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Q: Why Don't Creatives Like Working on Property Brochures?

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Hitler is one fucked-up agency executive.

This is almost as funny as Hitler gets banned, a homage to his love for the Xbox.

It's great that we've learned to laugh at this icon for human tragedy. But how long before our laughter eases the stigma around the toothbrush mustache? Until an ordinary man can walk about with one, sans persecution, our work is far from done.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Spoofs, Video



Virtual Account Manager Takes Questions -- or Not -- in Absence of Humans

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Meet the good for nuffin' Virtual Account Manager for Burns Marketing. He's great at looking like a douche bag and making "What the fuck?" faces when you ask him questions. We despise him because he's essentially a subservient chicken that isn't subservient. He doesn't even try.

The purpose of the VAM is to make people feel like they're being helped, even while Burns Marketing is away for the holidays. Ha ha fuckin' ha!

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online



Racy Ads Are Best Viewed Privately

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FishNChimps tells the hilarious story of how he dozed off on the train with the pages of his GQ magazine open to an ad for John White footwear which falls squarely into the category of "great to look at but not in a public place." Mid-doze, he awoke with a start that seemingly caught the attention of a woman reading the Evening Standard who did her best to politely conceal her chuckle behind the paper after seeing FishNChimps' embarrassment over having been caught with a lingerie-clad booty and a pendulous set of cleavage resting on his lap.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Magazine, Racy, Strange



Deep Focus Bronzes Up for Social Media Use

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Deep Focus, which gave us Big Love Land, an informative interview with Mr. T, and embeddable Flight of the Conchords (the cats at left), has just been named an Agency of the Year, courtesy of MediaPost's OMMA.

Read all about it here.

Honors include Best Use of Social Media, for which Deep Focus won the Bronze.

Congrats, guys! Don't let it get to your head and start launching crap CGM campaigns.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Dentsu/Biegel Mud Wrestling Match Continues

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And so for Steve Biegel it seems suing Dentsu for forced participation in hot tub action isn't enough. He's now adding religious discrimination to his list of apparent transgressions foisted upon him by the ostensible monsters who run Dentsu. Biegel claims he and other Jewish Dentsu employees were discriminated against based on their religion.

In a statement regarding alleged treatment of Dentsu America President Doug Fidoten, Biegel said, "Defendants have openly discussed firing Mr. Fidoten, as well as removing his responsibilities. Mr. Fidoten is quite literally a token Jew, presented as a fig leaf to hide the simple fact that Mr. Andree and his fellow gentile managers have in one year eliminated every Jew in the creative department at Dentsu."

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Policy



Gigantic Marketing Expands Trademark Litigation to Include MDC

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In early October, Gigantic Marketing went after MDC Parnters agency WeAreGigantic for trademark infringement. Launched alongside an MDC consolidation of MFP and Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, We Are Gigantic is headed by Neil Powell who formerly was a partner at the now defunct MFP which suffered significant client loss.

Today, after Niel Powell failed to appear two times in front of Magistrate Judge Ellis, Gigantic Marketing President Bernard Urban has expanded its litigation to include WeAreGigantic parent company MDC Partners.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Policy



Dominos Delivery Guy Gets Small Penis Pinky Wag

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AdFreak has been following the Australian Finger Wag which debuted in an anti-speeding campaign. In the ads, women wag their pinkies at guys who performed testosterone-fueled automotive idiocy in front of them seemingly to make up for their small dicks. It seems the finger wag caught on causing, in one case, a man to throw a bottle of water at a woman who wagged her finger at him.

Predictably, another marketer, Eagle Boys Pizza, copied the idea (and very badly) by showing a couple of girls wag their pinkies at a Dominos pizza delivery guy as he drives buy. Dominos didn't take kindly to the commercial and a spokesperson said, I'm going to write personally to their CEO kindly and politely. Look, it's fair enough that we compete, but why would you want to degrade our team members? It's nothing to do with them."

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



X-Ray Glasses Yield Panties to Four-Eyed Spectators

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Here's a spot by DeVito/Verdi, USA for For Eyes. It's called X-Ray.

Recall the type of specs you dreamed of having when you were a pervy little kid. Now imagine that's a viable request.

The ad asserts that unless you can get a pair of eyeglasses that act above and beyond the call of duty, you really shouldn't be paying so much for them. Clever clever. This little gem was discovered on Ads of the World.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Hot Lips Spout Merits of Social Networking in UK

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Look, a pair of plump red lips telling you what she wants ... from marketers and content providers. And she's got a British accent.

In terms of ambition, the video is a lot like this, except you're watching lips move instead of a cursor. Guess there's something to be said about that.

This would-be viral is brought to you by Redwood Publishing, which hopes to spark a discussion about what users really want, and what our future may look like.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Opinion, Publishing, Video



Please Take the Adrants Readership Survey

It's been two years since we asked you to take a readership survey to offer us input on how we do things around here and to tell us a little bit about yourselves so we can help insure the ads on the site are as relevant to you as possible. After all, no one wants to see an ad for collector's edition cast iron door knockers on Adrants when all we care about is advertising. So please take a few short minutes to answer this two page survey so we don't burden you with unnecessary messages about idiotic front door bling.

by Steve Hall    Dec-10-07    
Topic: Announcements



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