Not Schlotzsky, Schlovsky

Who is Arthur Schlovsky? Is he a potato chip manufacturer? A coal miner? A cowboy with Polish roots?

No, Arthur Schlovsky is an Internet agency in Paris with a made-up name designed to support its creative image, according to Nathalie Alfred, a Mediaedge spokeswoman. Mediaedge is the agency’s parent company.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the biographical film that credits its make-believe founder with inventing merchandising and product placement is a strategic statement about the agency’s content creation capabilities.
“This seems like a long way from what a media company traditionally has done,” says Mediaedge Chief Executive Charles Courtier. But “I don’t think anybody owns content development.”

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.