We're pretty sure Jordan Zimmerman, founder of Fort Lauderdale-based Zimmerman Advertising, doesn't want you ad agency types (likely he'd likely prefer new business prospects) entering his
contest to win a three-day, two-night stay in Fort Lauderdale during which he will take you to a private lunch, tour you around his new offices and let you ask him any questions you want. All you have
to do to enter the contest is to -- in Zimmerman's own words -- "Wow me. Show me how passionate you are about coming to meet me, getting an autographed copy of my book, asking me questions and
learning from me how to build your dream." He wants to see your passion represented in a short video. He wants to feel your passion. He wants to feel your energy. He wants to know you want to be there
with him. He adds: "Trust me. This will be worth your while." Watch this video. Clearly the man is intense. And did you see those arms? Don't mess with this
Last year it was for charity. This year it's just for fun. This Friday, Austin-based GSD&M will host The Big Wheel 500, a race in which grown advertising professionals will climb aboard Big Wheels and race each other for fame, glory and a big bottle of Andre champagne. Other Austin agencies that will be participating are Proof Advertising, T-3, R/GA, nFusion, Razorfish, Thirteen23, Sanders Wingo, Latin Works, McGarrah Jessee, Ampersand Agency and Mason Zimbler. Guys, you should do this during SXSW!
Like clockwork, following the installation of Denise Karkos as its new CMO this past October, TD Ameritrade has selected a new agency of record. Havas will take over the account. Karkos, who was previously brand strategy managing director at TD Ameritrade, stepped into the CMO position following Phil Bowman. For Havas' sake, here's hoping Karkos remains CMO for the foreseeable future.
This just in! From those thick-headed types over at Heinz. Oh...just to clarify...they're not thick in the head. They're thick because, ya know, the ketchup is...thick? Get it? OK. Moving on. In a statement today, Heinz said: "Heinz is pleased to announce its partnership with global ad agencies, Omnicom and Interpublic Group, effective July 1. Omnicom has been awarded the vast majority of our global media business and will act as our key media agency moving forward, with IPG serving as the primary agency for our North American business. This decision was made after a comprehensive six month review process, in which our 20 global media agencies were simplified to two in order to better leverage our media buying and planning. As a result, we look forward to working with Omnicom and IPG to more efficiently leverage the scope and scale of the global Heinz brand."
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.
Barton F. Graf 9000 has brought in a new creative team, Michael Hagos and Sam Dolphin, who have joined the agency as art director and copywriter. Hagos and Dolphin will report directly to Executive
Creative Directors Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal.
Hagos and Dolphin have been working together off and on since the pair were in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and became a team while helping to launch the New York office of Goodby, Silverstein and Partners. Together, they have worked on Comcast, New York Post, Street Easy, and Rock the Vote.
Of the pair, Barton F. Graff 9000 Founder and Chief Creative Officer Gerry Graf said: “I love the different ways they find creative solutions. When I look at work, and I can’t figure out how the team came up with the idea, those are the people I really like. Michael and Sam are campaign thinkers who fundamentally understand that breakthrough ideas also need to sell stuff. Not to mention, they’re pretty nice guys to have around the office.”
Before his time at Goodby, Hagos worked as a freelancer for a variety of agencies including Red Antler and Venables Bell and Partners. Prior to that, he spent time some time at Mother NY and Sid Lee, producing creative work for companies such as Target, Virgin Mobile, Stella Artois, Proust eMusic, and JCPenney. Before becoming partners, Dolphin worked as a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, where he created work for Dodge, P&G, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Nike, American Express, Sony, Special Olympics, and Herbal Essences, among others.