michael Gross, CEO, RLM Finsbury (Photo: Business Wire)

Today RLM Finsbury officially announced an executive change finalized in late 2013: effective April 15, partner and president Michael Gross will be the firm’s new CEO.

Predecessor Walter Montgomery–a founding partner who provided the “M” in RLM and helped manage the 2011 merger with Finsbury–will stay on as partner to “[counsel] corporate clients on a range of issues”. He served as CEO for 14 years, and in the release Gross describes him as “an extraordinary mentor.”

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