Nancy Vonk Talks With Sally Hogshead

As part of her “Naked Career” podcasts, Sally Hogshead lands what they call in show bidness a big “get”: Nancy Vonk, Co-CD of Ogilvy Toronto, whose comments about Neil French…well, if I have to fill in that part, you must’ve been in the Kalahari for the last month. You can download the podcast at Talent […]

Notice Us (And Our Ads Too)

According to Wieden + Kennedy’s London office, these guys – Dave and Ian – were outside this morning with their banner, no doubt encountering all sorts of abuse from passing students, drunks and conceptual artists. Share

Time Warner Lightens Its Case Load

Wired: Steve Case, a co-founder of AOL and one of the key architects of the disastrous AOL-Time Warner deal, said Monday that he has resigned from Time Warner’s board of directors. Case had relinquished the role of chairman two years ago, but remained on the media conglomerate’s board of directors, despite the opposition of shareholders […]

The More Things Change…

“Human nature hasn’t changed for a million years. It won’t even vary for the next million years. Only the superficial things have changed. It’s fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man – what compulsions drive him, what instincts dominate his every action, even though his language too often […]

New Stars Are Made As Media Planning Takes Center Stage

Business Week: Media strategists used to rank just above accountants as the kind of people advertisers wanted to meet in the industry. In recent years, however, disdain has been replaced with adulation as the attention spans of consumers have shrunk. With the Internet, ad-skipping digital video recorders (DVRs), video cell phones, and portable music and […]

Men Are Extreme (What Can We Say?)

Danny G’s post on Mr. French and his antiquated views is the entry that keeps on giving. Today, “Gay Like A Fox” chimed in with this: I suspect the dearth of top-level women creatives is rooted in nature. Looking beyond the realm of advertising we see that, historically, very, very few of the top contenders […]

The French Evolution

Neil’s been tarred and feathered aplenty, so in my new column in Talent Zoo I’ve decided to focus on a larger issue: why there’s so much hero-worshipping in the ad industry. Frankly, Neil French isn’t the problem. The problem lies with the starstruck suckers who treat his every utterance like it was the word of […]

Sir Martin’s Fat Wallet Loses Tons Of Weight

Adfreak picked up on a London Times piece detailing Sir Martin Sorrell’s divorce. Sorrell is chairman of WPP, the world’s second largest ad agency holding company. Court papers reveal that the advertising magnate must hand over a £23.4 million lump-sum plus their £3.2 million Georgian townhouse. Also among Lady Sorrell’s spoils are two underground parking […]

Consulting Is Cool

Josh Spear dot com: Over the past year, I ‘ve been overwhelmed by emails and calls asking for my opinion on brands, products, design, etc. Several large companies, that will remain nameless (for now), have sought me out for my thoughts on how to beef up both their image, and their product line. As a […]

Nancy Vonk Speaks On Canada Morning TV

Nancy Vonk appeared on a show today called Canada AM. See the video and the related story here. Vonk says she never expected French to step down. “When I wrote that piece, I absolutely didn’t have an agenda to push him out of his job at all. Frankly, I’m glad I didn’t know as I […]