Monday Odds and Ends

By Kiran Aditham Comment

-Matomy Media Group acquired digitally focused media agency, MediaWhiz (wait, weren’t they aligned with SolutionSet not too long ago?). As a result of the acquisition, Hakan Lindskog, former CEO of Neverblue, has been named CEO of MediaWhiz.

-With CES underway, a few folks at Digitas have come up with an infographic that shows us the “five stages of grief” that surrounds the event. link

-DDB New York and the Perlorian Brothers have teamed up to bring us thumb wars in a new spot for the New York Lottery (above).

-Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco will make her Super Bowl debut in a new Saatchi L.A.-created spot for Toyota. link

-NYC-based audio post-production house Sound Lounge has hired Harrison Nalevansky as executive producer and promoted Justin “Sal” Kooy to audio engineer.

-Allstate has pulled its Leo Burnett-created ad featuring an image of a Hurricane Sandy-ravaged home. link

-Cannes Lions registration is set to open this Thursday, Jan. 10. link

-Dentsu has implemented a “voluntary” early retirement program for 100 employees. link

-McGarryBowen Chicago has taken over for Martin as the USTA’s new lead agency. link