LOS ANGELES Michael Wilde, co-founder of Odiorne Wilde Narraway + Partners, said he has left the agency.
Wilde, 38, co-founded the independent shop in San Francisco in 1994, along with Jeff Odiorne, Andy Narraway and Harry Groome. In 1999, Wilde went to London to launch OWN+P's first international office. After eight weeks, he returned to San Francisco and resumed his co-creative director's role on the Electronic Arts account.
"I plan on spending the next three months finishing a film that I've had on the back burner for some time now," said Wilde, adding that he has been working on the project for the last three years. Once the film is completed, Wilde said he plans to continue his advertising career on a freelance/consulting basis and hopes to start directing commercials.
"We absolutely support him and wish him the best," said an agency representative. "He's been a very valuable asset to this organization." It has not yet been determined how the agency will replace Wilde.
Prior to founding OWN+P, Wilde worked with Odiorne at Hal Riney and Partners in San Francisco. He also worked at Chiat/Day in San Francisco, and in 1992 was awarded the Marget Larsen Award for Art Direction.
OWN+P has approximately 50 employees and claimed 2002 billings of approximately $100 million. Electronic Arts, 1800 Tequila, Caterpillar and Grand Marnier are among its clients.