Adverganza picks up on a story about a former Dentsu employee, Steve Biegel, who while employed as a creative director for the agency in its New York office claims he was sexually harassed and has sued the agency. The suit claims Biegel's boss, Toyo Shigeta who heads Dentu's US operations "forced him into visiting brothels, distributed lewd pictures of, among other females, tennis star Maria Sharapova (specifically of her crotch), which Shigeta took on a Canon shoot in October 2004 and also insisted that Biegel and others hang out nude in a hot tub with him."
Aside from the fact that sounds like every day, normal behavior for a horny Japanese dude (OK, any dude), excepting, perhaps, the hot tub thing, Biegel says the events left him humiliated and degraded. Biegel complained, got fired and unleashed the legal eagles on Dentsu.
Ever have one of those days where you just snap and kick the living shit out of something? Chances are you've had a few over the past few months, and so have your other agency chums.
Riester has an elegant solution: kickball! Check out the video for the Riester kickball tourney, which happens tomorrow. The spot is loaded with situations that will motivate your kicking leg.
This actually brings a spark of life into the room. Kickball is one of the few games we'll actually get off our asses to play, alongside four-square, double-dutch and tetherball.
An Adrants reader has some pleading words for those behind the Toyota media buy. "Can't Toyota come up with another commercial to rotate with that stupid 'ran out of gas' ad with the girl laughing at her date? Every day every channel, I'm over it."
Can't the ad industry come up with another method of advertising than the old school tonnage model? Aren't we past that yet? Are we still dumb enough to think people want to see the same crap over and over again? Aren't we smart enough to realize this is chance to go to the client and ask for more money to produce a new commercial every one (except this guy, apparently) will skip over with their DVRs? Aren't we aware the consumer has been burned out since the turn of the century? Aren't we smart enough to come up with something better? Aren't we?
- Yawn. Another creative sets up shop and poaches creatives from his former shop.
- Anne Coulter gets Obama Girl treatment.
- We have no idea what this skeleton sitting in a chair in London is for but since it was sent to us by a marketer, no doubt it's some stunt we'll soon be hearing more about.
- Donny Deutsch talks about cleavage in the workplace on the Today Show. He mocks the puritanical view of it. He's our new friend.
- If you've got a webcam and you like to fool around with pumpkins, this Indusblue-created Halloween time waster is for you.
We admire an agency that'll create a campaign, publish the fact they've done so, highlight the fact its city has the ugliest people and do it all without any client approval or charging a penny. Yup, Philadelphia's Gyro Worldwide has embraced the fact its city was just named the ugliest city in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine readers.
Before Philadelphia was crowned the ugliest, John Waters, during an episode of John Favreau's Dinner For Five, tried to get the mayor of the former ugliest city, Baltimore to embrace its hideousness and create a tourism campaign out of the fact. He reasoned the rest of the country would flock to Baltimore like paparazzi to Britney Spears' cooch.
Hangman Studios is an interesting company.
Why do we say that? Because we just watched Pr*ck, a stylish, gratuitous piece of self-fellating would-be viral production.
It's circulating YouTube -- or at least making a valiant effort to -- as we speak. The idea is to position Hangman as a "glossy, artistic alternative to the lo-fi joke-oriented virals that saturate online marketing whilst reflecting our offbeat and alternative tastes."
- TBWA has opened an icy cold office in Reykjavik, Iceland with a staff of 20 who hope to tap the country's growing economy and serve one of the world's highest per capita income populace.
- Cathie Black is out with her new book, BASIC BLACK: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) from Crown Publishing. "BASIC BLACK is a memoir masquerading as a guide to career and life from one of the first women to take a forefront role in the advertising industry, American magazine and newspaper publishing."
- Using its out of home touchscreen network, Ecast delivered a 14 percent click through for AMC's The Two Corey's. Now if we could only get results like that online.
- Want sexism in advertising? Media Circus has a collection of the twelve most sexist ads in recent years.
- As Time did earlier this year, Newsweek, today, has unveiled it's redesign which includes (shocker) longer stories with fewer but bigger pictures. A rate base reduction is under consideration as well.
- Saatchi & Saatchi ECDs Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico, creators of the Wendy's Hot Juicy Burgers campaign have left the agency.
- This is kinda dumb but if you want to see the faces of Alex Bogusky, David Droga, Erik Vervroegen affixed to the bodies of models on the cover of Playboy, you can see it all here.
- Obama Girl creator gives us tips on what makes for a successful viral video. And it's not just big boobs and a nice ass. Although that helps quite a bit.
Seattle agency Cole & Weber recently moved to new offices and wanted to make employees comfortable with their new surroundings. To do so, the agency created a video which illustrates how to best work in an open workspace environment. From the Federal United Cubicle Konsortium (yes, that does spell what you think it does) comes several tips and benefits to working in a cube farm. From cubicle size to Prairie Dogging to odor control to proper eating habits, the video promises to make cubicle life enjoyable for all.
If you want the back story on the creation of Sony's Play-Doh, you can view the Making Of video here. No mention is made of where the idea for the commercial originated which, depending upon your viewpoint, matters or is completely irrelevant.