Up and Down the Avenue

Michigan Avenue has livened up after a too-long hibernation with a spate of creative appointments. Two new from out-of-town:

Big new business for DDB Worldwide: Some $200 million worth of Royal Philips Electronics from Leo Burnett offices around the world, including Chicago.

Element 79 saw the $35 milion Aquafina account go down the drain. More specifically, to BBDO/New York.

AFTRA president John Connolly said not only was the voter turnout for SAG consolidation the largest ever for any AFTRA election, but an astonishing 75% voted yes to consolidation.

Editor Doug Spilatro is now working at Encore Video in L.A. He had edited for Film & Tape Works and Skyview.

Michigan Avenue has livened up after a too-long hibernation with a spate of creative appointments. Two new from out-of-town:

* John Noble in August joins Element 79 as SVP/director of broadcast production, a new position ? actually a first for the agency. He had the same title at the Martin Agency, Richmond.

* New to Euro/Tatham: ACD Jeff Ross, former freelance copywriter who previously worked at GSD&M, Dallas, the Martin Agency, and Leagas Delaney, San Francisco.

“Barber Shop II” settled into Chicago Studio City for a three month stay. Shooting is scheduled to start July 21. Among the crew: Dan Clancy is set decorator and Bill Dambra prop manager.

Big new business for DDB Worldwide: Some $200 million worth of Royal Philips Electronics from Leo Burnett offices around the world, including Chicago.

Element 79 saw the $35 milion Aquafina account go down the drain. More specifically, to BBDO/New York.

AFTRA president John Connolly said not only was the voter turnout for SAG consolidation the largest ever for any AFTRA election, but an astonishing 75% voted yes to consolidation.

Editor Doug Spilatro is now working at Encore Video in L.A. He had edited for Film & Tape Works and Skyview.

Two Leo Burnett veterans, GCD Bob Akers and producer Bob Davis, retired last month.

We heard some FCB staffers were quietly released.

Love is in the air. McDonald’s global tagline, which neatly translates into numerous languages, is “I’m lovin’ it.” And the tagline for Red Lobster/Euro Tatham is “Share the Love.”

You’re not alone. Not this will make you feel better but production is dead quiet all over. Not a lot going on out there. Some say this is the quietest July in recent memory.

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