Wendy's, apparently not pleased with its red wig campaign, may be leaving Saatchi & Saatchi, AdScam's George Parker reports. A Saatchi source tells Parker production has ceased on all work. George didn't like the red wig campaign citing its lack of relevance to the brand and its lack of message content.
We're not sure we agree. Following the death of iconic Dave Thomas, Wendy's work hit a low point. We think the red wig campaign succeeded in eliciting a "whoa, that's pretty good in a weird sort of whacked way" reaction. Whether it sold any hamburgers we know not.
- George Parker is sick of Facebook, it's plethora of stupid applications and the insanity of a "24 year old billionaire wanker" gets rich using people's information without asking their permission.
- Legendary ad man George Lois makes an appearance on this week's Studio 360, Public Radio International's syndicated weekly show about creativity.
- TNS Media Intelligence forecasts media spend to increase 4.2 percent in 2008 with growth slower in the first half than the second. The Olympics and political spending will contribute significantly to that figure. The biggest increase (14.4 percent) will be seen in internet display advertising.
- AdWeek has named Goodby U.S. agency of the year and Wieden + Kennedy global agency of the year.
This is personally sad. Not because I knew the guy but because I read a book of his (one of the few ad books I've made time to read) and feel like I know him. Yes, Phil Dusenberry, a man I never knew but a legend in the advertising world died at 71 December 29 after fighting lung cancer for the past year.
Dusenberry was a star at BBDO who many credit with turning BBDO into the creative powerhouse it was and, in some cases, still is. He of Michael Jackson Pepsi fame and creator of many memorable taglines such as GE's We Bring Good Things to Life, Dusenberry began his career in the Mad Men days of 1962 as a junior copywriter at BBDO. Apart from a seven year stint running his own shop, Dusenberry spent his entire career at BBDO rising through the ranks until he became Chairman of BBDO's North American operations.
If hanging out with the warm-blooded doesn't get you all aglow, build an Exorobot that dances to Daft Punk.
Check out the hula skirt on our fancy new friend.
Courtesy of the strange and magical folk at Exopolis.
Blondie is long gone, so it's rare nowadays that we get asked to ring somebody's bell.
Perceiving our growing sense of injustice, VML invited us to ring its bells with Handbell Hero. It's kind of like Guitar Hero -- WITH BELLS!
This was way funner than that ornery virtual account manager that Burns left us (to die!) with.
In the spirit of living up to our apparent affinity for mudslinging as noted by MultiCultClassics, we give you this just-received tidbit from a reader who just doesn't think Droga5 should have been awarded Creativity's Agency of the Year crown.
The reader writes, "Apparently many higher up in the NY ad agency world are irritated and confused as to how Creativity could name Droga5 as agency of the year. they haven't produced one national campaign, have not one one new piece of business. no real breakthrough work for the year and the business they are producing for are pro-bono. people i know that work at Droga5 are equally as confused by the whole thing. internally they're hearing about "cut-backs." also pissed as to why the whole agency wasn't photographed for the cover. yikes. people are pointing to the obvious infatuation Creativity Magazine editors have with the agency. one female editor is roaming the halls at D5 a little too frequently. maybe it's droga's charm? i say, more power to em. screw the holding companies."
OK so here's something you don't see on an agency website very often. Then again, when your agency is named CherryandCake it all seems fairly normal. The Belgium-based agency is celebrating its first birthday.
"So what if I'm gay? You let my rainbow fade away," accuses a Care Bear in this awesome video where toys rebuke cynical adults for ditching them after puberty, thereby ruining their Christmases -- and ours -- forever.
And if our He-Man could talk, he probably would be just that ditzy.
Thanks go out to Grey, Vancouver for putting it together.
Looking for a cheap and easy way to poach talent worldwide? Look no further than BootB, a "creative marketplace" for doing just that.
Register on BootB and publish your "creative needs" and budget on the site. Your brief is translated into 12 languages and pushed across the globe. You buy the idea you like, and BootB guarantees payment to your contractors.
The company's got a short testimonial list that, nonetheless, includes execs from Peugeot and LEO. But why listen to us harp on? Learn about BootB from the horse's mouth.
If it's any indication if its quality, BootB's got a pretty spiffy website.
We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.
It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.