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PTC convinces Toyota to stop advertising on Nip/Tuck

Brandweek reports that the Parents Television Council has persuaded yet another advertisier to stop buying ad time during FX's Nip/Tuck. Gateway and Coors walked away from the show in 2003 after being sent letters by the group.

According to the PTC, Toyota was sent regular rundowns of the show's racier elements, along with a DVD featuring specific hot-button scenes. In its letters to sponsors, the advocacy group characterizes Nip/Tuck as being "one of the most sexually explicit, profane and violent television programs in the history of American television."

John Solberg, senior vp of public relations for FX, said the activities of the PTC aren't exactly going to keep the network's executives up at night. Solberg pointed out that the first seven episodes of season three have averaged 2.8 million viewers in FX's target 18-49 age group, making it the top-rated show in the demo across all of basic cable.

Solberg also noted that Nip/Tuck's CPMs "are as high, if not higher than any other program on basic cable."


The Jolly Green Giant is back

Today, a 25-foot tall billboard of the Jolly Green Giant went up in New York City's Times Square to officially launch the integrated campaign for Green Giant tagged, "For the love of vegetables."


Experts in India ponder if more talent is needed

Advertising in India lacks talent according to this article and their "experts".

In a scenario like this, the advertising industry is witnessing a booming opportunity in all segments across industries and markets. One of the key hurdles the advertising fraternity needs to overcome was spelt out at the AAAI diamond jubilee symposium. The future of advertising was that of the dearth of creative talent in the industry today.

Most expensive "photo copy" of an ad

Last night, Christies auctioned off a an untitled cowboy photograph by Richard Prince. It set a record at $12,238,000.


Marcel sells chocolate virally

All thee holding your breath wondering what became of Parisian ad agency Marcel founded by Fred and Farid in May this year, exhale - they just launched a campaign for chocolate.


Frieze Films and Ogilvy JHB depart from usual scare tactics of car tracking adve

Tony Baggott of South African production company - Frieze Films, commissioned by Ogilvy JHB, directed the launch commercials for Digicore C-track Secure. C-track Secure is a tracking system for vehicles using innovative technology.

For Baggott, the hero of the commercial is the car and it was therefore important to give the car a personality. "The car and owner were cast in the same way one would cast a couple. Bringing the cars personality to life meant that the driving shots were important performance pieces, where the style of driving illustrated the cars feelings."

Baggott says: "The car had to have a face and a personality in its looks and in its action - a humanization process had to take place to charm the viewer and make the commercial work."


Boneless Pigs for McDonald's McRib Farewell Tour

Dallas-based Moroch Partners has created a creative campaign which celebrates the Farewell Tour of the McDonald's McRib sandwich to a "devoted, cult-like following nationwide". Introduced in 1982, the McRib usually emerges for a short-term, 6-8 week promotion each year. However, the McRib Sandwich is scheduled for deletion from the McDonald's menu at the end of the McRib Farewell Tour.

At the core of the campaign is where fans can find out where and when McDonald's is serving McRib, get McRib trivia, write McRib Haikus, submit their own McRib photos, download official McRib t-shirt decals and even send an urgent phone message to fellow McRib fanatics. They can also sign the "Save the McRib" petition. There's also a link to the BPFAA (the Boneless Pig Farmers Association of America) website,

Read on to see some of the creative.


New "The Man Show" on G4 promos from ad shop 72andSunny

Acting challenged strippers, talking chimps, sequin bikinis and midgets abound in these two new promos for "The Man Show" on G4 videogame television. Charles Wittenmeier from Area 51 Films directed, while Mad River Post's Jason Painter edited and Buck provided graphics.