One Dumb Move And You’re Out

According to Drudge Report, a client’s head has rolled in Cartoon Network land. Here’s a slice of an internal email sent today by Jim Samples to his colleagues: I am sure you are aware of recent events in which a component of an Adult Swim marketing campaign made Turner Broadcasting the unintended focus of controversy […]

Hal Curtis Stays Put In Portland

Ad Age is reporting that Chuck McBride’s proposed splinter group will be less one creative superstar. Wieden & Kennedy creative director Hal Curtis, who heads creative for the agency’s Coca-Cola account, will not be joining a planned startup involving his former creative partner, Chuck McBride. Executives familiar with the situation said Mr. Curtis was offered […]

The Definitive Julie Article–Not in Bentonville Magazine

…but rather in New York Magazine. I’ll have to take time to digest this one. It’s 6,000 words long, or so.

Julie Roehm Talks To BusinessWeek

This whole, uh, sordid affair, is a huge cautionary tale for anyone thinking of leaping into a new job. BusinessWeek has a good story detailing how things began–and ended for Roehm during her tenure at Wal-Mart. As fall approached, the deadline for the agency review was looming. On Oct. 15, Wal-Mart finally settled on one […]

How To Make Ads (In One Easy To Understand Paragraph)

Author, educator and art director/brand strategist, Robin Landa, spoke with some of the industry’s top creative directors and compiled their best advise in a downloadable document available from Amazon.com for $0.49. Here’s a small slice: Robin Landa: “What’s your philosophy about advertising?” John Butler: “It has to be likeable. It has to inform and inspire. […]

Legal Tussle Ensues

Julie Roehm, the former Wal-Mart marketing executive whose December ouster caused a media firestorm, has filed a lawsuit against the retailer, claiming Wal-Mart breached her contract and smeared her in the press. The lawsuit was filed without fanfare last month in state court in Michigan, where the former Chrysler executive keeps a residence, but it […]

McBride To World: “Relax, Everything’s Going To Be Okay”

Lots of strange things happen in Adlandia, for it’s a place populated by strange (sometimes wonderfully so) people. Chuck McBride, heretofore to be known as Chuck McBlood, is one of the indsutry’s more high profile oddballs. Yesterday he made a mock horror video, apperently in reaction to news that he would be leaving TBWA Chiat/Day […]

McBride Wants His Bosses To Fund A New Venture

Ad Age looks at the ambitions (and restlessness) of some prominent creative men on the West Coast. Lee Clow’s heir apparent, Chuck McBride, is putting the finishing touches on what could be his greatest work: a breakaway from TBWA/Chiat/Day to form a creative supergroup. Mr. McBride is negotiating with Omnicom Group to back a hotshop […]