On January 12, 2004, Moby, Michael Stipe. Michael Moore, Jack Black and other judges will be in attendance at the MoveOn.org's announcement of the winning "Bush in 30 Seconds" award. MoveOn.org solicited entries for the creation of an ad that illustrates the apparently poor job Bush has done as President. More than 1,500 entries were submitted.
"The basic idea was to try to some extent to involve the creative community more in the political process," Moby told Rolling Stone earlier this month, "and to disseminate information about what a dreadful president George Bush has been. There are myriad causes with which I'm involved, and I have friends who work for a lot of different non-profits, and we all feel the same way: The one cause that seems to take precedence over all the others is to do everything in our power to make sure George Bush is sent back to Texas in 2004. Every cause would benefit immeasurably."
Obviously, Moby hates Bush.
�sk W�ppling, Swedish freelancer and editor of the Adland advertising weblog, has put together a fantastic two-part review of 2003 advertising activity. Covering not only the best and the worst of 2003, �sk also gives us the biggest ad scandal, the best and worst marketing ideas, ads that should never have run, ads that were banned and ads the shouldn't have been, bizarre ads, innovative ads, viral ads, most overrated and underrated ads, best and worst new taglines, and best parodies. It's the most complete review complete annual review you will find anywhere.
The Wall Street Journal gives its take on the five best and five worst ads of 2003. It rates Hummer's "The Great Race" ad the best and KFC's amazingly stupid effort to pass fried chicken off as a healthy food item. The rest are here. (Subscription required)
In what would make a great ad, Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie Give Props to PlayStation2 for GamePro.
Jamie Lynn Spears Next Superstar
Step aside, Hilary Duff, your replacement is here. Britney Spears' little sister is set to enroll in a boarding school comedy series being developed at Nickelodeon.
The kids cable channel is close to greenlighting a 13-episode order for the series starring 12-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears, who already serves as a cast member on the Nick sketch comedy show "All That." According to her Nickelodeon bio, Jamie Lynn won her role on "All That" by auditioning in the guise of an 84-year-old female bouncer - a character she based on her grandmother's personality.
Two big questions remain. How old does she have to get before it's acceptable for the media to drool over her and will she keep her clothes on or, like her big sis, have a problem doing so?
Upset that it passed on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" which garnered huge success on Bravo, MTV is planning an ad-supported gay-themed cable network. That means the gay trend is officially dead.
To promote its BCS National Championship 2004 Sugar Bowl, Nokia is launching a series of interactive commercials featuring hip-hop star Snoop Dogg. The spots, directed by Guy Ritchie, will give viewers the opportunity to help Snoop find the person who is eyeing the ADT National Championship Trophy as their own, which is the ultimate prize that will be taken home by one of the teams in the Bowl. Viewers will have the chance to win prizes such as Snoop Dogg CDs, Nokia phones or trips to the 2005 Nokia Sugar Bowl and the grand prize of $100,000.
The spots launch December 27 and will feature a different "suspect" in each spot leading up to the final spot, aired during the game, which will solve the mystery. Maddeningly, the press release is unlear as to exactly how viewer interaction will occur.
Christmas is definitely coming. Here's a twist on the classic Christmas song "Come All Ye Faithful" which uses the song in an ad for annsummers.com to promote certain "toys" that will be faithful to your need to occasionally come. Just watch it. It's safe for work. Thanks to Adrants reader Isaac Clemens for sending this one in.