The Richards Group steps into the heat to film Hope Rises

The Dixie Fire — one of the largest, most destructive wildfires in California’s history — reduced towns, homes, and lives to ashes. And yet, hope remains. In that spirit, Hope Rises is an organized effort to help rebuild the community and town of Greenville, California and the surrounding communities of Plumas County that were destroyed by the … Continue reading “The Richards Group steps into the heat to film Hope Rises”

Richards Group announces Chief Talent, Culture Officer

The Richards Group has named its first chief talent and culture officer. Nikki Wilson, former human resources and labor relations director at General Motors, will report to CEO Glenn Dady. Along with the appointment of outside inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) counsel Do What Matters earlier this year, this furthers the agency’s commitment to a broader and … Continue reading “Richards Group announces Chief Talent, Culture Officer”

Richards Group engages Dr. Lauren Tucker for diversity

As part of its commitment to implement meaningful, measurable diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, The Richards Group has formally engaged diversity consultant Dr. Lauren Tucker PhD and her team at Do What Matters to help the agency navigate its refounding. In October of last year, the agency found itself in hot water after founder Stan Richards’ made racist remarks during … Continue reading “Richards Group engages Dr. Lauren Tucker for diversity”

Cracker Barrel, Dr. Pepper leave Richards Group

More troubling news for The Richards Group. Just a day after Home Depot left the agency due to founder Stan Richards’ racist remarks during an internal review, Cracker Barrel and Keurig Dr Pepper have now distanced themselves from the award-winning independently owned agency. More hits for Richards Group: Cracker Barrel says it has dropped Richards … Continue reading “Cracker Barrel, Dr. Pepper leave Richards Group”

Motel 6 turns off the lights on the Richards Group

Oop. Longtime clients Motel 6, and now Home Depot, have fired The Richards Group for racist remarks reportedly made by 88-year-old founder Stan Richards. According to Advertising Age, during a creative review for its 34-year-old client Motel 6, Richards allegedly said a new campaign was “too Black” and would not resonate with motel chain’s “significant … Continue reading “Motel 6 turns off the lights on the Richards Group”

Lucky savors “collab” with Richards Group for NRA

Not that NRA. The National Restaurant Association. The Association’s new spot, via the Richards Group and production studio and post house Lucky, perfectly captures what we crave when we dine out – great food, of course, and a welcoming and fun atmosphere in which to enjoy it. As restaurants open up for more dining options, … Continue reading “Lucky savors “collab” with Richards Group for NRA”

Direct Auto Insurance names The Richards Group as AOR

Direct Auto Insurance, a leader in the nonstandard auto insurance space, has named The Richards Group as the company’s new brand advertising agency. Working closely with Direct Auto’s leadership, The Richards Group will be responsible for overall creative advertising strategy as well as digital strategy, sponsorship marketing, consumer promotions, CRM/analytics, and multicultural marketing led by … Continue reading “Direct Auto Insurance names The Richards Group as AOR”

Stan Richards fires himself from agency

They say the year 2020 is all about transitions. This is certainly true for Richards Group founder Stan Richards, who after making a racist comment during an internal creative review last week, was forced to transition himself out of the iconic Dallas agency. In a just-released statement, The Richards Group said that effective immediately, Glenn … Continue reading “Stan Richards fires himself from agency”

CDs Nate Cali, Alex Candlish join Harbor

In a move that enhances its already impressive global advertising talent roster, Harbor has announced the arrival of Nate Cali, Director, Editorial, and Alex Candlish, Creative Director, 2D. Both Cali and Candlish will be based out of the LA studio joining Adam Reeb, Executive Producer, Advertising, VFX. Nate Cali Nate is an accomplished, award-winning editor … Continue reading “CDs Nate Cali, Alex Candlish join Harbor”

Director Najeeb Tarazi joins SixTwentySix

Further expanding its directorial roster, creative studio and production company SixTwentySix is pleased to announce it has signed multi-disciplinary commercial, music video, and film director Najeeb Tarazi for US commercial and music video representation. A first-generation Lebanese-American talent, Tarazi’s experience spans various realms with work for agencies, record labels, brands, and artists ranging from retro … Continue reading “Director Najeeb Tarazi joins SixTwentySix”

2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA

The Commercial Directors Diversity Program’s Industry (CDDP) Showcase debuted in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Led by Executive Director Tamika Lamison and CDDP Committee Advisory head Lisa Rich, the CDDP offered a six-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, shadowing, a grant to make a spec commercial, and an industry showcase to share the work.   … Continue reading “2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA”

CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows

Tamika Lamison, Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the five Fellows who have each been awarded $25,000.00 stipends to produce spec spots during the Program’s 2022 cycle. The Fellows are: MG ‘Grace’ Evangelista, Alexander Gilbert, Rhym Guisse’, LJ Johnsn and Andrew Rhee. According to Lamison, almost 700 Directors applied to … Continue reading “CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows”

Frito-Lay amplifies Black creative voices with #JoyFULLYBlack

Frito-Lay has launched its #joyFULLYBlack campaign, a project designed to celebrate the joy-filled stories that are reflected in our communities, families, friendships and daily interactions. As a part of Frito-Lay and PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey (REJ) Initiative— Frito-Lay will invest more than $400 million dollars over the next five years to support the Black community. This project is … Continue reading “Frito-Lay amplifies Black creative voices with #JoyFULLYBlack”

AICP: Zillow’s Journey wins Best in Show

Ben Kwok, Visual Effects Supervisor at Blacksmith, won the Best in Show at the AICP Post Awards premiere, held virtually this week. Kwok won for his masterful compositing and Flame work on “The Journey” for Zillow, in which a young girl is accompanied on frightening and fanciful travels to her new home by a pair … Continue reading “AICP: Zillow’s Journey wins Best in Show”

Treehouse: Editor Greg Sunmark to anchor talent roster

Treehouse Edit has brought in veteran creative editor Greg Sunmark to anchor its talent roster as the studio undergoes a shift in talent, focus and client mix. The news of Sunmark’s joining was made by Executive Producer Jeremy Besser, who helped launch the editorial boutique with partner Reid Brody in 2012. Besser says Sunmark’s signing, … Continue reading “Treehouse: Editor Greg Sunmark to anchor talent roster”

BBDO has the tools for Home Depot

Home Depot has appointed BBDO as its U.S. creative agency of record, consolidating its creative and media accounts in the U.S. with Omnicom. Ad Age was the first to break the news. The announcement follows the home improvement center’s decision to go with Omnicom Media Group’s OMD as U.S. media agency of record in January. The decision … Continue reading “BBDO has the tools for Home Depot”

ATKPLN adds ECD Daniel DelPurgatorio

Creative studio ATKPLN is adding another box to its Zoom grid, tapping Daniel DelPurgatorio as its new Executive Creative Director. With the same intensity that he brings to intramural dodgeball, he will embolden the design-first creative studio’s approach to making and breaking things…in the pursuit of making things that don’t break. While his greatest accomplishments … Continue reading “ATKPLN adds ECD Daniel DelPurgatorio”

BBDO MPLS names Sue Batterton ECD

BBDO Minneapolis has named Sue Batterton as the agency’s new Executive Creative Director. According to a statement from a spokesperson, Batterton will be responsible for the agency’s creative output.  “There was a lot of interest in this position,” said Neil White, BBDO MPLS’ President and CEO. “Sue’s passion for the work, her proven ability to … Continue reading “BBDO MPLS names Sue Batterton ECD”

McCann promotes Singleton Beato to Global EVP

McCann today announced that Singleton Beato has been promoted to the brand new role of Global EVP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Beato joined McCann Worldgroup as Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer in 2017. In this role, she was responsible for designing and leading strategic workforce diversity and engagement solutions that drive business performance … Continue reading “McCann promotes Singleton Beato to Global EVP”

Motel 6 choose to room with Barkley for new campaign

Motel 6 has selected Barkley, a Kansas City-based independent agency known for building modern brands for modern consumers, as its new agency of record. Barkley will be working with Motel 6 on several key initiatives in 2021, including a ‘return to travel’ campaign, expanding its reach to guests, and aligning across multi-channel efforts. “Motel 6 … Continue reading “Motel 6 choose to room with Barkley for new campaign”