- Anastasia Goodstein is expanding her youth focused Ypulse to include networking events, a new blog aimed at parents of teens, consulting and speaking. We missed her teen insight while she was at CurrentTV and we welcome her back.
- The Art Directors Club is naming Janet Froelich, Issey Miyake, Nancy Rice, Bert Stern, Art Spiegelman, Nicholas Negroponte to its Hall of Fame.
Writing in MediaPost, Eric Sass thinks the imagery in a recent Lexus commercial featuring two cars racing through New York City is to reminiscent of 9/11. We understand the point but we just don't see it.
- We're not so sure an Oscar winning Hollywood director making the move back to shooting commercials is necessarily a step up but that's the step Barbara Kopple has taken with Nonfiction Spots.
- The New York Times says in its new campaign These Times Demand the Times.
- Lebron James helps a couple white boys get down with it for MTV's SPorts Blender.
- Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners is continuing their "Secret Decoder" campaign for Mini USA that involved a secret code mailing to owners. If you're not an owner, Brent has the code for you here.
- Here's the new Apple ad from TBWA\Chiat\Day promoting the new colors for the new iPod nano.
- Altois is giving away its new Curiously FUssy tin designed by New York artists Lindsey Adelman in a drawing.
- In a video interview with CoBRANDiT, Rocketboom's Andrew Baron reveals he can get $80K per week for a sponsorship now. Amanda who?
OK, here's another one of those spots we were talking about before that uses celebrity sports figures to sell shoes.
- Ironic Sans thinks reverse product placement - fake movie/TV products - is the wave of the future.
- Jesus sighted on MySpace page.
- In some sort of viral movie trailer contest, Scott Rankin won for his spoof of the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail which he re-named Caaktall.
- alls-based Six Flags is having a cockroach eating contest to drum up business.
Samsung has hooked up with Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction participant Justin Timberlake to promote its new a930 phone. Fifty people will win a free autographed phone from the one time Britney boy as well as his new CD FutureSex/LoveSounds. Not sure we want to hear Justin make love sounds but we're sure there are those who do. People who don't win or don't want to play can simply join the Samsung Fun Club and get Justin's SexyBack ringtone for free. Check it all out here.
We really have to compliment Tim Nudd over at AdFreak for turning a celebrity DUI story into one centered on advertising all to show that hot image of Paris Hilton orally manipulating that gigantic Carl's Jr. burger next to that Bentley in that commercial. Yes, she was arrested for DUI and told authorities she was headed to In N Out Burger which, of course, is not Carl's Jr. and might miff those over at Carl's Jr. that the companies most famous spokesperson is, god forbid, eating something other than a big ass Carl's Jr. burger. Nudd evens brings in Bentley who he says is probobly not happy Hilton was driving a Mercedes when she was arrested rather than a Bentley. We bow to your editorial prowess, Tim.
We knew it was coming. We knew it was only a matter of time. Well, now it's official. Anheuser-Busch, in February 2007, will launch Bud.tv, an online content channel with entertainment, news, celebrity interviews, comedy and sports and Bud Tube, a YouTube-like site whereby people can upload the usual consumer generated media type stuff. The brewer has invested 30 million on the project and content will come from Kevin Spacey, Vince Vaugh, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-owned production companies as well as from the agencies that currently produce the brewer's advertising. With a February 2007 launch, it's likely we'll see Super Bowl spots promoting the launch - that is if the TV net doesn't see it as too competitive.
- Copyranter thinks Axe goes too far with its promises of the perfect life just because you use their deodorant. As if girls actually swoon to guys based on the flavor of their pits. The dude in this ad needs a lot more help than deodorant.
- The Art Directors Club will have a panel at its ADC Gallery on September 21 which will discuss how creatives can instigate social and political action. Esquire cover guru George Louis and "I Love NY" designer Milton Glaser will be on hand.
- Here's another one of those Akbank mass human choreography things.
- Consumer feedback to GM's Fastlane blog was part of the reason the company recently announced it would lengthen the warranty on all of its vehicle to 100,000 mile of five years beginning in 2007.
- ATTIK has designed and launched a website for MTV VMA Vanguard Award winner Hype Williams who was bestowed the honor last week during MTV's Music Video Awards.
- Online marketing magazine Adotas is hosting a dinner at Fiamma Osteria Tuesday night, November 7th to welcome incoming ad:tech Chair Drew Ianni.
Joining Coke's ongoing Coke Side of Life Stageside thing in which artists perform to a background of subtle Coke branding is Jay-Z who follows Na-Yo who appeared in the promotion earlier this year. Jay-Z appears at Radio City Music Hall in a white tux backed by a full orchestra. We're not sure Jay-Z does it for us but we're sure he will for some. In any event, it's not a bad way to offer up a little entertainment while achieving a bit of brand awareness albeit questionably measurable.
We're just guessing that Britney's K-Fed couldn't find any brands to product place in his newly released 'Lose Control' music video. That's the only explanation we can come up with for the sudden close up shot midway through the video of a dancer wearing a GoldenPalace.com t-shirt. It's perfect. Everyone's going to check this video out of morbid curiosity and there GoldenPalace will be for all to see in the middle of this...um...less that great music video. Much appreciation to Adrants reader Dario Meli for tipping us to this.
AdPunch has a few photos of Jessica Simpson in the new ad campaign for her line of footwear and handbags. We'll agree with AdPunch here and say she does look pretty good in these ads.
Hoping to maximize Ryan Seacreast's apparent addiction to reviewing daily Google Alerts about himself, Kaitlyn Wilkins tells us online celebrity fantasy league Fafarazzi has posted it's desire on it's blog. Through the wonders of the blogoshpere link-fest and Google's documenting of it, Fafarazzi hopes Seacreast, when reading his Google Alerts, will see the Fafarazzi plea and mention it on any one of his many shows from America Idol to his morning show on KISS to his varios interviews on Extra and other media outlets. Stranger things have happened.
The Hilton sister who didn't film herself having sex for the world to see, otherwise known as Nicky, has signed a deal with E! which, in return for promoting the hotels on it's networks, will place network programming throughout Hilton's Nicky O hotels. Elevators will be equipped with an E! news ticker and the networks Live from the Red Carpet will air in the hotels bars and restaurants. Computers will be infested with the E! Online homepage and the network will, of course, be available in all guest rooms.