Radar Pays Big For Tom Cruise, No Money Left For Promotion


It's rumored Radar magazine paid $300,000 for insider info on the Tom Cruise Scientology feature which appeared in its September issue. That, perhaps, explains the apparent lack of funds available to support any street marketing beyond a couple of lame stickers shown in this image taken by our street shot snapper Bucky Turco.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Magazine

JWT Takes On Mother Nature


In an effort to passify those who think men are portrayed in advertising as over sexed, neanderthal morons, JWT has announced it will cease characterizing men as boob-fixated, humping jack rabbits. The change in policy follows the release of a book by one of the agency's vice presidents, Marian Salman, who says men have been mocked in advertising for far too long. While true when it comes to illustrating men as clueless buffoons as Verizon did recently, to strip away certain innate behaviors is questionable. Perhaps it's all payback for, until recently, portraying women as clueless, man-serving kitchen maids.

Salman says, "All too often in the marketing arena, we're portraying man as the victim - of his sexual organ or his lust, his emotional neediness, his overinflated ego or his sheer ineptitude." OK, true. That could be toned down a bit but do we want to re-engineer man to appear as if he's become some sexless, robotic, new age, virtue-spewing automaton?

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Trends and Culture

Emmys to Accost Passengers Inflight


In an attempt to stem sliding rating, the Emmy Awards organizers have signed a deal with United Airlines to show a 20 minute commercial on flight beginning September 1 to promote the September 18 broadcast. Last year's broadcast was viewed by 13.8 million, down from 17.9 million the previous year. Perhaps it's not the award show itself but rather most everything on TV sucks.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Industry Events, Television

Adam Corolla May Replace Howard Stern


As Howard Stern rides off into the sunset known as satellite radio, rumors abound over who will replace him. There's been talk of David Lee Roth and, since appearing on the Stern show in early August, there's talk of Adam Corolla. No one's confirming anything but Corolla did tell the LA Times, "It's hard to say when it will start. I'm not being evasive; I really have no idea. Right now, I hope it's later rather than sooner."

"I'm really just trying to hash out the next two weeks of my life," Carolla told the Times. "So, something that is potentially four months down the road is not just a mile down the road for me, it's a million miles down the road."

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Radio

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Commercial-Free Kidhood Advocated

Marketing to two-years-olds is a no-no so says the Campaign for a commercial-Free Childhood. We agree. Enough advertising crap will find its way to kids eyes and ears soon enough. we say let kids be kids for a while and screw all that crap about building early brand loyalty.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Policy

Hotties Promoted With Google Maps


925M points to a little project by San Francisco-based software firm Frozen Bear which has combined the recent Google mapping capabilities with the find-a-hottie site Hot or Not. Just imagine if an enterprising marketer or brand fan put this sort of thing to good use. For example, a national map of Verizon wireless towers which actually showed where the towers where rather than where those fact marketing maps show them to be. Or an outdoor company like Clear Channel using it to allow outdoor board buyers to drill down to exact board locations. Oh well. For now, finding hotties appears to be a lot more fun.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Online

Microsoft Launches Cryptic Xbox 360 Promotional Site


John Keehler over at Random Culture informs us Microsoft has launched another cryptic promotional site for what some say is tied to the upcoming Xbox 360 release. The site contains no live links and only the image of a tree, a rabbit and a very faint countdown clock which will reach zero at noon EST on September 27. Microsoft has done this sort of thing before with the OurColony website which was tied to Xbox2. As always, geeks will freak and time will tell.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Viral

Judge Delivers Wrist Slap to Bloomberg's Graffiti Ban


As much as New York Mayor Bloomberg wished to sweep Marc Ecko's graffiti party under the rug, a colorful judge, yesterday, armed with the full weight of the first amendment and a wrist-slapping attitude toward the cities efforts to ban the event, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled in favor of Ecko and required the city to reinstate a permit Ecko had requested for a block party at which mock subway cars will be painted graffiti-style. The event was to promote an Atari video game which would make the event commercial, thus allowing the city greater control over the event but Ecko, Friday, said the game would not be featured at the event making the event fully covered by the First Amendment.

Out legal linguist Bucky Turco sat in on the decision yesterday and tells us the judge "ridiculed the city and scolded them for first amendment violations and for acting outside of their provisional power and authority."

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by Steve Hall    Aug-23-05    
Topic: Policy