Lee and Dan

Lee and Dan Who?

So now the world knows that Lee and Dan were made to apologize to Volkswagen for a truly tasteless fake ad showing a suicide bomber blowing himself up in a VW and carrying the VW tagline, “Small but tough.” The ad caused a furor on the Internet, and news organizations from The New York Times to Reuters picked up the story of their apology. The question remains, who are these guys exactly? The answer: Dan Brooks and Lee Ford are a freelance creative team from London, who have worked on ads for clients including Pot Noodles and PlayStation 2. Post-apology, will these guys be excoriated from ad society–or more sought after than ever? In this industry, what do you think? Their Web site, leeanddan.com, claim they’ve already been commissioned for a new “mystery project.”

Target CD Jumps to McCann

Carl Byrd, a senior creative at Peterson Milla Hooks in Minneapolis who worked on Target there, has become the fifth evp, executive creative director under Joyce King Thomas at McCann Erickson in New York. He oversees a creative staff of 12 on the L’Oreal account. “Joyce is an icon,” he says, “and I get to work on the best beauty brand in the world.” Before his three and a half years at Peterson Milla Hooks, the art director, 38, was at the WB for one year. Prior to that, he was at the Gap for nearly eight years, working on ads including the Gap Khaki “Swing” spot. He began at McCann Jan. 24 and is currently working on “branding efforts and overall product advertising” for L’Oreal.

In Brief

The International Advertising Festival is now accepting entries for its 52nd annual awards competition. Deadline for entries, depending on the category, fall between March 11-April 1. … The One Club has extended its entry deadline until today, Feb. 7. … Noam Murro last week won the Directors Guild of America’s award for Outstanding Commercial Direction. It was his third nomination.