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In addition to recent changes in New York, BBDO has also made some top creative changes at its other offices. Phil Gant, longtime executive creative director and CCO at BBDO/Chicago, has been named executive VP-ECD at BBDO/Detroit. Along with vice chairman/CCO Bill Morden, Gant will oversee creative for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Meanwhile, former Merkley Newman Harty ECD Marty Orzio, 46, has been tapped to replace Gant in Chicago. . . . TBWA Worldwide has named John Hunt, formerly chairman and executive creative director at TBWA Hunt Lascaris, South Africa, to the network post of worldwide creative director. Hunt, 48, will move to New York to assume his new duties, which take effect April 1. As worldwide creative director, he assumes a title that has been used by TBWA chairman Lee Clow, but, an agency spokesperson explains, Clow will revert to his formal title of chairman/CCO of TBWA Worldwide in light of Hunt's appointment. . . . Animation veterans David Daniels and Chel White have launched Bent Image Lab, an animation studio and production company based in Portland, Ore. Daniels was most recently with Portland's Vinton Studios, where, as an animation director, he created the first spots in M&Ms' popular CG campaign and, more recently, animated the hosts of the NFL on Fox for Fox Sports. White, whose credits include work for Lugz and a recent Saturday Night Live parody of the clay animation classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, joins the startup after being repped by Curious Pictures for the last five years. The pair, who will both serve as principals and directors at Bent, are joined by effects and production veteran Ray Di Carlo, who will serve as partner and executive producer. . . . Todd-AO Editworks in Atlanta has officially relaunched as Riot/Atlanta. The post house joins Riot Santa Monica and Riot/Manhattan to become the third facility to be rebranded as part of the Ascent Media Group, a subsidiary of the Liberty Media Corporation. In conjunction with the change, the facility plans to relocate into new studio space by the end of the year.
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