Industry Update Week(s) of Jan 27th & Feb 3th


Following a review, Capital One has parted ways with DDB after a 16-year partnership and appointed GSD&M as its new agency of record.

Bank of America is parting ways with Hill Holiday. The financial services company has consolidated its advertising business with a dedicated Publicis Groupe team called Groupe Connect, led by Leo Burnett on creative.

Pabst Blue Ribbon has named 72andSunny Los Angeles as its lead creative agency.

Following a review, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has assigned advertising duties to D.C.-based Admirable Devil.

Terri & Sandy has been named agency of record for Culturelle.

Joan has been named agency of record for Virgin Hotels.

The Knicks have assigned creative duties to Translation.

Following a review, Xerox has awarded its creative account to Code and Theory, replacing incumbent VMLY&R on the account.

Agency Creative/ Producers

McCann Worldgroup made a series of promotions and hires to expand its creative department

McCann Worldgroup has hired Matthew Curry as deputy chief creative officer of its New York office. Curry was previously CCO of Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners.

McCann also elevated Shayne Millington to global executive creative director; promoted Holly Hessler to executive creative director; hired Cristina Reina and Kathleen O’Brien as executive creative directors; and promoted creative duo Dominick Baccollo and Jason Ashlock to group creative directors.

Leo Burnett Chicago Adriano Matos as executive creative director, VP. Matos was previously chief creative officer at Grey Brazil.


Director Douglas Avery has joined the roster at Film47.

BODEGA has signed director Juergen Bollmeyer.

Jane Lynch has joined the directorial roster at STORY.

Director Albert Uria has joined the roster at Rakish.

Wondros has signed director Lee Farber.

Tinygiant has signed South African director Chloe Coetsee.

Leo Zuckerman has joined the roster at Golden LA.

Danish director Nina Holmgren has joined the roster at Smuggler for representation in the U.S.

Girl Culture Films has added directors Barbara Kopple and Nanfu Wang to its roster.

Director Vaughan Arnell has joined Merman in the U.S. and U.K.

Director/DP Duffy Higgins has joined the roster at Greencard.

Executive producers Joanna Shaw and Adrianne McCurrach, and technical director Sun Komen have partnered to launch L.A-based creative studio Unicorns & Unicorns.


Gregory Roekens has been hired in the newly created position of chief innovation officer at the Moving Picture Company (MPC). Roekens joins the company’s global senior management team reporting into CEO Mark Benson. Roekens was previously future technology officer at Grey Europe.

PS260 has promoted Colin Reilly, Colin Edelman and Tyler Hurst to editors. Laura Patterson has been promoted to executive producer of N.Y.

Brand New School has added Gerald Mark Soto to its NY studio in the role of animation director.

Merritt Duff has joined Union as partner/editor.

The Mill has signed directors Ben Hansford and Rogier Schalken.

Alkemy X has added design and animation collective Mighty Oak to its roster.

Upcoming Events

February 20 – March 1 | The Berlin Film Festival (Berlin, Germany)

March 13 – 22 | SXSW (Austin, Texas)

March 31 | British Arrow Awards (London, UK)

April 15 – 26 | Tribeca Film Festival (NYC, New York)