Subservient Chicken Yields Subservient President Yields Subservient Blair

Just in time for a likely election this spring in the UK, we have Subservient Blair.

Oh yes. Just as in Hollywood, once success is achieved, as it was with Crispin's Subservient Chicken, it will be rammed down throats until it comes out the other end.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

Looking For Commercials? Adland Has 20,000

Denmark-based Adland has hit the 20,000 mark.

The advertising-focused site run by åsk wäppling has collected over 20,000 commercials in its database. just because the site's located in Denmark doesn't mean it's not full of U.S.-based advertising. It is.

And tons of it. If you need access to any commercial, you're likely to find it here. It's two Euros per month to access the database. Money well spent.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

Best Viral Work of 2004 Discussed

There's a discussion going on in the Adrants Network on the best viral work done in 2004. Members are noting the beheaded Cat, Honda's Cog, Burger King's Subservient Chicken, The Grey Album, iPod's Dirty Secret, Pontiac's Oprah car giveaway and many more. You are invited to join the Network and discuss your thoughts on this year's best viral advertising.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

JWT's Ty Montague Profiled

having recently moved from Weiden + Kennedy over to J. Walter Thompson as Chief Creative Officer, Ty Montague gets a full on profile treatment from the New York Observer's Gabriel Sherman. Entitled, "The End of the 30-Second Spot," the article explores Montague's views of the industry in general as well as his plans for the future.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

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Out Of Work Creatives Launch Self-Promotional PSA

Copywriter Marc Guttesman and creative/art director Tom Millar teamed with director Joe Leih to launch marcandtom, a website spoofing public service announcements that showcases their skills as well as their need for employment.

The PSA features actors portraying Guttesman and Millar trying to succeed in a series of non-advertising jobs but failing miserably because their advertising skills are too ingrained. In one scene, Millar, as an elementary school teacher, criticizes a 5-year-old student's drawing and marks it up with a red sharpie. In another, Guttesman, as a court stenographer, rewrites a prostitute's testimony to give it more punch. The PSA ends with a voice over asking the viewer to please hire them because they can't do anything else.

Check these guys out. If they can create something as good as this, they ought to be able to do some great work for you.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

Publicis CEO Maurice Levy Inserts Foot In Mouth

Apparently, agency CEOs have a short memory. While poking fun at Nike's recent LeBron James Chinese ad debacle and claiming his agency's superior understanding local culture, Publicis CEO Maurice Levy seems to have forgotten Leo Burnett subsidiary's Nippon Paint screw up and Saatchi & Saatchi subsidiaries December 2003 ad depicting a Toyota pulling a Chinese-made Dongfeng truck - apparently another cultural no-no.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04    

Branded M&M's: Great Gift, Not So Great Stealth Marketing Tool

John Keehler of Random Culture points to M&M's entry into the realm of brand customization. Visiting M&M's online store, one can select custom M&M colors, add text and have them bagged up for delivery. Of course, there are rules. No objectionable words and phrases. No obscenities and no commercial use. I guess that eliminates Hershey launching a stealth marketing campaign to rebrand all M&M's as Reese's Pieces.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-04