Monday Morning Stir

By Erik Oster 

-Los Angeles content agency Whirled teamed up with Denver animation and  studio Legwork to create this “Hope-a-nomics” explainer video for civil rights organization Rise (video above).

Barbara Gardner Proctor, the first African-American woman to own an ad agency, died last month, according to her son.

-Madwell hired Dan Tucker as chief financial officer. He has previously held leadership roles at WPP, BBH, and Mother. “We wanted someone who could drive our agency’s finance strategy to a new level and establish scalable financial processes and systems while keeping with our creative energy and core values,” global CEO David Eisenman said in a statement. “Dan has years of industry knowledge, and we’re excited to have him onboard helping to steer Madwell into this next chapter.”


-WPP filed a legal protest against the U.S. government for awarding the Army account to Team DDB, following a similar protest from McCann.

-Speaking of DDB, the agency’s big Super Bowl stunt for Skittles will involve a one-night-only Broadway musical.

-Creative director Susan Walsh sued Doner for alleged age discrimination after being fired days before her 60th birthday.

-Brands are starting to weigh in on the government shutdown.

-The voice ads are coming. Diageo has a strategy.

-BBH CCO Ian Heartfield says creativity will never be a science.