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Stun Creative, the Kings Of Comedy content

While some ad agencies are trying to re-brand themselves as "storytellers" and "branded content creators" and opening small offices in Los Angeles, they'll soon find that Stun Creative is already there and has a great big head start on creating branded entertainment. Situated a skip away from LACMA with equal travel distance to the studios of Brentwood as to Sony's Culver City, Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth have built a company that can create anything from comedy, to commercials, to a branded documentary.

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Ad Chat: Bo Hellberg - ECD at Brave and Billington Cartmell

Next in the hot seat is Bo Hellberg, who like a modern Swedish viking has gone on expeditions all around the world. Hellberg has just accepted the position as ECD at Brave and Billington Cartmell, he spent two years at Megalo & Company in France. Previously he was creative director at DDB and the executive creative director of Tribal DDB, also in Paris, and before that you could find him in the team behind the first 'Campaign for Real Beauty' for Dove when he was creative director at Ogilvy London.

db: What was the trigger that lead you into advertising?

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Ad Chat: Jane Goldman: Creative Director/Copywriter | Strategist

Today we're turning the spotlight on one of our own contributors. Adgrunts, meet Jane Goldman. She's a Boston-based Creative Director/Copywriter who thanks to a current freeelance gig is now adding content strategist to her disciplines. See, kids? Some people are able to wear more than one hat and wear it well.

db: What project are you most proud of?

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Ad Chat: Jonah Otieno - Executive Creative Director 5ive Ltd Nairobi

Adgrunts, meet Jonah Otieno, here's he is towering at least a head over everyone else in this Cannes Creative Leaders Programme interview back in 2010. He's the Executive Creative Director and founder of 5ive Ltd, witch offices in Nairobi, Kenya & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

db: You've worked in South Africa, Tanzania, and now you've founded an agency in Kenya - you seem to move about a lot, like so many creatives, where else have you been?

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Ad Chat - Esther Clerehan, Headhunter

Esther Clerehan is not your regular recruiter, she's headhunter extraordinaire. While you can find her on twitter, facebook, and in Sydney, Australia, you'll probably also stumble onto her anywhere in the world seeking out talent. She started in the mail room at Ogilvy in Melbourne at the tender age of 17, the very day after her last senior school exam. She then moved into worked in Traffic and Production, working for several top Melbourne agencies.

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Ad Chat - Anne-Cécile Tauleigne ECD at JWT Paris

It's ad chat time! We're pleased to have a chat with Anne-Cécile Tauleigne, who recently joined JWT Paris as Executive Creative Director. The JWT offices have been beautifully restyled by Mathieu Lehanneur, you should stop by if you have the chance. Previously Anne-Cécile has been CD at Saatchi & Saatchi+Duke in Paris, and CD at BETC EURO RSCG.

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Ad chat: Manuel Bordé

This week in our ad chat we meet up with Manuel Bordé, most recently at DDB Latina Puerto Rico but right now Manuel is really busy packing, as he is heading to Dubai this week, where he'll be senior creative (copy) at BBDO. He took some time out between folding shirts and matching up socks to reply to these questions...

Who is your favorite mentor and why?

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Ad Chat - Rance Randle, Art Director TBWA/Chiat/Day LA

This week we chat with Rance Randle, early morning-man and L.A. all the way. He's an Art Director at TBWA/Chiat/Day/LA, the ad agency that launched Apple, made Pepsi the Now generation and wires up the Grammy awards with tech-fantastic every year.

You're born and bred on the west side, right? Where did you go to school and what sparked your interest in advertising?
Yes, straight out of Compton. Just kidding. Inglewood to be exact. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing art teacher in high school who raved about Art Center and lo and behold that's where I ended up going.

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Bad Assembly can assemble anything you want, and well.

Meet the good guys and girls from Bad Assembly. The commando-crew to call when you need something creative done on the bleeding edge of innovation and digital design. Their own websites new facelift is award-worthy in itself, as easy to navigate with your laptop arrow-keys as with your finger when using a handheld device. Try it mouse-less, I dare you, it'll be fun. The large images show off their creative solutions like those for History Channel's History.com, and 72 and Sunny's new website, which is loved by everyone who works there and FWA too as it it was mobile website of the day.

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Standard Time Los Angeles, not your standard small agency.

You might not have heard of Standard Time, the L.A. based small agency headed up by Michael Sharp who does his name justice, but that would only be because they're too busy working to toot their own horn.

While you were pouring over various adnews, Standard Time nabbed a large national client in competition with agencies ten times their size. They were also working with major retailer CVS, Starbucks Doubleshot, Veggie Grill, Stila Cosmetics, Skullcandy Gamin, and they did work for DC Shoes, Williams Sonoma and Quiksilver. The work spans from perfected identity design to apps, digital sites and commercials airing on MTV, proving that each one of the people at Standard Time has many talents. They may only be nine people, but they're nine eclectically talented people.

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