GSD&M To The Rescue

Brand New Day: Advertising agencies are generally viewed as nothing more than organized, high priced hucksters. But here is what one agency did, quickly, to dispel that stereotype. Austin, Texas shop GSD&M called the Ad Council on Wednesday morning, when the rest of us got the full picture of how awful the situation is, to […]

Generosity In Greenville

Brains On Fire, a Greenville, South Carolina identity firm is offering office space to ad peeps displaced by Katrina. Dear All, We have been watching, as I am sure everyone has, the complete devastation along he Gulf. And wondering what to do. This morning I had a thought. Brains on Fire occupies a space in […]

Now You Too Can Doodle With Burnett’s Big Black Pencil

Room 116 points to this expertly rendered Leo Burnett web site, courtesy of the network’s Canadian operation. Share

Hallelujah! The Ad Industry Finally Gets A Code Of Ethics

Following a judge’s order, former O&M Account Director Shona Seifert has submitted an 18-page code of ethics for the advertising industry. Adweek has the story: In the document, Seifert also said the industry faces some unique ethics challenges in part because “the advertising industry places a higher value on big ideas than we do on […]

They Put Leo’s Name On The Door Again

Leo Burnett once gave a speech entitled “When To Take My Name Off The Door.” Today, as Adweek reports, the Leo Burnett name is going up one more time–in Detroit. Leo Burnett Detroit is the agency which used to be called Chemistri. Chemistri was the agency that used to be called D’Arcy Detroit. D’Arcy Detroit […]

For Writers, Reality Shows Are Just Sweatshops

Not ad-related, but amusing for creative people, nonetheless. From the CBC: Hollywood writers have sued Fox Broadcasting and a reality show production company, charging them with violating California’s labour laws covering wages, overtime and meal breaks. The production company is Rocket Science Laboratories, maker of Joe Millionaire, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, and other well-known […]

When A.D.D. Adds Up To Crapola

Is it a wise move for clients to “expand their agency roster” and spread their work out among a bunch of shops that don’t communicate with each other? For better or for worse, we all think short-term now. To do project work for a client means the advertising needs to cause a quick, sudden splash, […]

New Town Takes New Route

Living in the Hilton Head area, as I do, it’s not everday I get to report local ad news. Adweek: Brandon Advertising said it would provide all advertising, media buying and public relations for the Habersham residential development near Beaufort, S.C. The independent Myrtle Beach, S.C., shop won the account without a review. Previously, the […]

The Funniest Thing To Come Out Of Cliff Freeman In Years…

…has to be this quote from the man himself: “I have always regarded Shoney’s Restaurants with the highest level of affection, having grown up with the concept,” Freeman said in a statement, referring to his childhood in Mississippi and Florida. Affection from former clients helps, too: [Client svp of marketing Dan] Dahlen worked with agency […]

Slipknot Hires Lawyers To Coq Bloq Burger King & Crispin

From The Smoking Gun: Claiming that its image and persona have been hijacked as part of a marketing campaign for Burger King’s new chicken fries, the costumed heavy metal band Slipknot is threatening the fast food giant with legal action. In the below August 4 letter, the band’s lawyers charge that Coq Roq–a mock metal […]