Omnicom’s Wren trolls Wendy Clark during call

Yesterday, Omnicom Group Inc. held its quarterly conference call to review the holding company’s first quarter financial results. In between announcements about the company’s diluted net income and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, CEO John Wren took a time-out to discuss and briefly criticize former CEO Wendy Clark for leaving DDB … Continue reading “Omnicom’s Wren trolls Wendy Clark during call”

Wendy Clark to leave DDB WW for Dentsu

Omnicom Group Inc. Chairman and CEO John Wren today announced former DDB Worldwide CEO and current Chairman, Chuck Brymer, will assume additional responsibilities for the company while a search is conducted to find new leadership after Wendy Clark, President and CEO, DDB Worldwide announced her resignation. Clark announced her departure from the Omnicom shop to become the global … Continue reading “Wendy Clark to leave DDB WW for Dentsu”

Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB

Well, that didn’t take long. Omnicom Group Inc. President and CEO John Wren announced the appointment of Wendy Clark, who joined the agency in 2016, as President and CEO of DDB Worldwide. Clark succeeds Chuck Brymer who will assume the title of Chairman. Both roles are effective immediately. “After 12 terrific years as the head … Continue reading “Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB”

Wendy’s new sandwiches are anything but basic

Wendy’s AOR VMLY&R has launched a tasty new spot to launch the three new sandwiches appearing on the fast food restaurant’s menu. The new menu items include the BBQ Chicken Sandwich, the Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich, and the S’awesome Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Hell to the yeah. The :30-second spot, directed by VMLY&R’s Dummy director Harold … Continue reading “Wendy’s new sandwiches are anything but basic”

dentsu: Fred Levron named Global CCO

dentsu International has announced that Fred Levron has been named global chief creative officer. This executive role will see Levron leading the network’s holistic creative agenda and its portfolio of creative agencies worldwide. The global chief creative officer hire accelerates dentsu’s creative ambitions across its agencies and for its clients, who make up 95 of … Continue reading “dentsu: Fred Levron named Global CCO”

mcgarrybowen + Dentsu = Dentsumcgarrybowen

We’re getting a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious vibe from this new merger. Welcome to the world of Dentsumcgarrybowen. Listed as a part of Dentsu Aegis Network, the new organization encompasses mcgarrybowen’s various offices around the world and a number of agencies that operate under the Dentsu name outside of Japan. The new global creative network unites more than … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen + Dentsu = Dentsumcgarrybowen”

More layoffs, furloughs and salary freezes hit agencies

As we enter the sixth week of lockdowns and working from home due to the global health crisis, agencies are finally beginning to feel the impact as more were laid off and/or furloughed last week. Independently-owned agency Mekanism, which has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, has reportedly laid off approximately 5% … Continue reading “More layoffs, furloughs and salary freezes hit agencies”

It’s “Ominous-com” as CEO John Wren predicts layoffs

Like all industries, the coronavirus COVID-19 has begun to affect the advertising industry. Omnicom CEO John Wren has confirmed staff reductions, salary slashes and furloughs are happening across the agencies which includes DDB, BBDO, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Fleischman Hilliard, Goodby, Silverstein and Partners and more. According to Ad Age, Wren issued a memo to all 70,000 global … Continue reading “It’s “Ominous-com” as CEO John Wren predicts layoffs”

Ari Weiss elevated to DDB global CCO

DDB Worldwide today announced that Ari Weiss has been promoted to the role of Chief Creative Officer of DDB Worldwide, expanding his role to include creative responsibilities of the global network. Former Leo Burnett co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Britt Nolan, is moving to DDB Worldwide as the CCO of its North American network. He … Continue reading “Ari Weiss elevated to DDB global CCO”

DDB Worldwide named No. 2 “Most Creative Network”

There has always been something special about DDB and in particular, the Chicago office. From the moment, I walked through its doors, I knew I was in an agency that would influence me throughout my lifetime. Now the Cannes Lions know what I felt. DDB Worldwide came in second globally and was given multiple top … Continue reading “DDB Worldwide named No. 2 “Most Creative Network””

DDB Canada names Brent Choi as new CEO & CCO

Today, Wendy Clark, president and CEO, DDB Worldwide announced a new executive appointment for DDB Canada: 20+ year industry veteran, Brent Choi is being named as the agency’s CEO and CCO. This reflects a leadership restructuring that introduces a new dual role at the company’s helm, after current president and COO, Lance Saunders decided to … Continue reading “DDB Canada names Brent Choi as new CEO & CCO”

DDB’s Mel Routhier: From Texas intern to Chicago leader

Last month, as reported in Reel Chicago, DDB Chicago promoted Melissa “Mel” Routhier to Executive Creative Director from State Farm Group Creative Director. After spending an hour talking to the former Texan, I can see why. Routhier is funny, inspiring, passionate, and engaging. Her work for State Farm — which includes the Following campaign that … Continue reading “DDB’s Mel Routhier: From Texas intern to Chicago leader”

Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited

Versatile agency leader Mark Mulhern will take over as Chief Executive Officer at We Are Unlimited, the full-service Michigan Ave. shop dedicated to McDonald’s U.S. advertising and marketing efforts, on January 8. He will replace current CEO Brian Nienhaus, who will move into a new role within OMC that will be announced later. Since launching … Continue reading “Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited”

“Table Read,” BBDO, DDB, Gitersonke in the news

A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.

And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.

The flag “is the fabric that brings an entire nation together,” Schwarber says.  “It says to the world, we will never lose faith … and maybe this October, if we fly it high enough, and loud enough and proud enough, well, you get the idea.”

Was SCC’s CD Ron Sone, who created the spot with CD Michael Dorich, surprised at the overwhelming reaction? “No, just at the speed it caught on,” he says. And those  two million hits were only from a Facebook posting, although the spot also appears on other social media outlets.

Rodgers Townsend’s CEO, Harries’ novel, Bauer’s win

St. Louis agency, Rodgers Townsend announced today the appointment of Andrew Dauska as Chief Executive Officer.

Effective August 30, Dauska will partner with Michael McCormick, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, taking over from Tim Rodgers, one of the agency’s two founders, as he enters retirement.

Dauska leaves TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he served as Managing Director and lead client partner for Nissan North America.

Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”

Daytime Emmys: Trebek, King receive nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the television broadcast of the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards which will be presented on Friday, June 25 (8:00-10:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+. The late host of Jeopardy! is up for Outstanding Game Show Host alongside … Continue reading “Daytime Emmys: Trebek, King receive nominations”

Screen Actors Guild announces nominations

Nominees for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced by Lily Collins (Emily In Paris, Mank) and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, Blindspotting, The Good Lord Bird) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced … Continue reading “Screen Actors Guild announces nominations”

Welcome to the Super Bowl, baby – From Huggies, Droga5

Babies and puppies always seem to score big on the Super Bowl. To be honest, if you’re Huggies what else are you going to use? To launch Huggies’ new platform and establish the brand’s point of view, the brand has debuted its global anthem film ‘Welcome to the World, Baby’. The two-minute film sets out … Continue reading “Welcome to the Super Bowl, baby – From Huggies, Droga5”

Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond

On Thursday December 10, 2020, The Walt Disney Company hosted their webcast for Their Investor Day. Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, led the virtual event, which included presentations from leaders of the company’s content and distribution teams, along with financial updates … Continue reading “Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond”