“Diplomacy is not weakness,” said Kate Walsh, the star of “Private Practice” on ABC and a member of a dissident faction with Screen Actors Guild. The New York Times has more on struggles at SAG, but I’d like to linger on Walsh’s thinking. The great struggle of my ad career has been diplomacy, because frankly, […]
Steffan Postaer’s new novel, The Happy Soul Industry, is available to the reading public today. Postaer took a moment to answer a few questions about the book. Q. What inspired the writing of this book (other than your career of choice)? A. The concept. I think I was looking for an idea big enough to […]
The Ad Contrarian, a.k.a. Bob Hoffman, ceo of Hoffman/Lewis, is fishing for links. But not in the typical groveling manner. Can you imagine that not one of these creepy low-life bloggers would include your and my absolute favorite blog on their blog roll? And do you know who these bloggers are? We’re talking here about […]
Dan Wieden made a speech to the wing nuts who work for him before W+K moved to their new offices in Portland’s Pearl district. I’ve read it before, but today I read it again. W+K puts “the work” first and it shows. The work comes before the client/agency relationship and before the people who do […]
I thought I was frustrated with this business. But after a quick visit to The Rules of Stupid, I now see my gripes are inconsequential. The blogger in question received this brief pitch from a recruiter: Please send your portfolio to [email protected] Sent from my iPhone The lack of information and inherent assumptions therein made […]
Creative courtesy of HMH.
Wieden’s digital man wonder, Renny Gleeson, has a funny take on the digital vs. traditional battle underway at an agency near you. One of the issues he looks at is creative control, a topic I grapple with from time to time. creative control, as in, “who’s that stupid traditional agency to judge the unparraleled brilliance […]
Greg Cordell, Chief Inspiration Officer at Brains on Fire, likes to do things just so.