Praisery/marketer DDA shuts U.S. arm

Pink slips hit domestic operations and London staff

HOLLYWOOD — Several months after shuttering its New York office, publicity/marketing firm DDA has closed its U.S. domestic department.

Approximately six staffers, including Los Angeles-based exec veepee Nancy Willen, received pink slips, while in London, additional slips went to staffers in financial and administrative posts.

L.A.-based chief operating officer Malcolm Reeve also has left the company but will continue as a financial consultant to it.

International rep

Why the firings?

DDA founder-chairman Dennis Davidson told Daily Variety: “In 30 years of business, we have always been known as an international agency. DDA’s core international business continues stronger than ever.”

Under Willen, DDA domestic has handled the release campaigns for such films as “Breaking the Waves,” “Affliction,” “Buffalo 66” and the forthcoming USA Films release “Topsy-Turvy.” It also handled Academy campaigns for “Breaking the Waves,” “Affliction,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Hilary and Jackie.”

Staff positions

DDA, founded in 1970, will keep 26 publicists at its offices in London, Los Angeles, Sydney and Cannes.

Internationally, DDA is handling films including “Sleepy Hollow,” “End of Days” and “Man on the Moon.” Among pictures the London office is handling are “Angela’s Ashes,” “Magnolia” and “Wonderland.”

DDA Mediatek, an affiliate that is wholly owned and run by Rex Weiner in Los Angeles, will continue its corporate and new-media businesses.

The layoffs were made without giving staffers notice or severance, regardless of tenure.

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