Though we cannot confirm specifics at this time, sources close to the matter tell us that the Los Angeles offices of Crispin Porter + Bogusky recently won a pitch to create work for Elon Musk’s other crazy venture, PayPal.
The online payment service recently split with eBay, and earlier this year its revenues overtook those of its parent company for the first time. While the company did not publicly announce a review, we hear that Crispin’s West Coast office pitched and won some portion of the business last month. PayPal’s PR firm did not directly respond to our queries and an agency spokesperson referred us to “the client,” which would be a very odd statement if the two parties are not in fact working together.
You may recall that the company’s very first domestic ads, which debuted in 2012, starred Jeff Goldbum; they were created by Publicis & Hal Riney.
Havas Worldwide won the global creative account back in 2014 and created PayPal’s first international campaigns, which ran in Australia and Europe last May. The company also worked with Kansas City’s Muller Bressler Brown, which went on to work with its then-parent company as well.
PayPal’s most recent campaign “People Rule,” which popped up all over the New York subway system last year, was created by Havas Worldwide New York in collaboration with the animators at Studio 6 and sound design studio Antfood.
Based on the company’s past and present relationships with its creative agencies, we assume that any forthcoming work from Crispin will run domestically.
Updates when we get them.