Michelle Wie The Next Big Thing


Ever so often, they bubble up at an early age, demonstrating their astonishing skills and surprising all who witness. Perhaps child prodigy is not exactly the right word but golfer Michelle Wie, 16 on October 11, plans to take on the professional golfing world and become a medium of her own lending her fame to brands that take the ride along with her. With drives up to 391 yards, Wie has hopes of becoming the best golfer, man or woman. When Wie plays golf, people watch. Millions of people and that makes marketers see dollar signs. Recently, Wie struck a five-year, $5 million deal with Nike and another smaller deal with Sony. The next Tiger Woods? No. Better.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Sponsorship

Howard Stern Siruis Channel Debuts With Fart


In a manner appropriately befitting Howard Stern and his crew, the silence on his soon to be occupied Sirius was broken with, you guessed it, farting. At 6:30 yesterday morning, Junior the Farter farted, kicking off a day-long fart-fest in what will surely be history's most revered broadcast launch. Stern wasn't on hand for the event and Infinity barred him from airing the event on his terrestrial broadcast. As of next year, all the fighting Stern has had with the broadcast establishment will be moot as he moves to Sirius. Oddly, there was a charm to the censorship that forced the team to invent hilariously creative means for discussing raunchy topics with substitute topics. Somehow openly saying fuck, shit, piss, tits just isn't going to feel the same.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Radio

Nicollette Sheridan Signs With Australian Lingerie Brand

Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan just completed a commercial for Australian lingerie brand Hestia. Sheridan is pleased with her new role saying, "It's great being Hestia ambassador, with all these simply gorgeous Aussie housewives." We'll be watching for the Desperate Housewives Hestia product placement.
by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-05    
Topic: Celebrity

Ashanti Launches Fragrance Line


Jumping on the celebu-fragrance ride, singer Ashanti has launched a fragrance line, Precious Jewel, which will debut this week in Wal-Mart. Acknowledging the already overcrowded celebu-fragrance space, Ashanti said, "I always said that
the perfume field was getting kind of flooded. A lot of people were doing a lot of the same thing. But I also said that if I ever got a wonderful opportunity, of course I'd take advantage of it." Now there's a girl who's enjoying the spoils of fame.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-05    
Topic: Celebrity

Distribution in Jeopardy, Rimmel May Drop Kate Moss


Our tipsters are telling us cosmetics company Rimmel, the last Kate Moss holdout, may, after all, drop Moss as spokesmodel. The company is getting pressure form number two distributor Walgreens who, apparently, has said "She goes or we go." Not wanting to risk a serious distribution channel, Rimmel is seriously considering eradicating themselves from association with Moss. Also looming in Rimmel's rear view mirror is retail colossus Wal-Mart who may also a "Moss or us" edict essentially putting Rimmel out of business. It's a fair bet Rimmel will be saying goodbye to Kate Moss very soon.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

Lexus to Feature Paul McCartney Single in Hybrid Car Ad


After seeing the new Lexus hybrid car, Paul McCartney decided he would lend support to the campaign by allowing Lexus to use his new single, "Fine Line," in the commercial. "When it was put to me that they wanted to sponsor the tour and when I actually saw the car and saw what it was all about, I said 'Yeah, sure, that's something I can definitely get behind.' It beats beer commercials." The single comes from McCartney's recently released album, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard."

Lexus is sponsoring McCartney's 11-week U.S. concert tour along with Fidelity Investments. McCartney will appear in the investment company's upcoming ad campaign.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Sponsorship

Domino's Introduces New Pizza With Dude Ranch And Julie Roberts


Country Singer in New York's Herald Square today appeared in a dude ranch set up, complete with bull riding and lasso lessons, to introduce Domino's Pizza's new Steak Fanatic Pizza. The event also introduced a special promotion between Domino's and MasterCard which gives customers a chance to win their own week at a dude ranch. Check out the mechanical bull here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions

Jeep Pimps Out Commander


To launch its new 2006 Jeep Commander, Jeep enlisted Missy Elliot and MAkinE Studios to create a pimped out, hip-hop spot which merges vehicle with music video in a very cool manner. It's certainly much better than most other lame-ass car commercials out there today. Originally designed as a teaser, which aired during MTV’s VMAs, the spots were selected by Jeep to be the primary on-air promotional spot for audiences nationwide. View the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Jennifer Lopez to Launch Baby Head Smelling Perfume


Jennifer Lopez, whose fragrance company has already created three scents, Glow, Still and Live, has asked her smell experts to create a new fragrance that smells like the top of a baby's head. Lopez explained, "They were like, 'Let's get specific, what smells intrigue you right now?' and I was like, 'Well, babies. The smell of a baby’s head, you know, the way the top of their heads smell.' As freaky as that may sound, Lopez was also very clear that no babies' heads would be used in the manufacturing process, "None! None, please, please, I don't need those kinds of accusations about babies. No babies went into that bottle!"

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05    
Topic: Celebrity

Hilary Swank Joins Key to Cure Cancer Campaign


Oscar winner Hilary Swank has joined the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to The Cure cancer campaign, following Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. The Key to The Cure is a two day shopping event help at Saks stores nationwide October 28 and 29. In PSAs promoting the event, Swank will wear a Swarovski crystal covered Diane Von Furstenberg t-shirt. Five percent of sales over the two day period will be donated to cancer research programs.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity

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