AAF’s Funny Home Videos

David Jones and Eric Silver were the two ad executives among this year’s seven inductees to the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement for executives under 40. At a luncheon last Tuesday at Cipriani in New York, Jones, the 39-year-old worldwide CEO of Euro RSCG, and Silver, the 38-year-old BBDO executive creative director, had what were arguably the funniest introductory videos of any of the honorees.

The Euro staff crafted a crudely animated short in which the likes of Winston Churchill, Ghengis Khan, Joan of Arc and Napoleon debate Jones’ worthiness of being in their company in Valhalla, only to find out that the AAF has stolen their thunder by inducting him into the Hall of Achievement. The BBDO short features video of Silver digitally inserted into actual footage from Donny Deutsch’s CNBC talk show, The Big Idea. Silver picks his teeth, shows off his fish-white chest and gives facetious answers to Deutsch’s questions, as Deutsch nods in approval and calls him “the king.” Asked for advice on how he could improve the show, Silver suggests that Deutsch try a loud English accent.

The other under-40s honored were Google vp of advertising sales Tim Armstrong, MediaVest USA CEO Laura Desmond, USA Today svp of advertising Jacki Kelley, NBA global media and marketing partnerships evp Heidi Ueberroth and Hummer global marketing director Liz Vanzura.