Slate Takes On Crispin

Over at Slate, ad critic Seth Stevenson takes a look at Crispin’s ads, and their effect as a whole: It’s not personal. Every Crispin employee I’ve ever spoken with has been friendly and likable. And it has nothing to do with how effective or ineffective Cripin’s ads are as sales tools. The jury’s still out […]

DraftFCB Merger Looking Like A Loveless Marriage

Today’s Adweek takes a look at all the fallout from the DraftFCB merger: Draft’s top managers are grappling with the challenges any new entity faces when combining corporate cultures. One former FCB employee described the mood at FCB’s New York flagship as “grim.” “Everyone knew from the beginning that Draft would take the lead, but […]

Look, A New Fiefdom!

Fuse Sports & Entertainment Group is Omnicom’s latest foray into sports and entertainment marketing, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). “Sports and entertainment are two areas that people are passionate about,” Ceo Steve Grubbs says. “Our clients are looking to attach themselves to passion points.” Fuse will oversee four Omnicom-owned companies, including […]

Wieden Gets Served

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is running an eye opener this morning—a feature on how Nike is looking for better digital content, something Wieden + Kennedy has been unable to deliver to the sportswear brand’s critical youth market. Industry executives say the move was a wake-up call to Madison Avenue. The message is […]

Miller Needs A Blue Collar Agency

Ad Age reports that Crispin Porter + Bogusky staffers will go back to drinking Fat Tire and other kind beers, effective immediately. “We just have fundamental differences over creative and strategy,” Alex Bogusky, chief creative officer at Crispin, said in a statement released this afternoon. “And although we made every attempt to find common ground, […]

And Riney Thanks Gallo For His Support

Back in ad school, one of my teachers told me that Ernest Gallo would have his agencies come out to his house and present new work to him by the pool. And they’d lay out the ads on the ground, and Gallo would piss on the storyboards he didn’t like. I’m not sure if the […]

Producers and Flash Programmers Wanted in Miami/Boulder

SXSW is sensory overload. I finally waded through my film, interactive and music schwag bags. Lots of junk, of course, with several good mags tossed in–HOW Design Annual, Paste, Paper, Relix, Utne Reader, etc. In the interactive bag, I found three white pieces of paper stapled together. Simple black type on white pages. No design […]

Learn Mandarin!

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Michael Roth’s strategy for growth in China. The chairman of Interpublic Group of Cos. said the advertising and marketing-services firm is working to expand in China by cultivating more local clients in addition to the multinational customers it serves in the market. “The untapped opportunity is with local clients […]