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November 30, 2005

Doug Knopper


This time it's Doug Knopper's turn to announce a shiny new job. He's the new CEO at BitPass, a cool e-commerce company that, among other things, allows consumers to buy digital content from online publishers without revealing any of their credit card or personal information.

Doug was at Chiat/Day in SF from 1989-1991 on Nissan, and then in the New York office as Group Account Director from 1994-1998 on Nissan, Wonderbra, Chivas, Maxim Magazine, Champion, and the infamous Firestone. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice-President and General Manager at DoubleClick.

Congratulations, Doug!

Here's the press release from BitPass ....

BitPass Appoints Douglas Knopper CEO

Former DoubleClick executive joins as commerce platform provider
helps portals, branded content providers monetize digital content

MENLO PARK, CA – Nov. 16, 2005 – BitPass, Inc., provider of the leading commerce platform for digital content and services, has named Douglas S. Knopper, formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager at DoubleClick, as CEO.

Knopper has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, media and technology, including responsibility for financial and operational performance for businesses serving online advertisers and publishers. Prior to Doubleclick, he oversaw advertising campaigns for well-known brands and products at Lowe and Partners, TBWA/Chiat Day and J. Walter Thompson. He was named as one of “50 Online People to Know” by Media Magazine in 2004. Knopper earned his MBA from Georgetown University and holds a BA, with honors, from the University of Michigan.

“In addition to a proven track record in managing complex organizations, Doug brings us deep experience in the business of digital content and long-standing relationships with its stakeholders,” said Pete Goettner, General Partner, Worldview Technology Partners, and BitPass board member. “His industry experience and penchant for execution are tremendous assets as BitPass builds on its current success and extends its platform to better serve content providers.”

“BitPass has made impressive gains with its platform to market and sell premium content, and is well positioned to set its sights on portals and brands that command mass audiences,” said Knopper. “As content providers become more sophisticated, they need solutions that complement their advertising activity while building customer loyalty and monetizing their online offerings. I look forward to working with the BitPass team to carry out this vision.”

About BitPass
BitPass provides an innovative commerce platform that addresses the growing demand among digital content providers to efficiently monetize their online offerings. Since the company’s public launch of its platform in December 2003, buyers from more than 100 countries and more than 3,000 merchants have relied on BitPass to buy, sell and promote videos, streaming music, photos, news, business documents, and other content and services. The company has received venture funding from Worldview Technology Partners, Steamboat Ventures, RRE Ventures, First Data Corp., Garage Technology Ventures, Cardinal Venture Capital, Amicus Capital and others. For more information, visit www.bitpass.com.

November 23, 2005

Nigel Carr


Everybody's favorite British pixie, Nigel Carr, has joined Ogilvy as a Group Planning Director to work on the Morgan Stanley account and new business and recruiting and all of the myriad things Nigel does so well.


November 20, 2005

Run on, Louise!


Louise Seeley (who was the wife of NY Creative Director Bob Dion) is marathoning again! Says Louise ....

To my wonderful Friends and Family, This will be my last update before the Honolulu Marathon on December 11! I'm so excited and, of course, a little nervous! Thanks again to all of you who have been so generous in donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf. I was just informed that my deadline for receiving donations has been moved to November 28. Quite of few of you have told me you were planning on donating, so now is the time! You can either donate online. I know everyone is asked for donations for so many things, and I truly understand if you choose not to donate. I know I have your moral support and that means so much, too! Please visit my website and check out my progress! Love to you all, Louise

Sean Hardwick

The peripatetic Sean Hardwick is now "running Taco Bell" for FCB in Irvine. Free Chipotle Grilled Stuft Burritos for all C/D alums, Sean?

November 19, 2005

Darren Isabelle

I got this report from Darren Isabelle (NY MIS) who had to evacuate his home in New Orleans:

I am doing well. Although my house had very minor damage, I have decided to stay in Houston for at least a year. The city is a mess, it's smells bad and it ain't pretty! I have been traveling back and forth every two weeks since the city opened. It truly is amazing to see the effort that is being put forward by so many people that aren't even from New Orleans. I see Police and Firemen from everywhere. New York, New Jersey, Chicago, etc. The National Guard is still a very strong presence in the city. It's very weird to have your life turned upside down and inside out. This will affect us for years to come. Sometimes it's hard to think clearly. It's like the world's axis has been tilted a whole different way. AND IT'S BIZARRE!. I'm starting to sleep better and relax a little. It has helped receiving letters and gifts from all of you guys. It's helps to know there are friends out there that are ready to give you a hand up when you need it. I feel very blessed in all of this. Thank you and everyone else. I truly appreciate the love that has been shown to me and my family. God bless the whole gang! (Oh, he has already. We all got to meet and be a part of something very special that will live on for a long long time.) Darren : )

November 18, 2005

Lisa Scroggins

From our resident ceramics genius, Lisa Scroggins (see 10/17/05 entry), comes this announcement of her upcoming appearance ...

I am showing my art at the Park Avenue Armory, December 2-4. Hours are 3-8 Friday, 11-6 Saturday, and 12-5 Sunday.

It is a juried show with about 185 artists- Ceramics, glass, wood, mixed medium, fiber and jewelery. Admission is $12.

It's a great show and all artists are of course selling their creations.

For more info and an admission coupon, click here.



A team from the London College of Communication have scanned and indexed all the issues of Design from 1965 - 1974


November 15, 2005



Someone has spent an enormous amount of time assembling collages from all of those thumb-nail photos of book and album covers you see on Amazon. Now you can spend an enormous amount of time clicking on the invividual images, as each one reveals detailed information about the image's provenance.


November 13, 2005

Guess whose birthday it is today!


It's Adelaide Horton's birthday today, an event I look forward to every year because for four blessed months, she is older than me!

New alums found

Marion Z. Murphy, who is is starting work at GroupM in Jan. and who now has two children! Photos have been demanded and will be posted here as soon as they have been provided.

And Dawn Preston!

hi steve...know your name but can't remember who the hell you are. i ran into alisa cohen (producer) who i used to work with and she gave me the scoop on this website. very cool idea. funny to see names you haven't even thought of in 10 years! okay so here's another one...mine: dawn prestom and my husband rob slosberg. we both worked there at the same time in......'94? '93? don't recall...it was the dick sittig / ty montague / reebok / dan and dave days. rob and i did a few of the commercials (art director / writer). well, i'll keep on peeking at the website to see the latest. take care steve.---dawn

November 12, 2005

Ted Colgate



Today is Ted Colgate's 14th anniversay of working for TBWA. You will recall that Tedster started out in the NY MIS department as the "Mac support guy." Today he is the BIG KAHUNA of technology for TBWA worldwide!

November 11, 2005

Olympic Mascots

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The design of the mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have just been announced. They look to be an amalgam of a panda, a fire-spewing dragon, and those overly-made up little girls they drag out on Chinese variety shows. And what is the concept behind the trunks of their bodies: fortune cookies?

That's Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan in the middle of the cuteness mosh pit.

November 10, 2005


Virgin Billboard 2
Drink Drive3

Billboardom highlights fine examples of the haiku of advertising: a well-executed billboard.


TV Interview

Don't ever do a TV interview if you've been out drinking all night.

View (requires Quicktime)

November 09, 2005

Harold Mann


One of the smartest hires I ever made was in the SF office, when I stole a media assistant named Harold Mann and made him into an MIS guy. (I asked Harold to verify that I had indeed stole him from media and he wrote back "Yes, I was working for Camille Johnson and somehow you were able to top their golden handcuffs of $18K/yr.")

Here is Harold and his lovely wife, Nancy. Not only do they have their own blog, but their daughter and son both have one, too!

Harold's consulting company provides top notch technical support to creative professionals in the Bay Area.

November 08, 2005

Bob Perkins

From today's Liz Smith column in the New York Post ...

. . . Now comes my agent, the mighty Joni Evans, who leaves the William Morris agency come January 2006, after 11 happy years, to try a different career. (She was for 25 years an editor-publisher for S&S and Random House.) Joni has kept Marcus Buckingham, Peggy Noonan, Fannie Flagg, John Stossel, James Patterson, Julie Morgenstern, Ann Coulter and little old me as clients all this time. She says, "I haven't thought out the strategy, but I'd like to serve the book community in some catalytic way. It's the only form of media that hasn't changed in decades. I'd like to start my own company; be a part of a new kind of publishing."

Perhaps Joni's new lease on life has something to do with her "happy daze" romance with business guy Bob Perkins. She has that glow of serenity and success these days, and her pals wish her all the best.

Yep, that's our Bob Perkins, of Perkins-Butler.

November 07, 2005

Marv Rich

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Another great "out of the blue" email has arrived from an old alum. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello again to one of the all-time C/D classics: Marv Rich!

I spent the mid-seventies through the early nineties in the creative departments of Chiat/Day. First Los Angeles. Then San Francisco. Back to Los Angeles. Then New York. And finally back to San Francisco. And always creating. Creating with Sundland. Creating with Doyle. Creating with Cilliers. Creating with Segall. Creating with Cichy. Creating with Hayes. Creating. Creating. Creating. And then I left Chiat/Day. And then no more creating. Years and years of not creating. Until finally, finally I created four grandchildren. Well, I didn’t really create them, but anyway one of them, the last one had red hair and that got me back to creating. I wrote a book. A children’s book mind you, but a book, "I Hate Red." And that’s what I’m doing now. Writing unpublished children’s books. Just click below to read my book.


November 01, 2005

National Novel Writing Month

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I'm sure there are many "one day" novelists out there in the jay/day community, as in "one day I'm really going to write a novel." Well, that day (or rather, that month) has arrived.

November 1 is the start of National Novel Writing Month. Your goal? To write a 50,000 word novel between now and November 30th. I'm participating, and so is Eve Luppert. Any other jay/day-ers who would like to jump over the cliff with us?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

To find out more, visit NaNoWriMo's website here.

Here is a copy of the Novelist's Pledge. Print it out, date it and sign it. Pin it up on the wall for everyone (especially you) to see.

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your novels!