Arnold Shares Agency Culture with Award Show Reflections, Tame Insights and Bad Rock

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Lest we perceive Arnold as naught more than a passel of salty stripper-lovin' pervs (that's how we like 'em!), the agency has decided to educate us on its "culture" with a series of online videos.

The first installment, which is understandably very boring (the better to fight the "perv" connotations), is all about the AdColor Awards, which took place in Boca Raton, FL in early November.

Listen to one employee wax poetic about the award show's "positive messages." And hear snippets of quotes from people whose titles include Change Agent, All-Star (like Magic at left), Innovator, Legend, and other monikers whose meanings we don't feel super-clear on.

Stay tuned for more episodes that feature different employees from its offices in DC, Boston and NY.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Video



Rosie Gets All Snot-Nosed Over Blogger's Choice Awards

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Ever wonder what celebrities (including ourselves) do with the promotional packages you send them? Rosie O'Donnell put her reactions on video, for no less than a gift package from the Blogger's Choice Awards. We like how she gave us a full-face Chris Crocker shot for, like, two seconds.

Uh ... we don't think that's a giant pencil, Rosie.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Opinion, Video



Clio Announces Jury Chairmen...Well, Half of Them

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Today, the Clio Awards announced Executive Jury Chairs for the the organization's 49th annual awards. Anomaly Partner Johny Vulkan will oversee Content & Contact, Saatchi & Saatchi Chief Creative Officer Tony Granger will oversee Television/Cinema/Digital and DDB UK Executive Creative Director Jeremy Craigen will oversee Print/Poster/Innovative/Integrated.

Sounding particularly pumped over the organization's selections, Clio Awards Managing Director Tony Gulisano said, "These individuals collectively represent the power of the idea. They are an excellent fit for the role because they're totally plugged in to the new dynamics of the marketplace, and proactively playing a part in moving the industry forward with their own work. Because of their fresh thinking and personal experience, they're challenging the expected and generating great creative across all media."

Interactive, Radio, Design and Technique Jury heads will be announced shortly.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Industry Events



Wal-Mart Blogs Again, Road Kills, MEC Wins, Getty Awards

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- Walmart's doing the blog thing again. Hopefully they'll get it right this time.

- PETA might not like this crazy road kill lady but we do. Except for those nasty teeth of hers.

- Cynopsis Digital reports, "NBC Universal added another platform for its download-to-own content - SanDisk's flash memory aided Fanfare service scheduled to launch in January. Fanfare is yet another PC to TV device that simplifies the transfer of content by allowing video to be downloaded to a USB drive then walked over to the TV."

- OMMA has announced its 2007 Agency of the Year Awards and has crowned Mediaedge:cia's MEC Interaction top honors.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Video, Weblogs



Deep Focus Bronzes Up for Social Media Use

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Deep Focus, which gave us Big Love Land, an informative interview with Mr. T, and embeddable Flight of the Conchords (the cats at left), has just been named an Agency of the Year, courtesy of MediaPost's OMMA.

Read all about it here.

Honors include Best Use of Social Media, for which Deep Focus won the Bronze.

Congrats, guys! Don't let it get to your head and start launching crap CGM campaigns.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Quebec's Crea Award Campaign Gets Crea...tive

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At first, we were going to trash this campaign for Quebec's Crea Awards (formerly known as Gala des Coqs D'Or) created by Montreal agency Bos for several reasons. First, unless you live in Quebec, you've likely never heard of the Crea Awards (or its former incarnation). Second, as one of the creatives featured in the campaign, unless you create work that appears in this market, you'll never be in the running anyway. Third, highlighting the fact the world's creative leaders (excusing DDB Canada's Alan Russell) such as Alex Bogusky, Oliver Altmann, Pablo Del Campo or Tony Granger haven't won a Crea is like saying U2 never won some local music competition. It's meaningless.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events



Enter the Adrants Holiday Party Shenanigans Contest

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Every year around this time the schadenfreude-fueled emails start pouring in from those who revel in the unfortunate (or fortunate) positions in which co-workers (or they themselves) sometimes find themselves at the annual holiday party.

Over the years we've had a director of broadcast at Crispin Porter + Bogusky reveal his ass crack and an Arnold staffer pole dance.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-07    
Topic: Announcements, Industry Events



ad:tech Announces Call For Entry For 11th Annual Awards

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ad:tech has announced its call for entries for its 2008 Awards Show which will take place during ad:tech San Francisco April 15-17. The awards focus on the best online work from affiliate programs to email to branding to mobile to social media to word of mouth to search engine marketing to ecommerce and, yes, even to the banner. Also part of the show will be a people's choice award and industry achievement awards. Entries are due January 18 so get yourself over to the entry form and sign up your best work.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Online



Boston Gets Ad School, One Show Calls, Jesus Gets Beer

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- Former Arnold Creative Director David Register has announced he will be opening a creative advertising school in Boston in early 2008.

- The 2008 One Show has opened its call for entries. The deadline for entering the 2008 One Show, One Show Interactive, and One Show Design awards is January 31, 2008. The online entry system is now live and accepting submissions.

- An Italian ad for Red Bull in which a fourth wise man shows up with a case of beer (sorry, we were thinking of Red Stripe) of the stuff for baby Jesus has angered Italian Priests.

- Followinig RJ Reynolds pulling its Camel advertising for 2008, six attorneys general have filed a law suit against the tobacco company for violating the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement which prohibits the use of cartoons, certain brand-name merchandise and related promotions in cigarette advertising.

- Landor Associates has named Russ Meyer Chief Strategy Officer. Hmm. And we thought he made sexploitation films in the seventies featuring gigantically-breasted models.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Serial Killer Threats Win Best Viral at BIMA

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Remember that one time we thought a serial killer was out to get us, but the threat turned out to be a customizable online promotion for Showtime's Dexter?

That promotion just won Best use of Viral Marketing at the BIMAs this year. Put together by Ralph & Co., London, it generated 300,000 unique Dexter emails and over 750,000 pageviews.

See the UK campaign, Ice Truck, or the US campaign, Slice of Life TV.

Gotta love a viral campaign that makes your friends feel like they're the targets of an unhinged, virtually un-catchable sociopath. We know it gave us a happy rise.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 3-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Online, Promotions, Strange, Viral








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