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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Appoints Joshua Hirsch as New Chief Technology Officer

Agency Strengthens Fully Integrated Model, Client Offering

NEW YORK CITY, NY (August 16, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler announced today it has hired Joshua Hirsch as EVP, Chief Technology Officer to expand its deep bench strength and best-in-class offering. In this role, Hirsch will lead the New York-based shop’s technology and innovation practice, ensuring clients benefit from the most advanced programs, products and emerging technologies. He will report to Robin Koval, CEO of Publicis Kaplan Thaler.

JoshuaHirschPreviously, Hirsch served as Partner & Minister of Technology at Big Spaceship, where he led the shop’s research and development team, building numerous award-winning digital projects. He has also held senior designer/development posts at Asymptote and Guggenheim.com.

“Today, technology informs the creative process as never before, and Joshua will help provide our clients with an unprecedented level of innovation,” said Robin Koval. “Joshua is a proven leader with a significant track record of developing impressive front-edge solutions, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join us. We expect to do truly innovative and industry-leading work together – work that continues to lead the change for our clients.”

Susan Gianinno, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Worldwide in the USA, stated, “Digital continues to be at the center of everything we do for our clients across Publicis Worldwide in the USA. My goal is for each office in the USA network to continue to both cultivate, and accelerate, digital innovation under the guidance of superior digital talent and leadership. The teaming of Joshua, with the leaders we have in place in our largest Publicis office in the USA, will ensure that digital-thinking adds significant value to all the clients across this flagship operation.”

Named one of the ad industry’s top 10 technologists of 2011, Hirsch is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and a long-standing adviser on Adobe Software launches. He often shares his expertise at industry conferences, instructional workshops and awards panels throughout the world, including the One Show and Art Directors Club.

Hirsch is a graduate of Northwestern University.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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When Film Not Only Builds Awareness — It Creates a Movement

Anti-Defamation League “Imagine a World Without Hate” Film by Publicis Kaplan Thaler Receives National Attention

Several years ago I met Abe Foxman, the brilliant leader of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and it was always a hope of mine that someday we would work together. Abe is fervently devoted to the ADL’s mission of putting an end to bigotry and hatred throughout the world. It is an amazingly lofty goal, but for the past hundred years, the ADL has come closer to realizing it with their efforts to promote a more respectful and inclusive society.

adlSo when Abe asked us to create a video to celebrate the ADL’s 100th anniversary, I jumped at the opportunity. However, then came the challenging task of deciding just what kind of film to create. During our brainstorming, we sadly remembered all the incredible people who died needlessly because of a hate crime. We imagined just how much they could have accomplished, had they been able to live out their lives in peace and dignity.

And then the idea just burst out – well, what if we celebrated these accomplishments- what if we imagined a world without hate.

And what if we were able to underscore these accomplishments with John Lennon’s iconic song, “Imagine.”

Yoko OnoWell, the rest, really is history. Because of the power of the idea, SONY and Yoko Ono were so moved, they agreed to help to secure the rights to the song, and the estates of all the victims in the film (Martin Luther King, Matthew Shepard, Anne Frank, etc.) graciously allowed their loved ones to be featured in the video.

We had no media funds, so we released the film virally, yet within six days of the launch we reached over 800,000 YouTube hits (and the numbers keep growing), with myriad Tweets, FB shares and posts from Arianna Huffington, Ann Curry, Mashable, Ambassador Susan Rice, David Copperfield, MTV, Ricky Martin, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Cory Booker, Moby and Perez Hilton, to name a few.

This is truly a testament to the power of an emotional and disruptive idea, and the passion and vision of the ADL. And who was our demographic target? The entire world of course.

Special kudos to our brilliant creative team, Whitney Pillsbury and Jason Graff, as well as our amazing producer Kirsten Arongino and everyone at PKT, MediaVest , ADL and Regan Communications  who worked so hard to make this film and spread it across the globe!

Written by Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman — Publicis Kaplan Thaler

“Imagine a World Without Hate” Credits:
CLIENT:
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
AGENCY: Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman/Executive Creative Director
Rob Feakins, President/Chief Creative Office/
Robin Koval, Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Bifulco, Chief Production Officer
Whitney Pillsbury, Group Creative Director – ART DIRECTOR
Jason Graff, Group Creative Director – COPY WRITER
Gerry Killeen, Director of Creative Services
Kirsten Arongino, Executive Producer
Susie Lodise, Group Account Director
Michael Sandler, Account Supervisor

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Digital Kitchen
Eric Oldrin, Executive Producer
Matt Mulder, Executive Creative Director:
Josh Hayward, Creative Director
Slavka Kuehn, Editor
Paul Williamson, Producer
Koji Minami, Designer:
Ryan Gagnier, Designer
Morgan Henry, Director of Photography

Follow Linda Kaplan Thaler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaThaler

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About The Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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Pubicis New York and Kaplan Thaler Group Merge to Form Publicis Kaplan Thaler

NEW YORK, NY (July 12, 2012) – Publicis Worldwide today announced that Publicis New York, part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, and the Kaplan Thaler Group, part of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe, will merge to form Publicis Kaplan Thaler, effective immediately. The combined New York-based entity, with over 650 employees, becomes the U.S. flagship agency within the Publicis Worldwide Network of over 200 offices in 82 countries. Publicis Kaplan Thaler will be Publicis Worldwide in the USA’s flagship New York agency.

Publicis Kaplan Thaler will be led by Linda Kaplan Thaler as Chairman and Robin Koval as CEO. Rob Feakins, President and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis New York will continue in that role and lead creative for the expanded entity.

Susan Gianinno, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Worldwide in the USA stated, “Publicis Kaplan Thaler will build on the strong performances of Publicis New York, which includes the successful integration of digital agency Modem, and the Kaplan Thaler Group, to create a more dynamic New York base. Publicis Kaplan Thaler is poised to lead the change for its clients and the industry.”

Kaplan Thaler, who served as CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the Kaplan Thaler Group since founding the agency in 1997 said, “Combining the strengths of Publicis New York’s vast global expertise with Kaplan Thaler’s reputation for building iconic brands that become part of the culture, creates a formidable new organization offering clients an entrepreneurial spirit with global scale that is idea-driven across all communications platforms.”

Publicis Kaplan Thaler will be fully integrated with digital, social and technology at its core, added Koval. “This merger is about driving growth and brings together two powerful teams, with complementary and supplementary skill sets. Publicis New York gains a talented and visionary team to create a new world agency with deep bench strength. Kaplan Thaler adds an instant worldwide footprint and broader capabilities, coupled with world-class digital expertise. Clients will have the opportunity to blend the best of both,” continued Koval, who served as President of the Kaplan Thaler Group.

In making the announcement, Publicis Groupe COO and Executive Chairman of Publicis Worldwide, Jean-Yves Naouri, said, “New York is the largest communications community in the world. We are deeply committed to building a stronger base of operations in this market – one that attracts and retains the best talent in the world to build our clients’ brands.”

Publicis Kaplan Thaler is designing new offices and will be headquartered in one location starting in early 2013. Its combined client roster includes P&G, Citi, Nestle, L’Oreal, Merck, Pfizer, Wendy’s, AFLAC, Edmunds.com, NAPA Auto Parts, SuperValu, among others.

Media Contact:
Tricia Kenney, 212-474-6605
Tricia.Kenney@kaplanthaler.com

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