SOURCE: Horizon Media

August 15, 2014 11:36 ET

Wildlife Conservation Society Selects Horizon Media, DDB New York and Quinn as New Agency Partners

WCS Taps Trio of Agencies to Prevent African Elephant Extinction With Series of Campaigns in Support of "96 Elephants," Beginning on World Elephant Day

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 15, 2014) - The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the world's most comprehensive conservation organization, announced today three agency of record appointments, effective immediately. Horizon Media will provide the organization with cross-channel media activation and planning, while DDB New York will be responsible for creative duties and Quinn will handle lifestyle public relations.

The trio of agencies will join forces to develop a targeted series of campaigns in support of 96 Elephants, a marketing movement named after the number of African elephants killed a day and created by WCS to safeguard the future of these animals. Work is planned to launch in Q3 of 2014 with activity beginning today to mark World Elephant Day.

"With African forest elephants facing near extinction within as little as 10 years, it is more imperative than ever that we build upon our incredible support, rallying consumers around the cause," said John F. Calvelli, WCS executive vice president for public affairs and director of 96 Elephants. "To amplify our messaging on this public level, we carefully selected Horizon Media, DDB New York and Quinn -- three agencies that separately hold the highest reputations in their fields and together have proven to be an unstoppable media force."

The Wildlife Conservation Society has brought together world citizens, corporate partners, thought leaders, and change makers via a targeted marketing movement to help prevent African Elephant extinction.

The cause has drawn strong support from Hillary and Chelsea Clinton of the Clinton Global Initiative, and well-known personalities including Deepak Chopra, Billy Joel, Audra McDonald, and Gloria Steinem. Working with other partners, the 96 Elephants program recently helped pass a ban on the sale of ivory in the state of New York, the largest ivory market in the U.S.

"The Wildlife Conservation Society has worked tirelessly around the world helping to save wildlife and keep our planet filled with a remarkable diversity of creatures large and small," said Bill Koenigsberg, president, CEO, and founder of Horizon Media. "We are strongly committed to the WCS and are honored to lead the 96 Elephant taskforce in bringing a halt to the slaughter of these majestic animals."

The first campaign for the Wildlife Conservation Society launches this week to mark World Elephant Day. Horizon Media has secured digital signage in support of 96 Elephants in Times Square and in various other markets. Creative for World Elephant Day has been produced in-house by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

"When you read the statistics about the extermination of African elephants, it's absolutely frightening. Forest elephants could be extinct in the next 10 years. Gone, forever," said Mark O'Brien, president of DDB North America. "Our agency has a lot of experience in social and cause-related marketing. DDB New York was named the number one social agency in 2013 for our work with non-profits. Naturally, we are very keen to use all of our knowledge and experience in this important space to do whatever we can to stop this senseless killing."

In 1980, the population of African elephants was 1.2 million; today it is about 420,000, representing a 65 percent decrease. The 96 Elephants effort takes a three pronged approach to counter elephant slaughter: Stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. Educating public audiences about the link between the purchase of ivory products and the elephant poaching crisis, the program will advocate ivory sales moratoria and policies to protect this majestic species. The new advertising campaign in support of 96 Elephants is slated to launch Q3 of 2014.

"35,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory in 2012 -- that's 96 killed a day and 96 that the coalition hopes to protect tomorrow," said Florence Quinn, president and founder of Quinn. "When we heard these jarring numbers and unquestionable goal, 96 Elephants became a project of passion and necessity to our agency. Working hand-in-hand with Horizon Media and DDB New York, we are strategically mapping engagement, to ultimately build a collective voice strong enough to reverse the fast track we're on towards elephant extinction."

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. The Wildlife Conservation Society currently manages about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries and educates millions of visitors at five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. These parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park ZooProspect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

96 Elephants is comprised of more than 150 members and organizations, including 120 zoos around the U.S.To learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society and the 96 Elephants issue, please visit 96Elephants.org

About The Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

About Horizon Media

Horizon Media, Inc. is one of the largest and fastest growing media services agencies in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world's ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry's leading trade association.

The company's mission is "To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere." By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $4.3 billion and over 850 employees.

The company is also a founding member of Columbus Media International, a multi-national partnership of independent media agencies. For more information, please visit www.horizonmedia.com.

About DDB

DDB Worldwide (www.ddb.com) is one of the world's largest and most influential advertising and marketing networks. At the prestigious 2014 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, DDB took home 87 Lions as well as Agency of the Year and Regional Network of the Year honors for adam&eveDDB and DDB EMEA, respectively. In addition, DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the industry's leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency's clients include Volkswagen, McDonald's, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

About Quinn

Quinn is a lifestyle public relations agency with global impact. The agency's disciplined strategic approach to PR has built some of the largest audiences in the world. With offices in New York and Miami and affiliates worldwide, Quinn serves clients in travel, real estate, spa, experiences and retail as well as many food, wine & spirits brands. Working collaboratively to develop narrative-based ideation, Quinn produces strategies that capture the attention of today's sophisticated consumer. In addition, Quinn integrates multiple communication channels with partnerships, events and ideation to produce work that is highly effective -- and measurable.

Quinn's innovative initiatives, which are recognized globally, have resulted in a number of industry "firsts", including for such clients as the Waldorf Astoria, Guerlain Spa, Etihad Airways, and The Ritz Carlton Residences. www.quinn.pr

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