Watch out Leo Burnett. Big things are happening over at Esurance. The direct-to-consumer insurance company, which stole many Super Bowl advertisers' thunder by giving away $1.5 million after
the game, has announced that Alan Gellman has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Gellman will oversee all of Esurance's marketing and advertising efforts, including direct marketing,
online and offline advertising, search, brand partnerships, communications and customer experience. Of Gellman, Esurance President and CEO Gary Tolman said: "After a very comprehensive search, I am
pleased to welcome Alan to the Esurance team. His experience in regulated industries and strong focus on digital, analytics, and putting customers first will help us grow the Esurance business as we
continue to drive innovation and the evolution of self-directed insurance." Like we said, watch out Leo Burnett.
Las Vegas based SK+G Advertising has named Marc Lineveldt executive creative director. He joins the agency with 24 years of experience working on brands like Coca-Cola Company, Sony, Volkswagen, BMW and Levi’s. Lineveldt is the former Executive Creative Director for Fitzgerald+CO of Atlanta, a division of Interpublic. He began his career at TBWA/South Africa where he spent ten years, the first three in Johannesburg as an Art Director and the next seven years at TBWA Hunt Lascaris Cape Town as co-executive creative director. Lineveldt has also worked at Ogilvy, Y&R and Saatchi & Saatchi. He racked up several industry awards including Cannes Lions, Clio, The One Show, The Art Directors Club of NY, The Loeries, Epica and Dubai Lynx Awards.
Following Kristen Cavallo's appointment as president for Mullen, there appears to be a bit of housecleaning going on. There have been hints of layoffs and re-appointments coming out of the Boston office this week. There aren't many details, but there are plenty of rumors swirling about how the shop has lost its luster. Which, if true, is sad -- as the shop was once mighty.
Remember the Barbarian Group Superdesk? It really is quite awesome. But Gerry Graf wants us all to know that the offices of Barton F. Graf 9000 are just as cool. In a video, along with "spatial philosopher" Rose Sacktor, Graf touts the office's "one continuous floor and "discontinuous desks" and special poles that prevent the floor above from crashing down on employees' heads while at work creating Pizza Hut masterpieces. We think Barton F. Graf should have a party to introduce its One Continuous Floor just like Barbarian Group did to introduce its Superdesk. Gerry?
Way back in 2004, University of Central Florida graduate and Woo Creative Founder Ryan Boylston began hosting an event called Arnold Day. Arnold Day, which started with just Boylston and a few
friends gathering at Orlando bar Lazy Moon to watch Schwarzenegger movies on the actor's birthday, has grown to a 1,200-person event.
Of the event's genesis, Boylston said: "Way back when, it was a simple concept… two Arnold fans, a 19-inch TV, a VCR -- that's right, a VCR -- and the greatest pizza/beer establishment in Orlando."
Each year, diehard Arnold fans showed up in their favorite Arnold movie attire, to share their love for Mr. "I'll be back!"
On how the day will go down, Lazy Moon Co-Owner Tim Brown said: "Ryan's awesome. On Arnold Day, we'll serve German or Austrian beers, bratwurst pizza and the event has caught on with both employees and customers. We're not sure Arnold will show up, but it's a fun day either way."
The event also supports Boylston's fundraising goals, which include collecting $20,000 which will be donated to Boynton Beach-based CJ Foundation which provides financial resources to families with special needs children.
Of the charity side of the effort, Boylston said: "The monies we raise are for kids to receive therapy not covered by insurance. This therapy can change the trajectory of a child's life."
Donations will be collected at the Arnold Day event but anyone can visit the Arnold Day website on which contributions can be made.
This year, Arnold Day will be Aug. 1 at Lazy Moon Pizza, 11551 University Blvd., in Orlando.
Come on, Arnold, show up for Ryan, won't you?
I suppose it's entirely possible that there are hundreds of companies with the word "shift" in their name. And here's another; one that might raise an eyebrow with marketing agency Shift
Communications. Why? Because ShiftRGB.com (which, anachronistically, displays only 1995ish "coming soon" text).
Petrol Advertising Motion Director David Edeburn is launching ShiftRGB, a creative firm he says he's launching in response to Google Chrome's September 15th move to discontinue auto-playing Flash media. ShiftRGB will specialize in creating HTML5 display advertising for ad agencies transitioning to HTML5 display ads.
For the past 15 years, Edeburn has worked as an HTML5 animator, Flash animator, creative director and web developer at WOO, Arsonal and Petrol.
Following its premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and a showing in Milan on July 15, Saatchi & Saatchi continues to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of its New Directors’ Showcase, this time with a New York City screening event at the Museum of Modern Art Tuesday, August 25.
Saatchi & Saatchi will present the New Directors Showcase featuring this year’s directing talent as well as the U.S. premiere of “25X25”: an "experiment in film" directed by 25 New Directors' Showcase alumni who have been recognized for their successful film, television, and advertising careers.
The “25x25” directors include Daniel Kleinman, Dawn Shadforth, Floria Sigismondi, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, Ivan Zacharias, Traktor, Dante Ariola, Ringan Ledwidge, Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, Carl Erik Rinsch, Noam Murro, Tim Bullock, Dougal Wilson, James Rouse, Jamie Rafn, Fredrik Bond, Philippe Andre, Jake Scott, Ne-o, David Wilson, Daniel Wolfe, Ilya Naishuller, Vania Heymann, and Charlie Robins.
Of the event, Andy Gulliman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Director of Film & Content and curator of the New Directors Showcase said: “Back in 1991 an idea was conceived for a Showcase that would reflect the agency’s reputation for nurturing and developing new talent. 25 years later we are still committed to providing a global platform for new directing talent.”
Saatchi & Saatchi New York CEO Brent Smart added: “It was a real highlight to experience the New Directors’ Showcase and 25X25 Film at Cannes this year and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this event to New York. I hope our clients, partners, and people find the same inspiration from the next generation of filmmakers.”
Recently, DDB Istanbul was in search of an art director. As is always the case with an open creative position, the agency was slammed with portfolios. But one portfolio stood out and was far and
away above all others.
Like a shipwrecked person on an island (after all, that's kind of like what joblessness is like), Canhür Aktuglu did the message in a bottle thing placing his cover letter inside a bottle and embedding a USB stick containing his portfolio in the bottle's cork.
Check out several images of his creation here.
Pretty soon we'll start calling trading desks media departments. Oh, wait.