Baldwin& Opens its Doors

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David Baldwin
David Baldwin
Current One Club chair and former McKinney ECD David Baldwin has teamed with former McKinney GCD Bob Ranew to launch a new Durham, N.C.-based "creative practice" called Baldwin&.

"We call it a creative practice because we 're interested in doing advertising, design and branded content solutions," says Baldwin, whose past projects include Audi's "Art of the Heist" and the launch of Travelocity's Gnome campaign. "Everyone here is considered a creative. If you're a strategic planner, you're still a creative strategic planner."

While the shop officially launched in late December, a lot of Baldwin's recent time has been occupied by his role as an executive producer on Art & Copy, the Doug Pray-directed documentary that debuted at Sundance and shines a light on the ad business with interviews with folks like Dan Wieden, Hal Riney and George Lois. It's exactly the type of project Baldwin sees the new shop being creatively invested in. "Ideally, we'd like it to be a 50/50 split between doing work for our own brands and others'."

Right now the agency has a population of six that includes creatives, a designer, a strategic planner and an accounts person and is currently signed up for project-based work for troubled telecom giant Nortel. "We're taking care of their post-bankruptcy communications, helping them get back on track as a company with a lot of positive things going for it that has had trouble in the current economic climate," says Baldwin. "It's a perfect client for us, as we see ourselves as change agents and look forward to working with them more."

Speaking of the current economy, some might question the sanity of launching a new agency amidst so much financial uncertainty. But Baldwin sees it more as an opportunity to walk the walk. "It's a great time to launch because we're always telling clients to be bold and take risks and doing something like this now really shows we believe in that approach."
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