• Ad Agency Legend Carl Spielvogel Dies at 92
    Carl Spielvogel, who rose through the ranks at Interpublic to become vice chairman before resigning to form Backer & Spielvogel (with partner Bill Backer) died Wednesday in New York. He was 92. An assistant to Spielvogel's wife Barbaralee Diamondstein-Spielvogel confirmed the death to the New York Times. Backer & Spielvogel, launched in 1979 got off to quick start, landing Miller beer within three months and creating the iconic "It's Miller Time" tagline. Saatchi & Saatchi later bought that agency and merged it with Ted Bates. Spielvogel, a self-described "streetwise Brooklyn guy," was later appointed U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia during the …
  • Dentsu Reportedly Paid Damages To Settle 'Woodstock 50' Suit
    Dentsu has paid damages and settled a law suit related to an aborted 50th anniversary Woodstock music festival. Dentsu had been a primary investor and was handling some marketing to promote the event before pulling out in the spring of 2019. The event subsequently was cancelled. According to reports an arbitration panel ruled that Dentsu breached its contract with festival organizers for pulling out of the event.
  • DAN's 360i Supports Facebook Boycott
    Dentsu Aegis Network’s 360i has thrown its support behind an advertising boycott against Facebook  that was called for earlier this week by civil-rights groups including the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The agency advised clients in an email that “any social platform that earns profits by amplifying the voices of their community must have a zero tolerance policy for hate.” The groups behind the boycott hope advertisers will suspend advertising with Facebook during the month of July.
  • Break In The Engine Murder Case
    In June Carolyn Byington, a young research analyst at marketing agency Engine was found murdered in her home in Plainsboro, N.J. On Wednesday a co-worker, Kenneth Saal was arrested on first degree murder charges. Byington and Saal both worked out of the company’s Princeton, N.J. offices. Engine issued this statement: “We are cooperating fully with the police.  Our primary interest is in helping them get justice for Carolyn’s tragic death. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.”  
  • Adland Veteran, Agency Owner Barbara Gardner Proctor Dies at 86
    A self-made woman who was born poor in rural North Carolina, Gardner Proctor is credited with being the first African-American woman to open up her own ad agency at a time (around 1970) when women and minorities had very little sway in Adland, The New York Times reports.
  • Ad Veteran Found Dead In Her Manhattan Home
    Longtime agency copywriter Susan Trott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment last weekend. The New York Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide and have zeroed in on a “person of interest.”
  • UM Sued For Its Handling Of U.S. Army Account
    Urban One, the African-American-focused media company has filed suit against Interpublic Group’s media agency UM, charging that the latter misled and defrauded the plaintiff through ad buys made on behalf of the U.S. Army as part of a minority recruitment push. The suit is the latest in a series of dramatic turns that the U.S. Army agency review has taken over the last two-plus years. Incumbent McCann was recently eliminated and has officially protested. A similar protest by the agency after being eliminated last year kept the agency in the contest until now. The latest protest remains pending.
  • McCann Files Army Review Protest
    It's been quite a long and winding road for the years-long U.S. Army agency review and incumbent McCann has been eliminated for the second time during the process. Also for the second time the agency has filed a formal complaint protesting its elimination. Last year after being eliminated it protested and won reinstatement. Adweek.com has the latest details. 
  • Mondelez Completes Global Media Review
    Mondelez has completed a global media review that started earlier this year, reports Adweek.  GroupM, already having a good week with word today that it won the consolidated Mars global media review, has been added to the company’s roster and its agencies will handle large portions of Europe. North America duties were awarded earlier to Spark Foundry and VaynerMedia.
  • Internal Audit Finds Army Ad Dollars Wasted
    After an internal audit, the U.S. Army has concluded that tens of millions of dollars were wasted on marketing programs that didn’t produce significant returns, reports Adweek, which obtained a copy of the review through a Freedom Of Information Act request. The findings come as the Army is reviewing its ad account, currently held by Interpublic’s McCann. WPP and Omnicom are contenders in the review.  
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