Serta - Counting Sheep - Sheep Dog (2004) 0:30 (USA)

Watch out the sheep dog is here!


Babes in the Biz's top story for this week was related to Advertising Week in NYC.

Choice bit from the post:


Blackspot billboard ad rejected - by Nike?

Looks like Adbusters Blackspot announcement september 16 spoke to soon when they announced: "Tomorrow, our "Rethink the Cool" billboard goes up near Nike headquarters." Now they reveal why this never happened - the billboard was rejected, by Nike.


Advertising Good, Ad Week Bad

Two stories but a few mails apart in one in-box... I gather the industry is good for the city but massive celebration ain't.

first off, from Creativity:

As part of Advertising Week, the Advertising Tax Coalition -- a collection of trade organizations -- has unveiled a study that projects the ad industry will bring $151 billion into New York City's economy this year. So next year we want two Advertising Weeks, or we'll just up and move the whole operation to Knoxville.

And then Ad Age on Ad Week:

Organizers Will Have to Cover $300,000 Shortfall

NEW YORK ( -- Advertising Week in New York City now expects to suffer a financial loss of about $300,000, according to the American Association of Advertising Agencies, which has to pick up the tab. See full story at -- Bradley Johnson.


Volvo for life documentary with 'Shark-girl' and Greta the jockey

After the success with their mystery of Dalarö concoction, Volvo has launched another movie site. Fuel Europe called upon documentary maker Lance Bangs to film people using the new Volvo models.


Advertising and video games, magnets and polygons

This weeks guest on The Advertising Show is Geoff Keighley, videogame king and editor in chief of, he'll share his video gaming wisdom on Saturday and the whole world can have a listen via the advertising shows archives. (Even works on a dial-up modem, I've tried)

Video game nerds who remember playing classics like Pong (which was 'born' the same year I was born, does that make me a classic too?) will love this fantastic toy; Cyberbniklas mechanical pong table movie. Yes that's right folks, mechanical. I want one!

Pongmechanik is an electromechanical conversion of the classical game Pong. And instead of more realistic graphics, it ever accurately to reproduces the original Pong. The user is hardly changed. However the game breaks open the Black box: What takes place in the computer, becomes again perceptible and comprehensible.


More fonk for creatives at Blogfonk

If you liked the fonk for thoughts interviews you should stop by again as there are fresh ones. Today Brad Forsythe of the advertising show is in the hotseat, previously New Yorker Cartoonist Harry bliss blissed on about toons and creativity and Jan Rijkenberg from B.S.U.R Amsterdam chatted about concepting. And for those who like their links served hot and in a pretty package try the mailbox magazine a clickable mag cover sent to your emailbox.


Bud, Miller are at it again

Miller Lite's gains provoke Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch recently announced plans to do extensive consumer sampling of Bud Light and Budweiser, its two largest brands. That sampling campaign, targeting millions of consumers, will be coupled with new ads that tout the freshness of Bud Light and Budweiser.
Brewing industry observers say Miller is forcing Anheuser-Busch to market its products on Miller's terms, with a greater focus on taste. That's a switch from the traditional method of selling beer based on its image, with ads that rely more on humor than on pitching the brew's qualities.
Tom Bick, Miller Lite brand manager, stated Anheuser-Busch's consumer sampling effort might backfire if consumers focus on the taste differences between Miller Lite and Bud Light - and continue to choose Miller Lite. "We have better beers," Bick said. "Possibly, they're just going to sample 3 million people for us."

Geez. It just keeps going. And I thought the cola wars were bad. ;) (for some history see Catfight betwen Miller and AB.)


Helmut Newton's Boags ads causing brouhaha.

James Boags is launching two new campaigns, for its Premium and Draught products in October. The new ads for the James Boags Premium brand will "be based on the distinctive black and white photography of the iconic artist, the late Helmut Newton, who created much of the artwork for the “Who is James Boag?”campaign", created by Young & Rubicam.

The new image “Woman on the Bonnet” which will start off the campaign, is the third in a series of Newton photographs to be used by Boags." You can view the older ads with Helmut Newton's photography on the Boags site.

The ads haven't even broke yet but they are already starting to cause a stir.
Read more for why and also for an update.


Citibank and Fallon get Emmy

Last night the Emmy awards were held in Los Angeles. And the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Commerical went to "Outfit" for Citibank Identity Theft Card Protection by Fallon and Thomas Thomas Films, which beat out "Rubberband Man" for Office Max, "Born A Donkey" for Budweiser, "Dominoes" for Miller, "Door Music" for Saturn and, "Interview" for United Airlines.
Adgrunts click on links to view the spots.