Sponsors Strike Back

Though the public often forgets, agency folk know that broadcast TV is free
because ad dollars pay for it. In fact, back in the early days of broadcast, agencies helped clients produce the shows they sponsored.

Except for several soap operas which are still produced by P&G, this trend has faded over the decades--until now.


Dentsu loves Disney=true.

Dentsu, Japan's top advertising agency and the fourth-largest in the world, said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Walt Disney that covers "exclusive broadcasting rights" to new theater movies, old films, TV dramas and cartoons in Japan.


Media Guardians Creative Lounge

The latest UK ads in streaming media format are available in Media Guardians creative Lounge, for those of you who didn't know...

Streaming media truly sucks though, but the ads don't! "see the best new ads for free. today launches a service that will enable our users to keep up to date on UK and other adverts"


"Respect" ads not respected.

Virgin Mobile's latest advertising stunt has been sabotaged, someone has stolen speakers embedded in a special poster site.

The "Respect" advertising campaign uses outdoor posters with real speakers that pump out music near Virgin Mobile shops to attract the attention of passersby, utterly disrepecting people's peace and quiet. (pic inside)


Ad guy went viral...

Ad guy - a link that dropped into my mailbox a few hundred times before christmas went viral.
(I was as i announced on the page, in hospital, so submitting the link to this here page instead would have made the news available to others than just me, learn how to use the submit button on the left there kids, it's fun, it's friendly, and it's darn practical! :-))

Ad guy was created by Rodgers Townsend in St. Louis. Spoofing kids action figures commercials, Ad Guy action figures come in four types: Andy, the art director; Marc with a "C," the copywriter; Raoul, the creative director; and Kimmy Wong, the account girl.


Imac's are flat out uncool.

Some thought it the minute they arrived - but now the rest of the planet will think it too. News later this Monday will announce the über-cool flat iMac.
In fact - TIME will probably have it on the cover.

Quick - sell that blueberry iMac before it's too late!


Hazards of adgrunts life - kidnapping.

You thought inhaling large amounts of marker pen or spraymount, and getting a paper cut was the only hazards of adgrunts life as a student. You soon discover that alcholism and broken family lives are another due to the hours.

Well count yourself lucky - in Brazil, admen get kidnapped on a regular basis.


Hasbro's "Cubicle" does a "Fahrenheit 451."

The electronic age has swept through the workplace without much resistance from employees, many of whom do not even remember a time without email and instant messaging.
Just how much technology is too much is the question Hasbro ponders in a spot for its platinum edition electronic board games, from agency Jordan McGrath Case &
Partners. Partizan director Phil Brown, with editing and music by Editing Concepts' Nelson Leonard and Peter Lopez.


Not Blatt's butt.

Melanie Blatt used a 'stunt bum' in TV advert.

She stars in an advert featuring drunken workers at an office party photocopying their body parts.

But the bottom seen in the advert for Virgin Mobile does not belong to the former All Saint, instead it belongs to an "unknown model".


For those of you already suffering from severe adcritic withdrawel I might recommend watching Swedish TV commercials at the site called
Lots and lots of quite surreal, good and bad films to go through. Widen your broadband experience with foreign commercials. No subtitles - often the joke is international and in some cases the dialougue is in English. Do not click on the non-existent read more link - there is no more to read.