Ad agency adam&eveDDB is merging its two content and production units, cain&abel and Gutenberg Global, to form a large-scale creative production agency.
The new, combined operation will be rolled out under the cain&abel brand, and its leadership team will report directly to adam&eveDDB’s joint group CEOs, Tammy Einav and Mat Goff.
cain&abel launched as the in-house content division of adam&eveDDB in 2013, and now works with 95% of the agency’s clients. Gutenberg Global was born out of DDB in 2009 and has evolved to offer global production solutions to both adam&eveDDB and direct clients.
The relaunched cain&abel combines both operations into a single, creative production offering, built across five core service areas--content creation, global solutions, direct response, production and on-site services. cain&abel has been designed to work to the London agency’s high creative standards and will bring a personal approach to delivering emotion at scale and in context.
Claire Bowers will be managing director of the new-look cain&abel, having held the same role at Gutenberg Global since 2018. Bowers has built her career on international business and has lived in Asia and Africa as well as Europe, contributing to her deep respect for cultural differences and nuances.
The leadership team also includes Gary Whipps, chief operations officer, who has held the same role at Gutenberg since 2018.
Goff of adam&eveDDB said, “We are bringing these two highly successful units together to super-charge the offering to clients. Claire, Gary and the team have built a business that puts people first right through the process. It means that wherever in the world our client’s consumers are, they will experience the brand and the message in the best possible way. And it means our clients, both global and in market, get a brilliant, personal service they can trust and rely on”.
Bowers stated, “A decade of decoupling production from agencies has brought with it a great investment in tech, but also an obsession with low-cost solutions. This has led our part of the industry to be a space of siloed thinking, lacking in authenticity and watered-down, lowest common-denominator creative work. Our hope is that a personal approach to creating and delivering great work will be a breath of fresh air to clients who want better solutions built and deployed in a more personal way”.