Minority New York agency sues DDB over Army account

Minority owned New York ad agency HERO Group (aka HERO Collective) filed suit against Omnicom-owned agency DDB in Illinois Northern District Court court this week, alleging DDB “exploited” HERO to win the U.S. Army contract and didn’t pay it for two years of work. Chicago-based Swanson, Martin & Bell and Beverly Hills-based Singh, Singh & … Continue reading “Minority New York agency sues DDB over Army account”

DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect ad agencies, causing reductions of staff, salary cuts and furloughs. DDB, Chicago is the latest agency forced to slightly restructure. The agency has reportedly laid off 30 people including global business director for Unilever, Mark Mulhern, and chief people officer, North America Britt Hayes.  Last week, our sister outlet Reel … Continue reading “DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30”

DDB taps into Blue Moon as AOR

After a month-long competitive review, the brand moves its creative to the newly created unit fifty5Zero Pass DDB Chicago a Blue Moon. The agency announced last week that client Chicago-based MillerCoors has decided to move creative responsibilities for its Blue Moon brand to fifty5Zero, a newly created unit of DDB. According to a spokeswoman, this … Continue reading “DDB taps into Blue Moon as AOR”

Staff adds, changes at Cap Gun, Periscope, DDB

NAMES IN THE NEWS. Industry veteran Tom Fletcher, the former Fletcher Camera & Lenses executive, was named director of sales at Fujifilm’s optical devices division. In his new post, Fletcher, who has been consulting for the company for almost a year, will oversee sales and promotion of Fujifilm’s broadcast and cinema lenses in North America, reporting to division VP Gordon Tubbs and working out of a Lake Forest office.

John Maxham returns to DDB as CEO from Seattle agency

DDB Chicago’s new chief creative officer is John Maxham, who is returning to the agency after a four-year stint with Cole + Weber, Seattle.

Prior to Cole + Weber, Maxham worked at DDB for two years as group creative director on the AT&T business. He replaces CCO Ewan Paterson who left the agency last August to return to his native London.

Civil Wars’ music video shot by Cap Gun’s Tom Haines

The devastation of the deadly May tornado that swept the Ozarks was still evident when Cap Gun Collective director Tom Haines shot the band Civil Wars’ music video in June on a 150-mile stretch from Arkansas to Missouri.

“The One that Got Away” is the first single from the Grammy-winners’ self-titled new album, released just as the chart-topping band announced it was going on hiatus.