Dentsu’s Mad Man Called Out

Catharine P. Taylor points us to this salacious story in BusinessWeek: The former creative director of the U.S. arm of Japan’s largest advertising agency sued the company Wednesday, saying he was duped into visiting a brothel and pressured to engage in other sexually explicit activities on company outings across the world and then was fired […]

Have Content, Will Travel

Speaking at a conference this week, Beth Comstock, president of NBC Universal Integrated Media, said this a “golden age” of media. “It’s a great thing to be a content company in the digital age,” she said. “Content is always going to win.” She also said media technologies can be considered mainstream once 40% of houses […]

Trouble Ahead, Jeffrey In Red

According to Adweek, JWT worldwide chairman and CEO Bob Jeffrey opened Nielsen Businesss Media’s Next Big Idea Conference here yesterday with a broadside against current industry practices, declaring that in stressing “execution over ideas” agencies were responsible for “dumbing down” brands. “The relationship between the brands and their core truths are crumbling,” Jeffrey said. “And […]

Scary Good

We have a saying where I work, “It’s our job to surprise and delight.” It’s something I’ve come to believe in. Much more so than the tired old, “I wonder if this will get me into CA” bullshit I used to run on. While this has nothing to do with solving marketing problems for clients, […]

Is There Anything Diddy Can’t Do?

According to Ad Age, Diageo has tapped Diddy, the CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment, to act as brand manager on its Ciroc vodka brand. Diddy will be in charge of marketing, advertising, public relations, product placement and events. Here’s how he sees the opportunity: I didn’t think there was a vodka whose marketing spoke to […]

Relationships Are Everything

DDB/NY was on the receiving end of unexpected news last week. Their $150 million car account peeled out and punched it to Minnesota without prior notice. According to Stuart Elliot, “executives at DDB were told of Subaru’s decision to dismiss them over a lunch meeting today at the agency, which had been scheduled previously to […]

Carving Out New Kingdoms

Richard Huntington, Planning Director at United London, has some interesting things to say about advertising’s capacity to hold truly big brand ideas. It is not the global shortage of quality ideas that concerns me most. It is the role that advertising plays in serving those ideas. In short, while a brand idea can never be […]

Digital’s Rising Star

Does the name Mauro Alencar roll off your tongue the same way Jeff Goodby does? Publicis certainly hopes so. Ad Age reports that Alencar, 32, who formerly worked at Organic and AKQA before that, is now executive creative director of Publicis Modem West. “Mauro’s … portfolio boasts some of the best-known and most highly awarded […]