Storm Clouds over Cannes again.

Ogilvy & Mather worldwide are pulling a classic ad agency vs awards tiff out in the press. Though as it is "worldwide" and "Cannes Lions" were talking about here - it's not your regular agency boycott of awards.....


How to write a newspaper ad

The only thing worse than reading a newspaper ad is writing one....until now.

The Newspaper Association of America recently asked (bribed?) top notch advertising gurus to create newspaper ads, selling, uh...newspaper ads.

Featured on their website are newspaper ads by Neil French, Luke Sullivan, Mike Hughes and Lee Clow.


Enjoy the Show

The Client: Loews Cineplex Theaters in the US.

The Pitch: Open to all moviegoers.

The Brief: Create a short film/commercial that communicates the following:

No Talking
No Smoking
Turn Off Cell Phones & Pagers
Visit the Concession Stand
Deposit Litter in Trash

The Media: The winning spot would play before the start of every movie.

The Results:
Eight really good spots by wannabe Spielbergs.

The Spots:



Err umm there is a disturbing similarity between the D&AD award winning campaign from Mother and the ADCNY award-winning L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art campaign from TBWA/Chiat Day. This is probably old news but it's my first post so there.


First Bankrupt Creatively, Now Financially

As readers of ad-rag know, justice isn't always swift for ad plagiarists. In fact, often they're rewarded for their misdeeds.

That isn't the case for Kmart, which in an act of desperation recently lifted the marketing strategy, broadcast campaign and tagline of retail leader Wal-Mart.


NYC Miracle. Be a part of it.

The pro bono spots first started with Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Ben Stiller, Kevin Bacon, Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal, Henry Kissinger, and Yogi Berra. BBDO/New York has now added Christopher Walken, Al Roker and Vanessa Williams to the roster.

You can check out all the spots here:


Ad/Culture Convergence and the Sales Pitch Society

Do you ever wonder how your ads and marketing strategies impact culture and society? Sure you do. Still, sometimes living in the agency vacuum can narrow your perspective a bit.


Legal - Court uphold homofobic ad rejection.

An appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the city of San Francisco did not trample on religious freedoms or First Amendment rights when it urged a local boycott of an anti-gay advertising campaign backed by conservative Christian groups.


Deer friendly ad offends hunters.

The jeep ad that had hunters up in arms was pulled off the air by Chrysler. This withdrawal is the second time in two months that Chrysler has changed advertising plans after some consumers complained. Previously, the company had PentaMark rework some dialogue in a commercial for the Chrysler Concorde sedan after protests that it was too "racy".


Penis Play Gives Agencies Hard Ons

Chicago's "hawk," the freezing lake wind that rips through the city, has been accompanied by a equally brutal agency climate this winter.

Layoffs abound, with DDB icing 37 and Frankel 100 just this week.

Though the new biz environment seems as barren as an Arctic wasteland, all it takes is a quirky little account to give agencies the hots.