Let My People Go Shopping Like Everyone Else

If there’s one thing “Mad Men” has been successful at, it’s the launching of a ridiculous number of columns, opinions and people who’ve popped up to attach themselves to the show’s popularity. One tangentially related column is this one by Mat Zucker, CCO of OgilvyOne Worldwide. Writing in an online Jewish publication called Tablet, he […]

Don’s Fall From Grace Is Also Troubling For Non-Fans of Mad Men

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“The image of Don Draper tumbling through space has been used since the show began in 2007 to represent a man whose life is in turmoil. The image used in the campaign is intended to serve as a metaphor for what is happening in Don Draper’s fictional life and in no way references actual events.” […]

If You’re Interested In Cigarette Work, Here’s A List Of Agencies That Do It Well…

If you’re a fan of AMC’s Mad Men, you might be wondering if Sterling Cooper Draper & Price will be able to hold it together after the loss of the Lucky Strike account and Don’s public purge of a self-promo ad in The Times. Last week, I thought Sterling was going to jump from a […]

London Fog Finds Perfect Fit With Hendricks

It’s good to see Mad Men star Christina Hendricks in a London Fog. Or just about any other garment, for that matter. Mad Men fans will recall that London Fog was featured on the show last season. Don wanted to wrap the brand’s classic trench around a nude model, you know, to inject some life […]

Principals With Principles

Hall of Fame Copywriter, Ed McCabe, is kindly answering questions about the ad industry, sent to The Times by fans of AMC’s hit show, Mad Men. Question: What product or service are you most happy with being able to help and, conversely, which one are you sorry you helped? I do not mean which campaign […]

The City Of Brotherly Mad Men

Philadelphia isn’t all that far from Madison Avenue, literally and figuratively. And in The Philadelphia Inquirer, there’s a look back at the era of “Mad Men” in the city: Gene Shay, 75, started out as a copywriter for Firestone & Associates while simultaneously spinning records on local radio. One story he tells illustrates that even […]

This Is Strange

Packaged goods advertising needs a kick in the pants. No one’s going to argue otherwise. However, I’m not sure what Unilever and WPP’s Mindshare Entertainment have wrought with this painfully derivative spot for Dove? According to Ad Age, this Mad Men mirror for Dove is just the beginning. Unilever is planning to work six of […]

Jantzen In The Mad Men Spotlight

As of Sunday night, season four of Mad Men season is underway. The first episode of the season is called “Public Relations” and it opens on a scene at a Manhattan restaurant where a wounded Korean War vet now working for Ad Age interviews a stoic Don Draper. Draper plays modest, and credits this feigned […]

Digital Isn’t Madison Avenue’s Undoing, It’s Just The Latest And Most Blatant Challenger

From the perspective of serial entrepreneur Jeff Bussgang, a partner at Flybridge Venture Capital in Boston, traditional advertising as embodied by fictional characters in AMC’s hit show Mad Men are true relics, with little chance at ever again exuding the kind of swagger we see in Don Draper. Writing in BusinessWeek, Bussgang argues: With the […]

Creative Reconciles With Accounts

The last episode of Mad Men, season three, is a big one for Don. He makes right with Roger, Pete and Peggy, but not with his wife or with Conrad Hilton. He also learns to accept some things about himself, professionally and personally. Here’s a key scene: Roger: You don’t value what I do anymore […]