24 Hours in Advertising: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Oreo celebrates Valentine's Day and John Oliver sends off RadioShack


Here's everything you need to know about the last 24 hours in advertising, in case you blinked.

Buzzing on Adweek:

Jon Stewart departs from The Daily Show
Longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart announced he would step down in the near future after 17 years on the air. (Adweek)

Red Velvet Oreos celebrate Valentine's Day with animated flicks
Oreo just debuted red velvet-flavored Oreos and, with the help of 360i, created six lovely animated spots demonstrating the power the delicious treats have to awkwardly bring strangers together. (Adweek)

A travel site made a not-so-subtle valentine spot
British online travel site LastMinute.com wants you to lust after a romantic vacation with an ad filled with suggestive imagery, just in time for Valentine's Day. (Adweek)

John Oliver gives RadioShack a proper goodbye
The media's reaction to the demise of RadioShack pissed John Oliver off, so he made a delightful parody ad for the brand. (Adweek)

Stephen Curry becomes NBA's new golden boy
As the NBA All-Star Game approaches, Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry is the go-to choice for marketers, including Degree and Under Armour, for 2015. (Adweek)

The story behind the Avocados From Mexico ad
Avocados From Mexico was an unexpected Super Bowl hit this year, scoring more than 1 million views on YouTube. GSD&M shared the origin of its idea for the "First Draft Ever." (Adweek)


Around the Web:

AOL stock drops 11 percent
CEO Tim Armstrong noted AOL's revenue missed analysts' expectations, reaching just $710 million, but global ad revenue was up 8 percent for the fourth quarter. (Venture Beat)

Budweiser Super Bowl spot goes to Congress
One of the Budweiser Super Bowl ads mocked craft brewers, and it upset a lot of people, including a few members of Congress who back the craft brew industry. (The Daily Beast)

Dish offers $250 to ditch your current provider 
Dish told potential customers if they switched to DirecTV, they would save $250 a year. But if they don't see the savings, Dish Network will compensate them. (The Wall Street Journal)

Time Warner's fourth-quarter results 
Time Warner reported better-than-expected Q4 results, with HBO seeing a 6.2 percent revenue increase and Turner reporting a 2.3 percent revenue bump. (Reuters)

Brian Williams scandal could hurt advertising
NBC just dropped the news that Brian Williams would be suspended from the air for six months without pay, and Digiday argues the scandal could be detrimental to attracting new advertisers, especially if ratings drop. (Digiday)

Facebook builds a team to fight malware
Facebook teamed up with a powerful group of companies, including Twitter and Yahoo, creating ThreatExchange, which aims to share data between organizations and stop malware spam attacks. (Facebook)

Pizza Hut steals an agency's joke
Things didn't pan out well for Pizza Hut after it lifted a #RuinAn80sSong joke from the agency Praytell Strategy on Twitter. (PR Newser)

Twitter acquires Niche
Twitter announced it acquired ad network Niche, which helps Vine and YouTube stars get money for their videos, for an undisclosed amount. (Bloomberg)


Industry Shake-Ups: 

Wells Fargo kicks off media review
Wells Fargo confirmed its in the middle of a media agency consolidation review, with a decision for incumbents OMD and Interpublic Group's UM expected in April. (Media Post)

Former recruiter launches his own consultancy
David Perez, former recruiter for Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco, debuted his own consultancy called The Perezidency. (Agency Spy)