|Industry||Innovation, Transformation, Advertising|
|Bob Greenberg, Founder + Executive Chairman, Sean Lyons, Global CEO|
Number of employees
|Parent||Interpublic Group of Companies|
R/GA is a digital agency and innovation consultancy headquartered in New York, with global offices that include Los Angeles, Portland, London, Berlin, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tokyo. The company is received a number of industry honors for its creative work including Adweek's Digital Agency of the Decade in 2009 and Campaign Magazine's Digital Innovation Agency of the Decade in 2019. R/GA is a subsidiary of Interpublic Group of Companies.
R/GA, formerly R/Greenberg Associates, was founded in 1977, by two brothers, Richard and Robert Greenberg with $15,000 of capital. Richard was the designer, while Robert was the producer and cameraman. It has restructured its business model every nine years due to the CEO's belief in numerology. Over 40 years, the company has evolved from a computer-assisted film-making studio to a digital design and consulting company, as part of a major advertising network.
1977–1985: computer-assisted film making
R/GA was founded as a design company that focused on motion graphics, live-action film, and video production. By incorporating computers into the film-making process, R/GA created the first integrated computer-assisted production process. The company became known for creating the opening title sequence for Superman in 1978. R/GA's commercial work also includes trailers, special effects, and promotions for feature films like, Alien, and Ghostbusters.
1986–1994: digital studio
R/GA created a digital studio that combined three separate media—print, television commercials, and feature films. During the period R/GA was doing this, its body of work spanned approximately 400 feature films and 4,000 television commercials. In 1986, R/GA won a technical Academy Award, and Richard Greenberg left the company to pursue other interests. In 1993, R/GA Interactive was founded as part of R/GA Digital Studios. Its purpose was to extend R/GA's scope to include interactive content, such as video games.
1995–2004: interactive advertising agency
In its third nine-year cycle, R/GA changed into an interactive advertising agency and secured IBM as a client. At the time, IBM was consolidating advertising agencies and selected R/GA to redesign the company's five-million-page website. In 2001, R/GA became the Interactive Agency of Record for Nike.
2004–2011: digital media and products
R/GA changed its agency model to account for client's increasing demand for digital media. The agency expanded globally, and built a more diverse offering including mobile, social, digital advertising, and brand development. R/GA developed the Nike+ platform.
2011 onwards: digital transformation
In 2011 the New York Times reported the company would begin to offer clients event marketing and data visualization services followed by the additions of consulting and product innovation in 2012. R/GA has a venture studio that develops digital products and services with start-ups; this is based on various themes from healthcare to retail.
Notable creative work
Created the opening title sequence for Superman by visually enhancing each name so it appears to be flying into the screen. The visual imagery and special effects developed for this film launched R/GA (then known as R/Greenberg Associates) as a visual-effects company.
Created an online brand platform that gives runners a tool to record, track, and share their running data. In 2007, Nike+ won a number of awards including Titanium and Cyber Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2009, Adweek named Nike+ Digital Campaign of the Decade,
Beats By Dre (2012-14)
R/GA partnered with Beats by Dre to create their music platform and advertising; key campaigns coincided with the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup. The creative work won a number of awards and the brand was sold to Apple Inc. for a reported $3 billion; after the sale, Beats Music became Apple Music.
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