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Mekanism Made an Ad for Advertising Week. Hooray Advertising!

Advertising Week X, the tenth annual week for people in the advertising industry to celebrate advertising by talking about, awarding, and giving tips about advertising is only a week away. What more appropriate way to celebrate advertising than with an advertisement for celebrating advertising? Yay, advertising!

The above advertisement comes from SF-based advertising agency Mekanism, which doesn’t seem to be an official partner or sponsor of  Advertising Week so we’re assuming this advertisment was made just for love of the game. (The game is advertising, by the way.) While the ad does a good job of advertising all of the hipster/yuppie advertising people you’ll meet at Advertising Week, it doesn’t advertise one of the week’s biggest events: The Battle of the Ad Bands, in which advertising industry folks with trace amounts of musical acuity compete to be the best at simultaneously being in advertising and being in a band. I mean, CMJ is in town next week, but as an member of the advertising community, your attendance at the Battle of the Ad Bands should be mandatory if it isn’t already.

Advertising! Woo! Credits after the jump.

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ESPN, ESPN Deportes Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘One Nación’

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month — which is not actually a calendar month, but a month-long period from September 15 through October 15 — with a 60-minute primetime special celebrating the most renowned Hispanic athletes airing on both networks Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m.

The top 10 countdown is sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and Gillette and will include such legends as Roberto Clemente, Lionel Messi, Oscar de la Hoya, and the soon-to-be-retired Mariano Rivera. Athletes were ranked from an initial list of 50 athletes by a panel of journalists, entertainers, athletes and Hispanic community leaders. One Nación was produced in front of a live live audience in Los Angeles. The bilingual show will be hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Adriana Monsalve and SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos and features special guests unveiling the countdown.

In the social sphere, Gillette is sponsoring a live Twitter fan vote encouraging fans to choose between the number one and number two athletes while discussing the countdown, while Jack Daniel’s will sponsor a recap of the top ten during the show as the top athletes are revealed. Both brands will also be integrated through different live events and programs scheduled for the rest of Hispanic Heritage Month, including vignettes featuring Hispanic athletes such as Carmelo Anthony, Sergio Romo, Victor Cruz, and Omar Gonzalez.

‘The Big Ad Gig’ Offers Its Annual Employment Boost for the Young and Inexperienced

The Big Ad Gig” turns five this year, meaning there’s another chance for six creatives to win a monthlong paid freelancing job at a New York City agency. Similar to last year’s campaign, contestants will have to deal with immediate pressure: they’ll each be given only 60 minutes to record a video response to the prompt question. Eight finalists will be selected, and then during Advertising Week, judges will whittle the eight down to six. An interesting stat worth noting: 28 of the 32 past finalists now have full-time positions at agencies.

Atmosphere Proximity and The New York Times are once again quarterbacking the contest. The judges include CEO of Proximity Atmosphere Andreas Combuechen, Ad Council Executive VP Priscilla Natkins, CP+B Partner Rob Reilly, Co:Collective Cofounder Rosemarie Ryan, Deutsch North America CEO Linda Sawyer, Ogilvy and Mather NY CCO Calle Sjoenell, and JWT CEO Bob Jeffrey.

Shell Doesn’t Want You to See This

Oil brand Shell really needs no help embarrassing itself. Their 2012 Arctic drilling program was so inept (including a rig grounding and a ship fire) that even the U.S. government said they screwed up. But Greenpeace decided to go ahead and give them a hand anyway.

Following their disastrous Alaskan campaign, Shell packed up and moved their Arctic drilling program to Russia, in a joint venture with state owned energy company, Gazprom. Greenpeace wanted to get the word out that Shell’s assault on the Arctic was far from over. What better place to do that than at Sunday’s F1 Shell Belgium Grand Prix, Shell’s biggest PR blitz of the year? Greenpeace International set up remote-controlled banners. The banners, which read “SaveTheArctic.org,” then popped up during the winner’s ceremony, as the German national anthem played. The second banner popped up just after an angry official removed the first one. Much angry crumpling of the second banner followed.

Video of the incident, entitled “Shell’s priceless F1 moment” went viral on YouTube, before F1 management demanded it be removed for “copyright complaints” just before it hit 240,000 views. The reaction to the video should only fuel Shell’s embarrassment. As Greenpeace International Arctic campaigner Ben Ayliffe put it, “Bernie Ecclestone and Shell might know how to fill a racetrack, but they clearly have no idea how social media works. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the moment Shell’s Arctic plans were uncovered at the Grand Prix, and removing the video will only encourage thousands more to laugh at the company too.”

Indeed, the video has been reposted by myriad other users, and is available at Vimeo and on countless blogs. Shell’s miscalculated reaction to the YouTube post will only add fuel to the fire of public ridicule. You’d think that a company that spends million on branding and PR would know better, but I guess there’s no underestimating Shell’s incompetence.

Did You Know There Was an ADC Portfolio Night All-Star Battle? Well, Now You Know

As we wrap up summer (went too fast, but FALL IN NY!), we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the happenings during the 2013 Art Directors Club Porfolio Night All-Stars. During the weeklong event from a couple of weeks ago, creative types from 24 countries were tasked with a brief to create a global platform for the Ford Focus to ensure the auto brand we see here in North America is the same we would see overseas. Here are just a few recollections from the All-Stars who made it to the event, which kicked off on August 5 and featured the likes of DDB Worldwide CCO Amir Kassaei, Barbarian Group co-founder/CEO Benjamin Palmer and AKQA CCO, Rei Inamoto. First up to bat, we have Sean Collander, copywriter and PN11 Chicago All-Star.

“Camaraderie is not exactly what you would expect when pitting 23 young creatives against each other in a competition to create work for one of the world’s biggest car brands, but that is exactly what I’ve found over the last few days here at the Portfolio Night 11 All-Stars competition. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all want to win, but it’s coming out in the work, not in our relationships with each other. I’ve had conversations about the future of advertising, European politics, the merits of both Texas BBQ and Kansas City BBQ, rap videos, and Robin Thicke’s hair. Different teams will regularly get together to play a game of Pictionary to let off steam. At the end of a full day of concepting, we will all get together for a few drinks, and have made the bar down the street the unofficial after party location of the week.

I think I can speak for all 23 participants when I say we’ve experienced a lot over such a short amount of time, and it has been more incredible than any one of us imagined it could be. The Art Directors Club has been extremely gracious with their knowledge and resources, managing to bring together an unbelievable list of guest speakers, judges, and sponsors.

When I attended Portfolio Night 11 in Chicago back in May, I went simply looking to get feedback on my work and maybe, If I was lucky, a job. I had no idea that a few months later I would be selected to work on a brief for Ford with 22 other creatives representing countries all over the world. I can honestly say that this is one of the most fun and stressful experiences I have ever had, and am truly humbled to be a part of the very first Portfolio Night All Stars.”

After the jump, check out more from Isabelle Osterlund, another PN 11 All-Star from Stockholm.

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The Solution for All in the Ad Biz: ‘Stop Making Ads’

We believe the Vimeo head sums it all up, but here we have a recent speech from Ivan Cash, the self-proclaimed “interactive artist” and co-conspirator behind projects like “Couchella.” If you have 35 minutes to spare, and can handle mentions of Urban Outfitters among other things, feel free to indulge your lunch break with this speech from Cash, who tells us that ads aren’t the key to success in the ad biz; personal projects are. Yep, it’s self-promotional and possible a little douchey, but can’t say the idea of side efforts from agency folks haven’t intrigued us in the past. Give it a whirl if you will.

Cool: MPC Unveils ‘Fracture IO’ Case Study

In case you missed it during May’s One Show spectacle, the folks at VFX/production studio MPC have unveiled a little making-of video complete with the minimal house strains of Pantha Du Prince that gives us an inside look at their installation at the Bowery Hotel called “Fracture IO.” The esoteric-sounding project was created for JWT specifically for the One Show and was essentially MPC’s way of “reimagining the photo booth” by rendering images into 3D pieces. Just a little peek into some eye candy as we get out bearings post-July 4th. For more info info on “Fracture,” go here.

Aussie, SF Teams Take Young Glory 2 Crowns

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with the 30-and-under global creative battle that is Young Glory. Well, season two is now in the books and just like last time, there are two creative teams–one professional, one student–that the YG folks have crowned the most consistent throughout the eight-month battle. The Australian duo of Tristan Viney and Kieran Adams –aka Invisible Pants–took home professional Young Glory honors, which this year were determined by judges including ex-W+K adman Jim Riswold, now-former CP+B ECD Tom Markham and TBWA worldwide digital CD, David Lee.

You can click through the image above for a visual narrative of the YG2 professional battle, which also included submissions from TracyLocke (which took 2nd place), Tribal DDB and BBDO creatives. Below and after the jump are a couple of examples of Invisible Pants’ work throughout YG2 and a full rundown of the competition, in both pro and student categories, can be seen here.

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Reyka, RT+P Drink to Sunshine

On June 21, the sun shone for 24 hours in Iceland. No darkness for an entire day thanks to our buddy, the Summer Solstice (you can watch a cool slideshow of the never-ending sun here). The phenomenon is actually called a “midnight sun,” and occurs in a handful of places around the world, including Alaska, but for Reyka Vodka, the celebration begins and ends with Iceland. Reyka teamed up with Red Tettemer + Partners for “A Celebration of Summer Solstice,” which probably conjures up images of the Nordic populous engaging in a nationwide rave with a lot of blonde hair swooshing around.

Prior to the blonde bash, Reyka built up momentum on the obligatory social media channels, even offering free trips to Iceland for winners of an Instagram photo contest. This is not a what-happens-in-Iceland-stays-in-Iceland party, either. Reyka also had solstice shindigs in Chicago and San Francisco. The brand sponsored a total of 54 solstice parties in America, including a main event in a Williamsburg bar. The sun may not have been shining 24 hours straight in Brooklyn, but when vodka is involved, drinkers won’t notice the difference anyway. Credits after the jump.

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Reminder: The Wrath is Back This Thursday

If you’re as forgetful as we are, let us just remind those of you based in NYC who didn’t make the trek out to Nice that the Wrath of Cannes returns this Thursday. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, competition and judging returns for the seventh annual installment of Woods Witt Dealy & Sons’ annual event, which focuses on the agency’s new brew, Wrath of Cannes Bitter Ale. While WWD&S has a recipe, label design and brewer in tow, the agency needs funds to bring its Bitter Ale to life, hence why it’s going the Kickstarter route. The Wrath 7 competition itself is explained in this brief, which asks participants to devise a social media campaign to drive folks to Kickstarter and ultimately donate.

Those who feel like competing can submit ideas directly at this Thursday’s event, which takes place at 200 Orchard from 7-11 PM. You can get further updates by following WoC7 here.

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