- SAN FRANCISCO
Argonaut, the San Francisco-based advertising agency that is part of Project Worldwide, has brought on Jon Drawbaugh as its new head of production. A seasoned industry executive who has held senior-level production roles at agencies including R/GA, Wieden+Kennedy, Arnold Worldwide and DDB, Drawbaugh will oversee Argonaut’s integrated production discipline, including everything from film, print and interactive to business affairs and production operations. He will report directly to the agency’s founder and chief creative officer, Hunter Hindman.
For the last two years, Drawbaugh has worked with various shops as a freelance EP touching brands like Jack Daniel’s, Hardees, Dupont and Zulily, among others. Prior to that, he worked at Arnold Worldwide as EVP, director of integrated production, tasked with modernizing and integrating the agency’s production offerings across the Boston and New York City offices. Before that, he ran integrated production at DDB San Francisco, working across brands like Oracle, Slim Jim, Brita and Qualcomm, and Mullen LA, where he was charged with building a world-class production department and co-founding Yeti, their in-house production capability. Earlier in his career, he also had stints at FCB West and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.
“Argonaut already has a great production team in place – now it’s time to grow, push the envelope creatively and take the work to the next level. I’m looking forward to shepherding this department as the agency enters its next chapter,” said Drawbaugh. “Plus, I had the good fortune of working with Hunter at Goodby, so the opportunity to work with him again was a no-brainer.”
Drawbaugh’s appointment is the latest in a series of major hires for Argonaut. The agency recently welcomed Chad Leitz as its newest group creative director, tasked with creative oversight across several of the agency’s pieces of business including Fitbit. He joins the team by way of San Francisco-based creative consultancy, Eleven Inc, where he served as creative director overseeing the company’s Virgin America and Columbus Meats accounts. Throughout his career he’s also worked on Frito-Lay, Chevy, Google, Apple, Jack Daniel’s, Ocean Spray, and Progressive, among others.
To help round out the production team, Argonaut has also brought on Jim Vaughan as an executive producer, who’s served stints at The Cabinet, Misfit Workshop, Goodby and Arnold.