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"Jens Stoltenberg drives a taxi" advertising stunt fools the world.

You've seen the headlines, in fact the whole world probably has. Everyone has written about it from The Guardian, the NSA-whistleblowing journalistic titan, to Huffington-post, the New York Post scraper.

But as we all know in advertising, those "man on the street" people are always vetted, nay cast, before they play their part in the "spontanious" real life with lots of hidden cameras stunt. Verdens Gang credits advertising guru Kjetil Try with the idea. Try explains that the passengers are cast/screened/hired before to ensure - of course - a good span of different ages, genders and social groups. That explains all the black people. The passengers were asked if they wanted to be in a film for Arbeiderpartiet, and told that they would be picked up in a taxi.

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ACNE SIGNS SALON REPS

ACNE has signed the highly regarded Salon Reps, headed by company Founder and President Lisa Houck, as its new west coast sales team. With 15 years experience working with award-winning talent, expertise in sales strategy and brand development, and access to top agency creatives and producers, Houck is uniquely qualified to maximize ACNE’s position in the production and digital space.

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LOGAN Adds Kevin Batten as New LA Managing Director

LOGAN has added ex-Superfad partner Kevin Batten as its new LA Managing Director. His immediate focus will include helping to build upon LOGAN’s talent pool, creating new revenue streams, and developing a cohesive brand message across both offices that speaks to the company’s design heritage and live-action and VFX evolution. Batten will focus on maintaining the studio’s strong culture of teamwork while adding new directorial and design talent.

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ECD of Firstborn schools the juniors of the world.

In a pointed post via medium, Firstborn ECD, David Snyder has written an extremely insightful post entitled "Dear Jr Creative…Earn Your Place. You’ll Be Better For It."

Snyder points out in no uncertain terms that a lot of juniors aren't willing to happily put in the grunt work to succeed. They're looking for a short cut despite being completely oblivious to business realities.

This is my favorite passage from the post:

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AOL's Tim Armstrong fires Patch creative director Abel Lenz mid-meeting for iPhotography

You remember Patch, don't you? The brilliant idea of local news collected on a page or email like Bed-stuy or Virginia Highland-Druid Hills, and served up in one place. While Google muscled in on this territory by tailoring all searches to be both local and personal, Patch struggles. So AOL is dismantling Patch which is a crying shame, but somehow this news is overshadowed by the fact that AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong fired Patch creative director Abel Lenz for snapping a photos during a conference call with employees on August 9, 2013.

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Thanks to MixBit, copyright infringement is even funner!

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the creators of Youtube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, have rolled out an alternative to Instagram and Vine, called MixBit.

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Thanks to MixBit, copyright infringement is even funner!

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the crttaors of Youtube, Chard Hurley and Steve Chen, have rolled out an alternative to Instagram and Vine, called MixBit.

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Rainbow crossing outside of Russian Embassy in Stockholm protests Russias anti-gay laws

Taking a note from Gay Pride parades around the world, someone painted a rainbow zebra crossing outside of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm. It probably won't attract as many colorful protestors as Sydney's did when the city of Stockholm comes to paint it back to the reflective white needed for traffic safety reason in the dark evenings of northern scandinavia, but its point is already made.

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