The ongoing uproar over the Saatchi and Saatchi London-created ads for Dr. Martens which showed various rock artists sitting in heaven wearing the brand's steel toed boots has resulted in Dr. Martens parent company AirWair Ltd. firing Saatchi. The ads, which Saatchi claims Dr. Martens approved to run once in the UK's Fact Magazine caused a bit of controversy and complaint. Dr. Martens claims the images in the ads were not approved stating the work is "counter to our current marketing activities based on FREEDM, which is dedicated to nurturing grass roots creativity and supporting emerging talent."
Saatchi says it stands by the work, feels it is not offensive, promises to investigate why the ads were released beyond their intended destination and to "consider the ongoing employment" of the person who may have released the ads to the public. Oh my how things escalate.
UPDATE: Potions of this item have been changed to reflect corrections received from Saatchi & Saatchi UK and Dr. Martens.
- Cynopsis reports, "The disappointing Bud.tv may "fade away" later this year, admitted Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV in a conference call to analysts" and "Rupert Murdoch's bid to acquire the Dow Jones & Co., which includes The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and the Dow Jones Newswires, isn't looking too promising."
- The Internet Advertising Bureau and PriceWaterhouseCooper report online ad revenue increased 35 percent in 2006 to $16.9 billion.
- Havas' MPG is certainly grinning over its recent $740 million Sear media account win. Unfortunately former media agency, Carat, is grinning an entirely different grin.
- This is just not all that much fun but hey, you have to sell office cooling systems somehow.
- Saatchi & Saatchi X opens in China. Forgets to include Chinese.
- Just like click fraud, that high YouTube video viewership count might not be all it's cracked up to be.
- Direct to Consumer drug advertising insanity is about to hit Europe...in the form of an entire TV channel devoted to telling people about drugs they don't need for ailments they don't have.
- While we saw this kite surfing-gone-aircraft video a few days ago unfettered by a brand, it's now attached to Sprite Zero.
- Godzilla and friends get indigestion. Pepto Max to the rescue.
It's every creative's fantasy to demonstrate his or her real talents by shooting a music video or movie.
This is a pathetic fantasy.
So here we see a music video for Boston band Boys Like Girls, created by Company X.
The agency's description:
Director Alan Ferguson worked with Company X's Megan Brennan to snip this vid for breakout band Boys Like Girls. Rocking out in front of their screaming fans, Megan alternates between shots of the pop band and bored teenagers looking for a good time, we get a rock and roll saga that culminates at the concert of the century.
Generic. Nostalgia. Piece. Think Grease II. With emo hair.
Toronto-based AdBands, a collection of rock bands made up of some of the advertising industries most talented creative people, are coming together on May 31st for a third year to raise funds and awareness for one little girl with autism.
The 'Adbands' concept was conceived by Craig Brownrigg, Director at Radke and former agency Art Director and uncle to five year old Tennyson, who is affected with autism. The event aims to raise funds for Tennyson's costly IBI Autism therapy and the Geneva Center.
It's a nice cause but we do have to question the use of the death-focused skull and crossbones logo on the organization's site when the cause is all about helping a person live.
Factory Publishing is promoting a Triumph Motorcycle-sponsored computer-generated online graphic novel called The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore which stars British actor Colin Salmon. Viewers and musicians are being asked to participate in the storyline by creating their own adventures and submitting their own soundtracks for the show.
In a tandem effort we're not completely clear on, Factory Publishing has created two videos that trash media and ad agencies involvement with consumer generated media somehow labeling them unnecessary middlemen. While it's true some agency managed consumer generated media campaign have resulted in work that's far from pure CGM, these videos paint agencies as a sort of Hitleresque evil which stunts the growth of unadulterated CGM.
- The City Desk examines the 60 year history of the Richman Spectacles rich Man iconic neon sign that sits atop the Deputy Tyrone Campbell Building on Pearl Street. The area was once called Squint Alley due to the overwhelming brilliance and quantity of neon signs that once graced the area.
- Virgin Atlantic Airways has put its account in review. Crispin Porter + Bogusky has had the account since 2003 and will not defend.
Catch Seinfeld promoting Bee Movie by jumping off an eight story building in Cannes.
- Oddcast is having fun with its Baby Mail.
- Cynopsis reports, "The CW is planning on not selling traditional commercials in the new trend-watching series CW Now on Sunday nights. Instead, the network will integrate marketers into the show as sponsors for specific segments such as fashion, beauty or music. This fall, The CW will also sell five-second spots called "cwickies" to advertisers, in particular movie studios, three times throughout a show or during the course of a night, followed by a longer-form commercial, like a trailer. "
- Apparently, new research suggest young adults read more magazines, not less.
- Check out the Creativity Award winners.
Google bought DoubleClick. Yahoo bought Right Media. WPP bought 24/7Real Media. Microsoft, always the follower, never the leader, just bid $6 billion to acquire digital giant aQuantive. It's an information grab as companies wake up and realize their prized and proprietary information is increasingly in the hands of their very own competitors.
If you feel like hanging with One Club Chairman McKinney Executive Creative Director David Baldwin, you can have the pleasure of his company during a chat session this afternoon from 4 - 4:30P EST on a site, Virtual Ad Partner, his agency developed in tandem with a print an run in ONE Magazine. Apparently. McKinney wants to share its One Show award winning creative directors with the rest of the industry providing them a platform to impart One Show Pencil winning strategies to the rest of us losers whose work failed to deliver. Since everyone can't have a real Pencil, McKinney will offer "every struggling copywriter and art director a chance to win their very own (digital) Pencil."
Come on. You know you'll be there. You'll do anything for an award of any kind, right? We're all sick like that and you know it.
Occasionally we see work from agencies that falls short and disappoints. Earlier this week, we took a look at the work gluelondon did for the Royal Navy. It was a site that let visitors send naval-themed personalized messages to their friends which would be delivered via email or mobile. Well, let's just say the site was a bit kludgey and took forever to load even loading several times in the middle of its presentations. Usually this work just lives on continuing to cause disappointment without a care from either the client or the agency. Not this time.