“Madison Avenue” And “The Car Guys” Come Together In A Real Sleazefest

Mad Men takes place inside a fictional Manhattan ad agency, but the fiction that comes from Matt Wiener’s head is real. And the show’s creator is hell bent on depicting a moral realism, which he clearly has a gift for. With that said, what can we draw from the scenes in episode 511, “The Other […]

McKinney v. WDCW, Tonight on AMC

Fuck “Mad Men.” I want to watch “The Pitch,” and that’s precisely what I’ll be doing this evening at 8:00 PST. Each episode of this new reality show on AMC matches two agencies against one another as they pitch a client project. Tonight’s sneak peak (the show starts in earnest on April 30) pits McKinney […]

See The Rolling Stones’ Early Sell-out For Rice Krispies

A subplot on last night’s “Mad Men” was an attempt by the agency to get the then-new Rolling Stones to do a commercial for Heinz. It was mentioned that in England, the Stones had done a spot for Rice Krispies. Which is true. See it here:

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

“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 […]