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DNA Signs Award-Winning British Director Robert Hales

DNA is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning music video and commercial director Robert Hales.

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Vote for London's best Adland-lord. That is the landlord at your agency pub.

The Red Brick Road have made an extremely useful map of all the good pubs near London ad agencies, and want you to vote for the best landlord in an advertising pub. Or "Adland-lord" for puntastic new word invention. Use the hashtag #AdlandLords to spread the link on twitter and check the Adland-lord map here to cast your vote. The map also marks the locations for the Advertising Week Europe events, so you know how far you need to crawl between pubs and events for advertising week. Practical.

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L.A. Agency "Pitch" hosts SheSays Global Creative Network for Women event March 25

Pitch, the full-service creative advertising agency based in Los Angeles, will host “Top Guns,” a recurring mentorship event sponsored by SheSays, the only global creative network for women. Profiling women in leadership positions in creative industries, “Top Guns” events include forums in which leaders discuss how they made it where they are today and outline strategies for those who want to climb to C-level positions.

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London International Awards announce Matt Eastwood & John Mescall as 2015 Jury Presidents

London International Awards (LIA) have named Matt Eastwood, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of JWT, and John Mescall, Global Executive Creative Director of McCann Worldwide, as 2015 Jury Presidents. Eastwood will preside over the Print, Poster and Billboard jury whilst Mescall will head up the jury for the TV/Cinema/Online Film category.

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Starbucks wants to talk about race - #NewStarbucksDrinks hijacks conversation

Starbucks are running the above ads in the New York Times and USA Today, and are encouraging their baristas to discuss race with customers by writing "race together" on the starbucks cups. It began with a candid discussion about race at an all-hands meeting at the Starbucks Support Center,explains the release, where Howard Schultz voiced his concerns with employees/partners in the company’s Seattle headquarters and started a discussion about race in America.

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BUTCHER Welcomes Editor Nick Pezzillo to their Talented Team

Award-winning post production company BUTCHER is pleased to announce the addition of rising talent, Editor Nick Pezzillo, to their creative roster.

Previously at Foundation Content, Pezzillo joins BUTCHER with experience cutting innovative commercial projects for globally recognized brands including Microsoft, Audi, EA Sports, Nissan and Levis. A recent ground-breaking project for Microsoft Surface was awarded gold and silver Addys, as well as a national gold Addy.

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McDonald's asks Ex Cops to play SXSW for free. Ex Cops smack them down.

Ex Cops are a pretty awesome band. McDonald's asked them to play SXSW for free. You know. For the exposure. McDonalds. Who has made bazillions, by selling bazillions of food, and is sponsoring SXSW, doesn't have money to pay the band. My retort would have been, "If a global fast food company already knows who we are, we don't need the exposure."

Instead, they wrote this long reply:

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Dove #SpeakBeautiful is the ugliest form of patronising femvertising

I recently read an article that talked about how feminists should embrace the fact that brands are co-opting it in order to, well, sell stuff.

And broadly I agreed.

I’m a feminist and I also work in advertising, so it’s probably unsurprising that I’d be open to brands getting feminism onto more people’s radars, and hopefully recruiting a few more feminists, for the trade off of letting them sell some stuff in return.

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