Crackle Paves The Path To Hollywood

The online video site formerly known as Grouper — the one purchased by Sony for $65 million last August — has a new name and a new direction. Now known as Crackle, the Sausalito-based startup will function as a Sony Pictures-backed online talent studio. The hope is that in between Hollywood and YouTube, there is […]

Mad Men: Coming Thursday

Once upon a time, advertising was glamorous hucksterism…for white people in suits living the dream on Madison Avenue, growing fat on three-martini lunches and TV media commissions. From the AMC website: Mad Men is AMC’s provocative new original series from writer and executive producer Matthew Weiner of The Sopranos. Set in 1960 New York, Mad […]

10 Candles Burning Bright

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is celebrating blogging’s 10th anniversary, although they afix no hard and fast date to the form’s emergence. The business paper asked a number of people to pontificate on the subject. Blogerati chairwoman emeritus, Elizabeth Spiers, offers some nice insight into the practice (as does Scott Karp…see video above). […]

Condom Ads Get Cock Blocked In Pittsburgh

According to The New York Times, TV execs in Pittsburgh are saving the local populace from the harmful effects of condom advertising. Controversy over a new advertising campaign by Trojan, the condom maker, has trickled down to the local level, with television stations in Pittsburgh roundly refusing to show it, and stations in Seattle giving […]

Chan Suh Back In The Game

According to Ad Age, Chan Suh is pulling a Steve Jobs. He’s back in the role of CEO at, the company he founded in 1995. “It’s like getting the band back together,” Mr. Suh said. “It’s time to agitate again.” Mr. Suh, had stepped away from agency operations in 2004, the year after it […]

A Rise In Loaded Tweets

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is reporting that marketers and media companies (like ESPN) have found their way to Twitter. NBC, CBS, ABC Family and MTV are among several networks experimenting with the marketing possibilities of Twitter. Marketing through Twitter — as with any new technology — isn’t a slam dunk. Sending marketing […]

Modernista vs. Reebok

Some agencies don’t simply bend over and take it, I suppose. From The Boston Business Journal: In a rare instance of an ad agency fighting back against a client, Modernista of Boston is suing a former client, a unit of Reebok International Ltd., for breach of contract. The case hinges on Modernista’s allegation that the […]

Consuming Walker

It’s Sunday, which means it time to open The New York Times Magazine and read “Consumed,” the weekly column by Rob Walker. Today’s piece is about Crocs–a shoe I’m already hooked on–so my interest level in the article isn’t there. What I am interested in is finding out more about this writerman, Rob Walker. So […]

Pun Alert

courtesy of Flickr user, DMNYC …and Lewis Lazare wonders why Leo Burnett has problems.

One Sip And You’re Hooked

courtesy of Flickr user, Casey Serin The New York Times spoke with Jamba Juice CEO, Paul E. Clayton (not pictured above), about his company’s brand experience. Q. Is there a demand for $5 smoothies nationwide? A. What there is a demand for is healthier options. Jamba offers a healthy, nutritious option. It is a source […]