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Archives: November 2008

The Week in Advertising 8

Oh, what a week it’s been. Office sex tapes aside, we’re nearing Thanksgiving and the time of year when due to the nasty cold weather we gather around a fire to eat and chirp about how lucky we all are to be alive.

And indeed, thankful we are. So enjoy the finer things while you still can &#151 by clicking play on the video above. Oh, and in case you’re interested in attending our party, click below!

Party Party!


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Raw and Uncut: Wendy Lurrie and G2

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Update: No, Wendy has not left the agency, said G2 rep. Jessica Owen-Ward.

Wendy Lurrie Quits the G2 Pirate Ship Afer only five weeks at the helm, Wendy Lurrie CEO of G2 Direct & Digital has quit. The offical annoncement [sic] has not been made by HQ but it’s the word on the street as of now. An offical announcment [sic]will probably come after G2ers return from their Turkey Day weekend still in a stupor from all the tryptophan. The sudden exit raises many questions.”

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Breaking: Grey SF’s Guy Seese Departs Three Days After Betsy Sperry

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AgencySpy has learned that just three days after Managing Director Betsy Sperry‘s relationship with Grey SF ended, ECD Guy Seese also left the agency, said a source close to the matter.

Seese began his stay at Grey earlier this year.

That leaves Brad Fogel in complete control of the agency. Seese, who left Monday, was not available for comment, nor was Grey SF.

More:Weekend Update: Betsy Sperry Is Out At Grey West?

UNIQLO Wants You to Design the Next Cannes Ad Festival T-Shirt

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Remember how UNIQLO won the 2008 Cannes Lions Grand Prix (in the Titanium and Cyber Sections)? Neither did we. But, to keep their win at the forefront of your minds, the clothing maker is holding a t-shirt designing competition. The challenge: create the official t-shirt for Cannes Lions 2009.

The winning design will be “commercialized” (go figure), which means it’ll be the official garb of the annual cocaine-cum-sex-cum-ohyeahthisisaboutadvertising event. So, get your screen printing set ready! And sign up, here.

More:Wrath of Cannes Tonight!

Adobe’s ‘Agency of Record’ About 6 Mins too Long

Not going anywhere for a really long time? Then check out Adobe’s new Web show, ‘Agency of Record’, which gives a behind the scenes look at the ad-world from the perspective of a low-ranking designer at made-up agency WTF Worldwide.

The show is a branding tool for Adobe; in the first episode, main character Sierra uses creative suite to save the day when her whacked-out bosses lose their shit during crunch time. The ad-world parody is well produced, and the zany bosses are fun to watch, but at a whopping 9:02, we’re not sure people will stick around to view the whole thing.

We posted it above, so take a peek and be the judge. How does ‘AoR’ stack up against other Web shows you’ve seen?

One final note: as a branding tool, the show is a brave leap from traditional content. Could this be Adobe’s first step away from Goodby? The Delaney Report recently hinted at a split from their AoR, but we’ll have to see if that pans out.

More:Advertising Week Addresses Your Concerns

Welcome to Thanksgiving ’08

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In light of the Falliday (a word I just made up) and the surge of caffeine that happens to be flowing through me, I wanted to take a moment and say thanks to all of you. SuperSpy and I couldn’t make AgencySpy what it is without your tips, comments, stories, et al. You all make this blog.

So, what are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving eve? Use the comment section below to let us know &#151 and check the handy-yet-pointless poll we’ve created for just this occasion. It’s right below these words. Look down.

What Are You Thankful For?
( surveys)

More:Thanks Wrangler, for Clarifying

Asylum Interviews Sex Tape Videographer

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This is the story that just won’t end. If you haven’t already heard about the infamous ad agency sex scandal coming out of New York, click here. If you have, and you’re brave enough to watch the video, it’s posted over on Gawker. But Emily McCombs, an associate editor at Asylum writer was able get an interview.

Here’s the first paragraph. Click the link to read the rest.

Emily:

“What the heck happened?”

Anonymous dude claiming to be videographer:

“It was one Friday afternoon and I received a call from a co-worker that he had found, or stumbled upon, two people making love in a cubicle. I didn’t believe him, but I just ran up to meet him anyway to see what it was and sure enough, there were two people doing it. I know their names but I don’t know them personally. It was around 5:10 in the afternoon — not very late at all. Its an ad agency, so there are people there around the clock. The creatives don’t leave until around 7 or 8.”

Click here to read more.

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So, Two Priests Walk into a Church, and Get Married

At least, that’s the world Swedish fashion designer Bjorn Borg wants you to think about. Check out the ad above. It’s nice, but when you see the two white collars it gets a bit odd.

Click continued to read on.

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Ten Reasons You’re Not Getting Any (in the Office)

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All the excitement from yesterday’s cubicle-bang session story got us to thinking about what it would take (aside from copious amounts of alcohol) to actually get laid in the office. Could there be anything better than finally cutting the sexual tension that’s been building between you and Sally in accounting? Hell no! So why isn’t it happening? Here’s our best guesses.

10. You’re afraid to do anything that would potentially jeopardize your job, and messing around with Sally from accounting (regardless of where it happens) could come back to bite you in the ass &#151 even though you wish she was biting your ass, right now.

9. Sally has already slept with Dave from the creative department; Jim from production and made out with Erin from public relations at last year’s Holiday party.

8. You’re worried she may not be attracted to your purple, gold and white zubaz. You’re right, she’s not &#151 stop dressing like Howard Stern and iron a shirt man.

Continued after the jump.

More:Deep Desk Dickin’ 3: Sex In An Advertising Office

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Why is AdAge Down so Often?

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Well this is definitely not a first. We clicked over to adage dot com to check out what they’re talking about today, and for the third time in recent weeks, the site is down. Hmm. Hope everything’s OK over there guys!

More:AdAge’s Web Site Down

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