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US Antitrust green lights the Publicis Omnicom merger

It's happening, people, for reals. Publicis, Omnicom merger gets U.S. antitrust green light. There are no objections from U.S. antitrust authorities for their proposed merger which would make the worlds second largest agency group merge with the world's third largest agency group, and with that becoming the worlds 1st largest agency group leaving WPP in the dust.

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The Recording Industry: fiddling while Rome burns.

In a few short days, we’ll see the first annual Youtube Music Awards with Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and more. Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts are hosting and Spike Jonze is directing.

Jonze is quoted in a Rolling Stone interview as saying: “This is not a red carpet, fancy, pre-packaged, pre-produced thing. I like the idea of making it about music and videos as opposed to everybody getting dressed up."

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World's first banner ad still performs really well.

Remember the AT&T "You will" campaign? The one that had the worlds first banner ad with it? We celebrated its tenth birthday, almost ten years ago here (gasp!) and with any luck we'll be cheering in Jolt Cola next year for the 20th too. The first site to run that ad was Hotwired, and the campaign began on October 24, 1994, when the internet as we know it was still in diapers. Dan Barker decided to test how this ad performs today, so he ran it again.

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Who's the better Butter Mayor?

Seattle's having a mayor race coming up, between challenger Senator Ed Murray, and incumbent Mike McGinn.
Apparently no one is taking it too seriously, because dairy company Darigold has carved both candidates' likeness into butter, for the people to decide who is the better butter mayor. This little scheme was cooked up with the help of Wexley School For Girls.

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ACNE Signs Shayan Amir-Hosseini as Senior Digital Producer

ACNE is pleased to announce the addition of Shayan Amir-Hosseini as Senior Digital Producer. He brings nearly six years of agency experience to the production studio, having worked with a wide range of top tier brands over nearly five years with Saatchi & Saatchi LA, as well as during a previous stretch with Campbell-Ewald.

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HOAX Films Executive Producer Alexis Nelson to Speak at The World Animation and VFX Summit

Event set for November 5th in Marina del Rey, California.

Culver City, Calif.— Alexis Nelson, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of HOAX Films will participate in a panel discussion entitled Creating CG and VFX in Commercials as part of The World Animation and VFX Summit on November 5th. Nelson will discuss HOAX Films’ recent work for Guess, NBC, Chevrolet, Absolut and other brands, and how a boutique visual effects house can thrive in the fiercely competitive world of advertising.

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Dont be a workwanker

If you or someone you know is a work wanker, there is no hope for you. Luckily there is a site called Workwankers in which you or someone you know can now be called out with humor and killer illustration style. Funny stuff.

The wankers in question range from pervy men, to dinosaur ECD's to the obligatory person with accent, to constant name droppers. In other words, everyone who works in advertising.

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The Nissan GT Academy first-person experience

With the GT Academy experience, you're behind the wheel. Well, once you've signed up through Facebook, that is.
This first person POV experience allowed you to get a taste of what it's like to be a driver at the academy. Can you finish first?

The experience, which works across mobile, desktop and tablet, was created to support Season 3 of Spike TV’s GT Academy. It premieres on November 11th.

Vroom!

Credits:
Client: Nissan USA
Agency: Critical Mass
Amo Milosz¬ – Motion Design Director
Barb Patrick – Quality Assurance Lead
Carl Lukasewich – Senior Art Director

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