A week ago we posited several reasons why Hill Holliday Chairman Mike Sheehan, who was only in the role for a few months of a promised two-year stint, left the agency so quickly. One of the reasons was that Sheehan was taking on a role at the Boston Globe. Today that has come to fruition with the announcement that Sheehan will become the CEO of The Boston Globe. John Henry, who purchased the paper in October, will assume the role of publisher. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Sheehan, 53, was working with the Globe as a consultant on ad sales. "I'm excited about the opportunity to work for John Henry, whose track record at transforming Boston institutions is unblemished," Sheehan said. "I would never bet against John Henry's ability to turn Boston Globe Media into something spectacular in very short order."
Oh, and that violent PSA created by Perth ad agency Henry & Aaron for the Learn For Life Foundation which to date has achieved
close to 9 million views on YouTube and coverage from every major media outlet? Fake. Learn For Life does not exist and the whole thing was just a promotion for the agency. We all fell for it hook,
line and sinker. Thoughts? Was this brilliant or inexcusably lame?
Boston-based Allen & Gerritsen has a Web series they call #AFewGoodMinutes. It's a video series chronicling intimate conversations with innovators in pop culture and marketing. So far, the series has had discussions with Donnie Wahlberg, PepsiCo Global Head of Digital Shiv Singh, JetBlue SVP Marty St. George, Russell Simmons, Google Creative Lab CCO Robert Wong and Warby Parker Co-Founder Neil Blumenthal. This week, Allen & Gerritsen EVP Joel Idelson sits down with Elle Creative Director Joe Zee to discuss the cutthroat business of marketing and advertising and the "individual" culture of Elle.
Horizon Media Founder and CEO (for 25 years) Bill Koenigsberg has a few things to say about Publicis and Omnicom and the whole "bigger is better" thing. Of the merger giving Publicis Omnicom Group tremendous access to Big Data and an edge over the competition, Koenigsberg says, "I don't buy that. The data that Publicis and Omnicom will have is derived from their own backyard. Will clients allow them to trade on that data? How much is proprietary from each individual client, and how much they can actually open up and make decisions on, from a larger universe, is yet to be seen." And on why he thinks his agency is much better suited to handle big clients like the Burger King account they just won, Koenigsberg adds: "Because we haven't built the company through acquisitions, we're incredibly integrated, we're not distracted by corporate intricacies, and decision-making is faster."
Okay -- now back to your regularly scheduled Super Bowl coverage.
Brooklyn artist Maya Hayuk spoke with Starbucks agency 72andSunny over the course of eight days regarding her artwork and how it might be incorporated into promotional work for the new Starbucks
Mini Frappuccino. But after the eight days, she told the agency she was too busy to create new work and the talks ended.
Upon launch of the Mini Frappuccino, Hayuk felt the rainbow-style artwork was a bit too similar to work of her own and she filed a $750,000 copyright infringement lawsuit against Starbucks saying the finished product was "strikingly similar" to her work.
The lawsuit states: "Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works.” Hayuk's lawyer added: “When things like this happen, it cheapens the value of the art -- it’s really true. And her only source of income is her art.”
For its part, a Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are aware a complaint has been filed, and we are investigating the allegations.”
It seems the "hook up" is the predominant theme at Cannes Lions this week. Just like Barbarian Group's Dumb Phones, Virool's "Cannes We Meet" helps delegates connect with other
Cannes We Meet is a web app that works just like Tinder. After you visit the site and log in using LinkedIn, you can swipe right to meet or left not to meet in a manner very similar to the Tinder dating app.
Of the app, Virool CEO Alex Debelov said, "We know that clients meet agencies, agencies win business, startups win funding and products find buyers. Now we're helping bridge that gap and propel our industry forward."
Nice effort though I'd venture to say that I'm not all that far off base when I suggest rose-fueled delegates are thinking about propelling forward something entirely different than the industry while boozing it up in Cannes.
Leading up to and during Cannes Lions, a handful of the world's best and most respected creatives convene on jury panels in Cannes, France to judge the world's creative. These judges are the cream
of the crop. Any agency would love to have them work for their shop -- but how does an agency reach out to all these amazing creatives all at once? Easy. Turn your Cannes Lion entry case study
video into a recruitment ad.
180LA did exactly that by submitting a case study video of an entry into four Lions competitions; Film, Press, Direct and Radio. So as jury members were in the midst of reviewing hundreds of entries, they were also delivered a sneaky recruitment video. Quite brilliant actually, and from the tweets some of the judges sent, the stunt seems to have gone over quite well.
Y&R/Bravo Miami VP Creative Director wrote: "Hey @180LA thanks for the offer in the middle of the judging process. Lol. I'll call Monday." Proximity Creative Director Eva Santos wrote, "A case study just called me by name and offered me a job. Great idea @180LA #canneslions "lionsjudging."
Delivered with the drollest of droll voice overs, jury members, if not interested in the offer, are asked to "pass this idea to the shortlist and help change the life of another CD."
Check out the video here.