DDB’S CHICAGO’S ECD KEVIN DREW DAVIS relocated to the agency’s San Francisco office where he will assume the position of chief creative officer at DDB San Francisco. He joined DDB in 2013 as CC of DDB Canada before being asked to assume the ECD role in Chicago in late 2014.
During his two years in Chicago, he was known for his McDonald’s work, spearheading the agency’s Cannes Lion-winning “Lovin’ the Super Bowl” Twitter campaign, which made McDonald’s the most retweeted brand ever in a single day.
He was also instrumental in the agency winning the FiatChrysler Alfa Romeo and Jeep business. Earlier he’d been ECD at DigitasLBi in Chicago and San Francisco. He started his career as an art director at GSD&M.
CHANGING PLACES. Walter Isaacson named 25-year advertising expert Jeff Davidoff to the new position of agency president, Based in the Chicago, he will divide his time between the agency’s LA, New York and Miami offices.
He joins from chief marketing officer at Donuts the world’s biggest O&O of “not coms” domain. Earlier he was CMO for The One Campaign, an advocacy founded by Bono with 7 million members and was a founder of Upshot marketing agency.
Award-winning Original Six producer Blaire-Knight-Graves for the past two years joined Social Media Beast as a digital content strategist. She continues as DP/host on Professional Geek Podcast and as a pop culture public speaker.
EICOFF RENEWED ITS PARTNERSHIP with K12, a tech-based education company and leading provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for students in pre-K through high schools. The agency last partnered with K12 in 2014.
A NEW ARTS CENTER is being proposed by the University of Chicago as a major arts and culture corridor, along a 100,000-stretch of Garfield Boulevard, building on the success of the U of C’s Arts + Public Life initiative.
Located at 317 E. Garfield Blvd, the proposed Green Line Arts Center will be an interdisciplinary hub for film production, theatre, music and dance. It also will serve as a platform for artists from the South Side and beyond.
It will include a cinema, live performance theatre, dance studio and studios for resident artists. Concepts proposed by LA-based architectural firm Johnston Marklee were deemed the most promising among a highly competitive pool of seven finalists.
B-TO-B GLOBAL AGENCY GYRO network, with a Chicago office in the Wrigley Building, was acquired by Dentsu Aegis.
REEL/LA: CHICAGO TRANSPLANT and Screenwriters Network member Ron Maede, sold his spec screenplay, “The Church Bells Were All Broken,” to Matt Patterson and Jeffrey Travis of Matter Media Studios.
The contained thriller tells the story of a successful young man who is going insane from a mysterious illness. Matter Media’s previous credits include “An Ordinary Family” and “Dragon Day.”
The producers are currently searching for name talent to attach to the script. This is Maede’s first sale, reports Colin Costello from LA.
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