Good, Bad & Ugly Time
What do the organizers at the Advertising Women of New York have in store for this year's Good, Bad & Ugly Awards, held April 5 at Caroline's in New York? Plenty of comedy, according to the lineup. In addition to the awards themselves, this year, actress Aisha Tyler, who has appeared on CSI and 24, will host, and four comedians will perform: Corey Kahaney from Last Comic Standing, Andrea Kolb (dubbed "America's funniest mom" by Oprah Winfrey), and Karen Bergreen and Rachel Feinstein from Comedy Central's Premium Blend. But the biggest hijinks at the show might be unscripted: For the first time in GBU history, this year's as-yet-undeclared Grand Ugly winners entered their own work in the "Ugly" category, bought a table and plan to celebrate their "ugliness" at the show.
From Comics to Clients
Jodi Sweetbaum, co-owner of Lloyd & Co. in New York, creates campaigns for Gucci and Cole Haan by day, but moonlights as co-creator of a series of graphic novels for boys, The Stinky Boys Club, the latest release, with partner Maria Gallagher. "I have three sons and one daughter, so I'm constantly being subjected to ideas about boys versus girls," Sweetbaum says. Her side work helps balance her agency life, and she says clients appreciate the novels. "Marie and I both specialize in fashion, beauty and fragrance, and since this is geared toward young people, [clients] like that---it brings humanity to who we are," she says.
Walt Connelly, 45, has joined J. Walter Thompson in New York as executive creative director. Connelly, formerly evp, ecd at McCann-Erickson in San Francisco, where he worked on Microsoft, will work on accounts HSBC, Novell, Schick and Unilever, among others. … Harry Cocciolo, 41, former executive creative director of See: in San Francisco, has joined production company Tool of North America as a director.