Fred & Farid Call New Shop Marcel, When They Could Have Called It Fred & Farid

Adweek: Former Goodby, Silverstein & Partners creatives Frederic Raillard and Farid Mokart have opened their own agency called Marcel in Paris, effective immediately.
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The Publicis-owned venture, which opened yesterday with 10-12 clients shifted from the holding company’s other agencies, is intended to compete with smaller, integrated and creatively focused shops such as Mother in London and New York, 180 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and even Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami. French natives Raillard, 34, and Mokart, 38, who go by Fred & Farid and share art directing and copywriting duties, will be co-presidents and report to Publicis CEO Maurice Levy.
The agency is “based on the fact that advertising now has to change, we have to write strong stories featuring the brand, then choose the best media,” said Raillard, speaking for both himself and Mokart. “So we believe we’re not competing against other campaigns, but all other stories in media. Our role in the agency is to write the strongest story. It’s simple to say but hard to do.”
Thanks to The Hidden Persuader for the pointer.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.