GM Snubs 'Survivor,' Creatives Take Over Agency, PR Surveyed

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- GM has ended its sponsorship of Survivor which, of course, has nothing to do with the show's recent announcement this year's team would be split by race.

- Over at Dallas agency Dieste Harmel & Partners, Creative Director Mack Simpson tells us ECD Aldo Quevedo has moved up to President and Chief Creative Officer turning the agency into, as he says, an asylum run by the patients.

- Strumpette, the proverbial thorn in the side of the PR industry, has launched a survey to determine "if the profession has the political will to make the necessary changes to move forward."

- When you shop, there's no reason a couple of Hyundais shouldn't follow you up the escalator as they do in this Istanbul mall.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 1-06    
Topic: Product Placement, Television



Commercial Introduces iGallop - A G Rated Sybian

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In this Brookestone commercial for its OSIM iGallop, a sort of bucking bronco sort of device whose random movements are supposed to develop muscle tone, the girls in this ad look more like they're riding a Sybian. Go look it up for your self. Carmen Elektra rode one on Howard Stern. Frustration notation: you need a friggin plugin to view the video. Why can't we all just be happy with Quicktime and Windows Media? OK, screw AOL/TMZ and their video formats. Thanks to Susannah for pointing it out, the ad can be viewed over at YouTube.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials



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