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[NSFW] Let’s Watch Some ECDs Lose Awards, Curse About It

[Headphones on if your place of employment doesn't like hearing the word "fuck" come flying out of your computer.]

The mere concept of advertising award shows is ridiculous. So, thankfully, one award show in particular isn’t afraid to bask in the silliness of grown men throwing tantrums at not getting a trophy for their spots about pool cleaner or whatever.

This spot for the Shots Awards (taking place November 28th in London, because Brits don’t believe in American Thanksgiving) from BETC London features Damon Collins (co-founder of Joint U.K.), Justin Tindall (ECD of Leo Burnett London) and James Hilton (of AKQA) and many more throwing quickly escalating hissy fits when their names aren’t called. If anything, this just makes me wonder: Would advertising in general be better if it was laden with curse words and people yelling?

With 14 categories and 14 winners (no prizes for participation or second place), Shots is building its brand as a show that disappoints. Even if you don’t win, you might as well go hoping that you’ll see some drunk exec turn over a table, right? Credits after the jump.

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The Egotist Returns Once Again, This Time from London

Damn, has it really been close to a year since we received our last Egotist beat report? No worries, time flies, and for the first time, the Egotist network chimes in from London with an extensive look (with videos galore!) at the goings-on across the pond. Without further ado, here you go.

London is busy. Clients are spending. There are no mass redundancies.  Yet there is an air of caution hanging over the capital. With talk of a triple dip recession, the UK’s economy downgraded from its triple-A status and slow to no growth, clients want to be sure they’ll get a return on their marketing investment. In recent months, we’ve seen several big name brands go to the wall – retail especially. Blockbuster, Comet, HMV, Jessops – all staples of Britain’s high streets, now going or gone.

Long-terms plans go out the window and survival is the name of the game. And that makes for safe work. The most adventurous campaigns are the ones established before this cloud drifted over us.

So that’s the background. Who’s doing what?

After a big setback losing Nokia, Wieden & Kennedy bounced back when Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket – awarded them their business last year.

W&K’s Christmas campaign for Tesco (above)

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Thursday Morning Stir

-Animation director Pete Circuitt, whose credits include JWT/Macy’s “Yes, Virginia” special, has signed with The Sweet Shop for global representation.

-Richard Exon and Damon Collins, formerly chief exec and ECD at RKCR/Y&R, respectively, have officially opened the doors of their new agency startup, Joint. link

-Sprint will kill off Nextel in June 2013. link

-So, what are the dos and don’ts of social advertising? link

-Guess you can’t really explain the product benefit of Durex Performax Intense any better than the clip above. link

RKCR/Y&R Alums Need Help Naming Their Startup

For those who don’t know, Richard Exon and Damon Collins, who served as CEO and ECD, respectively, at London’s Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, left said agency last fall to launch their own startup. The only problem is that they still haven’t come up with a name for their new venture, so now the dynamic duo is asking for the public’s help via a new site they’re dubbing appropriately enough the “Startup Name Chooser.” Though they’ve already come up with 100+ names with ready-to-go logos, Exon and Collins are still soliciting feedback from users, whether they tweet the pair their favorites or come up with suggestions of their own. Let the crowdsourcing commence.