FCB hires St. Clair in new integrated production role

DDB Chicago’s SVP/executive producer Will St. Clair will join FCB Chicago on Monday, April 11 as its Director of Integrated Production, a new position created within the agency’s production capabilities.

St. Clair’s new position was announced Friday by FCB’s Chief Creative Officer Todd Tilford in a memo sent to agency staffers.

“The agency’s continuous evolution and growth is due in part to bringing in innovative, talented people who can add new dimensions to what we do,” he said.

Tilford also announced that Kerry Hill will continue to lead Lord + Thomas, the agency’s full-service production studio with an estimated staff of 50-60, with the new title of Management Director of Integrated Production Services. She will work with SVP / Film / Creative Director Ben Flaherty and St. Clair.

“Together,” said Tilford, “they will elevate our film studio and production capabilities.”

At DDB, where St. Clair had spent a decade, the last eight years serving as SVP/EP, he managed Mars/Wrigley, Skittles, Starburst, Budweiser, Bud Light, Cars.com, Capital One. Along the way he won a shelf full of awards, including seven Cannes Lions.

SVP/Film/Creative Director Flaherty has been with FCB since 2011, the same year Tilford originally joined the agency from Grey in New York. Hill is coming up on 10 years spent in management of the agency’s broadcast operations.

Sidebar: FCB’s Lord + Thomas in-house studio was named in honor of FCB’s progenitor agency, Lord & Thomas, founded in Chicago in 1873. In 1942, it was sold to its three top managers, Emerson Foote, located in New York, Fairfax Cone, Chicago and Don Belding in LA, who changed the name. It’s presently the world’s third oldest ad agency.