From Mad Man To Pitch Man

Jon Hamm is a commanding figure in front of the camera. His character “Don Draper” could sell ice to Eskimos. As an actor playing an insurance pitchman, he’s not bad either. There’s drama in his delivery, and that’s what top tier clients pay out the large dinero for—some sizzle to help them stand out in […]

The Real Mad Men of Advertising Adds Real-World Context To The Drama

The history and arc of the advertising industry isn’t widely known. Even the many advertising students I’ve taught didn’t seem to have much interest in the past. And while the AMC drama “Mad Men” was loosely aligned with some real events in the industry, it was of course heavier on drama than history. So to […]

At Mad Men’s End, Don Draper Finds Himself In Perfect Harmony

Don Draper and company have made their last ad. After seven seasons on AMC, Mad Men is done. Jon Hamm, the actor who portrayed Don Draper, spoke to the New York Times today about the show’s ambiguous conclusion. “My take is that, the next day, he (Don) wakes up in this beautiful place, and has […]

Don Draper About To Board A Bus To His Future (Will Advertising Be In It?)

The last episode of the final season of Mad Men airs Sunday night. AMC’s seven season human drama set inside an advertising agency is a wrap. How is the show going to end? Don Draper, the show’s central character is presently lost in the middle of America. He’s waiting for a bus on a country […]

Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets

I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]

Bullova Accutron—It’s Not A Timepiece, It’s A Conversation Piece

Mad Men season seven debuted on AMC last night. While it is a fictional show, it’s also instructive about the actual ad business in ways that Bewitched and other pop culture looks at the industry are not. … SPOILER ALERT … Season seven opens and we find that Don Draper is banished from the agency […]

Roger Sterling and Don Draper Are Big Time Squares, Man

Roger Sterling and Don Draper—two suave New Yorker ad men—got their balls handed to them in a Los Angeles nut sack last night on Mad Men season six, episode 10. Interestingly, this episode, “A Tale of Two Cities,” was directed by John Slattery, the actor who portrays silver-haired fox Roger Sterling. On the way to […]

Peggy Olson Stabs Her Self-Righteous Lover

This week on Mad Men, Peggy accidentally stabs her boyfriend Abe. On the way to the hospital, Abe thinks he might not make it and he wants to clear his conscience, so he tells Peggy she’s no good. Your activities are offensive to my every waking moment. I’m sorry, but you’ll always be the enemy. […]