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Industry Update Week(s) of October 7th & 14th

Accounts

Groupon has placed its creative account into review. Incumbent O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul is not defending the business. Groupon spent just under $52 million on measured media in the U.S. last year.

P.F. Chang’s has appointed Dallas-based The Richards Group as its creative agency of record. Creative was previously handled in-house

Agency Creative/ Producers

Emily Green has joined Yard as executive producer.

The Community has hired Roger Baranas as executive creative director in its San Francisco office, overseeing creative for the West Coast. Baranas joins from Goody Silverstein & Partners.

David Miami has promoted Jean Zamprogno and Fernando Pellizzaro to group creative directors.

Allen & Gerritsen has promoted creative team Marie Rockett and Pete Valle to SVP/group creative directors. Chris Fernandez has been named group creative director and Erin Arbaugh associate creative director.

Gretel has hired Sue Murphy as creative director in its New York office.

22squared has promoted Mindy Adams to VP/group creative director.

Directors/Production

Director Gillian Robespierre has joined the roster at m ss ng p eces.

Director William Armstrong has joined Sibling Rivalry for commercial representation in the U.S.

Mike Matthews has joined the roster at REVERSE.

Logan & Sons has added Eva Doležalová to its roster of directors.

Stept has signed director/photographer/cinematographer Dana Romanoff.

Director Chace Strickland has returned to the roster at Backyard Productions for commercial representation in the U.S.

Noah Sterling has joined the roster at Ataboy Studios.

Executive producer Jacki Sextro has opened production company kin in Los Angeles with a roster that includes directors Ric Cantor, Minhal Baig, JD Dillard, Liza Mandelup, Ryan Reichenfeld and Jeff Baena.

Prism Studios has launched as a post-production partner with tabletop production company, MK Films.

Design/Editorial/VFX

Alejandra Alarcon has joined Work Editorial as head of production for the New York office.

Joint has hired Nirad “Bugs” Russell as an executive producer. Russell most recently freelanced as a senior VFX producer at The Mill NY.

Editor Stephen Jess has joined the roster at Cut+Run.

Wax has promoted Drew Balke to editor.

Josh Mandel has joined The Mill Los Angeles as managing director/president.

Nexus Studios has hired Juliet Tierney as executive producer.

Misc.

Free the Work site is now live at https://freethework.com

TM Advertising, a Dallas-based agency that bought itself back from IPG two years ago, is closing its doors after 85 years.

Creative technologist Alexander Rea and veteran integrated producer Christian Colasuonno, have launched creative consultancy Aux.

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