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Industry Update Week(s) of Sept 9th & 16th

Accounts

Following a review, McDonald’s has chosen Wieden & Kennedy, New York as its lead creative agency in the U.S. We Are Unlimited, the Chicago-based agency that DDB created to support McDonald’s, will continue to work on brand assignments.

Deutsch L.A. has been named creative agency of record for Behr Paint Company, replacing the incumbent Peterson Milla Hooks on the account.

Following a government-mandated review launched last year, the U.S. Marine Corps has chosen Wunderman Thompson Atlanta as its new agency partner. The account was handled by J. Walter Thompson for more than 70 years before that agency merged with Wunderman last year.

AT&T has selected Translation as creative agency for its NBA partnership.

Nature’s Bounty has named Doner its agency of record in the U.S., ending the company’s nine-month relationship with VMLY&R.

GlaxoSmithKline has issued a global creative review for its Rx business.

Agency Creative/ Producers

Havas Chicago has hired Blake Winfree as group creative director.

Nick Lipton and Adam Vohlidka have joined The Annex as group creative directors.

Havas Chicago has hired Brian Cooper as head of production.

Jeff Benjamin has joined Knoxville-based Tombras as the agency’s first CCO. Benjamin was most recently partner and executive creative director at Barton F. Graf.

VMLY&R has hired Fred Saldanha as global CCO on the Colgate-Palmolive account. Saldanha will lead creative out of VMLY&R’s New York office. Saldanha was most recently executive creative director at Arnold Boston.

Haydn Morris has been promoted to global executive creative director at McgarryBowen New York, leading creative for United Airlines.

Nicolas Berthier has been promoted to creative director of FF L.A. Berthier joins from FF Paris.

Directors/Production

Director Max Fisher has joined the roster at Knucklehead for global representation.

Greencard has signed director Jill Greenberg.

Logan & Sons has added director Tom Schlagkamp to its roster.

Director David Gray has joined Supply&Demand for representation in the U.S.

Moxie Pictures has signed director Travis Hanour for global representation.

Rakish has added director Chris Woods to its roster.

Director Cody Stokes has joined the roster at ArtClass.

Director/DP James Mann has joined the roster at Contagious.

Director Jeffrey DeChausse has joined Seed Media Arts.

Rocket Film has added Argentinean director Joaquín Güiraldes to its roster for representation in the U.S.

Alkemy X has added director Scott J. Ross to its roster.

Tessa Films has appointed Sydney Thomson to the newly created position of head of production.

NYC-based Bindery has appointed Andrea Theodore as executive producer.

Design/Editorial/VFX

The Mill has promoted Chris Harlowe to head of production in its Los Angeles studio.

Nice Shoes has signed directing duo Mirror + Sparks for representation in immersive and XR experiences.

Upcoming Events

Sept 18 – 21 | Kinsale Shark Awards (Kinsale, Ireland)
Sept 25 | CLIO Awards (NYC, New York)
Sept 27 – Oct 13 | New York Film Festival (NYC, New York)
November 7 – 8 | Ciclope Festival (Berlin, DE)
November 14 | Shots Awards (London, UK)