DKC Taps Rogers & Cowan’s Wendy Zaas to Lead Entertainment Division (Exclusive)

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Former R&C lifestyle and entertainment vp Taryn Owens also is joining the PR agency.

DKC has hired Rogers & Cowan executive vp consumer technology and digital entertainment Wendy Zaas to lead the PR agency’s national entertainment division. In addition to serving as director of entertainment, she will oversee the Los Angeles office as its general manager.

Zaas replaces Joe Quenqua, who moved to 42West last July. At Rogers & Cowan, Zaas expanded the agency’s video game practice and is expected to bring that capability to DKC as well. Over the course of her 25-year career, she has supervised the creation and execution of campaigns for brands from EA Sports, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, id Software, NVIDIA, RAZER, Zynga, Rovio, Activision and Myspace to The Recording Academy, General Motors, Scion, Kraft and Avon.

“As a true storyteller, I’m excited to be a part of DKC Los Angeles and inspired by the opportunity to join the award-winning, powerhouse agency recognized for imaginative integrated programs,” Zaas said in a statement. “I’m committed to making a real impact while I lead the office in developing strategic, innovative and relevant campaigns that over-deliver and give our clients the competitive edge.”

Following Zaas from R&C to DKC is Taryn Owens, who most recently was vp lifestyle and entertainment and will serve as a senior vp in her new agency’s entertainment division. Her clients have included Target, TOMS Shoes, Virginia Black, Sports Illustrated, L’Oreal, TOPPS, GQ, Jockey, Santa Maria Novella, Universal Studios Hollywood, Rovio, GoldieBlox and Tinder.

“This is a very significant moment for DKC and a wonderful way to start the new year,” said DKC president Sean Cassidy, to whom Zaas will directly report. “Wendy and Taryn are best-in-class executives who bring extensive relationships, creative instincts and extraordinary experience. They will play a new and pivotal role in expanding our Los Angeles footprint, growing our national entertainment practice and integrating entertainment marketing and strategy into leading DKC specialties such as technology, media, consumer branding, sports and hospitality.”