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SAG takes its toll

Talent agency Cunningham, Escott, DiPene is suspending its Chicago
operations due the SAG/AFTRA strike.

They will lay off all employees except vice-president Dianne Herro-Sanford, who focuses on on-camera work, and voice-over agent Debby Kotzen. Employees will be laid off and operations curtailed as of August 31.

T.J. Escott, owner and founder says "the strike has been going on for too long, and there is no way to predict when it will end."


Little Brother Is Watching

Ad plagiarism doesn't get more blatant than Global PC's theft of one of the most famous commercials in history-Apple Computer's "1984."

DaBitch tipped me to this heist recently and I investigated. (Apple's "1984" can be found in the here in the claymore project superbowl commercial Archive and Global PC's ripoff is at


This spot won't be back. Gaijin a Go Go got served

It's hasta la vista baby for future web viewings of a Japanese DirectTV commercial starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's being terminated by lawyers for the action star and the satellite entertainment company.

However since Zero One Design's Gaijin a Go Go site has until until August 10 to cease and desist before facing legal action, you can see the spot by taking action now.

The Gaijin a Go Go site also features Japanese spots starring Leonardo DiCaprio pitching credit cards, Meg Ryan selling beauty cream and Harrison Ford hawking beer. Other celebs on the site include Keanu Reeves (whisky), Demi Moore (an energy supplement) and Sean Connery (Mazda cars).

A-list Hollywood stars like these regularly slum in cheesy Japanese commercials to pick up quick millions for a day's work.


Buddy Lee--Man of Inaction

He made a quick recovery, but Monday night Buddy Lee was off the web! Both and reported "server down" messages when checked around 11 PM Central Time USA.


The Rubberburner story - and clips!

Paul Malmström reveals what I already suspected in previous posts. The rubber burner films were removed from the and sites as they were taking up too much bandwidth.

'I guess Lee didn't really expect that it would take off the way it did.' says Paul Malmström one half of the creative team behind these ads, the other half being Linus Karlsson.
Thousands and more thousands have visited the sites over the past week. 'We actually shot the films for the sites during our lunchbreak at the shoot of the BuddyLee commercials in London. Then that night, we went home and made "crap" homepages for them.'


More on the illegitimate children of the Lee advertising campaign

What I wanna know is, what the heck happened to the video clips on the and sites!? They were friggin' off the wall (but damn tasty).


Towel boy attacks rum girl's bikini in outdoor Wisconsin melee.

Seems like only yesterday that the Captain Morgan dupliclaim was posted, and now the mustachioed rum campaign goes and makes the news, thanks in no small part to an overambitious terrycloth-wieldin' activist o' modesty. (more...)

"I guess they did not want to see her in a swimsuit, which I think is pretty outrageous." - Robyn Rowan, DeLite Outdoor Advertising


Animal Planet gets a leg up on outdoor advertising.

Dabitch first reported back in January of Bonzo barking billboards usin' ultrasonic sounds to attract people's poochies. Well, only a few months later, along comes something just a wee bit stronger that wants to take the number one position...

Ahhhhhh... the winsome olfactory goodness of eu de canine peeapplied to posters in the UK. Is there any doubt that this inspired modus operandi will leave a mark in the advertising world!?

Urine for a treat by reading all about it here.

(link is dead - new link: Guardin Advertising)


Paul Arden's lecture at the D&AD

"Everybody probably does want to be good but not everybody are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes. To some people being nice, to be liked is important. There is equal merit in that too. But you must not confuse being good with being liked. There may be not one person in this room that truly wants to be great. Most of you have come here for a solution. The way to become good. I have to tell you that I have no such solution. I can't teach you anything. I can tell you, but you won't hear me. The only way to learn is through your own experiences and mistakes. There is no instant solution. But I can offer some guidelines that have helped me."

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    an Interview with John Gillard

    John Gillard

    The School of Communication Arts lasted from 1985 to 1995 before Gillard retired, I went to that school in 1994 and like the other ex-pupils of Gillard, I'll never forget what he taught us. -- Dabitch

    " John Gillard taught me more than I know."

    -- Graham Fink.

    Other peoples heroes are always disappointing.
    John Gillard founder and principal of the School of Communication Arts, may possibly appreciate the aphoristic tang of that opening sentence.