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Emily Marr Returns to Leo Burnett in Newly-created Role of Chief Production Officer

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Emily previously worked with CCO Chaka Sobhani at Mother, and was previously head of development at MJZ

Emily Marr Returns to Leo Burnett in Newly-created Role of Chief Production Officer

Leo Burnett is welcoming Emily Marr back into the fold after 13 years, as she rejoins CCO Chaka Sobhani at the agency as chief production officer.

Emily joins from MJZ, where she was head of development, helping the multi award winning production company to expand into new formats and content, including building their drama and comedy slate. During her time with MJZ, Emily was also responsible for creating relationships with the likes of Sky, ITV, BBC and Netflix.

Prior to her time at MJZ, Emily worked as head of TV production at Mother, where she worked across all the agency’s clients and oversaw the day-to-day production on award winning campaigns for Moneysupermarket, Boots, Stella Artois and IKEA. Emily also spent time in production roles at Grey and BBH after having started her advertising career at Leo Burnett.

Her appointment sees her reunite with Leo Burnett’s CCO Chaka Sobhani for the first time since 2016 when they worked together at Mother. On her appointment, Sobhani said: “Emily literally buzzes off the walls with a relentless passion, energy and drive to create the best and most interesting work. At Leo’s she will work to create more diverse productions, new experiences for our clients, and bring in new talent to the agency. With six big new clients in the last 12 months, and our work for the likes of McDonald’s and Skoda going from strength to strength, she couldn’t be joining at a better time.”

Emily Marr, chief production officer, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be reunited with Chaka and can’t wait to work with Charlie, Carly, Mark, Josh and the rest of the fantastic Leo’s team. Leo’s is a world class creative brand and the agency is on fire at the moment. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be joining this incredible team”

At Leo Burnett, Marr will partner with Sobhani and the wider leadership team of CEO Charlie Rudd, managing director Carly Avener and CSO Josh Bullmore, to bring her extensive expertise and holistic view of production to agency clients including McDonald’s, Premier Inn, TUI and Vision Express, with a specific focus on creating more dynamic and diverse content across all productions, from film, TV, digital and social to installations and experiences.

Emily’s appointment comes off the back of a storming year for Leo Burnett, where the agency brought in a raft of new clients including Vision Express, Premier Inn, TUI and Comic Relief, in addition to delivering some of the year’s most iconic creative work such as ‘Lights On’ for McDonald’s. She is also the latest in a number of people to return to the agency in the last year – Tom Sussman rejoined the agency from adam&eveDDB in July 2020 as head of planning, and Mark Elwood rejoined Leo Burnett as executive creative director from MullenLowe in June last year.

Sobhani added: “Any agency worth its salt must have a holistic and fresh view of where production is across all platforms – whether TV, digital, social – to serve clients’ needs in the years ahead. Emily provides that vision and experience in bags and also understands the importance of beautiful craft throughout.” 

Emily will report into Sobhani and will also work closely with Clare Donald at Publicis Groupe UK’s production shop Prodigious. She will officially join the agency on 19th April, and will work across all client accounts and new business.


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Leo Burnett London, Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:09:57 GMT