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If you’ve ever wished breaking into the ad industry could be as easy as submitting your portfolio to a website, you’re in luck. The Big Ad Gig lets you apply for the chance to win a 30–day, paid, freelance, entry–level positions with a simple submission.

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Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 11:59:59 PM EST

Four Minutes of Fame

The finalists, chosen from the website, will receive a real agency brief from the Ad Council, and invited to New York City during Advertising Week to present their solutions.

On September 27, 2017, they’ll have four minutes to present their solutions before our judges, the client (Ad Council), and a live audience at The New York Times Building.

At the end of the event, the judges will announce the winners and award them 30-day, paid Art Director or Copywriter positions at one of the participating agencies.

The Judges

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Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
at Joan Creative

Prior to Joan, Jaime served as co-Executive Creative Director of W+K's New York office, helping shape work for clients like Delta, Brown-Forman's Southern Comfort, Clinique, Equinox and Sprite. Back in San Francisco, Robinson helped build Pereira & O'Dell and led creative development for headlining campaigns, such as Intel/Toshiba's Cannes and Emmy winning "The Beauty Inside", and helped create work for LEGO, Skype, Mattel and Airbnb. Jaime's approach to creativity and marketing earned her a spot on Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business" and Ad Age's "40 Under 40".

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Paul Venables headshot


Founder and Chairman
at Venables Bell and Partners

Good intentions, doing right by their people and clients, have helped Paul and his partners attract about 180 of the nicest, most talented people you’ll ever find in advertising as well as big-time clients like Audi, Google, Intel ConocoPhilips and Reebok. Prior to opening VB&P in 2001, Paul was Co-Creative Director, Associate Partner of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. By the end of his time there he was running over $400 million in business and had won various industry awards for clients like Pacific Bell, Discover Card, Porsche, Bell Helmets, Nike, Polaroid, Netflix, HotBot, and SBC.

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Maryam Banikarim headshot


Global Chief Marketing Officer
at Hyatt

Ms. Banikarim joined Hyatt with more than 20 years of marketing expertise. Prior to Hyatt, she was Gannett’s first-ever CMO, where she effectively repositioned the company and its brands. Before Gannett, she served as SVP at NBC Universal, CMO at Univision Communications, Inc., and founded a strategy firm that consulted for such clients as Deutsche Bank, Bacardi and Time-Warner. Banikarim began her career at Young & Rubicam and now serves on the boards of Reporters without Borders, Columbia University’s Alumni Association, the Ad Council and Advertising Week.

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Brian Schultz headshot


Founding Partner and Chief Experience Officer
at We're Magnetic

Schultz is an architect of multiple, highly successful integrated campaigns including Volkswagen's "Das Auto", Microsoft's "I'm a PC", and Coke Zero's "Taste Infringement," Bolthouse Farms' "Baby Carrots", Diageo America's "Cuervo Games", and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese's "You Know You Love It"? Bada Bing, bada bang, bada boom boom crash! Not only is he an industry vet with a boatload of amazing experiential projects already under his belt, he also brings a youthful energy and unbridled enthusiasm to everything he works on.

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Sebastian Tomich headshot


Senior Vice President, Advertising & Innovation
at The New York Times

Sebastian leads the Times' advertising creative, product and operations teams, along with T Brand Studio which he previously founded. In 2016, Seb led the acquisitions of both Hello Society, an LA based social influencer network, and Fake Love, an experiential design agency based in Brooklyn. Before joining The Times, Seb was the director of East Coast advertising at Forbes Media and in 2014, he was named to Advertising Age’s "Creative 50" list.

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Andre Kassu headshot


Partner, CCO
at CP+B Brazil

Andre leads the creative departments at both CP+B Brazil and CP+B Miami alongside Marcos Medeiros. The two teamed up in 2008 while working at AlmapBBDO and since then, they have worked for an array of global brands including VW, Pepsi, O Boticario, Bayer, and Pedigree. Together, they have been among the most highly awarded and recognized creative teams in the world. They won 16 Lions in 2013 alone at Cannes and the previous year, they won five Lions. Earlier in their career, the duo won another 12 Lions and received the Cannes Grand Prix for their Billboard Magazine campaign.

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Loren Angelo headshot


Vice President of Marketing
at Audi

Loren is responsible for building the Audi brand image in the United States, along with consumer awareness and advertising strategies. Angelo has steered the elevation of the Audi brand, as well as increases in consideration, awareness and other brand attributes. He has overseen innovative brand marketing for launches of key new Audi models. He has led the growth and brand voice in social media while developing important marketing relationships for the Super Bowl, the Emmys, the Iron Man film franchise and others.

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Justine Armour headshot


Group Creative Director
at 72 and Sunny

Justine Armour joined 72andSunny as a Group Creative Director in October 2016, jumping in on the General Mills North America pitch. She now heads the Cheerios, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Totinos, Old El Paso, and cereal portfolio accounts, as well as the Seventh Generation account. Before moving to New York, she was at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland for five years; most recently as Creative Director leading the rebrand of Secret deodorant. Prior to that, she was CD on Chrysler and Dodge, Herbal Essences, and a writer on Old Spice as well.

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We can’t take all the credit

The Big Ad Gig wouldn’t be possible without the support and collaboration of the following companies.

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