Kirstie Alley Takes Her Excess Weight To The Bank

from Ad Age: Weight loss company Jenny Craig will feature new Fat Actress sitcom star Kirstie Alley as its celebrity client in TV ads beginning Jan. 10, according to the company. The ads, from J. Walter Thompson, New York, will track Ms. Alley’s intended loss of more than 50 pounds following Jenny Craig’s new YourStyle […]

Big Pimpin’ Shawn Carter Is Ghetto Fabulous

from The New York Times: Rap star Jay-Z has agreed to become the president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Recordings label. The appointment puts the hip-hop label in the hands of one of rap’s biggest-selling artists. Universal, part of Vivendi Universal, will give Jay-Z, who has little corporate experience, the vacant top job at […]

Blurring The Line Even Further

from New York Post: NBC hopes to turn “Must See TV” into “Must Buy TV.” The Peacock Network says it will start offering products for purchase that are seen on some its top shows like “Will and Grace” and “Las Vegas.” Among the items may be the pink pajamas with turquoise polka dots worn by […]

Point-Of-Sale Gains Sex Appeal

from The New York Times: Steven Gilliatt, president of G2 Worldwide, a leading brand development and design consulting company in New York, recently had an up-close-and-personal demonstration of the increasing power of eye appeal in retailing. “I was buying an iPod a couple weeks ago and there was a feeding frenzy at the store,” Mr. […]

Martin Gets With The Program

Adweek reports The Martin Agency has taken a page from advertising history* by helping to develop a new cable television show for the Speed Channel. The show, Nascar Nation, is scheduled to premiere in February on Speed Channel, a cable network dedicated to motor sports and automotive programming. The network bills the show as the […]

ODB’s Passing Inspires Journalistic Flourish

May O.D.B. R.I.P. Here’s one of the more interesting sentences I’ve read in awhile: “Somehow an entropic octet obsessed with obscure kung fu movies and even more obscure neo-Gnostic theology became one of the decade’s most visible pop-culture brand names.” -Kelefa Sanneh, for the NY Times

Young Minds Exposed To Entertainment Industry Propaganda

from Downhill Battle: MPAA has hired Junior Achievement to go into schools and teach an anti-filesharing, “safety on the internet” class, intimidatingly-dubbed, “What’s the Diff?”. The Business Software Alliance, meanwhile, is paying the Weekly Reader to include their anti-piracy curriculum in the publication which goes out to millions of students. Putting aside the extremely problematic […]

Pull Over, I Need A Tune.

U.K. digital entertainment firm, Inspired Broadcast Networks, is preparing to launch the world’s first vending machines that dispense music, not snacks. According to the News Telegraph, Norman Crowley, the company’s chief executive officer, said: “All you need is a mobile phone or an MP3 player and a coin in your pocket. You select the track […]

Chanel No. 5 Enters Advertainment Arena

Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times reports that luxury goods brand, Chanel No. 5, is launching a short “film” that will then be edited down to 60-second and 30-second spots. The short is a quick-cut version of a love story that tells a tale of the most famous woman in the world (Nicole Kidman), […]

And Now For Your Host…X To The Z

At the risk of sounding totally out of touch, I watched my first complete episode of MTV’s Pimp My Ride last night. The show is hosted by rapper and Columbia recording artist, Xzibit and showcases the work of West Coast Customs, a Los Angeles body shop. In a nutshell, the show’s producers find the worst […]