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Ulf Johansson, a founding member of the Swedish directorial collective Traktor, has split with the group after 10 years to pursue a career as a solo director. "We wish him all the best," says Richard Ulfvengren, one of the six remaining members of Traktor. "It's not a big change for us. The collective will continue to function." Traktor's work earned two Gold Lions and a Silver and a Bronze at this year's International Advertising Festival in Cannes, leading Partizan to the Palme d'Or as the Festival's winningest production company. The collective won the Cannes Grand Prix for its Fox Regional Sports campaign, out of Cliff Freeman & Partners, in 2001. ... Ted Sann, chief creative officer of BBDO/North America, gets the assignment to head the jury for outdoor, print, radio and television work at the London International Advertising Awards this year. LIAA will be Sann's second tour as a jury prez this season, after heading deliberations at the Andy Awards. Margarete T. Takeda of a10 Design in Sao Paulo will serve as president of the design jury, while Kevin Flatt of Fallon Interactive will preside over the interactive panel. The 2003 LIAA ceremony is slated for November 10-11. ... The latest reality TV show, Cupid, features an ad biz twist. The CBS series follows a woman as she scours the country looking for her match. But when she's not looking for her mate, Cupid star Lisa Shannon is a copywriter at Campbell-Ewald/Detroit. One of the show's hooks is that Shannon has two friends help her weed through the contenders. For that purpose, she picked hairstylist Laura Restum and Kimberly Tarter, a former Campbell-Ewald colleague who joined Detroit post house Grace & Wild as an account executive earlier this year.
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