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Banned ads collection on the web

Best rejected collects banned TV poster and print ads into a book, and share some of their finds on their website. While you'll recognise most of them from the banned ads topic as they were reported, collecting them all in one site - and eventually one fat book - is a neat idea from Berlin Press.


Adman John Elliott Jr. dies

John Elliott Jr. has died at 84.

He landed his first job in advertising in 1945 as a copywriter at what was then Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, now the BBDO Worldwide division of the Omnicom Group. He joined Ogilvy in 1960 to run the newly acquired Shell Oil Company account and quickly began his ascent at the agency. He retired as chairman of Ogilvy & Mather International in 1982.

"Big ideas are so hard to recognize, so fragile, so easy to kill," Mr. Elliott said in announcing his retirement at the agency's annual meeting in December 1981. "Don't forget that, all of you who don't have them."

Mr. Elliott's dry wit and self-deprecating sense of humor were staples of the many speeches he delivered at advertising industry events. Looking back on his early days as a copywriter, he once said: "I was pretty good, but not good enough. I could execute campaigns, but never came up with the big ideas, so I went into a less demanding kind of work. I became an account man."


120 short films advertise new 2006 VW Passat features

One of the last advertising campaigns for VW to come out of Arnold Worldwide before the account goes to CP+B (in December) is for the 2006 VW Passat. A micro site has been created that will eventually feature 120 short films touting the new features of the Passat - currently there are 46 . None of the films show the car but use related/unrelated type vignettes, such as a girl smiling for a school photo with braces for the chrome front grille and a man investigating if the light stays on in the fridge for luggage compartment light.


New ad agency makes self-promotional viral

Two creatives, writer Tom Camp and AD Jason Smith, have left Carmichael Lynch to start Pocket Hercules.


Jamie Oliver's butcher ads may get the axe

The Telegraph reports that Jamie Oliver's campaign for his new series "Jamie's Great Italian Escape" faces a ban by advertising watchdogs after allegations that it "condones threatening behaviour". The ad was created by 4Creative, Channel 4's inhouse ad agency.


Dinner Party With Mild Nudity Causes Mild Ad Bannage.

Bluefly, "a leading online retailer of designer brands, fashion trends, and superior value," appears to have come out with a mag ad and TV commercial called "Dinner Party" involving a bit of feminine nekkedness. As expected by us and most likely planned by agency McCaffery Ratner Gottlieb & Lane, a few mags and networks said no to it, and a few others said yes. We send our Adland sympathies to Nickelodeon viewers and Highlights readers, for you're missing out.

Go to That's Why I Bluefly, where you can find their commercial, four page magazine ad, press release and a bit of traditional news coverage in pdf format. And if you're a SuperAdgrunt, you can go into our Commercial Archive for a slightly cheekier Quicktime of the commercial.

Notes: It appears that this moderately-banned Bluefly thing hit a couple of East Coast papers back in mid-September, but didn't make much of a hubbub after that. Also, when I first heard of this, I first thought it was for JetBlue (a la mLife/Metlife) - oops. Well, let's see if we can get this thing rolling again for them, eh? Nekkedness is good for America, as are designer brands and fashion trends of superior value.



Pringles helps promote King Kong film

Pringles is doing a promotion in conjunction with the upcoming remake of "King Kong" with a viral game and online marketing campaign created by digital marketing agency Inbox Digital. The game's at, which is being promoted on Pringle's packaging, as well as at Pringles microsite (includes a competition area, e-cards, film trailers, wallpapers and screensavers).