One Show: Advice from the Father of Joe Isuzu, Advertising's Most Beloved Liar

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Jerry Della Femina, founder of Della Femina Travisano & Partners (now DFJP), reminds me a lot of the ads he's sprinkled in TV Land's past. Remember Meowmix's singing cat? And Joe Isuzu? Like the spots, he's impossible to get out of your head.

Because Jerry's voice could cut through Valium. You will listen to every last thing he has to say, uncertain whether it's the ideas seducing you or the man's own confidence.

In the hour Della Femina spoke during One Show's Tuesday afternoon speaker session, I could have filled notebooks with what he continuously called "secrets of life" and "career advice."

Here's a taste.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-08    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Industry Events



ABC Uses DVR-Proof Subliminal Trickery to Promote 'The Mole'

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At first I figured it was a screw up that often occurs when a local TV station switches from the national feed to its own local feed (or vise versa) sometimes causing tiny bits of the national feed to show but no. No, no, no. It's yet another DVR-proof promotional tactic designed to make sure you know ABC's The Mole is "watching."

Hey, if ABC and all the other networks want to replace every :30 with a few of these, that's OK by me. Check out a video of the trickery here.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Television



'Get the %#*&% Out of My Office Before I M16 Your Ass!'

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If you're a media planner or buyer, you're gonna love this new online game from Intergi. Are you sick of sales people bugging you? Tired of self-important AE demanding you revise that media schedule one more time so there's one m ore line on the flow chart between the online portion of the buy and the offline? Ready to tear the head off that pompous creative who thinks he knows media?

Having fun yet? :-)

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Good



Fiat Messes With Nature to Sell Cars

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And now, for the final act, Fiat will pull a rabbit out of a...tortoise shell? Damn. Why do marketers always have to go a mess with magical metaphors just to create strange looking ad campaigns? Oh well. All in good fun. Oh and to sell a few cars as well.

Along with a rabbit shacking up in tortoise shell, the campaign offer an owl sprouting peacock feathers and a spider sporting a beetle shell. Somehow this sells cars. Giovanni + DraftFcb, São Paulo created.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



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Attention David Beckham Lovers! Sharpie Spot to Give Good Look

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David Beckham has been tapped by Sharpie and will appear in a new commercial for the pen maker airing July 15. Press information says the spot "shows Beckham using a Sharpie to autograph a variety of unusual items for fans, but when the time comes to return the Sharpie to its owner, Beckham resists. Ultimately, his quick moves and clever thinking lead to a happy ending, but in the process, viewers get a good laugh - and a good look at Beckham."

We we do hope that's indeed true because laughing is good therapy as is drooling over a hottie such as Beckham himself.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Publicity Ploy Gets Worst Copywriter Hired, Nets Agency Press

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Oh the games people play to get their name in the press or to land that dream job. For Yutaka Tsujino, the "disastrous" two years he spent at Crispin Porter + Bogusky wasn't enough to quench his creative needs. Now, after dubbing himself the World's Worst Copywriter and launching Yutaka Sucks, he's landed a job at Seattle's Creature because, well, Creature Co-Founder and Creative Director Jim Haven thought the job search effort didn't suck.

In the press release which had to be a nice break for the writer from the daily grind of monotonously shilling corporate dreck, Haven said, "Rarely do these kinds of stunts work unless they are brilliant. After visiting Yutaka's website and learning about his background and experience, we knew he was a perfect fit for Creature. We thought he was hilarious."

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange



Halo 3 Won Best in Show, and Then I Had Epilepsy

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The One Show ceremony took place last night and I Twittered like a woman on a suicide mission (or at least a "lose-all-my-followers" mission).

Highlights of the show: the ads were incredible! The King made a speech! Sometimes Tom Papa was funny!

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Honda Has A Choir, Audi Has Gymnasts

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OK so we've had an entire choir imitate the sound a Honda makes. Now we have an army of gymnasts doing a routine to the actual and mixed sounds of to Audi R6. Created by BBH London and edited by Cut + Run, the spot is airing in the UK and is said to debut in the US shortly. Nicely done.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good









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