Skadaddle Media Opens Sausalito Office and Announces New Hire

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Skadaddle Media announces new hires and move to Sausalito; Start-Up Marketing/Advertising Agency Grows With High-Profile; Brands Including Mutual of Omaha and MBT Footwear.

Skadaddle Media (http://www.skadaddlemedia.com), an emerging marketing and advertising agency, today announced the addition of three employees, and the opening of its new office in Sausalito, Calif. The less than year-old agency was founded by marketing and entertainment veterans Todd Lieman and Jon Wank, and already is serving high-profile brands including Mutual of Omaha and MBT Footwear, as well as developing several proprietary philanthropic opportunities.

"After 35+ combined years in the client service industry, Jon and I both felt that there was a better agency model, not only financially, but also in the traditional approach," said Lieman. "We started Skadaddle Media with the belief that it was possible to create an agency that collaborated authentically and transparently with its clients. We believe this fosters a trusting partnership, which results in the ability to fearlessly develop creative concepts that connect."

Feedback from Skadaddle clients lends credence to Skadaddle's paradigm. "We obviously appreciate Skadaddle's creative thinking," said Andrew Rouillard, Vice President Brand & Advertising at Mutual of Omaha. "But the company's candor and desire to collaborate is something that we've found particularly refreshing. They believe that we are truly in this together."

"Skadaddle Media has truly been our shining star - not only do they deeply and intuitively understand our brand, but they continue to add value unlike any other partner I have encountered in my 20 years of marketing," said Rebecca Kotch, Vice President of Marketing & Retail Development at MBT Footwear.

Speaking of the company's recent employee additions, move to Sausalito and launch of its new Web site, company founder and co-president, Jon Wank, said, "While we are tremendously fortunate to be experiencing such growth during these well-chronicled economic times, we have great faith in our model, our methods, people, and perhaps most importantly…our clients."

Skadaddle's new hires include Associate Creative Director, Lisa Kolb, who after holding high-profile brand positions with Microsoft and TiVo, most recently served as an interactive producer with advertising agency Venables, Bell & Partners. She joins new hires Brittany Baker, Project Manager, and Megan Reed, Manager of Client Services.

In addition to its work with Mutual of Omaha, MBT and others, Skadaddle Media is developing its own proprietary projects, which include digital (Web sites, applications) events and television programming. All of these projects are designed as philanthropic properties - raising funds and awareness for a variety of non-profit organizations.

ABOUT TODD LIEMAN AND JON WANK:
In his role as co-president of Skadaddle Media, Lieman shares the creative director and executive producer duties with Wank. He also handles Skadaddle's marketing, public relations and business development efforts. Prior to starting Skadaddle Media, Lieman spent 20 years working with leading marketing communications and multimedia content development companies like Rogers & Cowan, Hill & Knowlton, CBSSportsline.com and TiVo. He has worked on the largest events in the world, including World Cup (soccer), Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Ironman Triathlon, among others, and has worked with athletes and teams like Shaquille O'Neal, Gabby Reece, Keyshawn Johnson, Joe Namath and the SF 49ers. He's also managed marcomm programs for brands like adidas, Doritos, Mazda, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Mirage Resorts and others. Lieman's first book, "Go-To-Guides for Guys: ABCs for Expectant Dads," (Dalmatian Press, 2007), is available at Amazon, bookstores and specialty baby shops all around the country. Lieman also writes a parenting blog at Life and Times of a New Dad (http://lifeandtimesofanewdad.typepad.com) and is working on a second book.

Co-president Jon Wank shares the creative director and executive producer duties with Todd Lieman. He also manages Skadaddle's day-to-day and production operations, as well as the company's vast resources network.

Prior to starting Skadaddle Media, Wank spent 15 years designing, creating, and producing media on all levels. He has served as the creative lead and managed projects in the areas of feature films, commercials, corporate projects and viral videos. Wank has worked on some of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster movies, including: "Die Hard 4," "Sin City," "A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)," "Hellboy" and "101 Dalmatians." His commercial credits include work for Chevy, Coke, McDonalds, Ford, Sony, XM Radio, Skittles, Dell, Accenture, American Express and Budweiser, among others.

ABOUT SKADADDLE MEDIA:
Skadaddle Media is a creative marketing and advertising agency based in Sausalito, Calif. The agency provides creative and strategy, broadcast and print campaigns, interactive/Web development, new media production, strategic message development, event planning and execution, and brand research and analysis. Skadaddle Media's name and logo pay homage to both founders' dual roles as entrepreneurs and active fathers; Lieman is a published author and blogger on the subject of fatherhood. More information on Skadaddle Media can be found online at http://www.skadaddlemedia.com.

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Tim Hart / Dharmata Public Relations
415.986.1594

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