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There Is No Hard Ad News

The Diary of Putney Swope examines the lameness of the advertising trade press and ponders who might be positioned to give Adweek and Ad Age a run for their money. It will more than likely be done by an upstart, but it would have to be one that is well financed. MediaPost is interesting, but […]

Gamers Got Game

Hollywood producers are perpetually in search of “the story.” Sometimes they find it in the young writer from Iowa, sometimes on page 14 of the local newspaper. According to this New York Times piece, gamers increasingly have the story. For years, Hollywood has talked about the supposed convergence of films and video games. And for […]

The Influentials: Advertising in New York City

New York Magazine details the seven Most Influential People in Advertising from New York City. Not surprisingly, Google’s VP of Ad Sales, Tim Armstrong topped the list, followed by Irwin Gotlieb – CEO, GroupM of WPP John Wren – CEO, Omnicom Group Bob Greenberg – CEO, R/GA Jon Kamen – CEO, The Swedes – […]

The Greening Of Adlandia

Sustainability and advertising don’t exactly fit together like peas in a pod. Yet, after hearing industrialist-turned-environmentalist, Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, speak in Savannah two weeks ago, I know there is a place for green practices in the ad biz, just like there is at home, at school, at the gym, etc. Inspired chiefly by […]

Fallingwater Safe From Corporate Wrecking Ball (If BMW Has Anything To Say About It)

BMW has respect for iconoclasts. According to Adweek, as part of its new “Ideas are everything” campaign from GSD+M, the German carmaker places value on the work of unconventional characters like Frank Lloyd Wright. One ad shows corporate executives crushing their employees’ creative instincts with bromides such as “Choose your battles.” In a spot that […]

SGI On The Ropes

Reuters reports that nothing lasts forever, especially high flying Silicon Valley hardware makers. Silicon Graphics Inc., a struggling maker of high-performance business computers, Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a round of restructuring measures failed, sending its shares plunging. SGI is best known for its high-powered computers that are used in creating Hollywood […]

Forget MySpace. Enter MyRace.

Crown Royal currently lets customers personalize a product label and/or the blue chamois bag the bottle comes wrapped in. The blended whisky maker is now taking this concept to the next level, by allowing for personalization of one of the brand’s signature events. According to ESPN, one lucky NASCAR fan will have his or her […]