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Ten gift ideas for adgrunts, designers and copygeeks.

Oblique Strategies : In 1975, Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno created a creativity kickstart pack of strategy cards. They are the original brainstorming cards with phrases like "small clouds obscure the sun", "disconnect from desire" and "faced with a choice, do both". Over 100 worthwhile dilemmas are hidden in this pack that help snap you out of a creative rut. In its fifth edition now, it's a creative classic.

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Thinkbox announces return of Harvey the Dog

Had enough sweetness yet? Teeth starting to ache from all the sugar? Well prepare yourself for an emergency trip to the dentist - the final ad for Thinkbox's 'Harvey the Dog' will premier in the UK on Boxing Day.

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ACNE Signs Celebrated Director Tim Hamilton

Integrated production company ACNE has signed internationally awarded comedy director Tim Hamilton. Hamilton is best known for his dry, irreverent sense of humor as exemplified in some of the popular films he has helmed and co-wrote, including Truth in Advertising, a Cannes International Film Festival selection, and its sequel The Reel Truth, which was commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi London for the Cannes Lions.

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Whitehouse Post Promotes Brandon Porter to Editor

Whitehouse Post continues their tradition of growing the best editorial talent in the industry with the promotion of LA-based Brandon Porter to Editor. Born in Memphis, Porter zeroed in on an editorial career in high school and attended SCAD where he majored in film and photography. Upon graduation, Porter worked for Lab 601 in Atlanta then moved to Beast in LA before joining Whitehouse Post in 2010.

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AKA NYC Launches Star-Studded “It’s Only A Play” with a Smile

Entertainment marketing and advertising agency deploys selfies in an innovative Broadway industry media-first opportunity in Times Square to promote the Terrence McNally comedy.

New York, NY— AKA NYC came up with a unique strategy for capitalizing on the star power of the cast of Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy It’s Only A Play, which opened recently at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway. It developed a multi-platform advertising and marketing campaign based on that most ubiquitous of current cultural icons: the selfie.

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STORY and Accomplice Media Appoint Melissa Thornley to Lead Midwest Sales

CHICAGO—Commercial production company STORY, headquartered in Chicago, and its sister company, Accomplice Media, based in Santa Monica, Calif. have announced the appointment of Melissa Thornley to a new position as head of new business development for the Midwest markets. Thornley will market both companies’ diverse roster of commercial directors and creative talents to advertising and clients in Midwest markets.

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Director Mark Andrew Joins Madheart

LOS ANGELES—Madheart has signed director Mark Andrew for exclusive national representation. Andrew is a specialist in fashion and lifestyle advertising who turned his attention to live action direction after a 20-year career as a top commercial photographer. His live action work includes projects for American Eagle, Aeropostale, Target, 7th Generation, Oil of Olay, Lane Bryant and the American Cancer Society. He has also directed music videos, fine art films and narrative shorts.

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ACNE Welcomes Executive Creative Producer Luis Aguiluz

Integrated production company ACNE welcomes award-winning Executive Creative Producer Luis Aguiluz to their Los Angeles studio.

Aguiluz joins ACNE after a three-year run at Deutsch LA, where he quickly ascended from Digital Producer in 2011 to Senior Integrated Producer in 2012, and eventually to Executive Creative Producer in 2013.

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ACNE Signs Director Nic Iyer

Integrated production company ACNE is thrilled to announce the signing of international comedy director Nicolas Iyer.

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Adventure Filmmaker Taylor Steele Signs with Bully Pictures

Taylor Steele, an American filmmaker best known for the award-winning surf documentaries Sipping Jetstream and Castles in the Sky, has joined Bully Pictures for exclusive representation for advertising projects. The director of more than 40 films as well as television spots for Corona, Aston Martin, Roxy and Pacifico, Steele has spent more than two decades traveling the globe, capturing spectacular imagery while working with the world’s best surfers, musicians and other talents.

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