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Precious

Now, we know why The Donny says he can beat up any CEO in the ad game. This guy is buff! Oh, if you want to read all about how this image made it’s way into our ever-ready-to-bash-The Donny hands, you can do so here.

Chuckin’ It

Kudos to Inc. for writing about the other guy (and original creative force) behind CP+B. I’m tired of seeing Alex Bogusky’s name up in lights. Since 1987, when Chuck Porter joined the Miami-based ad agency now known as Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, the firm has blossomed. Annual billings have increased tenfold, to the $500 million […]

A Scalp-Tingling Win For Upshot ECD

Lewis Lazare reports on Brock Montgomery’s new fashion statement. Although, he calls him Bruce, for some reason. Bruce Montgomery, executive vice president of creative for Upshot/Chicago, must like making dramatic bets. When the agency started pitching the Miller Brewing Co. promotions business last fall, he promised his staff he’d have his head shaved in front […]

Ask Better Questions. Get Better Results.

Adweek reports that John Livengood has been promoted to executive creative director at DDB Seattle. No doubt for lucid thinking like this: “My whole perspective is, creatives need to change the questions we ask,” he said. Instead of asking clients what they want in terms of campaign components, Livengood suggested, “ask them what they want […]

Just Drive It

Lee Garfinkel is at it again. DDB’s New York Chairman and Chief Creative Officer worked as a junior copywriter on Subaru in the early 1980s, when he was with the agency Levine, Huntley Schmidt and Beaver. Today he is back on the car account and the author of Subaru’s new long copy campaign. Think. Feel. […]

Watch Out The Donny, Kaplan Thaler Is Muscling In On Your Action

Ad Age is reporting that Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO of Kaplan Thaler Group, will appear as co-judge Making it Big, a new Apprentice-like reality show that debuts April 25 on cable’s female-oriented Oxygen Media. “She is probably one of the most gifted executives that I know in terms of emotional intelligence. She lives what she […]

But Can You Hum It?

Sun Times advertising columnist, Lewis Lazare, tends to see the industry he’s charged with covering on a daily basis, as one full of posers and hacks. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Lazare finds Steve Karmen’s new book a good read. In his colum today, Lazare writes, “Karmen had us in his grip […]

Click Your Way To The Zoo

A shameless plug-ola for my new column on Talent Zoo called “Boeing and Banging.” Enjoy.

Making Something Savory With Spam

We received an e-mail this moring from Rich Siegel, author of Tuesdays With Mantu, a “nonfictional work of fiction” that chronicles the e-mail correspondence between Siegel and the Nigerian spammers famous for promising millions of dollars to millions of Americans. “It isn