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Agency Maintains Holiday Spirit Despite Getting Jacked

We’ve been told that the surveillance footage above is legit and that New York-based agency Fearless Group did indeed get robbed by someone who looks like he deserves the title of “Grinch.” But instead of pouting about their loss, the folks at FG have used the caught-on-tape theft as the basis of their holiday party invite. Apparently, the thief made off with their physical invitations as well, though we’re not sure why the hell anyone would want to steal holiday party invites. This part makes us scratch our heads about the whole, but what the hell, it beats some of the others we’ve received.

So What Separates a ’2wenty 5ifth Floor’ Party from the Rest?

Well, your guess is as good as ours because from what Red Tettemer + Partners’ CCO Steve Red says above, his Philly-based shop’s annual event is just an excuse to drink, dance and be merry (oh yeah, and it takes place on the 25th floor). But then again, why else would you to go an agency party, or any party for that matter? One thing we can be certain of is that RT+P has a Lady Gaga fetish as it’s followed up last year’s ode to the pop diva with a performance from a cover band called, you guessed it, Rad Bromance. Let the holiday parties commence. Now will someone get Mr. Red a Red Bull?

Hey, Who Are These Guys?

Yeah, it’s quite a bit lagged and it took some time to get images so if you please, we’d like to shake off the last remnants of Advertising Week by giving you a couple of images from our AgencySpy party from October 5 (when everyone started freaking out around 8pm when they found out Steve Jobs passed away). We forgot to officially say thanks to the hundreds who attended the soiree and for putting up with my barely heard speech. It’s really hard to tell people to just shut up. Anyways, above you see former and current AgencySpy, Strike! Media owner Kelly Flint and EVB co-founder Daniel Stein (I only wish I sported my fedora for a hat-off that night).  Below, there are a few RAPP folks including former Firstborn-er and Freedom fighter Craig Elimeliah.  Again, our dearest thanks. You can see the rest of the pics here, which come to us courtesy of photog Brian Schutza.




Yes, We Are Throwing a Little Advertising Week Shindig

It’s that time of the year and AgencySpy is ringing in the Advertising Week–ok, the middle of Advertising Week–with our hopefully annual soiree. This time, the venue shifts from Hell’s Kitchen to the Empire State Building, where we’ll be schmoozing, networking and boozing on October 5 right at the bottom floor of the iconic skyscraper at the Empire Room. We have no agenda except for people in the industry and across the media landscape to have a good time. As an added bonus, it’ll be quick and painless as it’s only from 6:30-8:30 so you have the whole rest of the night to get your shenanigans out of the way. Come one, come all. Here’s the link for details and to RSVP.

HUGE Adds Rollerskating to Office Party Mix


Here we have a 90-second rundown of what happens when you celebrate the new floor space at Brooklyn shop HUGE. Yes, the standard beer cups, chit-chat and awkward dancing are all in effect, but there’s one notable element you don’t see too often at an agency shindig: rollerskating. Well, guess there are worse ways to make use of an open floor. The video, shot and edited by HUGE ACD Matt Lawrence, aka Matt Lament (don’t ask) feels like some Williamsburg recruitment effort but at the same time takes us back to the days of 6th grade when were busting ass on the rink every Friday night–minus all the irony of course.

DDB Celebrates a Century of Bill Bernbach

This year saw two centennials celebrated in the ad industry. June 23 marked what would have been the 100th birthday of David Ogilvy, with the agency that he co-founded, Ogilvy and Mather, honoring the Mad Man with an online video contest and a lavish ceremony at the Cannes Lions Festival.

And now, in case you slept on it, DDB Worldwide remembered Bill Bernbach‘ s 100th over the weekend. The agency co-founder/co-namesake was notable for taking a very hands-on approach to DDB as its CEO, with notable campaigns including Volkswagen’s “Think Small” series of print ads (1963′s “Snow Plow” spot for the automaker is above) and Life Cereal’s “Mikey” TV spots. In contrast to Ogilvy’s fancy party, DDB chose to instead just look at examples of Bernbach’s most celebrated work (pictured below). Oh, and Don Draper raised a glass to Bernbach’s memory as well.

In a statement regarding the centennial celebration, DDB U.K. chief client officer Nick Fox says, “When he co-founded DDB, Bernbach started a legacy – an agency that had the gumption to do things differently, with an honest approach that cut to the quick. DDB Worldwide was founded on the power of creativity, the ability to see things in a way others didn’t. The agency took the notion that social stance was no longer important but intelligence – appealing to customers not by what they did or didn’t have, but by who they were as individuals.”

For those interested in learning more about advertising’s “golden age” where personalities like Ogilvy and Bernbach made a name for themselves, you can pick up the recently published Andrew Cracknell book The Real Mad Men. Until then, have the humility to admit that if you got a creative brief that said, “Sell Hitler’s car to America,” you would not hold a candle to Bernbach’s work.

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Chicago’s Ad Scene Parties Over Lollapalooza Weekend

While Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza music festival drew record attendance numbers this past weekend (with 270,000 strong over three days), the Windy City’s advertising scene was busy celebrating on its own, from big account wins to parties in the downtown streets.

In another edition of its spectacular “Creative Salons,” the folks at Energy BBDO welcomed Chicago-based commercial director Joe Sedelmaier (pictured below), the man behind the lens of iconic 80s spots including Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” and FedEx’s “Fast-Talking Man.” In front of Energy BBDO’s crowded lobby in the Wrigley Building on Thursday, the retired director played his reel and held an hour-long Q+A session, emphasizing the importance of casting when it comes to TV spots and how it’s a director’s responsibility to ensure that a spot that might not read well on paper becomes comic gold on the small screen. Energy BBDO’s employees were understandably in high spirits after winning half of SJ Johnson’s business the week before, with one employee confirming that the agency is in the midst of a rigorous hiring spree.

On Friday, thousands from the industry gathered on Grand Avenue in River North for the 15th installment of the Optimus Block Party. Considered by many to be Chicago’s go-to agency for post-production work, Optimus welcomed party-goers to their offices with jump rope contests, dancing, free alcohol and food as well as a live performance from National Air Guitar champion and Chicagoan, Nordic Thunder. For a nice wrap-up of the Chicago Ad Scene, view the Chicago Tribune‘s story from today here. A special thanks goes out to Energy BBDO and Optimus for making this a memorable weekend, Lollapalooza or not.

Legendary Artists Partied Hard According to McCann-Produced Event

When they’re not updating their online slideshow, the folks at McCann New York as busy serving as party promoters from the looks of it. The agency sent out an invite to the afterparty for the Agenda Show, which is taking place today and tomorrow at Chelsea Art Museum in NYC. We’re not sure if the sound you hear is them rolling over in their graves, but the likes of Dali, Picasso and Warhol are revived in a series of promo clips for the Agenda soiree that were produced by McCann NY and its in-house edit shop, PostOp. Who knew all these famous artists were so in tune with the streetwear/action sports scene, which is what Agenda caters to? If you must, check out two more clips after the jump.

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Wrath Of Cannes = Tonight

For those of you who are not partying overseas at Cannes and are stuck here in NYC, take solace that yours truly, along with some guy named Tony Hawk, will serve as judge and reveler at Wrath of Cannes. Yes, hometown agency Wood, Witt Dealy & Sons is throwing down another Coney Island soiree to mark the party, which bills itself as the “bitter response to the self-congratulating, glad-handing, marblebag-wearing, Dom-swilling, bronzer-slathered soirees that fester up on the beach in Cannes.” Yeah, we can’t sum it up any better. Hopefully, we’ll see you there!

Ain’t No Party Like a David Ogilvy Party

As you probably know by now, this year marks David Ogilvy‘s 100th birthday, and the marketing world is taking some time to honor the man who literally wrote the book on modern advertising. In addition to asking Ogilvy employees “What Inspires You?” for a video contest, the company is also turning Twitter avatars red in order to create an online mosaic of the birthday boy along with a #DO100 hashtag.

Now, it’s time to feel jealous. A very poetic statement reads, “At sunrise on June 23rd, the longest red carpet ever seen in Cannes will be rolled out along the entire length of the Croissette, leading to the steps of the Grand Auditorium, where a giant billboard stating, ‘On this day, 100 years ago, David was born to inspire,’ will commemorate the centenary. After dark, all the lights along the boulevard will bathe the pavement in red, setting the mood for the agency’s celebration at Le Grand Hotel.”

It sucks not to be invited, doesn’t it? Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng adds, “We wanted to pay our respects to the great man, but also to celebrate just what made him such a pioneer in this industry and how that can inspire people today. Where better to commemorate his creative legacy than Cannes?” Hopefully they’ll be serving red wine, too.