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Real Famous

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Real Famous is a real life education in making brands that people want to talk about. We’re talking to leaders in creative industries to learn from their stories - how they got started, the challenges they overcame, the work that defined their careers and what drove them to become a success. We're b… read more

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Emily Heyward - Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Red Antler

June 4th, 2020


This is a conversation with Emily Heyward. Emily is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Red Antler. They have developed some of the biggest startup success stories on the planet, often working with founders before …

Icaro Doria - Former CCO, Arnold, DDB

May 8th, 2020


This is a conversation with Icaro Doria. Over his career, he’s been the Chief Creative Officer of Arnold and DDB. He was also the founding partner …

John McNeil - Founder & CEO, John McNeil Studio

April 29th, 2020


This is a conversation with John McNeil, the founder and CEO of John McNeil Studio. John held creative leadership roles at Hill Holiday and Ogilvy …


April 23rd, 2020


This is a conversation with Rob Schwartz, the CEO of TBWA\CHIAT\DAY New York. Rob has been with the company for more than 20 years, including roles …

Jonathan Schoenberg - ECD & Co-Owner, TDA Boulder

January 14th, 2020


This is a conversation with Jonathan Schoenberg, the ECD and Owner of TDA Boulder. TDA was just named 2019 Small Agency of the Year by Ad Age. Their …

Dianne Wilkins - Global CEO, Critical Mass

October 30th, 2019


This is a conversation with Dianne Wilkins, the CEO of Critical Mass. Di has been with the company since 1998 when she left her previous career behind to take on the global Saab account for the then young agency. She’s …

Anselmo Ramos - Co-Founder of GUT, DAVID

October 15th, 2019


This is a conversation with Anselmo Ramos. He is the Chief Creative Officer of global agency GUT, which he co-founded just over a year ago, He is also the co-founder of DAVID, one of the buzziest agencies in the world, …

Eric Yang - Founder, Gear Patrol

July 9th, 2019


This is a conversation with Eric Yang, the Founder and Editor in Chief of Gear Patrol. What started off as a hobby turned into a career as Eric built …

Heather LeFevre - Author, Brain Surfing

June 19th, 2019


This is a conversation with Heather LeFevre. She is a strategist and the author of the fantastic Brain Surfing the top strategy minds in the world. …

Scott Trattner - Former VP, ECD at Facebook, ECD at Media Arts Lab

May 14th, 2019


This is a conversation with Scott Trattner. Most recently, he was the VP and Executive Creative Director at Facebook. Before that, he spent years working at the Media Arts Labs for Apple, eventually becoming their ECD …

S5E7 with Jon Steel

April 11th, 2019


This is a conversation with Jon Steel. He is one of the most well-known and respected strategists in the history of advertising. He started his career at BMP, which is one of the agencies that pioneered the concept of …

S5E6 with Jayanta Jenkins

March 19th, 2019


This is a conversation with Jayanta Jenkins. He’s held leadership roles including Global Executive Creative Director at Twitter, Global Creative …

S5E5 with Natalie Lam

February 27th, 2019


This is a conversation with Natalie Lam. Most recently, she was Executive Creative Director at Google. Before that, she was the ECD at Razorfish, McAnn, OgilvyOne Asia, and a Creative Director on the Nike account at …

S5E4 with Tiffany Rolfe

February 5th, 2019


This is a conversation with Tiffany Rolfe. Tiffany is the EVP, US Chief Creative Officer at RGA. Before that, she was a partner and Chief Creative …

S5E3 with Dave Burg

January 29th, 2019


This is a conversation with Dave Burg. He is a co-founder of Shepherd, a strategic consultancy based in Austin, TX. Prior to launching his own …

S5E2 with Bud Caddell

January 16th, 2019


This is a conversation with the Bud Caddell, the founder of NOBL. Bud was the SVP of Invention and Digital Strategy Director at Deutsch and the West Coast founder of Undercurrent. In 2014, he launched NOBL. They are a …

S5E1 with Alex Bogusky

January 8th, 2019


This is a conversation with Alex Bogusky, Adweek’s Creative Director of the Decade and Chief Creative Engineer at Crispin, Porter, Bogusky. Alex was …

S4E16 with Gareth Kay, Faris Yakob, & Rosie Yakob

September 13th, 2018


On this season finale of Real Famous, we have a conversation with Rosie Yakob, Faris Yakob, and Gareth Kay. Rosie was a Senior Social Strategist at Cake, led social strategy at Saatchi NY, and was also a Senior …

S4E15 with Chris Konya

September 5th, 2018


This is a conversation with Chris Konya. Chris is the Co-head of NY for the Innovation and Brand Design studio Sylvain Labs. Chris started her career …

S4E14 with Ben Jones

August 30th, 2018


This is a conversation with Ben Jones, Global Creative Director and founder of Unskippable Labs at Google. Before joining Google, he was the EVP, …

S4E13 with Justine Bloome

August 21st, 2018


This is a conversation with Justine Bloome, the Chief Strategy Officer at Vaynermedia. Over her career, she’s spent time in publishing and the entertainment business, cut her teeth on strategy at Jack Morton, owned her …

S4E12 with Andrea Ring

August 14th, 2018


This is a conversation with Andrea Ring. Andrea is the Chief Strategy Officer at Big Spaceship. They were MediaPost’s agency of the year in 2017 and their clients include YouTube, Starbucks, JetBlue, Google, Converse …

S4E11 with Thas Naseemuddeen

August 8th, 2018


This is a conversation with Thas Naseemuddeen. She is a Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet. Before that, she was a VP, Group Strategy Director at Deutsch, a Senior Strategist at BBH LA, a …

S4E10 with Rachel Mercer

July 31st, 2018


This is a conversation with Rachel Mercer. She is the Executive Strategy Director at R/GA. Prior to that, she was the SVP, Head of Digital Strategy & Invention for Deutsch, a Strategy & Innovation Director at …

S4E9 with David Polinchock

July 24th, 2018


This is a conversation with David Polinchock. David is a pioneer in VR and the founder of the Experiential Advertising Group. Previously, he was the …

S4E8 with Tosh Hall

July 18th, 2018


This is a conversation with Tosh Hall. He is the Global Executive Creative Director at Jones Knowles Ritchie. They are a brand design agency with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Shanghai and clients including …

S4E7 with Catherine Heath

July 11th, 2018


This is a conversation with Catherine Heath. She has been a strategist at M&C Saatchi and Y&R, Global Creative Planning Director on Red Bull …

S4E6 with Grant Owens

July 3rd, 2018


This is a conversation with Grant Owens, the Chief Strategy Officer at Critical Mass. They are a global experience design company with clients like …

S4E5 with Jason Prohaska

June 26th, 2018


This is a conversation with Jason Prohaska, the Managing Director of MediaMonks NY, which is the first international office outside of Europe for the global creative production studio. Their clients include Air Force, …

S4E4 with Tom Goodwin

June 19th, 2018


This is a conversation with Tom Goodwin, the EVP and Head of innovation at Zenith. Over his career, he’s held roles at GSK, TBWA, Lowe, Huge, the IPG …

S4E3 with Virginia Wang

June 12th, 2018


This is a conversation with Virginia Wang, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at TBD, She has held strategy and insights roles at DDB NY, Goodby, …

S4E2 with Mike Monello

June 5th, 2018


This is a conversation with Mike Monello. Mike is one of the forefathers of Transmedia storytelling. He started his career in the film business and was one of the creators of the Blair Witch Project. In 2006, he founded …

S4E1 with Noah Brier

May 29th, 2018


This is a conversation with Noah Brier, co-founder of Percolate. Noah was a writer at American Demographics and Renegade Marketing. He became a …

S3E10 with Rory Sutherland

February 28th, 2018


This is a conversation with Rory Sutherland. Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK, the founder of their behavioral psychology arm, Ogilvy Change, a …

S3E9 with Paul Feldwick

February 6th, 2018


This is a conversation with a great in our industry, Paul Feldwick. He started his career at BMP in 1974 and rose up the ranks to become the …

S3E8 with David Armano

January 25th, 2018


This is a conversation with David Armano, the Global Strategy Director of Edelman. David was part of the founding team at the Dachis Group, the VP of Experience Design at Critical Mass, a VP and ACD at Digitas, and a …

S3E7 with Kara Goldin

January 18th, 2018


This is a conversation with Kara Goldin, the founder of Hint Water. Kara was a technology executive at AOL before she got into the beverage business. …

S3E6 with Mark Earls

January 8th, 2018


This is a conversation with Mark Earls, an author and brand pioneer. Mark was the Head of Planning at Bates Dorland and St. Luke’s Communications before becoming the Executive Planning Director and the Chair of the …

S3E5 with Rob Campbell

December 19th, 2017


This is a conversation with Rob Campbell, the Chief Strategy Officer and a Partner at Deutsch. Rob founded two agencies, was the regional head of planning at Y&R Asia, and the head of strategy at Wieden & …

S3E4 with Elise Mitchell

December 12th, 2017


This is a conversation with Elise Mitchell,  the Founder and CEO of Mitchell Communications, the CEO of the Dentsu Aegis PR network, and the …

S3E3 with Bill Macaitis

December 5th, 2017


The is a conversation with Bill Macaitis, a true technology luminary. Most recently, he was a board member and CMO of Slack. Before that, he was the …

S3E2 with Chris Riley

November 28th, 2017


This is a conversation with a true giant of our industry, Chris Riley. He was the first strategist hired at Wieden and Kennedy in 1991 and was a part of the leadership team that grew the company from a small shop in …

S3E1 with Richard Huntington

November 16th, 2017


This is a conversation with Richard Huntington. Richard is the Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi London. Before that, he …

S2 BONUS with Stefan Sagmeister

July 25th, 2017


This is a conversation with Stefan Sagmeister. Stefan is the founder of the New York design studio Sagmeister & Walsh. He has collaborated with …

S2E14 with Adrian Ho

July 5th, 2017


Welcome to the Season 2 Finale! This is a conversation the co-founder of Zeus Jones, Adrian Ho. Adrian started his career in the mailroom at Lord, Denstu & Partners before working his way into planning. Since then, …

S2E13 with Charlie McKittrick

June 27th, 2017


This is a conversation with Charlie McKittrick, Chief Strategy Officer at Mother New York. Charlie worked in the film business and built a design studio before going back to get his MBA in finance and marketing. In …

S2E12 with Grey Montgomery

June 20th, 2017


This is a conversation with Grey Montgomery. Grey grew up in his family’s newspaper business before taking on new product development and leading strategic planning for Gannett. From there, he led mobile initiatives for …

S2E11 with Martin Weigel

May 24th, 2017


This is a conversation with Martin Weigel. Martin was the Global Planning Director at JWT and the Planning Director for Leo Burnett before taking on …

S2E10 with Kelly Nyland

May 17th, 2017


This is a conversation with the head of marketing for Spectacles by Snapchat, Kelly Nyland. Kelly has spent her career educating consumers about new …

S2E9 with Scott Carlson

May 10th, 2017


This is a conversation with Scott Carlson. Scott has had an amazing career leading teams at some of the most creative shops in the business including …

S2E8 with Russell Davies

May 5th, 2017


This is a conversation with one of the godfathers of planning on the internet, Russell Davies. Russell has had a massive career including leadership …

Mel Exon Snack EP 0.1

April 25th, 2017


This is a Real Famous Snack. New episodes will be returning shortly, but we'll start with a shortened version of the Mel Exon episode. Mel is the CEO of the Sunshine Company. When we recorded, she was the …

S2E7 with Seth Gaffney

February 14th, 2017


This is a conversation with Seth Gaffney. He made his way up the ranks as a planner at Fallon and Wieden and Kennedy NY before becoming the co-head of strategy at Mother. In 2014, he became the co-founder and chief …

S2E6 with Ann Handley

February 7th, 2017


This is a conversation with Ann Handley. She co-founded Click Z before becoming the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs and the WSJ best-selling …

S2E5 with Scott Goodson

January 31st, 2017


Scott Goodson is Founder and Chairman of the global agency, Strawberry Frog. Their clients include Emirates Airlines, Jim Beam and Sun Trust. Previous to that, he was the Executive Creative Director at JWT Canada and …

S2E4 with Rohit Bhargava

January 23rd, 2017


This is a conversation with Rohit Bhargava. He is formerly the SVP of Global Strategy and Planning at Ogilvy, the best selling author of Non-Obvious and Personality Not Included and the founder of IMG. Enjoy!

S2E3 with Louis Black

January 17th, 2017


Louis Black is the co-founder and editor of the Austin Chronicle, a co-founder of SXSW and Toronto’s North by Northeast, an executive producer of a documentary on Townes Van Zandt, a co-director of Richard Linklater, …

S2E2 with Charlene Li

January 10th, 2017


This is a conversation with Charlene Li. Charlene is the founder of Altimeter and the NYT and WSJ best-selling author of Groundswell, Open Leadership and the Engaged Leader.

S2E1 with Jules Ehrhardt

January 4th, 2017


This is a conversation with Jules Ehrhardt. Jules is a co-owner of ustwo, one of the most creative digital studios in the world with clients like …

S1E12 with Faris Yakob

October 4th, 2016


This is a conversation with Faris Yakob. Faris was named one of 10 modern day mad men by Fast Company and one of the top 53 creatives in the world by …

S1E11 with Ryan Porter

September 28th, 2016


This is a conversation with Ryan Porter. He has dedicated his life to helping people answer the question, what should I do with my life? After …

S1E10 with Ray White

September 20th, 2016


This is a conversation with Ray White. Ray has made a career of growing businesses from little revenue to hundreds of millions, from to his time as COO of Range Online Media, then Chief Performance …

S1E9 with Saul Colt

September 15th, 2016


This is a conversation with Saul Colt. He was an early employee at Freshbooks, the first international employee at Zipcar and speaks at conferences …

S1E8 with Marty Neumeier

August 30th, 2016


This is a conversation with Marty Neumeier, author of the Brand Gap, the Brand Flip and Meta Skills among others. He founded the Silicon Valley branding agency Neutron before merging with the Liquid Agency. He now …

S1E7 with Gareth Kay

August 23rd, 2016


This is a conversation with Gareth Kay. He was the Chief Strategy Officer at Goodby Silverstein and Partners before founding Chapter SF. They are a new style of creative agency, bringing together product design and …

S1E6 with Will Schafer

August 16th, 2016


This is a conversation with Will Schafer, the Director of Marketing at Beyond Meat. They are easily one of the most innovative food producers around today with backers including Biz Stone and Bill Gates. We talked about …

S1E5 with Richard Leslie

August 9th, 2016


This is a conversation with Richard Leslie, founder of Trend Influence, which he sold to MDC Partners, a founding partner of Culture, and now the …

S1E4 with Clay Jones

August 4th, 2016


Clay Jones, a co-founder of August, joins us to talk talent, digital and the path that led him to focus 100% on the future of work.

S1E3 with Jordan Herald and Leigh Himel

July 26th, 2016


This is a conversation with Jordan Herald and Leigh Himel, the Co-CEO's of Toronto hot shop Gravity Partners. We talk about talent, crafting a career and what it's like to share the CEO title.

S1E2 with Mel Exon

July 19th, 2016


A conversation with Mel Exon, the CEO of the Sunshine Company and Co-founder of BBH Labs, about her dream of becoming a spy, talent and how Labs came to be. …

S1E1 with Mitch Joel

July 11th, 2016


A conversation with Mitch Joel, the President of Mirum Global, about squiggly careers and staying on top of change.

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