Not that featuring a product in a music video is anything new but HP reportedly paid $200,000 to place products in Jessica Simpson's candy-coated, new video A Public Affair as part of its "The Computer Is Personal" campaign. In the video, Simpson raps with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian and Eva Longoria about how cool it is to be famous then the girls hit the roller skating rink and offer up more bubble-headed tripe. Towards the end of the video, comedian Andy Dick reaches into his pants as if he's misplaced his last name and pulls out an HP Ipaq emblazoned with the campaign's hand imagery. A laptop and a TV/monitor make an appearance as well.
UPDATE: HP's PR agency, Porter Novelli contacted us to correct a couple of facts we and the New York Post had incorrect.
"While we can not share the exact figure, the $200K quoted for HP's product placement in the Jessica Simpson video is incorrect. The Jessica Simpson video product placement is not an extension of 'The Computer is Personal Again' campaign. HP has an on-going product placement program and this deal was part of an existing relationship."
While Reebok and Scarlett Johansson would not appear to be two names normally mentioned in the same sentence, Reebok has signed a deal with the actress to front a new footwear and apparel fashion line called "Scarlett Hearts Rbk" which will launched in Spring 2007. Of course, no one's revealing how much coin Reebok will part with to secure Johansson but New York agency Mcgarrybowen will create a campiagn which will include television, print, Internet and outdoor.
It seems Kate Moss has made it perfectly fine for brands to use spokespeople who live the drug lifestyle. Fashion brand Adriano Goldschmied has hired artist, photographer, graffiti writer and self admitted coke user Dash Snow to appear in several ads promoting the brand's jeans. But it's all perfectly fine. After all an under the radar personality like Snow which only the hippest of hipsters has heard of is perfect for a fashion brand that only the hippest of hipsters has heard of. Snow's aunt, Uma Thurman, must be quite proud of her nephew's accomplishments.
Claiming the Internet has been good to him, and considering not much else has since his Knight Rider days, David Hasselhoff in now appearing in an online video for UK broadband company Pipex.
Adland points out Liz Hurley will be the new celebu-face of Jordache jeans, a company that had its fashion fame back in the 70's. Hurley, who isn't exactly a celeb with all that much "hip/cool/spend way too much on these jeans because I'm wearing them" factor, will appear in September issues along with the Jordache horse. The ads, shot by Michael Thompson, will promote the company's Legacy line which will be available only at Macy's. Hmm, I guess there isn't all that much hip factor needed if that's the only shopping audience on which the company is focusing.
Slathered in self adoration and needlessly explaining its creation, this Nike site that captures Tiger Wood's golf swing while providing links to the products he's using would be a far better experience if it didn't take over 30 seconds explaining how it was created in a remote (somehow better than a non-remote) sound studio using a military defense camera that shoots 4,000 digital stills per second. Crap. Just film the fucker with a video camera and be done with it. And leave the preening self-glorification and self-congratulatory back slaps for those all important "concepting" session while playing foosball and trying to pick up this week's hot intern.
Procter & Gamble's Cover Girl has added to it long list of celebrities vamping in its formulaic advertising Keri Russell, who killed a TV show by cutting her hair. Thankfully, she looks much better in this EricssonFina-created/Final Cut-edited commercial in which she pretends to be some sort of kung fun double agency while hyping the companies Outlast Double LipShine lip gloss. The spot contains the usual canned ad-speak "Ever been double crossed by your lip gloss? Color, flip and shine,. It won't double cross. From Easy, Breezy Cover Girl."
While Lindsay Lohan is now schilling Proactiv acne medicine in a new infomercial spawned from a $2 million contract with the company, we're kinda thinking if she'd just settled on a particular body size rather than stressing her body out with all that "my boobs are too big," "I'm too skinny" and "Wait, I'm fat again" crap, she might not have suffered so much from acne. But, don't listen to us. We're not doctors but we had to write something because, otherwise, who really cares Lindsay's doing an infomercial for an acne medicine?
Lohan follows a long line of celebs praising Proactiv from Britney Spears to Alicia Keys to Jessica Simpson to Elle Macpherson to Kelly Clarkson.
Dancing With the Stars' Kelly Monaco and former Burger King queen Brooke Burke are bringing Gillette's NoScruf campaign (previously) to New York's Herald Square today around noon with a rally to carry the movement's message: we aren't going to shave until you do. Boston's Digitas created the faux, Geocities looking site to launch the cause that encourages men to shave - with Gillette razors, of course - by threatening men with women who don't shave. At the event, there will, apparently, be an army of unshaven women freaking out the men of New York. It's the double standard kind of thing. Public relations firm Porter Novelli organized the event. If anyone attends, please send us pictures.
Tian questions Oreo's choice of American Idol's Randy Jackson as host of the company's Oreo & Milk Jingle Contest. He appears in ads and on packaging promoting the contest. Tian points out the term "oreo" is slang for "African Americans that the black community is generally offended with for betraying their roots usually for dating caucasion girls, dressing too white, talking too white, etc." as defined in the Urban Dictionary.