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In a reorganization aimed at correcting what chief creative officer Mike Campbell calls "perceived inequities" between the agency's creative and account services departments, nine creatives have been promoted to executive VP-executive creative director at J. Walter Thompson/New York. Those receiving promotions include Eric Steinhauser, Jon Krevolin, Richard Sabean, Jeff Watzman, Chris D'Rozario, Ed Evangelista, Larry Silberfein, Alex Wilcox and Michael Hart. Freelancer David Lowe will also join the agency fulltime as an ECD. "From the outside, there's a perception that Thompson is an account shop," Campbell says. "This is a clear, loud statement that the old Thompson has been updated to the way a lot of other agencies are operating." . . . Meanwhile, other top New York creatives have been on the move. Jim Ferguson, executive creative director of Young & Rubicam North America, has left the agency to join DDB/Chicago as EVP-creative consultant, working primarily on the McDonald's account. And Ogilvy & Mather ECD Jeroen Bours, who spearheaded the AT&T Wireless "mLife" campaign, has been named ECD at Hill, Holliday/New York. . . . We thought the production industry shakeout was over, but after a decade-long run, Los Angeles production company Palomar Pictures has closed its doors. Palomar was founded in 1992, and has been headed by Propaganda Films co-founder Joni Sighvatsson since 1999. . . . Directing twins the Hughes Brothers have gone separate ways behind the lens. Allen and Albert Hughes, who directed features From Hell, Dead Presidents and Menace II Society, have become a prominent commercials force in the past year, directing spots like Nike's "Rucker Park" and "Funkship", as well as others for adidas and Fox Sports, all out of L.A.-based production company Oil Factory. Brother Allen is currently directing a pilot for USA Networks but will continue to work out of Oil Factory for commercials at the beginning of April, according to Factory president Billy Poveda. Albert, however, is now exclusively repped by @Tate, a division of Tate & Partners that represents feature directors for spots.
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