We've received a whisper from a tipster that Boston-based media buying shop Blitz Media has closed. The shop has been a Boston area mainstay for decades and was one of the first media-buying shops in the area. Last fall the agency parted ways with major client Wendy’s, which the shop had served for over a decade. At the time agency CEO Melissa Lea wrote in a memo to staffers that the shop made the “difficult” decision to resign the account after doing a “profitability assessment” on the assignment. Ensuing talks with the client apparently could not resolve outstanding issues. Lea wrote that Wendy’s “contributed to our overall growth for many years and for that we thank them. We will continue to work hard on their business as we transition the account.” She also noted that the agency had won a number of accounts in 2013. We have reached out to the agency for comment but have not yet had a response.
Anomaly, which just lost its head of integrated production, Sergio Lopez, to McCann London, has hired Aolenso BBDO Auckland Creative Director Levi Slavin as the agency's new CD. Slavin came to Colenso BBDO in 2009 from Saatchi & Saatchi London. Of his joining Anomaly, Slavin said: "Anomaly is an incredibly exciting company -- one that genuinely plays in a new space. I'm thrilled to be joining the team."
Interpublic Group secretary Joy Noel, with the shop for 20 years, has sued the agency for $2 million, claiming the agency falsely blamed her for sending a threatening package to agency CEO Michael Roth. During an hour and a half of questioning back in December during which Noel denied sending the package, she claims the agency questioned her about her National Rifle Association membership and "supposed gun activities." She also denies having anything to do with her NRA membership cards being inside the package. She's was suspended and escorted out of the office. Noel says the agency's action is in retaliation for a previous lawsuit she filed claiming the agency engaged in race discrimination.
I'd like to wish John Hilbrich and Mark Anthony good luck. Why? Because the two have set out to create a bit of an oxymoron -- an agency holding company that isn't an agency holding company. You see, the two, who have launched Sandbox in Chicago, aim to, as Lewis Lazare writes, "challenge the status quo in the ad industry." How? By creating partnerships between agencies that are designed to highlight talent and fuel business efficiencies. Really? How is that any different than the holding company they are trying so hard not to be?
Oy! Another creative award event? Sadly, yes. This one's comes from The A-List Hollywood and they have announced the call for entries for the Moving Image
Advertising, Interactive & Branded Entertainment 2015 Award. The entry deadline set for January 30, 2015.
I'm told the A-List Hollywood is the first creative advertising competition of its kind in Hollywood and will focus on the intersection between advertising and entertainment across all platforms. The event will be judged by the usual collection of international creatives including Leo Burnett's Mark Tutsell, JWT's Matt Eastwood, 360i's Pierre Lipton, and DDB Germany's Eric Schoeffler, among others. And no, there's not one single woman on the jury.
Of the awards, The Martin Agency Chief Creative Director Joe Alexander said: "There are way too many award shows and way too many without a clear purpose. The A-List Hollywood is the rare exception. It rewards the brands -- and agencies -- that are behaving in the most creative and engaging ways. Now that's refreshing."
Right, Joe. That's vastly different from every single other award event on the planet.
There's been a lot going on with Nationwide and its relationship with its agencies over the past few months. While its relationship appears to be solid with McKinney, things are not going so well
regarding its relationship with Moxie.
Confirming this, a statement from Moxie CEO Suzy Deering reads: “While Moxie will continue to work with Nationwide, it will no longer be on a retainer basis. Given this shift, we’ve begun the process of closing our Columbus office. Accounts currently serviced out of that location will be handled by our Pittsburgh and Atlanta offices. We are very proud of the work our Columbus team has produced over the years. They are a group of truly talented, dedicated professionals, and we thank them for all they have done.”
It totally sucks when an office of an agency has to shut down due to client shifts or losses. It's not fun. I've been there and know firsthand what it's like. But life goes on. Mine did. And so will the lives of everyone involved here.