Cut to the Chase
Gillette eyes 3 shops for its $400-500 million media account.
Crisis of Confidence
Omnicom Battles Allegations, Stock Dive
In the most chaotic period in its history as a public company, Omnicom saw its stock battered last week following a critical press report. The company defended itself against the claims, but not before the stock took an unprecedented dive. See how the week played out.
Nearly half of those polled by Initiative Media said they
were comfortable watching violence on TV or at the movies. But only about a quarter said it's appropriate for companies to advertise during network shows that depict fictional terrorist activities.
Following a fee dispute, Leo Burnett has fired Images USA, the shop that handled African American duties on the U.S. Army's $95 million account. The act has prompted the Rev. Al Sharpton's group to move "swiftly" in filing a suit protesting Burnett's payments to subcontractors.
Wanted: Global CD
Young & Rubicam is once again actively seeking a worldwide creative director, a post that has been vacant since 2000. The search was more or less abandoned after chief client officer Linda Srere, who headed the process, left the shop last September.
The Wacky Side of IBM
Ogilvy & Mather takes an offbeat tack in new spots that tout IBM's dependability
in a world where faulty networks are the norm. Rappers, rockers and a spacy IT exec star in the work.
Zero to Sixty
Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein chat about getting Saturn moving, why Jamie Barrett is special and what's wrong with having an entire agency of storytellers. Plus, as the games begin in Cannes, we talk to the U.S. jurors, and Eleftheria Parpis casts her vote. Also, Barbara Lippert on the flying Xbox baby.