Grey Scandal Puts Color In Cheeks

Adweek published a near book-length article today about corruption at Grey Global Group’s New York office. The centerpiece of the article reveals how the print production department was lavished with expensive gifts by vendors, particularly Color Wheel, a print shop. It goes on to describe a viscous billing cycle, where the vendor has to cover their gift costs by inflating the price of their services, which are then passed on to unsuspecting (no more) clients.
Advertising as a profession has long been viewed by the public as a field with no moral compass. Thus, it may not surprise many to learn that two Grey creatives wanted to hook up with some ladies of the night while on a shoot in Paris. The Color Wheel executive traveling with the horn dogs wasn’t sure if this was an expense his firm could cover, so he phoned the boss in New York for approval.
The boss said, “Whatever. If they’re going to be happy and it’s going to keep them happy, do it.’”

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Disc golfer. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, community radio and wolves in the wild. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.