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Posts Tagged ‘Mayor Bloomberg’

Friday Odds and Ends

-BBDO Atlanta/New York and AT&T have veered from the little kids’ roundtable for the moment–though the now-familiar moderator is in tow–to one with NBA legends, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Bill Russell in its latest “It’s Not Complicated” spots. The latest round will debut tomorrow during March Madness coverage. Check out the second spot here.

-Authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin have released The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, with every cocktail and dish connected to a specific episode of the AMC series. link

-Toys ‘R’ Us has scrapped its $800 million IPO. link

-After a year-long stint as global account director at VML, Bret Faszholz has joined Critical Mass NY as VP/client partner. During his career, Faszholz has also worked on the account side at the likes of TBWA and CP+B.

-Mayor Bloomberg‘s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has rolled out a new series of ads. link

-True Action, a digital/ecommerce agency housed within the eBay-owned GSI Commerce fold, has launched the new “Goldfish My Way” ecommerce site for Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish brand. link

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The Best Ad-Related Videos of the Week

This week sucked. What follows is a scraping together of internet goodness that represents *the worst* video round-up we’ve done to date. And in that way, it is the best. The clips are compelling, certainly worth watching, but ad related? Nuh uh. Further proof that the best things in life are not ads. Wait, did we need proof of that? No. We do need Jack McBrayer and Triumph. We do need toddlers to drink root beer and stop motion. And Bill Murray. And the guy who berates you while you punch the bag. Enjoy, then get out early. Beers at the (insert bar name here) are compulsory on a day like today – and hell, with the football game on, you may be able to get away with an early exit.


6.  Ever been to the Wiener Circle in Chicago? It’s like going to any restaurant in NYC – meaning everyone’s rude to you and calls you a bitch. At WC, getting berated is a thing, like that time you went to Paddles thinking it was some kind of cabaret. Conan O’Brien, who’s shooting from Chicity this week, sent Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Dog to show the hot dogs what’s up.

5. Following Mayor Bloomberg‘s giant soda debacle, this clip of a toddler taking his first sips of root beer (ITS NON-ALCOHOLIC YOU NUMBSKULLS) is priceless, and somewhat indicative of the power of sugar. Watch as this small child becomes addicted right in front of your eyes! And it’s cute, so there’s that.

4. Bars! They’re the creative centers of the universe, or something. Next time you’re in one, “ideating”, use these tricks to con your friends out of their lazily earned money.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-McCann NY executive business partner Jeff Geisler has been promoted to both global brand director on the agency’s MasterCard account and head of business leadership.

-Another day, another drop in Facebook stock. link

-Could Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning‘s new social video chat service, Airtime, return big dividends to Facebook? link

-MRM Detroit art director Colleen Hill is heading to the French Riviera as she’s been named the winner of said agency’s “I am MRM Cannes-test” (her entry’s above). link; link

-Sara Lee Corp. will now be known as Hillshire Brands Co. link

-Well, it looks like Mayor Bloomberg has at least one soda company on his side. link

-Post-production studio Lucky Post opened its doors in Dallas. link