Volkwagen Cruises Over To Crispin

From Adweek:

Volkswagen said it has named MDC Partners’ Crispin Porter + Bogusky to handle creative chores in the U.S. and Canada.
Havas’ Arnold here had previously handled the business for the past 10 years.

Arnold has done quite a lot of good and memorable work for VW over the years, but as VW sales have been slipping lately, this serves as a potent reminder that no agency-client relationship is ever safe.
The other thing that’s interesting here is that Arnold & Crispin collaborated for years on the anti-smoking “Truth” campaign, so these two agencies have a history together.
And Crispin has resigned the MINI account due to the account conflict. That’ll be fought over, I’m sure.

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Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.

  • jay

    how awkward. don’t they share the “truth” work?
    how is that account going to work?

  • http://adpulp.com David Burn

    My guess is anti-tobacco worries kind of go up in smoke when there’s $345 million on the table.