We've received a whisper from a tipster that Boston-based media buying shop Blitz Media has closed. The shop has been a Boston area mainstay for decades and was one of the first media-buying shops in the area. Last fall the agency parted ways with major client Wendy’s, which the shop had served for over a decade. At the time agency CEO Melissa Lea wrote in a memo to staffers that the shop made the “difficult” decision to resign the account after doing a “profitability assessment” on the assignment. Ensuing talks with the client apparently could not resolve outstanding issues. Lea wrote that Wendy’s “contributed to our overall growth for many years and for that we thank them. We will continue to work hard on their business as we transition the account.” She also noted that the agency had won a number of accounts in 2013. We have reached out to the agency for comment but have not yet had a response.
Anomaly, which just lost its head of integrated production, Sergio Lopez, to McCann London, has hired Aolenso BBDO Auckland Creative Director Levi Slavin as the agency's new CD. Slavin came to Colenso BBDO in 2009 from Saatchi & Saatchi London. Of his joining Anomaly, Slavin said: "Anomaly is an incredibly exciting company -- one that genuinely plays in a new space. I'm thrilled to be joining the team."
Interpublic Group secretary Joy Noel, with the shop for 20 years, has sued the agency for $2 million, claiming the agency falsely blamed her for sending a threatening package to agency CEO Michael Roth. During an hour and a half of questioning back in December during which Noel denied sending the package, she claims the agency questioned her about her National Rifle Association membership and "supposed gun activities." She also denies having anything to do with her NRA membership cards being inside the package. She's was suspended and escorted out of the office. Noel says the agency's action is in retaliation for a previous lawsuit she filed claiming the agency engaged in race discrimination.
I'd like to wish John Hilbrich and Mark Anthony good luck. Why? Because the two have set out to create a bit of an oxymoron -- an agency holding company that isn't an agency holding company. You see, the two, who have launched Sandbox in Chicago, aim to, as Lewis Lazare writes, "challenge the status quo in the ad industry." How? By creating partnerships between agencies that are designed to highlight talent and fuel business efficiencies. Really? How is that any different than the holding company they are trying so hard not to be?
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.