Chris Zander Joins Backyard as Partner

Chris Zander, one of the most respected voices on the New York commercial production scene, is joining Backyard as a partner. Zander has a strong and lengthy history with Backyard, having spent nearly 20 years establishing the company as one of the industry’s most consistent and well regarded via his independent repping firm, The Family, and before that, Zander Reps. Zander has sold his interest in The Family to partner Diane Patrone, who will continue to represent Backyard.

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Johnny Green Joins RESET

RESET, whose roster includes David Fincher, Guy Ritchie and Jonathan Glazer/Academy, is adding Director Johnny Green to a line-up that already consists of Markus Walter, Tim Miller, Andre Stringer, Nabil and PES.

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RPA Continues Growth with Six Key Creative Talents

Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 – Following the recent addition of four outstanding creative talents, RPA, the largest advertising agency headquartered in Los Angeles and the third-largest independent agency in the country, is pleased to announce six additional creative hires. Antonio Marcato joins the agency as a senior AD, and Suzie Yeranosyan and Quinn Killick will fill junior AD roles.

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Scarlett: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's - (2012) :30 (USA)

Scarlett: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's - (2012) :30 (USA)

Scarlett, the New York-based design and VFX studio has brought some of Bergdorf Goodman’s most extravagant window displays to life in strikingly vivid detail for the film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, a documentary that celebrates the iconic retailer’s 111th anniversary and is debuting tonight at New York Fashion Week 2012.

Director Matthew Miele approached Scarlett to design the main titles and all the animated sequences in the film, including a one-minute sequence showcasing some of the retailer’s most memorable displays. “We were very excited to be a part of this film with Matthew,” said Managing Director Wendy Brovetto. “The film’s high-end fashion and beauty subject is perfectly in line with our aesthetic and expertise.”

 

The Onion and 7-Eleven Enter Into Historic Brazen Corporate Merger for 2012 Election Season

Yes, it's election year so the election campaign idea is strutted out yet again. This however is done with a straight face all the way down to the press release. Points for that.

"The Onion, America's Finest News Source™, is pleased to announce a shameless new cross-branding promotional partnership with America's Most Politically Influential Convenience Store™, 7-Eleven, as part of the former's 2012 "War for the White House" coverage.

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners adds Margaret Johnson to partners

On Friday afternoon, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners announced Margaret Johnson, Executive Creative Director and 16-year veteran of the agency, has been named a partner. She is the first new partner since Jerry Barnhart (2009), the first female partner in the agency’s history and the first new creative partner in over a decade, a true testament to her unique contributions to GSP and the industry as a whole.

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Patriotic American flag crosswalks found in NYC on 9/11

We got this message in our inbox, together with these images. Someone has decorated the crosswalks in Williamsburg, Soho, the financial district with red and blue to make them red white and blue memorial walks. Quite pretty.

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No negative political ads from Obama and Romney on September 11

Notice anything different today? Turn on the TV. The radio. Hit up your favorite news sites. President Obama and Mitt Romney promised no mud slinging campaign ads today. You read that right, September 11 there are no negative political ads on TV, at least not any with the "I'm Obama/Romney and I approve of this message".

Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Neither planned to appear at overtly political events, although Election Day is never far from their agendas.

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Iris apologises for chav-stereotyping "Iris on benifits" brochure

An internal brochure from Ad agency Iris has stirred up some controversy in the UK. It shows agency staff decked out as chain-smoking, London riot looting, estate-living, binge-drinking chavs whilst talking about the glorious benefits that can be had when you work for Iris. Copy sample:

We're iris, and we're family We're a tight knit bunch, holding ouur own on the mean streets of Southwark. We look out for each other, 'cause what's more important than family? Benefits, that's what. Free stuff. Cheap stuff. Fun stuff. As one of us, you're entitled to it. Have you earned it? Probably not. But listen, if there's free stuff going begging, then you'd be a fool not to grab it, right? We're just saying.

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