Richard "Rick" Sittig is an American actor, director, producer, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian. He is one of the ad industry's most successful commercial directors.
Sittig was born Richard Sittig. He was raised in a small town in Illinois.
He studied economics and finance at USC, where he took a class in marketing and fell in love with the process.
Sittig began his advertising career by offering his services for free to a small agency.
Later, as an associate creative director at Della Femina, Travisano & Partners, Sittig was one of the creators of the Joe Isuzu campaign, which was awarded a first-prize Gold Lion at the International Advertising Film Festival in 1987. At DDB Chicago, Sittig helped create the Energizer Bunny campaign, which was inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame. He was later hired by Chait / Day (now TBWA\Chiat\Day), where he quickly rose through the ranks to become executive director.
While at Chiat / Day, Sittig proposed the Jack campaign for Jack in the Box, which had yet to recover from fallout over the 1993 E. coli outbreak. "I thought it would be fun and instead of just making [Jack] a clown you order through, to bring him back as the company founder and to treat him as you would treat any other company founder on TV, whether it's Lee Iacocca or Bill Gates," he told an interviewer in 1997. He directed the first commercial in the campaign, Jack's Back, and would go on to direct every subsequent commercial in the series for the next two decades. The campaign has since become the longest running fast food commercial campaign with over 400 commercials at an average of 22 per year.
Considered the "gatekeeper" of the character, Sittig has been called "the font of Jack's continuity" and was given a lot of autonomy from Jack in the Box. He also voiced Jack, although he would occasionally refuse to confirm this in interviews. According to The Honolulu Advertiser, he "refuses to have his picture run with articles in which he is identified as Jack's voice, saying he does not want to dilute Jack's image."
After the Jack in the Box contract ended at Chiat/Day in 1997, Sittig founded his own agency, Kowloon Wholesale Seafood Co. (later renamed Secret Weapon Marketing), and continued working with Jack in the Box, which was initially the agency's sole client.
In August 2015, it was announced Jack in the Box and Secret Weapon Marketing had ended their business relationship. In a letter to "Jack" posted on Facebook, Sittig said, "it was a great ride together."
Sittig went by the nickname "Dick" for decades until he switched to Rick after an encounter with Meat Loaf.
According to a random person on the Internet, he is "surprisingly a hardcore righty / libertarian and gives out small gold bars to his employees at the Xmas parties."
- Dick Sittig: Out of the Box. Directors Guild of America. 2007.
- Schmelzer, Randi. Dick Sittig On The Spot. Adweek. January 10, 2005.
- Horovitz, Bruce. Isuzu's Ads Are Hot but Its Sales Are Not. Los Angeles Times. August 4, 1987.
- Rothenberg, Randall. THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Advertising's Youth Brigade Flouts Tradition. New York Times. April 11, 1988.
- Wiles, Greg. "Jack's flack cooks up bits of philosophy on TV ads." The Honolulu Advertiser. October 9, 1997.
- Solman, Gregory. Dick Sittig, in Situ. Adweek. September 1, 2008.
- Semuels, Alana. This advertising shop knows Jack. Los Angeles Times. February 7, 2008.
- Gellene, Denise. Going It Alone. Los Angeles Times. March 27, 1997.
- Dawson, Angela. Kowloon's Seafood Platter. Adweek. August 10, 1998.
- Coffee, Patrick. Rick Sittig Says Goodbye to Jack in the Box. AgencySpy. August 24, 2015.
- Facebook post. August 19, 2015.
- Secret Weapon Marketing - Rick Sittig.