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Knorr Introduces New &%$@ing Dinners

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We wonder how many times the voice over talent, the producer and the agency staffers cracked up while recording the voiceover for this Knorr Entree commercial called "Bad Word." I mean how many times can you casually saying "fucking" amidst deliciously droll ad copy before you're on the floor laughing. Anyway, this commercial for Knorr promotes the company's new insta-dinners and closes with, "They're unlike any fucking dinner you've ever tried." Of course, they didn't actually say "fucking" in the commercial. Oh, fuck it, just go give it a watch. The ad was created by DDB Canada

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Starwood Hotels Joins Blogosphere

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Launched in late March by Starwood Hotels, TheLobby promises "to help keep Starwood Preferred Guests on top of the latest travel trends." The blog offers general travel information as well as programs available at it collection of hotels including the Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis and W. The Wall Street Journal analyzes the whole thing but we'll sum it up. It's a blog. Great. They don't accept comments. Bad.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Good, Weblogs



Industry Continues to Force Old Models On New Media

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In reaction to ABC's announcement it would provide advertiser-supported free programming online without the ability to skip ads, Todd Copelvitz suggested ABC check out these things called DVRs and Slingbox which allows a person to access their DVR from anywhere in the world...and skip the ads. Now, Todd has a guest writer who likens the industry's missteps 100 years ago with the advent of radio to current missteps by broadcaster faced with the possibilities the Internet provides.

The writer wonder about ABC's mindset here writing, "...does anyone really believe that if you force me to sit through a commercial while watching one of these shows online that I'll really pay attention to it? Nope, I'll be checking my email, having an IM conversation and paying my bills online. Because that's how I use my broadband connection and any advertiser trying to get my attention has to understand that."

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Television, Trends and Culture



Creative Gurus to Review Portfolios During Portfolio Night IV

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If you're looking to break into the creative side of the advertising business or your sick of your job and you need a change, you'll be happy to know ihaveanidea has expanded its Portfolio Night, an event that placed creatives and their portfolios in front of the industry's creative gurus. For Portfolio Night IV, students enrolled in advertising programs, graduates, and up-and-coming creatives can meet top creatives from New York's Strawberry Frog, San Francisco's Butler Shine & Stern, Chicago's Ogilvy & Mather and Modernista in Boston. DDB Worldwide and Canadian agencies TAXI, WAX, Change Advertising, Bos and Rethink. So tidy up that portfolio and get it ready for the May 4th event. Beginning today, you can register here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Nikon Hires Kate Moss, Leaves Cocaine Behind

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It seems everyone's over the whole Kate Moss cocaine addiction thing. After all, it's not surprising given how fickle we are as an industry and how we love our celebs. Kate Moss, hot off returning to Calvin Klein, has signed with Nikon to help promote the company's new Coolpix S6 camera line. Moss will appear in print, TV and cinema ads as well as a promotional website which teases visitors to come back May 8 when "all will be revealed" even though the promotional site progresses to the Nikon site that tells you about the camera. MWW worked on the project concept. McCann-Erikson created the spots.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Television



'March of The Penguins,' 'Thin Blue Line' Get Undocumentaried

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With the tagline, "some stories make better documentaries," director Kevin Donavon and McKinney Silver, Durham "remade" March of the Penguins and The Thin Blue Line for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held April 6-9. They're both very good. Watch them here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Industry Events



'Sexy Champions' Rise On Cox And MTV

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Here's a commercial with way too much word play to leave alone. Placing the words "Cox," "rise" and "sexy" all in the same 30 seconds along with an over sexed Bio teacher just, well, rocks MTV2 style. Yes, this is a commercial for both Cox cable and MTV2 that uses the "rising" band Sexy Champions to gain street cred. There's another longer version of the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good, Strange



'Mr. Switzerland' Lures 'Football Widows' During World Cup

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The country of Switzerland, acknowledging men's fixation with the World Cup which begins June 9, has launched an ad campaign to lure women to a country "where men spend less time on football, and more time on you." The television spot, airing in France, Germany and Switzerland, features hunky men including Mr' Switzerland 2005 himself.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Commercials



Clio Judges Get Interviewed

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Ignacio from ihaveanidea was down in Palm Springs chatting it up with Clio Awards judges who were preparing for the Clio Festival that will take place on May 13-16. While there, Ignacio posted commentaries, video interviews and candid behind-the-scenes footage of the creative gurus who will decide the fate of thousands of ads vying for Clio. You can check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Major League Baseball Star Creates Own Fragrance

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It's not only vacuous Hollywood starlets and super models that are slapping their names on the latest fragrance. It's also Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin who's working with Leslie Cosmetics to create one. It was a long running joke among local sportscaster that Chacin's last name sounded like a perfume and that he should create one. Well, the jokesters have had their way and last week, Chacin spent the day at Leslie labs sniffing up the right combination of fragrances to call his own. no word on when this will be marketed.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Celebrity



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