Industry Update Week(s) of March 4th & 11th


Following a review, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has selected Atlanta-based Dagger as its new creative agency of record, following a review

TBWA London and its sister shop in New York have won the global launch of Refinitiv, the new fintech company formed by a $20 million deal between Thomson Reuters and private equity fund Blackstone.

Following a review, Cisco has selected as its global social media agency of record. The assignment encompasses both U.S. and international markets.

Cashmere has been named social media agency-of-record for fast-food chain Jack in the Box.

MillerCoors has launched a creative agency review for its Coors Light brand. Incumbent agency 72andSunny will not participate in the pitch.

Agency Creative/ Producers

Justin Ruben has joined The&Partnership as executive creative director for the agency’s New York office. Ruben was most recently group creative director at Droga5.

Team One has hired Kirsten Rutherford as executive creative director on Expedia.

Havas has hired Stacy Flaum as executive producer.

Margaret Russo and Ray Elfers has been promoted to group creative directors at Grey Midwest in Cincinnati.

Vishal Dheiman has joined BBDO NY in a new role as head of tactical innovation. Dheiman was most recently an executive producer for interactive production and innovation at 72andSunny New York.


Sweetshop has signed director Liz Murphy for global representation.

DIVISION7 has added director Saam Farahmand to its roster.

Washington Square Films has signed director Keith Rivers.

Director/DP Lutz Hattenhauer has joined the roster at Grand Large.

Strike Anywhere has signed Malia James.

Lucky 21 has added Richard Krause to its roster.

Alkemy X has added Jonathan Yi to its roster.

The Bigger Picture has added writer/director Oden Few Roberts to its roster.

Girl Culture Films has hired Melinda Nugent as executive producer.

Sweetshop has hired J. Patrick McElroy as executive producer of its U.S. operation.


ArtJail has hired Ross Denner as head of 3D; Christoph Schröer as VFX Supervisor; and promoted John Skeffington to managing director/executive producer.

Eric Brevig has joined Method Studios as senior VFX supervisor and creative director.

Editor Joe Siegel has joined the roster at LVLY.


Jeff Kling, Barney Robinson and Laura Janness have joined forces to open Lightning Orchard, a new independent agency based out of Brooklyn, New York. Kling, who will serve as chief creative officer, last served in the same post at Fallon Minneapolis. Robinson and Janness
serve as chief executive officer and chief strategy officer, respectively, after serving in those roles at Barton F. Graf.

Directors Justin Lin and Anthony and Joe Russo have partnered with chief creative officer Chris Adams and chief strategy officer Noel Sullivan to open a new agency, Superconductor.

WPP has merged the Seattle offices of Wunderman, Possible, and Cole & Weber to form Wunderman Thompson Seattle.

TBWA\Worldwide has hired Scott Kavanagh as managing director for Nissan United U.S., the dedicated, multi-agency leadership team responsible for Nissan. Kavanagh joins from WPP’s Ford-dedicated unit, GTB.

The Ridley Scott Creative Group has opened its first office in Amsterdam. Former agency executive producer Ross Plummer has been hired as managing director.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events

March 8 – 18 | SXSW (Austin, Texas)
March 27 | British Arrow Awards (London, UK)
April 24 – May 5 | Tribeca Film Festival (NYC, New York)
May 2 | Creative Circle Awards (London, UK)
May 8 & 10 | The One Show Ceremony (NYC, New York)
May 21 – 23 | D&AD Festival (London, UK)