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Donny Glam Pics

Over at Brand New, I came across this great post. Apparently there's an email making the rounds with these sexified Donny pics. Go check it out!

Gareth also gave us heads up on the very funny Donny Commemorative Plate back in Novemeber.


Photos, blogging and fair use

PDN online has a story on photos blogs and fair use, as Naomi Harris recently found her picture on the popular soft-porn blog fleshbot, part of the ever expanding Gawker Media empire, which posted one of Harris' photos without her permission and linked to a documentary photoessay on Harris' site titled "Porn Star Academy." The traffic-bump from fleshbot forced Harris to find a cheaper ISP, bittersweet popularity; "For all I know most of these are probably perverts who were too cheap to pay for online porn," Harris said to PDN online.


Super Bowl versus, er, everyone else

You knew it was coming sooner or later. It wasn't enough we've got everybody in America rating the Super Bowl spots, now comes the big one.

That's right. It's America vs The World! (Which I guess in light of current events is kind of appropriate).

For you adgrunts in the States, you can catch The Greatest Commercials: Superbowl vs The World on CBS tomorrow night, February 4, at 8PM ET/PT. The results were tabulated from an online vote. But even though the polls are closed, you can still catch a montage of the combatants at


YWCA launches anti-racism & anti-sexism campaign

This week the the YWCA USA launched a national advertising campaign that points out the subtle and not so subtle existence of racism in society and how it affects people. Currently running on MTV, MTV2, BET and in various online venues. The campaign includes national television, online, radio and print.

Created by Bozell & Jacobs and directed by Bronwen Hughes (film director of Forces of Nature and Stander), two spots kick off the campaign.


Super Bowl XXXIX Advertising Bonanza -*SPOILER ALERT*

Everyone is wondering what will air on Sunday and how soon after that will the Super Bowl XXXIX be added to the massive Claymore Project?

The answer to the latter is as soon as possible, after the game, when all the ads have aired the Super Bowl XXXIX will be added to the Super Bowl Commercial Archive, making the archive 32 years of bowls, which funnily enough is as many years as Dabitch is old. This cracks us up.

There's also buzzing about the banned by Fox ads, for the record 2 ads from have been nixed, 1 ad from Anheuser-Busch, 1 ad from Airborne and just now and ad for Ford Lincoln Mark LT was banned by focus groups.

Read more for all the ad goodness- but beware- *SPOILER ALERT*- includes plots and things you'll see. If you want to be surprised, you're better off not reading this. But do come back after the game for the ads and the ad review.

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Guerrilla Marketing Consultant on The Advertising Show

Hear Michael McLaughlin, co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants”, explain why consultants should always offer a guarantee for their work, how to overcome for client skepticism and his seven rules of engagement. Michael is also a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP where he has over 20 years experience with clients in businesses of every size, from start-ups to some of the world’s highest-profile companies.


Auctioning off Carrie's colon on Ebay

Stayfree magazines website opens on spoofed magazine covers for todays potential niche market readers, their site has articles from the magazine as well as the Stayfree blog.
The Stayfree posse and Carrie couldn't help but spoofing the inane body-part advertising space auctions on Ebay as of late, and decided to auction off Carrie's colon as advertisig space. Oh Boy! Their auction is modelled after that pregnant ladies auction, who in turn probably got the idea from those pregvert ads two years ago.


Lee and Dan signed to Quad productions, London.

I just spoke to Nathalie Le Berre at Quad Productions London, who tells me that Lee and Dan of volkswagen polo viral ad fame have just been signed to them.

"It's a perfect fit for us really, we also have Remy Belvaux who made the film Man Bites Dog, and they'll get along like a house on fire, we thought we must get these guys onboard. We are very happy they have joined Quad London as a directing duo, because we think they are just brilliant, and have the same sense of humor that we have."

Lee and Dan will be available for commercial shoots, viral or not, as well as traditional agency work as they both come from an ad agency background. "It's what they are good at and enjoy doing."

Quad Productions is a European production company with offices in Paris and London. Directors with them include Bruno Aveillan who is known for bigger more complicated jobs like the Bailey's ads forBBH and the Thermasilk ads for JWT New York, Frank Devos who did Zazzoo and Hansaplast, Stephane Levallois who directed the short film 'Carcan' in which a super fit girl in a leather catsuit strips off her suit to slowly reveal she has a fat body...
For Graphics they work with Digital Kitchen who are an American collective for a mix live action/animation/graphics as well as doing broadcast design, they have done Six Feet Under & the Nip Tuck opening sequences. Quad London is run by producer/MD Ben Mann.