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.
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!
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.
Yep, that dude taking shots with a gun to his head is Sid Lee CCO Phillippe Meunier. He sure looks like he’s having a great time, doesn’t he? Too bad we don’t know French to hear how much fun Meunier is having. There’s no way he could be asking for help to get out of his current situation, right? (Right?)
The guy behind him in full 80s garb is part of IHAVEANIDEA aka “The Community of the International Advertising Industry.” If you’re from Canada or live close enough to it, the organization is throwing a series of parties in Toronto and Montreal for advertising pros called “The Schmooze.” To encourage attendance, they’re going from agency to agency blasting the Top Gun soundtrack and presenting creative directors with liquor. Meunier’s going to be there, are you?
It’s been, oh, six months or so since AgencySpy last threw a party, but with the temperatures changing for the better up here in NYC, now’s a better time than any for some some schmoozing and imbibing. The venue of choice this time is the Empire Room in the Empire State Building (if you don’t know where that is, click here) and the shindig lasts from 6:30-8:30. We’re not sure how much drunken revelry can go down on a Tuesday night, but let’s find out, shall we. Yours truly will play host, of course, so come say hi to the bearded Indian lad in the bright orange button-down. If you still haven’t RSVP’d to the event, which includes drink specials and free appetizers to nosh on, register here.
So what if it’s getting a bit chilly up here in NYC, nothing a little booze and some trivia can’t cure! PRNewser editor Tonya Garcia and I will be playing hosts tonight for an AgencySpy/PRNewser shindig at Turtle Bay from 6:30-8:30pm. Come in from the cold and enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers while you test your knowledge in all things media/advertising/PR. We can’t say how easy or difficult the questions are or how good my Trebek impression will be, but guess it just depends on how soused you all are by the time the game starts. Anyhow, registration (it’s free!) is still open and you can get full details including address, etc. here. Join us, will you?
We bet you saw a lot of superheroes lurking around over Halloween weekend, such as Spiderman, Kick Ass and every other caped crusader you can think of. This year, though, employees at Hispanic agency Lapiz, Chicago, dressed as real heroes.
According to Lapiz AD Philipe Dião, thirty-three of the shop’s staff “stormed into Leo Burnett’s Halloween party (not literally) chanting CHI CHI CHI….LE LE LE!, and were all dressed as the brave Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months.” Are you going to try and argue that these people aren’t heroes after surviving under the earth for over 60 days?
In case you didn’t know, Lapiz was originally formed as the Hispanic Division of Leo Burnett USA. In 1999, they established their own identity as Lápiz, and they have been operating independently within the Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. network ever since. Their clients consist of Proctor & Gamble, Allstate and US Cellular just to throw out a few.
Doesn’t matter if you’re Polish, Chinese, African-American, Native American, French, or Republican, come St. Patrick’s Day, if you live in Chicago, you’re 100 percent Chi-rish according to Miller Lite. In the past month, the beer-water has plastered the city of Chicago with signage promoting a united, binge-drinking front for Chi-city dwellers, known as Chi-rish. And, if solidarity weren’t enough, Miller Lite will also be providing free shuttle services to Chicago’s drunkards and booze-bags on both March 13th and 17th. The whole thing makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Actually, that’s probably just the Guinness.
To find out more about Miller Lite’s shuttle service, click here.
Happy (and safe) St. Patrick’s Day!
Although I sincerely appreciate a handout anywhere I can get one, lots of Fashion Week sponsors just didn’t get it this year. After seven days parading through a sea of high heels/models and having tube after tube of mascara shoved in my face (I’ve collected more schwag than your 8th grade pot dealer) it’s finally over. Oh look, two weed references. Click continued for the Fashion Week Free Crap rundown.
Everyone loves a Halloween bash, so why not spend yours doing something involving alcohol, costumes and supporting the children? Gotcha, now you have to do it or you’ll feel guilty. If you’re Catholic, I apologize for the additional guilt. Anyway, here’s the details:
Who: You and yours
What: Halloween costume party/contest, open bar, raffles, live performances from Kentavious Jones and PlatEAU
Where: The Xchange, 640 West 28th st. 9th floor (b/n 10th & 11th in Manhattan)
When: October 31, 10 p.m.
Why: Benefit the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
How much: $85 today, Oct. 23. $100 starting the 24th.
Click here to sign up!
Contact tholmes at madisonsquare dot org for more info.