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VICE Media Insiders Defend Outgoing Creative Director

VICE-logoVice Media may not be a traditional agency, but it does have a lot of clients and, depending on who you ask, some quality creative talent.

Holding companies are certainly interested: you may recall that Sir Martin and WPP bought a stake in the still-growing company in 2012 before Rupert Murdoch could climb on board.

Vice also acquired Carrot Creative back in 2013, and Carrot CEO Mike Germano assumed the chief digital officer position.

There’s no denying that Vice Media does real work: in July we posted on in-house creative studio Virtue’s Spanglish-flavored campaign for AT&T. Based on what we hear from both an inside source and a report in this morning’s New York Post, the company seems to have all the interpersonal drama of a traditional ad agency as well.

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So, What Were Folks Really Thinking During the WPP/Vice Upfront?

About a month ago, Vice and WPP threw what some deemed a “boozy upfront” down on Wall Street to say hello to advertisers. Vice co-founder Shane Smith and Martin Sorrell, whose holding company bought a minority stake in the growing media giant a year ago, were both in attendance as were 300+ industry folks who seemed absolutely thrilled with goings-on. Well, that is if we’re to believe the person or persons behind a new Tumblr site called Blazing Couture, who apparently picked up the notes left behind at the event (apparently, everyone got notepads) and posted. We can’t determine the validity of the paper trail, but we sure do get a kick out of it. Above and below are just a couple of examples.

 

 

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Mother NY celebrates, aptly enough, Mothers Day (above). link

-HBO is partnering with Vice on a weekly series that will be executive produced by Bill Maher, the mag’s co-founder Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti, Vice chief creative officer, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant.

-Yeah, embedding was disabled, but feel free to view Art & Corny here. link

-…And here’s more on the Mike’s Hard Lemonade campaign. link

-Salt Lake City shop Struck created an optical illusion for the Utah Office of State Tourism. link

-Apparently, these events were never seen before at Cannes. link

-Santa Monica-based agency Blitz picked up the digital business for the Aruba Tourism Authority.

-Hey, Bing got a little redesign. link