Kallman and Allen exit TBWA/Chiat/Day, N.Y.

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Kallman and Allen say goodbye to New York
Kallman and Allen say goodbye to New York
They're just like everybody else! Copywriter Eric Kallman and art director Craig Allen, another pair of TBWA/Chiat/Day, N.Y. wizards responsible for the agency's Graf-era renaissance, are leaving the New York office for the Portland digs of Wieden + Kennedy.

The pair put in their notice on Friday and are scheduled to start at W+K on May 15. Kallman and Allen's departure is another in the long string of goodbyes since ECD Gerry Graf left earlier this year for Saatchi/N.Y., followed by GCDs Ian Reichenthal and Scott Vitrone, who became ECDs at Young and Rubicam, and Combos creatives Isaac Silverglate and Jeff Anderson, who joined Droga5.

Kallman and Allen will remain a CW/AD team and will be working on the Old Spice and Careerbuilder accounts under CD Mark Fitzloff, but also eventually hope to expand their repertoire on Nike and Coca-Cola.

Since the duo first paired up three years ago, they've turned out some of the most controversial, ridiculously funny and award-winning work for Skittles and Snickers, including the recent "Pinata," starring a put-upon and battered tissue-covered man; Skittles "Touch," our most watched spot of 2007; and the Snickers Super Bowl "Mechanics" spot, featuring two grease monkeys in an inadvertent lip lock. The pair's swan song will be a final spot for Skittles, "Tailor," which has yet to break. "This was both of our first jobs in advertising and it's been nothing but a wonderful experience all around—from the people to the accounts," says Kallman. "We're already reminiscing and we haven't even left yet."

Read more about Kallman and Allen in their profile from our May issue.
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