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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Razorfish Health and Publicis Healthware International have joined forces to become Razorfish Healthware.

-Wait, is President Obama really rocking Reddit in a few? link

-JWT NY’s Josh Kilmer-Purcell has joined the cast of the 127th season premiere of CBS’ Amazing Race. link

-The Art Directors Club is collaborating with one of our favorite record labels, Ghostly International, on a September event in NYC (above). link

-WPP-owned audience-buying company Xaxis has welcomed Havas alum Damien Healy as director, technology and product for EMEA.

-Minneapolis-based digital agency space150 has developed a new website for the DQ. link

LA Creatives Pit Romney Against Obama in Twitter Smackdown

With the Republican National Convention now underway in Tampa, we figured it’s rather timely and appropriate to shine a light on Twitter-centric effort dubbed “Smack a Candidate.” We’ve been told this hashtag-driven battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama is a little side project launched last week by L.A.-based creatives Michael Miller and Marcus Wesson, whose days jobs are at IPG shop, Dailey. Anyhow, as the trailer shows you above, “Smack a Candidate” encourages you to tweet #smackobama or #smackromney and let the presidential candidates (or amusing likenesses of them, at least) go at it. According to the “Smack” calendar on the site, today marks round 1 of 3 in honor of the RNC and goes down starting at 12pm PST. If only they punched harder, though…

Sarah Silverman Offers to ‘Scissor’ Romney’s Biggest Financial Supporter

With another election year upon us, comedienne Sarah Silverman has returned with a follow-up, we suppose, to her 2008 multi-award-winning, politically-themed collaboration with Droga5, “The Great Schlep.” We’re checking with the Droga camp to see if they are still involved, but in the meantime, here’s Silverman and the Schlep Labs’ “Scissor Sheldon,” in which the funny lady vows to “scissor” Mitt Romney‘s loaded, apparent #1 fan, Sheldon Adelson, if he switches his financial support to President Obama. If you don’t know what she means by scissoring, let Silverman explain. The “Scissor Sheldon” site also includes fun facts and news updates about the Vegas money man as well as a petition. And if you’re in the office, maybe throw some headphones on if you’re going to view the clip.

Update: Sources familiar with the matter tell us that Droga5 was NOT involved with this particular effort.

Update 2: This efforts heralds the launch of the aforementioned Schlep Labs, which was created for individuals to post their ideas for mobilizing Jewish voters on behalf of President Obama. The Labs comes with a Tumblr site and a not-so-Romney-friendly original song.

Monday Odds and Ends

-Campbell Mithun, which was just named digital AOR for Popeye’s, has unveiled a “Mood Wing” app for the fast-food chain. FYI, CM did compete for Popeyes, which had no previous digital agency. link

-In “That’s Cold” news, a Nike shoe designer mocks Adidas athlete/injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose on Twitter. link

-Business Insider‘s Jim Edwards paints a gentle portrait of MDC chief Miles Nadal. link

-Well, it looks like SK+G, which is competing on tonight’s series premiere of AMC’s The Pitch, is pretty stoked about its appearance (we’ll have a recap tomorrow). link

-It looks like President Obama‘s camp drew a little inspiration from MSNBC when coming up with his new campaign slogan. link

-Anomaly and MPC have teamed up to promote Nike’s Fuel Band in Times Square (above). link (more images here and here)

-Mediabrands/ZenithOptimedia alum Rick Corteville joined global digital agency Luxus (which has offices in San Francisco, Helsinki and Singapore) as CEO. link

-Santa Monica, CA digital agency Blitz welcomed one-time Avenue A | Razorfish “technical architect” David Maharaj as VP of technology.

-Ad technology company appssavvy is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its “adtivity” platform. link

 

 

 

Friday Odds and Ends

-Artist Filthy Luker takes us back to the gaming glory days with a Space Invaders installation (above). link

-Carmichael Lynch was named AOR for Merrick Pet Care.

-Jagermeister has joined forces with Portugal. The Man to promote the band’s upcoming tour. link

-Zynga’s ad revenue soared in Q1 2012. link

-In case you didn’t catch the Holmes Report, here you go. link

-Yahoo has filed more patent claims against Facebook. link

-President Obama says Mitt Romney wouldn’t have ordered the Bin Laden raid in a new web ad. link

-The FCC approved a proposal to have local broadcasters to publish info about political ad sales. link

-Here are you winners of the Asian Marketing Effectiveness Awards. link

 

Thursday Odds and Ends

-AKQA announced its 2012 Future Lions call for entries (above). link

-Following something we broke four months ago, eHarmony has decided to take its talents to GSD&M.

-Could President Obama’s Bo-loving ad be a detriment? link

-Why do ideas matter? Professor Lee Clow weighs in. link

-CP+B alum and current JWT staffer Jeff Benjamin talks (and we think we’ll be talking to him, Geiger and gang at SXSWi). link

-Yes, y’all, Dallas resurrected has a Facebook Timeline (note to self: Don’t let anyone know you watched Dallas in the ’80s). link

 

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Anomaly NYC introduces a Facebook brand Timeline for Captain Morgan USA. link

-Carmichael Lynch wants to create the world’s longest digital snake (*shiver*) via Twitter as part of a project for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (image above). link

-Today is Leap Day in case you forgot and Embassy Suites is joining in on the, um, fun. link

-Which NBA All-Star sponsors got the most social buzz? Here’s an infographic to help you out. link

-Cannes Lions and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to launch a “communications challenge.” link

-SoCal-based prodco WoodShop signed director Marcelo Petrella for commercial representation.

-M&C Saatchi celebrates the Getty’s longstanding ties to the art world. link

-Online ad spending for President Obama‘s reelection campaign has topped the $10 million mark. link

 

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-McCann has lost the Avis account to Leo Burnett. link

-W+K alum Bill Morgan has joined Austin-based agency McGarrah Jessee as director of media engagement.

-Indie, Seattle-based agency DNA added Pete Hughes and Lianne Onart as ACDs.

-Care to write a love song on this, oh, auspicious day? Well, here you go. link

-Are AT&T and Verizon going to offer 4G iPads? link

-Angry Birds makes friends with Facebook. link

-A junior designer at R/GA proposes a free wedding contest (above). link

-President Obama doubled Mitt Romney in online ad spending. link

Wednesday Morning Stir

-London-based company Unruly Media racked up $25 million in Series A funding, which we’ve been told is the largest ever for a private company in the social video sector. link

-President Obama is now an Instagram user. link

-Global mobile marketing and the ad industry as a whole is expected to grow 37 percent by 2016. link

-PayPal’s president is now the new Yahoo chief exec. link

-We see more Dunkin Donuts chains in your future. link

-Anheuser-Busch tapped ESPN alum Blaise D’Sylva to serve as VP of its U.S. media, sports and entertainment marketing division. link

Fmr. Illinois Governor/Convicted Felon Stars in Spirit Airline Ad

Discount airline Spirit is no stranger to controversial, distasteful ads. Since 2006, Spirit’s marketing has touched on such generally taboo subjects as disgraced politicians, venereal disease and MILFs. Hey, an airline promising $14 for a flight halfway across the country must be joking, right?

One of Spirit Airlines’ most famous past targets was former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Best known for attempting to sell President Obama‘s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder and for a hair duel with Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice, Blagojevich and the massive media blitz behind him are now coming to an end. In June, Blago was found guilty on 17 of 20 corruption charges, and earlier this week, we found out his crimes are resulting in a 14-year prison sentence, of which he is expected to serve 11 years and nine months. Accordingly, Spirit is celebrating the 14-year sentence with a $14 airfare and the above ad which throws Blago’s famous hairdo on top of honest Abe’s. Whoever art directed that must have had an absolutely wonderful time doing so.

Not only did the people of Illinois feel comfort that justice had finally been served in their state, but they felt elated at the prospect of being able to fly from O’Hare to LaGuardia for as low as $14 one way. With the Bears in such rough shape that rumors of the ol’ gunslinger’s interest in the Windy City abounded, Chicagoans needed a reason to celebrate this holiday season. I’ll see you in February, NYC.

 

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