And here we go. KiDS Creative has signed a 15-year lease for 34,775 square feet on the 87th floor of One World Trade Center. KiDS will pay somewhere north of $90 per square foot, and
it’s the first lease One World Trade Center has inked in 3 years. The full-floor space at One World Trade Center is expected to house both KiDS and the photography and film departments of Box
Studios. Of the deal, One World Trade Center Director of Leasing Eric Engelhardt said: “KiDS and One World Trade Center make a perfect match. KiDS is destined to a bright future at the top of
One World Trade Center, the world’s most prestigious business address.” Currently, KiDS and Box Studios are located at 412 West 14th Street.
Kansas City-based Sullivan Higdon & Sink has netted another industry award. Following the naming by Ad Age as the 2013 Small Agency of the Year-Midwest, the agency was just awarded the B2 Midsize Agency of the Year by the Business Marketing Association. Of their win, SHS Managing Partner Tom Bertels said: "We're humbled to be called the best BtoB midsize agency, and it's very satisfying to have the quality of our work validated on an international level. The awards are a reflection of our talented staff, awesome clients and strong client relationships." SHS is also home to SVP ECD John January, co-founder of the famed but now, sadly, defunct American Copywriter podcast.
Dentsu Aegis, a division of Japanese holding company Dentsu, is set to acquire New York-based events and promotions company MKTG for $52 million. Of the deal, Dentsu Aegis North Americas CEO Nigel Morris said: "It's about activating close to the point of purchase. It's on strategy, we were really impressed with the management, and we can integrate it quickly." MKTG Chairman and CEO Charlie Horsey is excited too and said: "We believe there are strong synergies between our approaches and experience, and together, we can continue to grow our offering in direct to consumer marketing."
And not to be left out of the merger and acquisition fun, DigitasLBi has formed a partnership with social relationship platform SocialFlow. As part of the deal, SocialFlow will provide custom tailored distribution solutions to DigitasLBi with the goal of tying together a paid, owned, and earned content offering. Of the deal, SocialFlow CEO Jim Anderson said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with DigitasLBi on our first large-scale deal with an agency. This partnership puts a stake in the ground for the industry to stop talking about bringing together teams, budgets, and disciplines, and to start doing it. By combining our technology with DigitasLBi’s integrated approach, we can deliver customized solutions that truly scale for some of the largest brands in the world.”
Brooklyn artist Maya Hayuk spoke with Starbucks agency 72andSunny over the course of eight days regarding her artwork and how it might be incorporated into promotional work for the new Starbucks
Mini Frappuccino. But after the eight days, she told the agency she was too busy to create new work and the talks ended.
Upon launch of the Mini Frappuccino, Hayuk felt the rainbow-style artwork was a bit too similar to work of her own and she filed a $750,000 copyright infringement lawsuit against Starbucks saying the finished product was "strikingly similar" to her work.
The lawsuit states: "Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works.” Hayuk's lawyer added: “When things like this happen, it cheapens the value of the art -- it’s really true. And her only source of income is her art.”
For its part, a Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are aware a complaint has been filed, and we are investigating the allegations.”
It seems the "hook up" is the predominant theme at Cannes Lions this week. Just like Barbarian Group's Dumb Phones, Virool's "Cannes We Meet" helps delegates connect with other
Cannes We Meet is a web app that works just like Tinder. After you visit the site and log in using LinkedIn, you can swipe right to meet or left not to meet in a manner very similar to the Tinder dating app.
Of the app, Virool CEO Alex Debelov said, "We know that clients meet agencies, agencies win business, startups win funding and products find buyers. Now we're helping bridge that gap and propel our industry forward."
Nice effort though I'd venture to say that I'm not all that far off base when I suggest rose-fueled delegates are thinking about propelling forward something entirely different than the industry while boozing it up in Cannes.
Leading up to and during Cannes Lions, a handful of the world's best and most respected creatives convene on jury panels in Cannes, France to judge the world's creative. These judges are the cream
of the crop. Any agency would love to have them work for their shop -- but how does an agency reach out to all these amazing creatives all at once? Easy. Turn your Cannes Lion entry case study
video into a recruitment ad.
180LA did exactly that by submitting a case study video of an entry into four Lions competitions; Film, Press, Direct and Radio. So as jury members were in the midst of reviewing hundreds of entries, they were also delivered a sneaky recruitment video. Quite brilliant actually, and from the tweets some of the judges sent, the stunt seems to have gone over quite well.
Y&R/Bravo Miami VP Creative Director wrote: "Hey @180LA thanks for the offer in the middle of the judging process. Lol. I'll call Monday." Proximity Creative Director Eva Santos wrote, "A case study just called me by name and offered me a job. Great idea @180LA #canneslions "lionsjudging."
Delivered with the drollest of droll voice overs, jury members, if not interested in the offer, are asked to "pass this idea to the shortlist and help change the life of another CD."
Check out the video here.