Stevens Takes Saatchi Role

Damian Stevens, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and a lifelong surfer, had one non-negotiable demand when he was being considered for a producer’s job at Fallon in the late 1990s. “I told [then Fallon president David] Lubars, ‘You didn’t want to move to Minnesota. Why should I?’ ”

It made sense to Lubars, who let Stevens work from what became known as Fallon’s West Wing—an office above a pizzeria near the beach in L.A. His latest job requires no such makeshift accommodations as Stevens, 34, last month took over as director of broadcast production at Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi in Torrance, Calif.

He did have to make one concession, acknowleding that the demands of his new job, as well as time he wants to spend with his family—he married his high-school sweetheart and has three children—will preclude him from continuing to seriously pursue another hobby, bicycle racing. (Stevens has won two California championships aboard his two-wheeler.)

At Saatchi, Stevens replaces Damon Webster, who departed in December. He reports to executive creative director Harvey Marco and will spend most of his time on cornerstone client Toyota. “Toyota is in a position to do great, innovative spots,” Stevens said. “And the client is so open to ideas, we couldn’t be in a better position.”

Stevens most recently had been freelancing for agencies including Publicis & Hal Riney and TBWA\Chiat\Day, as well as for production houses such as Moxie Pictures. During his stay at Fallon, he won an Emmy for PBS’s “Stay curious” campaign, which was directed by Errol Morris.

Though his father was a principal in the Stevens/Eberlein commercial production company, Stevens wasn’t certain of his career path until his graduation from the film program at Loyola Marymount University.