- Cynopsis reports, "ABC has slid The Nine into hiatus status. The Wednesday night 10p time period this week will be home to a special edition of 20/20. Elsewhere, in another schedule change, NBC will replace Friday Night Lights on Tuesdays at 8p beginning December 26 with a third weekly installment of Dateline NBC. NBC has ordered up a full season of Friday Night Lights, but at this point has not announced its new time period."
- Swarovski Crystal is taking advantage of Rockefeller Center Christmas treee anticipation with a giant scaffold wrap.
- Apparently those Times Square Charmin toilets were a hit with people waiting up to 45 minutes to offer their leave behinds.
- Kate Moss may pull out of her Agent Provocateur marketing deal because she's miffed company owner Serena Rees is dating Clash bassist Paul Simonon, former husband to Moss' best friend Tricia.
Here's a good Saatchi & Saatchi campaign in which Racism becomes a cosmetic in a little jar that turns its users into human ogres, as demonstrated by the images and the slogan: "The more you apply it, the uglier you become."
Racism is cosmetic when you think about it, so the comparison is apt. Check out the female variant and one of ambiguous gender. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Here's a somewhat depressing campaign in which images of bummed-out, otherwise friendly-looking people are set behind community bars to demonstrate how the same thing, only worse, happens to human rights defenders worldwide. The campaign is for Amnesty International with TBWA out of Paris. Adverbox has more from the same campaign. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
It's no secret we like self-deprecating humour in part because that's half the work done for us, so we couldn't help warming to the print campaign for Juicing the Orange, Pat Fallon's new creativity-oriented business book.
Toying with the defining moment in which a doe-eyed child looks up at mom and asks where babies come from, to which mom immediately spits out an improbable lie, Fallon's print ads add citrusy twist to a domestic nightmare and lend the sense that irreverent ideas remain good medicine for the changing threads of business. Check out variations hither and thither. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
The late Sailor Jerry, godfather of crass-but-classy American tattooing, launched a clothing line some time ago. Now Gyro Worldwide joins forces with them to make the brand, "a working-class American cookout" (we swear the CEO said this), relevant to a new generation.
Designs feature graphics unique to sailor tat subculture: anchors, mermaids, buxom women and even tight-fisted knuckle statements on gloves. We like how there's a section marked "Rum Stuff."
Glimpse the new Sailor Jerry campaign here and here and here. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
A cable company pitch is a cable company pitch is a cable company pitch. But in Geico's signature style, Comcast is throwing out a little off-colour, slightly befuddling humour to add some shuffle to the deck.
The bowling mermen serve as good representatives of what we're seeing from Comcast lately. And if Youtube is any indication, people think it's awesome. So here's to thinking outside the box and into someone else's playbook. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
As a follow up to their Cannes Gold Lion-winning print and outdoor campaign that visually illustrated what can happen when one drink 42Below vodka, the company has launched a game, called 42Belowstories, based on the same concept. The game lets players create their one lurid tales of debauchery using an online story teller filed with images that can be combined to tell the appropriate tale.
Pop quiz: What gets 29,000 college students to sign up for a credit card company's loyalty program in a four week period? Free bicycle rides around campus. That's right. Working with Trashtalk! Outdoor (gotta love that name), financial institution Chase placed branded bicycles on 17 college campuses and offered students rides from 9A to 3P while urging them to sign up for a Facebook group where they could enroll in Chase's credit card loyalty program. Now that's way more fun than getting handed a boring flyer while passing by the student union, right?
Here's an interesting ad for the film Turistas which comes out December 1. So soon after the other anti-tourist film Hostel, we're guessing there's a growing distaste for obnoxious half-naked co-eds traveling the world. The billboard's mild urban terrorist style is also disturbingly appealing. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
In just two short sentences, "Thanks for always pushing us to do our best. Then being brave enough to sign off on it," Saatchi says so much about the strength of a good agency/client relationship. At least until the client picks a new agency. The sentences appeared in an ad congratulating Toyota on being named Advertising Age's 2006 Marketer of the Year.