Casting Call

Download this file if you and a creative partner would like to compete for a spot on Oxygen’s new show, “Adfight.” On the show, two-person teams will vie for the chance to have their work showcased on national TV. Casting Director, Danielle Barba, says the show will be shot toward the end of June. The […]

Google Acquires Companies–And Lots Of Power

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle examines Google’s ever-increasing power, particularly in light of the company’s planned acquisition of banner-ad and cookie monster DoubleClick: On Monday, Google said the Federal Trade Commission wanted more information about its planned $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick as part of an antitrust review. A few […]

Having Fun With Film

Seattle-based WONGDOODY has launched a new pro bono campaign for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the largest film festival in the United States. The agency is supporting the festival with one 30-second live-action TV spot, three animated movie bumpers, a microsite, extensive event signage, print ads, collateral and various forms of merchandise including apparel, […]

What’s In Your Moleskine?

Business Week looks at Moleskine’s online adventures. With a new range of “city” notebooks launching in the U.S next month—featuring street maps, local information, and space for users to jot down their thoughts—Modo&Modo has also introduced a series of city-focused blogs. Its aim is for these blogs to be more than merely a branded Web […]

Wexley Goes On Sport Fishing Expedition And Other Tall Tales

Ad Age looks at one of the more interesting developments in the agency business of late—a move to income-producing models other than commissions, retainers and consulting-type hours and fee models. Seattle shop Wexley School for Girls really wants to profit not just from selling a tagline, a viral video or even a high-concept marketing strategy […]

The Socializr

I wanted to read about what NOT to do as an entrepreneur, so I picked up the latest Inc. Magazine from the newsstand. Jonathan Abrams, the founder of Friendster and the man credited with launching the social networking concept, is on the cover. Abrams took a beating at Friendster, but he’s only 37 and he […]

Culture Made In China

Aric Chen writing for Fast Company looks at the emergence of China’s creative class. China is building a creative infrastructure at breakneck speed. You can sense it in the trendy restaurants and slick boutiques popping up in major cities–and in the gritty ex-warehouse and factory districts where imagination-driven companies are joining the cafés and art […]

Ask A Chola Wants Salsa Verde! Doritos For Everyone

Mask-wearing activist, Ask A Chola, operating somewhere in East Los, Califas, a.k.a. Aztlan, has some serious demands for the Frito-Lay Corporation. She claims there are under-served communities in America, and demands that Frito-Lay treat every Dorito-loving community with dignity. Or something like that. Visit Ask A Chola’s MySpace page for more on her shadowy movements.

Ketchup Chronicles

Dan Burke of Dayton, OH recreates a scene for The NYT The idea that consumers will being to churn out brand advertising that regularly runs on prime time TV is a farce. Agency people, who fashion themselves as craftspersons uniquely qualified to make such work, have scoffed at the notion from the get go. Now […]

Julie Roehm Throws Some Gasoline On A Smoldering Fire

In politics, they call it the “Friday night news dump”: Release a bunch of documents and news late on a Friday afternoon so no one really notices because, hey, it’s the weekend and no one’s paying close attention. So what happened this afternoon, right at the start of a 3-day weekend? Ousted senior vice-president of […]