Oops. The frequent and outspoken Fox News guest and Rooster Chief Creative Officer Gavin McInnes has been asked to take a leave of absence from the agency following comments he made in an article entitled “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural” which was followed by an angry backlash on Twitter. Of the leave, a
Rooster representative said, "Gavin's views are his own and do not represent those of the company or its members. We are extremely disappointed with his actions and have asked that he take a leave of
absence while we determine the most appropriate course of action." Here's part of what he wrote that got him in hot water: “We’re all transphobic. We aren’t blind. We see there are
no old trannies. They die of drug overdoses and suicide way before they’re 40 and nobody notices because nobody knows them. They are mentally ill gays who need help, and that help doesn’t
include being maimed by physicians. These aren’t women trapped in a man’s body. They are nuts trapped in a crazy person’s body.” And that's just the tame part. Read the whole
article for the full frontal onslaught.
Bruno Lee Ribeiro, an art director at Brazilian ad agency Hasan & Partners decided it was high time that the ad agencies of the world have football uniforms designed for them. And so he took it upon himself to do just that. He designed soccer uniforms for agencies such as BBH, TBWA, DDB, Grey, Wieden+Kennedy and others. The agency uniforms were tailored specifically for the agency's heads, Amir Kassaei, Tor Myhren, Nizan Guanaes, John Hegarty, Lee Clow and Dan Wieden. You can check out all the designs on the Advertising FC Tumblr. He plans to continue creating branded uniforms for even more agencies.
As if Universal McCann didn't already have enough to contend with after President Sarah Personette left for Facebook and Mediabrand's Jacki Kelley bailed to become COO at Bloomberg. Now the agency is faced with the possibility of losing the Brown-Forman account, the distillery brand it has worked with for ten years. A media agency review has been launched with External View Consulting Group handling. Universal McCann will participate in the review for the $53 million account which will conclude late in the year.
Surely you've heard of Craigslist, right? Surely you've noticed it's quite bare bones and lacking any notion of creativity. Three creatives hope to change that. The trio have launched Classify, an ad agency for Craigslist ads. The founders, including former Saatchi & Saatchi account manager Nick Smatt and Brazilian creative Pedro Sampaio, aim to "transform Craigslist posts from boring, ineffective ads into dynamic cash cows. Cows that you can milk -- for money." Will the business go anywhere? Highly unlikely. But it is a nice bit of work for the portfolio.
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.