Figliulo&Partners Acquires Digital Startup Agency to Strengthen Its In-House Expertise

New York indie shop absorbs Hungry

Figliulo&Partners buys Hungry for an undisclosed amount. Sources: Getty Images, Figliulo&Partners

Figliulo&Partners, an independent shop that describes itself as the brand agency for the information age, announced its acquisition of tech and digital marketing startup Hungry for an undisclosed sum.

New York-based Hungry was founded by Brady Donnelly in 2014 as a full-service digital and tech agency aimed at creating premier products and experiences. Per today’s deal, Donnelly will maintain his title of managing director at Hungry and join the former organization’s New York office, along with his entire 12-person staff, as head of product.

“My goal for F&P is to continue future-proofing our offering so that we’re always one step ahead of the curve,” said founder and CEO Mark Figliulo. “Culturally, Hungry and F&P are a great fit and bring the best talent together under one roof. We will continue to set the bar for brand storytelling in today’s world.”

Over the past two years, Figliulo&Partners and Hungry have collaborated on various projects, with the larger agency oftentimes soliciting the other to help develop digital experiences, websites, apps and SEO strategies, all areas in which Hungry has a “deeper expertise,” Figliulo told Adweek.

Now that Hungry will be under the Figliulo&Partners umbrella, Figliulo said his agency can do more in-house work, especially on experiential projects.

“I don’t know that we will ever be [able to do] everything,” Figliulo said, “but I do think clients are looking for generalists. … That’s what we are.”

Donnelly said in a statement that the two agencies had developed a “strong relationship” in the past two years and called the acquisition “a natural next step for us both, as we share similar visions for our companies.”

Hungry will keep its name and its clients, including Sephora, Bacardi, Intel, Google and Samsung. Moving forward, its teams will work on certain Figliulo&Partners projects as needed. The two agencies already collaborate on work for Seabourn Cruise Line and real estate development firm Two Trees Management.

Today’s acquisition comes on the heels of a robust year for Figliulo&Partners. The agency hired Scott Vitrone, its first chief creative officer and a former Barton F. Graf executive, in February and won several accounts throughout the year including project work for CNN.

@kitten_mouse Lindsay Rittenhouse is a staff writer at Adweek, where she specializes in covering the world of agencies and their clients.