The Art Directors Club looks like it’s here to stay

ADC honoree Bob Scarpelli, longtime DDB CCO.

REVIVAL OF THE ART DIRECTORS CLUB after a long absence was a smashing success, judging by the creative community that turned out for two events.  Partnering here with Otis Gibson’s GERTRUDE, New York-based The Art Directors Club renewed its presence here with a turnout of 50 of city’s top creative executives at the Oct. 1 inaugural, invitation-only dinner honoring one of the city’s best, Bob Scarpelli, former chairman/CCO of DDB Worldwide.

Then, 125 folks from agencies, suppliers and schools packed the Cobra Lounge Oct. 3 to watch reels of the 2013 Tomorrow Awards and the ADC 92nd Annual Awards of Art & Craft in Advertising & Design, followed by a lot of good conversation by these great thinkers over food and drinks.  The question at the end of the night, Gibson says, “was when’s the next meeting?”

ON THE SPOT.  A busy week coming up for commercials as LA production companies will be shooting on locations throughout the city for major clients.  The biggest shoot is Backyard’s five-days for Kmart.

ADC honoree Bob Scarpelli, longtime DDB CCO.The Real McCoy is here for Wal-Mart, while Green Dot has two days booked for Sargento Cheese.  Danish production company Mayday Films here to capture the Chicago Marathon for race sponsor Bank of America and the Venice, Cal. branch of international Acne Media will spend three days around town for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Locally, One at Optimus is shooting for Goose Island Brewery.

AT CRITICAL MASS, five videos for Hewlitt Packard’s website were directed by New York-based Lionel Coleman, of Planet Productions, who is here editing them at Critical Mass offices. The agency’s VP/CD is David Hartt, who recently moved to Critical Mass from Draftfcb, and freelancer Charlene Sansone produced. 

CREATIVE STUDIO LEVIATHAN, major experiential marketing producers, added four new staffers and promoted four, as a result of business expansion.

Newcomers are 3D artist Andrew Butler, from four years at Superfad/Seattle where he worked on commercials, video games and TV shows; creative technologist Harvey Moon, who moved as cofounder of MB Labs, software production and design company; he 3D artist Ely Beyer, a former freelancer and producer Kelsey Barrington, from retail marketing agency TPN.

Promotions went to Lauren Shawe, now senior producer; Ellen Schopler, producer; David Brodeur, art director and Gareth Fewel, lead designer.

WITH DIGITAL ADVERTISING booming at Cramer-Krasselt, accounting for nearly 40% of its billings and expectation of another 10% within a year, it brought aboard Sean Donohue as VP/digital creative director. He moves from VP/CD at E-retailer Threadless and earlier was VP/interactive CD at Energy BBDO and art and design director at other agencies.

The agency also named award-winning Scott McBurnie VP/executive producer, who joins with 20 years of substantial international experience, most recently EP/director of production for Saatchi & Saatchi, Switzerland.

Also new are Rebecca Keen, VP/digital activation director, from media director at Rosetta/Chicago and Scott Smith,VP/account supervisor, content marketing, from director of digital strategy, Chicago Magazine.

REEL MICHIGAN.  Hudson Edit’s newly renovated office in downtown Detroit office added editor Rich Smith, award-winner on national spots and three-time winner of AICE’s “Best of Detroit” category.  Previously with Beast Detroit and Mad River Post, Smith joins editors Erich Wiemer and Mike Mojica,  After Effects artist Frank Marra,  Flame artist Jon Jovich and finisher Kevin Jones.

Hudson Edit is a sister company to Avalon Films, in Royal Oak, co-founded by director Larry August. 

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