• 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.

  • Monday, May. 4, 2020
NBC News chief Andy Lack out in corporate restructuring
This image released by NBC shows NBC News chairman Andrew Lack in New York. Lack is out following a corporate restructuring announced Monday that places Telemundo executive Cesar Conde in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Lack's departure was revealed when Jeff Shell, new NBC Universal CEO, outlined a new corporate governance plan. (Athena Torri/NBC via AP)

NBC News chief Andy Lack is out following a corporate restructuring announced Monday that places Telemundo executive Cesar Conde in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

Lack's departure was revealed when Jeff Shell, new NBC Universal CEO, outlined a new corporate governance plan. Besides Conde's elevation, Shell is giving broad new powers over NBC's entertainment properties to Mark Lazarus, who has overseen NBC Sports.

The 72-year-old Lack has had two runs as head of NBC News, the first as NBC News president from 1993 to 2001, and he rejoined the company as news chairman in 2015.

NBC News' flagships, "NBC Nightly News" and "Today," generally run second to ABC in viewership but are stronger among the lucrative young advertising demographic. MSNBC has gained popularity, often second only to Fox News Channel as the second most-popular cable news network each week.

The news division was embarrassed, however, when Ronan Farrow took his reporting on disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein to the New Yorker and complained his bosses at NBC showed little interest in his work. NBC said Farrow's material wasn't ready to be aired.

Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Farrow case, and the restructuring was announced as this year's Pulitzer's were being awarded.

Lack's signing of Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly to a big-money deal turned out to be a high-profile failure.

Conde's appointment as chairman of the NBC Universal News Group puts him in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Under the old structure, Lack did not oversee CNBC. The individual presidents, Noah Oppenheim at NBC News, Phil Griffin at MSNBC, and Mark Hoffman at CNBC, remain.

Lazarus becomes chairman of NBC Universal Television and Streaming, putting him in charge of NBC's broadcast division, entertainment cable networks like Bravo and USA, and the new Peacock streaming service.


  • Monday, May. 4, 2020
Matthew Kline named exec director, growth & partnerships at the community
Matthew Kline

Cross-cultural agency the community has brought on Anomaly alumnus Matthew Kline as its new executive director, growth & partnerships. In this role, he will oversee all areas of business development and public relations, spearheading pitches and fostering new partnerships for the agency. Even though this appointment has been in the works for several months, his onboarding will occur virtually in light of COVID-19. Based in New York, Kline will report directly to president Luis Montero.

“At the community, we set out to help our clients stay ahead of the ever-changing commercial and cultural landscapes, a goal that remains more important now than ever before. Matt has a history of helping brands become more commercial by listening to consumers,” said Montero. “His cultural sensibility undoubtedly aligns with our agency’s ethos and will serve as an invaluable tool in the weeks ahead.”

With  15-plus years of experience in business development and client services, Kline has a proven track record of ushering in effective partnerships. During his time at Anomaly, he contributed to new business wins including NBCUniversal’s Peacock, Microsoft, Huda Beauty, and Abbott Diabetes Care , while also building partnerships with organizations like the ANA and AdColor. Prior to that, Kline oversaw new business at Zambezi, helping the agency double its size over the course of his tenure by building and growing  relationships with the likes of Foot Locker, Adidas, and Cox Automotive. He has a background in talent representation, having started his career at Todd Shemarya Artists and Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles where he developed commercial brand partnerships.

“The community embodies a constantly-evolving notion of culture. I’ve always admired how it moves seamlessly between multicultural and general market, breaking down the distinction between those two spheres,” said Kline. “I look forward to working with the team to help brands reflect and resonate with the fluidity of today’s audiences.”

Since opening its doors in 2001, the community has delivered lauded creative work for brands including Verizon, Mondelez, and Corona. Kline will begin expanding and deepening the global creative agency’s client roster immediately.

  • Monday, Apr. 27, 2020
Doner Detroit taps Scott Kogos to lead project management
Scott Kogos

Doner has appointed Scott Kogos as sr. VP, director of project management operations. The 22-year industry veteran optimizes and streamlines the agency’s workflow, including delivery management, staff plans, and client scope development. He reports to Craig Conrad, president of Doner Detroit.

Prior to Doner, Kogos served as business transformation project lead for 360i in New York. He also worked in project management, production and operations at J. Walter Thompson and Arnold. During his career, he has partnered with brands including Google, Microsoft, MINI, Progressive, and Samsung.

“Doner’s recent track record of success and growth, as well its impressive in-house production capabilities, made the move to Detroit an easy decision in entering into this next chapter of my career,” Kogos said. “Doner values entrepreneurship and initiative, so my hands-on, get dirty approach to managing and delivering work seems like the perfect fit. I look forward to using the tools I have developed and learned over the years to help keep project teams focused and clients happy.”

David DeMuth, CEO of Doner, said, “While it understandably seems a bit odd to start a new job remotely, the entire Doner family is excited to help Scott transition to his role and life in our hometown, Detroit.”

  • Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020
Nick Asik returns to Zulu Alpha Kilo as creative director
Nick Asik

Nick Asik has rejoined Zulu Alpha Kilo as creative director. His first tour of duty at the Toronto agency was from 2010-’15, highlighted by his work on the award-winning Coca-Cola “Arctic Home” campaign, Interac’s “Be in the Black” brand re-launch and serving as the writer on Zulu’s parody website. In his first week back, he worked on the Subaru tribute to frontline workers that garnered praise from consumers across Canada.

“Having another former Zuligan return home during this time feels good. Nick is a major creative talent, a great mentor to young creatives and he’s blended into our culture seamlessly. We’re honored to have him back, albeit virtually for now,” said Zak Mroueh, agency founder and chief creative officer.

Asik’s career has spanned North America, working for agencies in Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles and New York. Most recently, Asik was creative director at WAX in Calgary, where he worked on the Society of Professional Journalism’s Fake News™ campaign which trademarked the term “Fake News” and sent President Trump a cease-and-desist letter. The campaign became international news, earning coverage from CNN, Newsweek and the CBC. Throughout his career, Asik has contributed to other notable campaigns including WestJet’s “Owner’s Care” and Calgary Farmers’ Market’s long-running “Fresh” campaign. He has also worked on blue chip clients such as Audi, Bell, Heineken, Honda, and Nintendo.

Over the past 15 years Asik has become one of the country’s most consistently awarded creative directors and copywriters. In addition to crafting ads, he dedicates time to writing comedy and performing stand-up, having co-written a show for Second City in 2017.

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