So when Obama Girl aka Amber Lee Ettinger was all the rage, she was kind enough to send us a personalized message telling us how much she loves Adrants and why everyone should read it if they're interested in advertising.
We wrote about her and her work for Barely Political a lot. And we mean a lot. So we were very pleased to have that thank you message arrive.
Perhaps we haven't yet written enough about Isiah Mustafa and his work for Old Spice to warrant one of his personalized videos now making the rounds. He's done one for Kevin Rose over at Digg, friend with similar interests Susannah Breslin, Gizmodo, Ashton Kutcher, Peter Shankman and several others.
And so the press release reads, "Denny's Super Bowl Chickens are back with their very own talk show, sponsored by Denny's $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu! After skipping town to avoid this year's Free Grand Slam giveaway, these plucky chickens have returned to turn late night TV on its head in a series of webisodes available on Denny's Facebook page. As the Chickens are huge baseball fans, so they were thrilled to talk fantasy baseball teams with All-Star and Baseball Tonight analyst John Kruk! However the chickens have very specific criteria for the players they want on their teams..."
Heard of Chatimal? Well he's a little animal that repeats what you say and he's getting some promotional love in the form of YouTube videos that parody the likes of Numa Numa, the Chocolate Rain dude and Leave Briney Alone. If you care, you can watch them here.
Here is a personal statement sent to us from Jemma Lyon, the woman who was accused of plagiarism for submitting what appeared to be a direct copy of a previous video created by Will Tribble. We covered the story originally here. As it turns out, Nokia is said to have sent a rep to help Jemma Lyons shoot her video submission for the contest. According to Lyons, the rep used Tribble's video as a template and told the actors to simply do what they saw the actors do in Tribble's video.
If anyone's to be accused of plagiarism here, it is Nokia. If Lyons claim is true, there is simply nothing Nokia can say to explain this away. Nothing at all. There's been some very bad social media moves over the past few years but this one, by far, will go down as one of the most egregious.
- Ray Ban does Reservoir Walking.
- And in unrelated news, Mahir Çağrı (I Kiss You!!!) is still traveling the globe, searching for the perfect woman and suing Sacha Baron Cohen for, allegedly, usurping his likeness.
- AXE, in partnership with Funny or Die, is out with a new mobile campaign called Twisted Humor Hour.
- Creative design and production studio Brand New School has announced the impending opening of their new London-based studio, as well as the addition of veteran agency producer Kayt Hall as the U.K. studio's executive producer.
- Cialis: Morning are my favorite time to play.
- Cannes Shortlists for Cyber and Design are out.
- Cannes: The great integration versus interruption debate that wasn't.
- Top five social media marketing mistakes.
- The Martin Agency has hired three new creative directors; brother duo Keith and Eric Tilford, co-founders of CORE, and Keith Cartwright, formerly of Wieden+Kennedy.
- Swatch and MTV want you to participate in their Creative Competition. Winner goes to Shanghai Expo 2010.
- And yea, yea, yea. Here's the giant AKQA blow up doll. OK, it's not a doll. It's an inflatable lion cub and it's sitting outside the Palais to promote the Future Lions Awards ceremony on Friday 25 June, 16.00 in the Esterel Theatre.
Calling it a "terrible attempt at forced viral content," an Adrants reader points us to what Hertz describes thusly, "You won't believe what this couple got up to in a Hertz hire car." And, yea, it's not so good. It's predictable. It's not funny.
So what's this all about? Well "Everyone's at it. Wimbledon, that is."
The similarities are remarkable. Then again, How many different ways can you tell Forrest Gump's story in one minute? Once again we have charges of plagiarism and this times it's tied to Cannes.
Nokia hosted a video competition and first prize was a trip to Cannes. Well, the creator of the winning video, Jemma Lyon, is in Cannes but she's being pummeled by members of web community b3ta. One of the original film's creators wrote, "Someone's sent me an entry to a Nokia filmmaking competition that's literally a shot for shot, line for line, idea for idea remake of it, this has been the first I've heard of it. I wouldn't mind except the person who entered it has won a "Critics Choice" award out of this rehash, including a FUCKING TRIP TO CANNES."
"Who wants to win a rigged awards ceremony anyway," asks Neil Hamburger in this Lost Planet video. There's broken wine glasses. There's whining. There's profanity. There's shattered egos. There's police intervention. Yea, it's a spoof but it's not like this sort of behavior never happens at awards shows. This week being Cannes week and all...
- Last night Mullen faced Digitas in the first-ever Mullen versus Digitas Ping Pong Tournament. (Nice girl through the guy's legs treatment)
- College Humor helps BP get its Domino's on.
- No. Your Dad does not want a tie for Father's Day this year. Wait, does anyone wear ties anymore?
- Six Flags and Walmart have partnered to offer customers discounts to Six Flags when shopping at Walmart.
- To raise awareness and money for the Greater New Orleans Foundation Gulf Coast, San Francisco-based Pereira & O'Dell are...opening a satellite office off the coast of Naknek, Alaska.