Hamish McLennan Of Y&R Talks

In an interview in today’s New York Times, Hamish McLennan, new CEO of Y&R Brands and Ann Fudge’s replacement, talks about the challenges that agency faces: Q. What is your perception of Y&R’s place in the industry? A. Generally, it’s going well. We’ve got $800 million in global revenue. What’s happened in North America over […]

You’ll Hear About Hi-Def Radio Even If You Don’t Hear It

BusinessWeek reports on the big push the radio industry will make next year to promote HD radio. If there’s anything the radio industry can do successfully, it’s to get airtime for itself: In its largest advertising campaign ever, the broadcast radio industry plans to give up airtime next year valued at more than $250 million […]

Diamonds Aren’t A Girl’s Best Friend In Sierra Leone

Some people know it, but some people don’t. The advertising industry is almost singlehandedly the reason for the 20th century popularity of diamond engagement rings. NW Ayer, now out of business, was the agency responsible for ad campaigns and product placements on behalf of De Beers. However, a new movie is calling attention to the […]

Oh, Fudge: Y&R Brands CEO Steps Down

The most prominent African-American female in advertising, Ann Fudge, is stepping down from her post as CEO of Y&R Brands. Ad Age has more: A graduate of Harvard Business School who built a career in marketing at General Foods and then Kraft, Ms. Fudge brought a history of client-side experience to her job heading one […]

Sexy Ad Gets Massachusetts Legal Briefs In A Wad

In the pages of GQ or Maxim, you wouldn’t think twice about the above ad, which is for Jiwani, a tailor specializing in custom-made suits. But place the ad in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and you’ve got a controversy on your hands. Slate examines the controversy: Evidently, at least two-dozen readers of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly were […]

Union Uses YouTube To Let Some Air Out Of Goodyear

For several months now, a strike at Goodyear has forced the tire maker to use non-union workers and managers to produce the tires. Now, the United Steelworkers Union has produced an ad campaign to warn consumers that these scab-produced tires might not be up to snuff. And they’ve put some of the ads on YouTube, […]

That Giant Sucking Sound Is Just A Draft. Or Draft/FCB.

AdFreak calls out Draft/FCB for this ad, which congratulates all the winners from last year’s Cannes. Adweek, by its very nature, tends not to be extremely critical of agencies, so when one of their editors says, “Maybe direct agencies aren’t that good at creative after all,” you know your shop needs some help. Well, awards […]

Plan Your Black Friday

I’ll admit I get a sadistic pleasure out of going shopping on Black Friday. Not at 5 am, though. I just like to see all the crazy people. But if you’re making a list and checking it twice, many retailers’ sale circulars have already made it online. Here are some sites that feature Black Friday […]