• Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020
Bill Kolb named McCann Worldgroup's COO
Bill Kolb

Bill Kolb has been appointed to the role of chief operating officer for McCann Worldgroup. Kolb, previously global president, Diversified Agencies, and chairman and CEO of Commonwealth//McCann, will now oversee business operations across McCann Worldgroup, including all agencies and markets.  

“Bill, one of my closest partners, is one of our most experienced multiplatform and global marketing executives and has been integral to our success,” said Harris Diamond, chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup.  “He has held Worldgroup leadership positions across our agencies and most recently, under his leadership, has helped in the continuing development and expansion of MRM and McCann Health, and he continues to be a driving force behind our dedicated GM agency, Commonwealth//McCann.”

In his most recent role as global president, Diversified Agencies, Kolb fostered overall growth and integration across all McCann Worldgroup diversified agencies--driving  key practice areas and disciplines, including technology and innovation, health, and data analytics.

“Bill’s long and successful history within McCann spans over two decades, and uniquely qualifies him to develop the Worldgroup model for the future, so that the company can continue to deliver on its vision of being the world’s top creatively-driven marketing services organization,” said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic’s chairman and CEO. “This will include a comprehensive review of the group’s structure and operations, as well as maintaining the critical focus on meeting the evolving needs of clients at the highest levels. For this strategic initiative, Bill will work closely with Philippe Krakowsky, Interpublic’s COO, who is driving the overall strategic portfolio review at the holding company level.”

Kolb stated, “Having worked with all of our global agencies, I am lucky to know first-hand what an incredibly talented and creative group of people we have to help drive our clients’ success, their brand and their business growth. We are committed to continuously innovating and strengthening our offering, so that we can bring the best strategic, creative and business minds to our clients across all of our networks.”

With extensive global experience across multiple industries and communications disciplines, Kolb has spent his career building brands and businesses from the ground up. He has worked with both large and entrepreneurial companies, and with multinational clients including General Motors, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Merck and Anheuser-Busch. His career prior to McCann includes time spent in the publishing, finance, real estate and oil industries. Since joining McCann Worldgroup in 2000, Kolb has worked across Momentum, MRM and McCann and has held various top-level roles ranging from CFO to CEO. In addition, he has been instrumental in the inception and growth of Commonwealth//McCann, the agency handling the global Chevrolet account, and the development and expansion of MRM, one of the world’s leading customer relationship agencies.

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
Jose Sancho joins DAVID Miami as associate creative director
Jose Sancho

DAVID Miami has hired Jose Sancho as associate creative director. Sancho will soon join DAVID’s Miami office from Madrid where he’ll be teaming with Curtis Caja, an award-winning ACD, who was responsible for the Cannes Grand Prix winner “Burning Stores” for Burger King.

One of the most awarded creatives in Spain, Sancho has worked on national and global accounts for brands like Burger King, Renault, Unilever (Cornetto, Magnum, Funny Feet) and Rexona, among others. Prior to DAVID Miami, Sancho had a six-year run at LOLA MullenLowe in Madrid where he was known for award-sweeping work including the “Scary Clown” campaign for Burger King and “The Hidden Flag.” He’s been awarded at many major industry festivals including Cannes, D&AD, Clios, The One Show, Andys, and the Effies.

DAVID’s global chief creative officer Pancho Cassis said, “Scary Clown’s copywriter meets Burning Stores’ art director. What else can I say? Jose is a tremendous asset and we’re excited to have him joining forces with Curtis. They will definitively help push our clients to new creative heights.” 

“Between building my own skateboards and solving bizarre Rubik’s cubes, I’m always looking for a challenge, so it was inevitable that I would want to join the DAVID team,” said Sancho. “They’re known for the most cutting-edge creativity in the industry and I’m looking forward to help our clients create impactful work in this incredibly competitive market.”

Before his tenure at LOLA MullenLowe, Sancho was at Publicis Madrid and Y&R London.

The appointment of Sancho comes on the heels of DAVID Miami hiring Ricardo Honegger as managing director and Paula Vampré as the shop’s first-ever global chief strategy officer.

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
Framestore adds Tanner, Sanchez, Henning to its NY studio
Steve Sanchez

Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore has grown its team in New York by bringing on two new VFX supervisors, Nick Tanner and Steve Sanchez, as well as supervising producer, Heino Henning. They will be reporting into New York managing director Charles Howell. 

With over 20 years of creative problem-solving experience, Tanner is regarded as one of the most sought-after compositors in the industry. At Framestore he will be focused on episodic television projects, supervising a team of artists and using his exacting eye to elevate the work to his high standards. Before joining Framestore, he freelanced as a Nuke artist at companies including Blacksmith, The Mill, MPC, and Framestore, and spent time at Psyop as a sr. compositor. He has collaborated with top directors on commercials and music videos including Daniel Kleinman, Jonathan Glazer, and DOM&NIC, and worked on a variety of title sequences for films including Resident Evil, Five Children and IT.

Sanchez also joins Framestore as VFX supervisor for television. He’s a seasoned supervisor with over two decades of experience. Most recently at Alkemy X as sr. VFX supervisor, Sanchez worked on Season 4 and 5 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, as well as Season 3 of the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes. In 2015, while at shadevfx in New York, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on Netflix’s Daredevil. He also spent time at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Francisco working on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, before MPC and Double Negative in London, along with a stint at Framestore in New York.

Henning comes from The Mill in New York where he was a sr. VFX producer on high-profile projects with acclaimed directors including Michel Gondry, Darren Aronofsky and Noam Murro. With over 15 years of industry experience, Henning has worked on product launch campaigns for Google and Samsung, as well as rebranding campaigns for Ziplock and Kellogg’s. Prior to The Mill, Henning was also one of the founding partners, creative director and executive producer at VFX boutique Searle Street Post in South Africa.

Framestore’s NY studio also promoted Ian Bradley to creative director. He will be leading design-based projects across a variety platforms, most recently overseeing the title sequence for HBO’s Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, and also directing “A New Realm in Gaming” for Alienware.

  • Tuesday, May. 19, 2020
Alejandro Di Trolio named Cheil ECD in Spain
Alejandro Di Trolio

Cheil Worldwide has appointed Alejandro Di Trolio as its new executive creative director for Spain. Reporting to worldwide Spain CEO Kelly Kim, Di Trolio will lead the creative department with responsibility for key accounts including Samsung, Hankook and Carrefour. 

Di Trolio’s aim is to further boost the agency’s digital reputation by expanding creativity around data and technology. He said, “Cheil is one of the most exciting agencies in Spain, the mix between creativity and technology is something that attracted me from the beginning. Now, my mission is to generate the next step in digital creativity, data and innovation at the agency through a team with fresh skills to face upcoming challenges.”

Di Trolio comes from Good Rebels and has led original campaigns including Toyota--”Start the Impossible,” IKEA social media work and Coca-Cola’s innovation IoT products. He’s also been involved in claiming a suite of awards including El Sol Silver for Pepe Jeans 2019 and ADCE 2019 with IKEA “Stories to Sleep.”

“As a new wave of creativity emerges that thrives on data and digital, Alejandro’s unique digital and technical knowledge will help push our previous creative successes, to develop to the next level of creative product in Spain,” said Malcolm Poynton, global chief creative officer, Cheil WW.

  • Monday, May. 18, 2020
Video app TikTok names top Disney streaming exec as new CEO
In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Disney chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer visits the company's "accelerator" space in Glendale, Calif. Mayer will also be chief operating officer of TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, and report to its founder and CEO, Yiming Zhang, the company announced Monday, May 18, 2020. TikTok's app features short videos, many with music and dancing, that has become a favorite of younger people and is known for its goofy, light-hearted feel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

TikTok, the popular short-video app that has also drawn national-security and privacy concerns, has a new high-profile CEO from Disney, Kevin Mayer.

Mayer will also be chief operating officer of TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, and report to its founder and CEO, Yiming Zhang, the company announced Monday.

He led Disney's streaming business, which launched Disney Plus in November and has already emerged as a threat in the increasingly competitive streaming-video arena, with 54.5 million subscribers. Mayer was also known for his role in building Disney through mergers, including the industry-changing 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox's TV and film business that created an entertainment behemoth.

TikTok's app features short videos, many with music and dancing, that has become a favorite of younger people and is known for its goofy, light-hearted feel. 

However, it has been the focus of U.S.  national-security concerns because of its Chinese ownership. A U.S. national-security agency is reviewing ByteDance's purchase of TikTok's precursor, Musical.ly, while the U.S. military branches have banned the app from government-issued phones. Government officials have in recent years cracked down on Chinese companies, including telecom giant Huawei. There is concern that Chinese companies may share data with the Chinese government. TikTok and Huawei deny this.

The federal government has also fined TikTok for breaking children's privacy laws, and privacy watchdogs recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission saying the company was still violating the law.

"Like everyone else, I've been impressed watching the company build something incredibly rare in TikTok – a creative, positive online global community – and I'm excited to help lead the next phase of ByteDance's journey as the company continues to expand its breadth of products across every region of the world," Mayer said in a statement. 

He leaves Disney a few months after the entertainment giant named a longtime executive , Bob Chapek, to replace the well-regarded CEO Bob Iger. Mayer had been regarded as a possible Iger successor. 

Disney said Monday that Rebecca Campbell, another Disney veteran, will succeed Mayer as the chairman of the streaming and international business, and also announced Josh D'Amaro, the president of Walt Disney World Resort, as the successor to Chapek's old job as head of parks, experiences and products.

  • Wednesday, May. 13, 2020
Match Marketing Group Hires North American ECD and Head of Creative in Canada
Eric Moncaleano
BOULDER, Colo. -- 

Consumer engagement agency Match Marketing Group has made two key creative hires: Eric Moncaleano becomes executive creative director, North America; and Gary Westgate, assumes the role of VP, head of creative, Canada. 

Moncaleano has more than 20 years of integrated agency experience. In his new capacity, he will be responsible for overseeing creative for Match’s roster of clients across the U.S. and Canada, which include Ford, L’Oréal, PepsiCo, Progressive, Nestle, LG, Adidas, MARS, Diageo and Nespresso. Reporting to Match Marketing Group CEO Brian Cohen, Moncaleano will be based in the agency’s Boulder office. 

Prior to joining Match, Moncaleano spent the greater part of his career at Publicis North America in Dallas, where most recently he served as SVP, ECD. During his time at Publicis, he worked on an array of brands including Bridgestone Tire, Bridgestone Golf, Delta Dental, Nestlé Waters, BMW, TruGreen, Hot Pockets, Terminix, Chevrolet, Jim Beam, GlaxoSmithKline, PowerBar and CapitalOne. Before that, he held roles at FCB Global and Leo Burnett. 

As VP, head of creative in Canada, Westgate will be responsible for overseeing the creative department for Match’s Toronto-based operations and will report to Moncaleano.

Most recently, Westgate led his own creative consultancy over the past year which included creative development for an English-speaking pharmaceutical company in South America. Prior to this, he was creative director at Anomaly in Toronto for three years, where he led creative direction on Bud Light and BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) and worked on other notable brands such as Nike, Hershey’s and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). During this time, Westgate managed and guided all social, digital and mainstream marketing efforts for clients, while cultivating creative teams and nurturing their career development.

Before that, Westgate spent three years at JWT Toronto as VP, creative director after developing and creating the winning pitch campaign for Air Canada. Prior to joining JWT, he was ECD at Innocean Worldwide and Taxi.

  • Monday, May. 11, 2020
Sandy Song named chief client officer at Phenomenon
Sandy Song

Hybrid consultant/creative agency Phenomenon has hired Sandy Song as chief client officer, a newly created position at the L.A. shop. Song had previously been at 180LA, an Omnicom agency, where she most recently served as managing director and prior to that, group brand director. 

In addition to working at Deutsch, Team One and RPA, Song has amassed experience leading teams and award-winning brand campaigns across a wide range of categories, including education, telecommunications, QSR, CPG, fashion, and automotive on global brands that include Honda, Visa, Del Monte Foods, Pepsico, Taco Bell, Mitsubishi, Lexus International and University of Phoenix.

Song will focus on providing a true partnership to Phenomenon’s entire client roster, and ensuring that there are top-notch, curated teams to service the business.  She is dedicated to talent growth, development and representation, understanding that varied experiences in both professional and personal backgrounds are critical to shape thinking and informing the work.

Krish Menon, Phenomenon’s founder and CEO, said of the hire, “In an industry where clients are the lifeblood, and at this stage in our evolution, we felt it necessary to have executive leadership that advocated for, worked on behalf of, and focused exclusively on client satisfaction and retention.” 

Song started at Phenomenon in January as a consultant, whereupon she discovered that Phenomenon’s fresh approach to solving for client business needs and the goals and values of the agency aligned well with her own vision and practice, which made for a natural fit and way forward to her new staff role.

  • Thursday, May. 7, 2020
Editor Haines Hall joins Rock Paper Scissors
Haines Hall
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) has added editor Haines Hall to its roster for representation in the U.S. The move marks a reunion between Hall and editor Angus Wall, a founding father of RPS. The two have maintained a long-standing friendship since they began their film careers together at the fabled Propaganda Films, eventually co-editing Mike Mills’ debut indie feature, Thumbsucker

“Haines and I both worked in the vault at Propaganda Films back in the day, so we have always been bound by that experience, as well as cutting Thumbsucker together” said Wall. “Haines is a genuine friend, a great soul, and a phenomenally talented human; it’s going to be great seeing him every day and feeling the energy he will bring to the RPS family.”

Hall has collaborated with directors such as Mills, Spike Jonze, Craig Gillespie, Speck/Gordon, and Fredrik Bond—as well as luminaries Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, and Terrence Malik. Hall’s body of work includes celebrated commercials for Nike, Adidas, Facebook, Apple, Got Milk (California Milk Processors Board), Miller Lite, and Volkswagen.

Hall said he was drawn to RPS’ talented editors and its diversification which has yielded VFX house a52, design studio Elastic, and entertainment venture MakeMake.

Outside of advertising, Hall formed another lifelong working friendship with contemporary artist Doug Aitken, editing many of his multi-screen video installations and working on the high-profile Station To Station tour, memorializing clips from the tour into a feature documentary that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hall found his way to Los Angeles for a stint as an office runner on Seinfeld upon graduating from San Francisco State University. Before joining RPS, Hall spent 24 years as part of the Spot Welders roster.

  • Wednesday, May. 6, 2020
Bob Isherwood joins The One Club to lead global professional development
Bob Isherwood

The One Club for Creativity--a nonprofit organization supporting the global creative community, and producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week--has named Bob Isherwood to serve as director of professional development,

A creative legend, Isherwood in his new role will bolster existing club programs such as Creative Leaders Retreats and Executive Creative Summits, and develop a range of new global initiatives focused on professional development for creatives at all levels.  

Isherwood’s creative career spans more than three decades including 22 years at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he served 11 years as the agency’s worldwide creative director and as chair of its worldwide creative board.  Under his leadership, the network was consistently ranked one of the most creative in the world, winning more than 8,000 major awards for clients such as P&G and Toyota, for whom Isherwood served as creative director for the global launch of Toyota Prius.

He is an inductee in the Clio Hall of Fame, recipient of the Clio Lifetime Achievement Award and British Design and Art Directors Gold Award for Advertising, and for many years ran Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase at Cannes.  Since leaving the agency world, he taught advertising at Vanderbilt University and cofounded Dialog Health, a mobile messaging company created to improve patient satisfaction, compliance and adherence in healthcare.

“Bob’s vision, leadership and pursuit of creative excellence has been an inspiration to thousands of our people around the world,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club.  “We’re thrilled and lucky to have him as a member of the team, where he will raise our professional development programming to the next level.”

“Education has been my focus for quite a while now,” said Isherwood, who served as an adjunct professor for six years at Vanderbilt University where developed his own course on “Creative Advertising.”  “For the past few years, I’ve had ongoing discussions with Kevin and Tony (Gulisano, global chief growth officer) about where the current education system falls short for our industry.  That led me to joining the club because we are like minded on the gaps we can fill.” 

Working closely with Gulisano, Isherwood has put into motion his first initiative which has been to develop a series of “Creative Perspectives” streaming sessions from top creative thinkers from around the world.  The sessions make up nearly a third of the club’s Creative Month 2020 online programming, running free of charge May 4-29.

  • Tuesday, May. 5, 2020
Raina Falcon upped to VP, Publicity for HBO Max
Raina Falcon
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

Raina Falcon has been named VP, HBO Max Publicity. She will report to Jori Arancio, EVP Communications, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV. With this promotion, Falcon will oversee a team of publicists and spearhead the publicity effort for HBO Max’s Originals and expansive acquisitions and library content.
Falcon has further proven her strength as a leader as her team prepares for the May 27 launch of the HBO Max platform, working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her quick-thinking and ability to motivate and inspire her team has allowed them to continue their work from home, pivoting to new, creative strategies and innovative digital ideas. Empowered by Falcon’s collaborative spirit and support, the group continues to execute strategic, impactful, and uplifting campaigns during this ever-changing time.
Falcon joined Turner Networks in 2017 as sr. director of publicity, helping to reshape the networks’ brands and overseeing publicity campaigns for original programming. During her tenure at TBS, Falcon oversaw the launches of The Last O.G. and Miracle Workers, both of which premiered as the #1 cable comedy on television. At TNT, Falcon helmed the debut of All Elite Wrestling’s hugely popular AEW: Dynamite, which premiered on the network as the night’s #1 wrestling show.
Prior to Turner, Falcon was sr. director, talent & television at BWR Public Relations. In her 10 years at the agency, Falcon handled clients such as Rachel Bloom, Tatiana Maslany, Anthony Anderson, Maura Tierney, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Falcon also handled BWR accounts Showtime, IFC, TBS and TNT, Broadway Video and Adult Swim and represented the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
Upcoming Max Originals available at launch include Love Life starring Anna Kendrick; Sundance 2020 Official Selection feature documentary On the Record; underground ballroom dance competition series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTube sensation LaurDIY; the all-new Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation; and Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Show with Elmo. HBO Max will also be home to beloved library classics from the expansive WarnerMedia portfolio such as Friends, presented with the new cast reunion special; Sesame Street; The Big Bang Theory; Gossip Girl; and the CNN catalog of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Falcon’s purview will also include features from the wide-ranging portfolio including The Wizard of Oz, The Goonies, Wonder Woman, and Lord of the Rings, and fan favorite acquisitions such as the South Park library and the entire Studio Ghibli film collection.

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