Hotlanta. Coldlanta. Whatever.

I noticed in Adweek that Creative Director, Dave Damman, left Fallon for West Wayne in Atlanta.

The move reunites Damman with Bobby Pearce, WestWayne’s executive creative director, who left Fallon in June to join WestWayne. The two have known each other for a decade, beginning as an art director-copywriter team at Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis and spending the past two years as creative directors at Fallon.

“We finish each other’s sentences,” Damman said of the relationship.

While that revelation is probably more than we need to know, what I find interesting is the idea that West Wayne is dedicated to making Atlanta a creative mecca. I got a press release on this from West Wayne and that’s their word. Mecca.

I used to hear similar sentiments from colleagues of mine in Denver. And I think now what I thought then. Why is this a concern? Who cares what Denver or Atlanta are doing? I know it’s terribly old-fashioned, but what matters most is the quality of work you’re providing for your clients. One’s market has little bearing on that.



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 at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.