- Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
- NEW YORK
DDB NY has added Chris Klein and Alan Leber as executive producers. Klein will serve as EP on the Time Warner Cable and Johnson & Johnson Beauty accounts. Prior to joining DDB, he worked for eight years at J. Walter Thompson and oversaw production for a range of clients, including Rolex, Puma, Royal Caribbean, and many Nestlé and J&J brands. During that time, he picked up awards from Cannes, The Art Directors Club and the AICP Show.
Leber joins DDB from creative agency Love & War, where he led the production team through 360 branding projects including the launch of Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Beverly Hills restaurant Georgie. Earlier in his career, Leber headed production teams at The Barbarian Group for Samsung, and at Etihad Airways.
The arrival of Klein and Leber supports the shift in structure that DDB NY’s production department has been undergoing over the past year. Led by Madison Wharton, DDB NY’s chief production officer, the department has shifted to a multidisciplinary, integrated production model. This shift was a linchpin for the agency’s newly defined processes and a necessary step in delivering on ideas that live at the intersection of data, creativity and technology.
Wharton commented, “We are creating a production team of cross-athletes, and Chris and Alan’s arrival adds additional depth and breadth to the department. Whether it be creating long-form choreographed films like #CoolerInCotton or quickly developing customized dog ear muffs for State Farm, our producers have to be able to switch gears at a moment’s notice. Chris and Alan’s expertise and craftsmanship build upon our promise to deliver a multifaceted production team.”
Klein has experience in writing, strategy, and both broadcast and music production. Leber’s background includes platform development and management, content creation, branding and design, and social management.