Visa chooses Wieden+Kennedy as AOR

1+ Following a review that began earlier this year, Visa has selected Wieden + Kennedy and Publicis Groupe to handle global advertising duties. W+K succeeds BBDO, New York as the AOR on creative strategy and major creative advertising initiatives. Publicis Groupe will continue to be handle global media and add to its remit production and … Continue reading “Visa chooses Wieden+Kennedy as AOR”

Wieden+Kennedy bolsters global leadership team

1+ Big news from the New York office of Wieden+Kennedy. The agency has elevated two of its executives to the agency’s global leadership team. Executive creative director Karl Lieberman is now the shop’s chief creative officer. Managing director Neal Arthur has been promoted to chief operating officer. According to Ad Age, Colleen DeCourcy will remain as … Continue reading “Wieden+Kennedy bolsters global leadership team”

Wieden+Kennedy lays off 11% of staff

1+ Unfortunate, but not unexpected, news. Award-winning Wieden + Kennedy has been forced to release 11% of its global workforce. According to Adweek, the reason given for staff reduction is due to the business impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. W+K’s global network includes the U.K., the Netherlands, Japan, India, China and Brazil, in … Continue reading “Wieden+Kennedy lays off 11% of staff”

McDonald’s taps Wieden + Kennedy NY as lead agency

1+ This is not good news for former McDonald’s bespoke agency We Are Unlimited and the Chicago market in general. Chicago-based McDonald’s USA announced today that WKNY will serve as the lead creative agency for its U.S. business, the largest market in the McDonald’s system. The announcement comes after an extensive evaluation of its marketing … Continue reading “McDonald’s taps Wieden + Kennedy NY as lead agency”

Wieden, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO among AICP online panels

1+ Wieden+Kennedy, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Arcade Edit and SMUGGLER are among the notable panels being planned for the AICP Shortlist Series on Creativity and Collaboration. Each panel will focus on a piece that appears multiple times on the shortlists across all shows. All three of the AICP Awards Shows -the AICP Next Awards, … Continue reading “Wieden, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO among AICP online panels”

Stay home, Save lives says Oregon and Wieden

3+ This is when advertising can be powerful. Oregon governor Kate Brown has a simple message for residents during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic – stay home and save lives. The statewide public awareness campaign from Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, the Oregon Health Authority, and public health partners is crafted to inform Oregonians about the urgent … Continue reading “Stay home, Save lives says Oregon and Wieden”

Wieden adds Michelob Ultra to its creative efforts

2+ Feel that gust of wind? Might have been Wieden+Kennedy New York swooping down on yet another Chicago agency and flying off with the account. In September, we reported that the award-winning agency won a huge portion of the McDonald’s creative. Now, Ad Age is reporting that the agency will begin working on creative for … Continue reading “Wieden adds Michelob Ultra to its creative efforts”

Wieden gloats over McDonald’s win and that’s a shame

5+ For being a winner, someone is acting a little salty. And it’s not Omnicom, DDB Chicago or McDonald’s bespoke agency We Are Unlimited. It’s Wieden+Kennedy. Affectionally known now as W+K. Last week we reported that McDonald’s, in its ongoing search to remain relevant, had once again switched agencies, this time moving McDonald’s WAU to … Continue reading “Wieden gloats over McDonald’s win and that’s a shame”

Green the Bid announces Advisory Board

1+ Green The Bid, the grassroots initiative and community supporting the advertising industry in shifting to zero-waste, carbon neutral, sustainable and regenerative practices, welcomes the new year by announcing its Advisory Board. The Board will play an important role in providing expert guidance in building an inclusive, productive, and forward-thinking organization with key global alliances for … Continue reading “Green the Bid announces Advisory Board”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

McCann Worldgroup makes a Powers move

1+ McCann Worldgroup today announced it has promoted Suzanne Powers to Global President McCann Worldgroup & CSO. Powers will expand her global responsibilities to drive the McCann Worldgroup brand and business both inside and outside the organization. This includes continuing to cultivate best-in-class work while driving the cultural and business transformation necessary to modernize all of the offerings for clients … Continue reading “McCann Worldgroup makes a Powers move”

AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative

2+ Through its Equity and Inclusion Committee,  AICP is launching the Double the Line (DTL) initiative, which gives production and post production companies, agencies, and clients the ability to create  opportunities for people of color in the advertising industry. DTL is the brainchild of Ali Brown of PRETTYBIRD, who’s a member of the E&I Committee, … Continue reading “AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative”

AKKURAT welcomes Amber Grace Johnson to roster

2+ London & Los Angeles-based creative company Object & Animal and Berlin-based creative label AKKURAT Studios have announced American director Amber Grace Johnson is joining AKKURAT for exclusive representation in Germany. A pragmatic upshot of the two companies’ close working relationship, the announcement is made jointly by Object & Animal UK & US heads Dominic … Continue reading “AKKURAT welcomes Amber Grace Johnson to roster”

Nike commercial shoot picketed in Chicago

1+ On Saturday, members of I.A.T.S.E Local 476 picketed a Nike commercial that was filming in Chicago using a non-union crew.  The members of Chicago Local 476 have become very diligent and resourceful at uncovering those who come “to exploit our city.” It’s a bit of a team effort to protect the opportunities, wages, and benefits of its members, … Continue reading “Nike commercial shoot picketed in Chicago”

BBDO, Smuggler win Emmy for ‘Back to School Essentials’

1+ On Saturday, September 19, Sandy Hook Promise, Smuggler Productions, and BBDO New York were honored with the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial of 2019 for “Back-to-School Essentials,” the short film that gives voices to students’ fears that school shootings have become the new normal. The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences selected this PSA … Continue reading “BBDO, Smuggler win Emmy for ‘Back to School Essentials’”

One Club announces free Fall online Mentor program

1+ In a year when many industry internship programs were cancelled due to the pandemic, The One Club for Creativity has extended its commitment to helping the next generation of diverse creatives enter the industry by transforming its Mentor & Creative program into a free, ongoing global online initiative for Fall 2020. The free program is open to individual … Continue reading “One Club announces free Fall online Mentor program”

MullenLowe lands Executive Creative Directors

0 As part of its strategy to push the boundaries of creativity agency wide, MullenLowe LA has hired Laura Sampedro and Carlos Alija to head creative at the burgeoning West Coast office. The duo, known for their global work for brands from Coca-Cola to Honda to Lurpak, relocated from New York, where they were group … Continue reading “MullenLowe lands Executive Creative Directors”

You can’t stop the Williams sisters in new Nike video

2+ Since the first time Venus and Serena Williams stepped onto a tennis court, the sport was forever changed. Nike’s new film, “You Can’t Stop Sisters,” shows how the Williams sisters have influenced tennis, and lifted each other up at every step of their journey using the power of sport and sisterhood. The film is the brand’s latest … Continue reading “You can’t stop the Williams sisters in new Nike video”

One Club names first class for ONE School Program

1+ The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, has announced the first-ever group of 15 talented students accepted into the East Coast fall session for ONE School, a free portfolio program for young Black creatives. Students were selected based on their raw creativity, passion and commitment so as not to … Continue reading “One Club names first class for ONE School Program”

Nike commits to Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality

1+ Kobe Bryant (1978-2020) inspired people around the world with his ability on the basketball court and his work ethic off it. Byrant’s relentless determination to be the best at anything he touched continues to live on through the millions of fans that he influenced during, and after, his 20-year NBA career. Starting Sunday, August 23, … Continue reading “Nike commits to Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality”