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Let the migration begin. Bob Nelson and John Russo have both joined DDB/New York since Lee Garfinkel's appointment as chief creative officer at the shop. Russo has been named co-ECD alongside current creative chief John Staffen, while Nelson has been named director of broadcast production. Garfinkel, who joined DDB in December after turning down an offer to become worldwide creative director at Publicis, has worked with both Nelson and Russo since the days of '80s hot shop Levine, Huntley, Schmidt & Beaver, and both held key positions during his tenure as CCO at D'Arcy Worldwide. Nelson, who followed in Garfinkel's path by jumping from Lowe to D'Arcy early last year, was formerly D'Arcy's global broadcast head, while Russo was hired by Garfinkel to be executive creative director at D'Arcy/New York last June, just months before Publicis Groupe announced plans to shutter the D'Arcy network. . . . Production company HKM has completed arrangements to bring Rock Fight founders Ned Brown and Melissa White on board and to absorb the directorial roster of Hollywood production company Ritts-Hayden. Sadly, the deal was implemented just weeks before the death of Ritts-Hayden principal Herb Ritts, who died the day after Christmas at age 50 (see p. 14). "It's so sad," says White. "We're going to move forward, obviously, but it's sad. We were all looking forward to working together." Under the new arrangement, Brown and White - who left HKM satellite The Directors Bureau two years ago to form Rock Fight - return to HKM as executive producers alongside Carl Swan, who was named exec producer in November. Rock Fight, which is partly owned by London production house Rose Hackney Barber, will continue to exist as an independent company under the direction of HKM's management team. Meanwhile, directors from Ritts-Hayden's roster will be represented by a new division dubbed Last Night@HKM, administered by former Ritts-Hayden producer Sonja Taylor, while HKM satellite The Directors Bureau will be headed by Bureau vet Cayce Cole.
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