Three co-founders of Goodness Mfg. are taking senior supporting roles at Deutsch L.A.
Paul Keister, who was chief creative officer at Goodness, and fellow executive creative directors Bob Cianfrone and Tom Adams, will now be key lieutenants to Deutsch L.A. CCO Pete Favat.
Each will be an executive creative director and split his time between new business pitches and existing accounts. The agency, which is on a hiring binge with the addition of Sprint's national broadcast business, now has 13 executive creative directors.
Three of them, however, already work on Sprint: Matt O'Rourke, Gavin Lester and Daniel Chu. So Keister, Cianfrone and Adams will contribute to other agency accounts, which include Volkswagen of America, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Target and Dr Pepper. They'll start Jan. 12.
"These guys will be jumping in where needed on many pieces of business, but they haven't been assigned to anything in particular yet," Favat said. "Our business is moving at a faster pace than ever—we need to be in front of it."
The hires come two weeks after the trio exited Goodness, the advertising arm of Trailer Park Inc. Keister, Cianfrone and Adams were among five former Crispin Porter + Bogusky staffers who started Goodness Mfg. in 2007. Trailer Park acquired the shop in 2010, giving the production powerhouse the creative juice it needed under CEO Rick Eiserman.
With those three co-founders now gone, Goodness has begun a search for a single creative chief to replace them, according to a source. In the meantime, group creative heads will step up on their existing accounts, which include Toshiba and Vail Resorts. Goodness expects to find its new chief early in 2015.