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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Arnold Worldwide led this “Paint by Goya” initative on behalf of client Santander and its sponsorship of the recently-opened Francisco Goya retrospective “Goya: Order & Disorder” (video above).

-Fred Savage will be the new voice of Honda.

-The inaugural ADWKSF (Adweek San Francisco), will take place October 27-30, and will “highlight advertising’s tech, storytelling and creative aspects.”

-Mystery brand is giving away $50,000 in prizes to individuals who correctly guess its identity.

-New Ogilvy unit, OgilvyAmp, will be devoted to “data strategy and planning, analytics services and data management.”

-VML Atlanta teamed up with the Ghostbusters franchise to launch

-Digital Pulp announced the addition of UX Designer Dave Hadden.

-Old Navy turns selfies into balloon portraits in celebration of its twentieth birthday.

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Tuesday Morning Stir

-Kit Altin, planning director at Leo Burnett London, explores three mistakes people make when writing a brief (video above).

-Kathy Ruiz, senior art director at JWT New York, on why the creative process needs a makeover.

-ABC is close to selling out Oscar telecast at $1.9 million for a 30-second spot.

-Foursquare turns to subway ads in bid to attract mainstream users.

-Lee Clow, chairman of TBWA\Media Arts Lab and director of Media Arts at TBWA\Worldwide, talks about the importance of purpose-based advertising.

-Brands and agencies discuss the largest impediments to the growth of programmatic advertising,

-Seven TV spots from the last time the Royals were in the World Series.

Monday Odds and Ends

-M&C SaatchI London imagines the “#CouldBeTrue” story of Ballantine’s Whisky (video above).

-San Francisco-based agency  Odysseus Arms have launched Hack The Election, a site aimed at getting millenials to help back the Clean Power Plan.

-R/GA announced the ten startup companies selected for the 2015 R/GA Accelerator class.

-UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill announced the selection of AMP Agency as its agency of record.

-Production company Sandwick announced the additions of Tommaso Bertè and Paolo Borgato to its directorial roster for U.S. representation.

- Full-service cultural branding firm LatinWorks has been tapped to launch Montejo, Anheuser-Busch’s first Mexican beer, in the U.S. market.

-Nestle revives “last Rolo” line in new online campaign.

-Adweek explores the story behind Sriracha’s iconic rooster logo.

Monday Morning Stir

-Sky Austria and Fox promoted the new season of The Walking Dead by scaring people with a digital billboard at a Vienna bus stop (video above).

-Adweek publishes list of 50 “most influential buyers, sellers and marketers.”

-CMOs are held more accountable for ROI but lack the resources to execute, new Leapfrog Marketing Institute study finds.

-DigiDay talks with Jeff Goodby about his life in advertising.

-New Facebook Q&A tool lets marketers hold real-time chats with celebrities.

-Fox and Sony Playstation are first brands to give out one hour of free listening with new Sponsored Listening Pandora ads.

-Hyundai UK has appointed Collective London as its lead digital agency.

-Sales of cleaning supplies are up due to Ebola scare.

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Team Detroit teamed up with The Work and local haunted house Erebus to create this Halloween car wash prank for Ford (video above).

-Bolloré Group wants to take a majority share in Havas Worldwide.

-Victor Cruz is set to star in 15 Gap Factory print ads despite season-ending injury.

-Tribal New York has been named George Washington University’s first-ever digital media advertising agency of record.

-Believe Media has added Los Angeles-based experimental filmmaker Kirby McClure (known by the alias Radical Friend) to its directorial roster.

-How advertisers are reacting to CBS and HBO’s streaming services.

-Ebola Near Me site fights fear, spreads awareness.

Grey London Names Nils Leonard Chairman


Grey London announced yesterday that Chief Creative Officer Nils Leonard is being promoted to the role of chairman. Leonard will continue on in his previous role while also being tasked with driving innovation across the company.

Leonard first joined Grey London back in 2007, becoming an executive creative director and then chief creative officer at the agency. Prior to Grey London, Leonard served as head of art/creative director at United and senior designer/art director at Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO. Prior to that he spent five years as head of art/design at Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R. Among his best-known work at Grey London is Vodafone’s “Kiss” and McVities recent campaign featuring kittens and puppies, which Time magazine called “the cutest thing ever put on television.” Read more

Friday Morning Stir

-Adidas Originals released this video documenting four collectors (including Ian Brown of Stone Roses fame) making a pilgrimage to a small vintage shop in Argentina (video above).

-Liberty Global awards European media planning and buying account to Omnicom Media Group.

-How publishers are getting programmatic wrong.

-BBDO Chief Creative Officer Greh Hahn shares some advertising lessons from Robert Plant.

-Twitter is partnering with Sound Cloud and iTunes to allow users to stream audio from their timeline.

-Drunk J. Crew explores the (imagined) drunkenness of J. Crew models.

-Seven advertising trends that show where the industry is headed.

-Sydney-based Arnold Furnace agency and Jack Daniel’s opened the first crowd-sourced bar with “The Bar That Jack Built.”

Anheuser-Busch Clarifies: We Haven’t Picked a Media Agency Yet

AnheuserEarlier today, Anheuser-Busch’s head of PR Lisa Weser tweeted at us to release a statement: despite multiple reports to the contrary, WPP’s Mediacom has not yet won the account.

Here’s the full text, attributed to marketing VP Jorn Socquet:

Earlier this week, several news outlets erroneously reported that Anheuser-Busch had concluded its media agency search by awarding the business to WPP Group’s Mediacom.

This was an inaccurate report that was never announced by Anheuser-Busch. In fact, we have not yet awarded our U.S. media planning and buying business to an agency partner, and remain in talks with two finalists – WPP’s Mediacom and Publicis Groupe’s Spark.

When an agency is selected and retained, an announcement will be made by Anheuser-Busch.

It’s worth noting that we weren’t the only outlet to post about Mediacom’s “win”: on Monday, the story also appeared in Adweek, AdAge, MediaPost, St. Louis Today, and more.

And here we thought we were the only trade pub getting bad tips. Reminds us of the reports claiming that Deutsch LA is this close to winning Sprint…

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Whitehouse Post cut this video introducing six second graders to New York restaurant Daniel for The New York Times Magazine‘s fall food issue (video above).

-The “ECDs with folded arms” tumblr is everything you need in your life right now.

-Karlen Williams Graybill Advertising Founder Roland “Rolly” Karlen passed away at the age of 88.

-Miami-based M8 announced the additions of Sergio Barrientos (formerly SVP and managing creative director at Havas Media) as chief strategy officer and Joaquin Lira (formerly digital creative director at Lopez Negrete) as chief creative officer.

-Baltimore agency MGH has added Ray & Scarff Appliance & Kitchen Specialists, Next Day Floors and Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc. to its client roster.

-Boston-based AMP Agency partnered with Uber in a brand promotion for Icelandair.

-Royal Carribean becomes the first sponsor for complimentary Wi-Fi service on the New York subway system.

-Nine Boston agencies teamed up with the 4A’s for Boston Future 4, “a startup competition wherein one winning company receives a free, personalized marketing campaign and creative.”

-Nissan CMO explains how digital is changing car advertising.