Elle McPherson is the next in a long line of celebrities to appear in mink company Blackglama's ad campaign, "What Becomes a Legend Most?" MacPherson, 42, was big in the '90's, made several movies and had a recurring role on Friends. McPherson follows Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford and others, all of whom appeared in the mink company's ad campaigns. Did we just wake up on another planet or something? We thought Hollywood celebrities, being all liberal and such would, for sure, be against promoting mink. Oh wait, Hollywood is its own weird, screwed up planet. The campaign will kick off this fall.
An ad, unveiled Wednesday night, promoting the upcoming NHL season which opens with a Chinese philosopher's quote, a bare-chested player and a woman in a bra and robe has been called offensive by Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk, the woman who led an unsuccessful attempt three years ago to get the Augusta National golf club to admit women. Responding to NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur's assessment the spot simply portrays the woman as the man's spiritual trainer, Burk said, "That's a major stretch. The woman is a sexual ornament, in my view. It's appealing to adult men while trying to masquerade as something for kids."
The ad, which is hardly gratuitous and carries the tagline, "My NHL," was directed by MTV Video Music Awards winner Sam Bayer. Conductor, a California-based ad agency, produced the spots, which were filmed in British Columbia. The campaign, which break Monday, September 26, is set to air on NBC, Outdoor Life Network, and Canada's TSN. The ad can be viewed on the homepage of NHL.com.
IKEA's on a roll these day. We just featured a design project by IKEA in which 28 designers created strange but apparently useful home goods. Now, from Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors and Flash producer Kokokaka, IKEA has launched a very beautiful website which features many different homescapes caught lushly mid-motion which are navigated through by pressing the mouse and sliding left or right. The homescapes rotate 180 degrees then change to a different homescape and with each change comes a change in accompanying music. Very nicely done.
Engaging in a bit of experiential marketing, job-search engine CareerBuilder.com is launching a college event marketing campaign, a mobile marketing tour that kicks off October 1. The tour will be split up into three regions (West Coast, Central, and East Coast), with two vans carrying a total of four ambassadors in each region. Currently, twenty-three campuses are on the agenda with more to follow. Hooking up with each school's career center, CareerBuilder.com will hold informal job-search seminars showing students how to search for jobs on the Internet, how to write an effective resume, and how to use the Web to send a resume. Also at each stop are mini seminars on how students can market themselves to employers; games; chances to win a cruise, plasma screen TVs, and MP3 players; and premium giveaways. San Francisco's Swivel Media organized the program.
Hearst Entertainment and Atchity Entertainment International have teamed to produce a reality show, currently called Money Makeover Show, in which "unusual, extreme, entertaining, and heartfelt" financial experiences will be featured.Presumably, the "contestant" with the most interesting financial situation will win and be given a financial makeover. The show is in development with no set air date or network buyer and is scouting for people with interesting financial stories.