Is There Anything Diddy Can’t Do?

According to Ad Age, Diageo has tapped Diddy, the CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment, to act as brand manager on its Ciroc vodka brand. Diddy will be in charge of marketing, advertising, public relations, product placement and events. Here’s how he sees the opportunity: I didn’t think there was a vodka whose marketing spoke to […]

Relationships Are Everything

DDB/NY was on the receiving end of unexpected news last week. Their $150 million car account peeled out and punched it to Minnesota without prior notice. According to Stuart Elliot, “executives at DDB were told of Subaru’s decision to dismiss them over a lunch meeting today at the agency, which had been scheduled previously to […]

Carving Out New Kingdoms

Richard Huntington, Planning Director at United London, has some interesting things to say about advertising’s capacity to hold truly big brand ideas. It is not the global shortage of quality ideas that concerns me most. It is the role that advertising plays in serving those ideas. In short, while a brand idea can never be […]

Digital’s Rising Star

Does the name Mauro Alencar roll off your tongue the same way Jeff Goodby does? Publicis certainly hopes so. Ad Age reports that Alencar, 32, who formerly worked at Organic and AKQA before that, is now executive creative director of Publicis Modem West. “Mauro’s … portfolio boasts some of the best-known and most highly awarded […]

What If…

David Goss and Phoebe Coulton are a creative team in London who like coming up with ideas. Not just advertising ideas but ideas for the real world too. Here’s one: For more, see What If….

Legendary Brand Architect Says CGC Is “Like Pulling Your Own Teeth”

Adweek talked to Phil Dusenberry, the 71-year-old former chairman and chief creative officer of BBDO North America, who is being inducted into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame this week. Here’s a selection of his thoughts on the state of advertising today: Q.What do you think of the state of copywriting, given that we […]

Saatchi ECDs Quit

Saatchi & Saatchi/NY ECDs Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico have left the agency, according to Best Ads on TV. These are the guys who did “Hot Juicy Burgers” for Wendy’s and won a platoon of awards during their 2-year stint at the agency. My two cents on the Wendy’s spot is that it works too […]

Roy Spence—American Populist

“What you stand for is as important as what you sell.” -Roy Spence Roy Spence is a character. He’s also the “S” in GSD&M, one of America’s premier advertising agencies. Roy is presently away from Idea City. Yet his ideas are flowing. He’s on a 20-plus miles a day walk across America, where he’s seeking […]