AOL Buys, Mag Circ Down Again, Guinness Does NFC

A Happy Tim Armstrong

- AOL has agreed to buy for $405 million allowing AOL to expand its video advertising offerings.

- Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen -- whose company has 35-plus broadcast stations off the air in a fee dispute -- expects more blackouts, with programmers continuing to raise prices for carriage rights.

- According to the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations, total magazine circulation fell 1% from 292.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2012 to 289.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2013.

- OMG! L'Oreal model Cheryl Cole is appearing in a skincare campaign...wait for it...without wearing foundation

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Magazine, Policy, Social

Maria Sharapova Named Samsung Brand Ambassador For Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


Yesterday in Moscow, Samsung announced that global sports icon and four-time Grand Slam title winner Maria Sharapova was named as its brand ambassador for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In this role, Sharapova will work with Samsung to promote sporting and Olympic ideals as well as help raise awareness for Samsung's Sochi 2014 sponsorship.

The company also unveiled its Samsung GALAXY Team Russia for Sochi 2014, which features NHL All-Star and 2009 Stanley Cup champion Evgeni Malkin. The Samsung GALAXY Team is one of Samsung's key initiatives around the Olympic Games, aimed at promoting the Olympic Movement and providing "direct contact" between Olympians and their supporters around the world.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity

Jenny McCarthy Doesn't Smell Like an Ashtray in These Blu eCig Ads


Jenny McCarthy, who recently unleashed her breasts for Carl's Jr. can now be seen pimping Blu e-cigarettes in a television campaign breaking August 5. Making note that while dating "smelling like an ashtray isn't the ideal aphrodisiac," McCarthy talks about how smoking e-cigrettes have made her feel better about herself and have eliminated the guilt associated with smoking.

The ads, and associated webisodes introduce a new Blu eCig Starter Pack, packaging that recharges the eCigs.

With tobacco companies getting hit from all aside, the eCig business is projected to grow to $1 billion in 2013. And Blu already has a 40% share of the market.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy

Kelly Bundy Rocked the Miniskirt But Christina Applegate Rocks Fruitwater


OK, First of all, Christina Applegate is 41. Let that sink in for a minute. 41. Got it? 41. It seems just yesterday she was 18, all sexed up as Kelly Bundy wearing tight miniskirts and crop tops on Married With Children giving men of all ages something pleasurable to think about while trying to go to sleep on a lonely night.

At 41, the woman is still scorchingly hot but as a mom she tends to shy away from the short skirts and crop tops preferring, instead, more conservatively elegant mommy-wear.

Now, Applegate can be seen in a new Zambezi-created campaign for Coca-Cola's Glaceau Fruitwater, the brand's zero-calorie fruit-flavored line of water.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-13    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy

Sailor Brinkley Does Claire's, Honda Responds Via Vine


- Christie Brinkley's daughter, Sailor, will appear in her first ever ad campaign at the age of 15 for Claire's.

- Apparel company Primitive has gathered together the hotness of all its models; Christine Mendoza, Alexis Lopez, Justene Jaro and Rosanna Castillio, among others, under the Twitter and Instagram hashtag #primitiveladies.

- Digiday takes a look at why so many media planners are women.

- Working with RPA, Honda, basically copying the Old Spice Response Video campaign, launched a campaign that would respond to people who tweeted why they want a new car with the hastag #wantnewcar

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-13    
Topic: Celebrity

Can You Handle Six David Beckhams?


If you're a fan of footballer David Beckham, your'e going to love this new Sky Sports commercial in which multiple David Beckhams go through their day staying connected to the sporting world with Sky Sports.

In the ad, we see the Beckhams check sports scores in the morning, pick up the kitchen, leave for work, sit on the couch, head to the coffee shop, make an appearance at and event and then appear, all six Beckhams, to catch a game.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-13    
Topic: Celebrity

Shaq Puts Tyga in His Place in Footlocker Ad


Like an annoying little gnat, rapper Tyga, aka Michael Nguyen-Stevenson, attempts to carry on a conversation with NBA legend Shaq in a new Footlocker commercial created by BBDO New York.

In the ad, Conversation Lift, Tyga and Shaq can't hear each other because of the significant height difference. Enter the Conversation Lift. Tyga uses it to rise to Shaq's level to the two can converse.

The ad touts Reebok's new Shaqnosis sneaker, something Tyga is far too young to appreciate.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Robert Pattinson Admires Sexy Legs From Bathtub in New Dior Ad


Twilight star Robert Pattinson will soon be seen in an upcoming Dior Homme campaign. Early photos were released via Dior's Twitter account late Friday which show a fully clothed Pattinson relaxing in a bathtub while admiring a disembodied pair of legs propped alongside the tub.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

Jay-Z, Rihanna Just Do It in New Global Budweiser Campaign


Hmm. After viewing some of the Translation-created work for a new 85-country Budweiser campaign which features Rihanna and Jay-Z, we can't help but think they could have summed up the entire campaign with a tagline like, "Just Do It."

Oh wait.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-13    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity

Calvin Klein Proves Rooney Mara Has Teeth


Oh how we love Rooney Mara. Ever since we first saw her in Tanner Hall, we've been infatuated with her work. Rooney, whose sister Kate we also love, is fronting a Calvin Klein campaign for the brand's new fragrance, Down Town. Helmed by David Fincher, who directed Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, the one minute ad, a bit overly hipsterific for its own good, is very Audrey Hepburn-esque and features the song Runaway from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy

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