12 Great Jerry Stiller Ads; Young Entrepreneurs Give Back: Tuesday’s First Things First

Plus, even without upfronts events, NBCU and Fox announce big plans

From left, Jerry Stiller's ad appearances in a seat belt PSA, an AOL ad and an air conditioning spot.

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For 5 Decades, Jerry Stiller Was Advertising’s Beloved Curmudgeon

Jerry Stiller, who died Monday at age 92, had a long and acclaimed career on stage and screen, and commercials were no exception. From the 1970s on, he was often found voicing or starring in ads, often with his wife and longtime comedy partner, Anne Meara.

They appeared together in several ad campaigns in the 1970s and ’80s, including a radio campaign for Blue Nun wine, a series of PSAs about the importance of seat belts and ads for Jack in the Box and Windex. Stiller also starred in iconic campaigns for AT&T, AOL, Total cereal, Glad ClingWrap, Marriott and Nissan, among others. These roles required a tough balance of being grumpy but also likable, a balance Stiller managed to bring consistently to his work across five decades.

Watch: Enjoy a dozen great moments in advertising with the late, great Jerry Stiller.

With Upfronts Week Events Canceled, Companies Are Still Announcing Big Plans

NBCUniversal is aiming for serious transformation in the face of Covid-19. The company, which has already moved to reduce ad loads on special programming, is further trimming ad loads on news programming by two minutes and is eyeing a reduction of 15-second ads in an effort to maximize advertisers’ ROI, it announced in a presentation Monday.

Also on Monday, Fox Corp unveiled a largely pandemic-proof fall schedule, with most having already been filmed, addressing one of TV buyers’ biggest concerns: a lack of new shows to advertise in. And on Friday, Fox Sports held another round of virtual town halls with agencies to prepare for the return of live sports—and, it hopes, to jumpstart talks about the upcoming NFL season.

Young Entrepreneurs Are Stepping Up to Help Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Gen Z and millennial business leaders are showing their own creativity, from pivoting existing initiatives to building new ones. For example, Jorge Richardson, 24, and other co-founders debuted TogetherCard.org, a search engine for gift cards that supports businesses struggling to stay open. Noah Friedman and Sahil Bhaiwala, both 25, created 6FTCloser, which allows users to submit short, personalized videos of thanks and nominate essential workers to receive these messages.

Read more: Another young entrepreneur is helping provide PPE to those who need it.

  • Saving Advertising Internships: Following a conversation between Mona Gonzalez of Pereira & O’Dell New York, and Rebecca Rivera, adjunct assistant professor at The City College of New York (CUNY), the two organizations have launched “Save the Internships.” The effort aims to secure last-minute virtual opportunities at New York ad agencies for advertising, public relations, marketing, design and communications majors who were relying on the experience and income this summer.

Will Sustainability Remain a Corporate Priority After Covid-19?

Due to Covid-19, some brands that have incorporated sustainability into their plans are now feeling uncertain about whether they can afford to maintain their green initiatives. Unilever told Adweek it’s sticking to its plans to halve its use of virgin plastic by 2025, but not every company was so confident. Marriott and JetBlue’s respective pledges to reduce plastics and approach carbon neutrality could be on hold or lack funding.

Read more: Some companies like Ben & Jerry’s say Covid-19 is an opportunity that demonstrates it’s not too late to have an impact on the climate.

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The Hidden Power of Bobblehead Marketing: Bringing Dr. Fauci to a Desk Near You

Having watched the soaring popularity of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Phil Sklar, who runs the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, figured the physician would make a good bobblehead. Sklar was right. Giving $5 from every doll sold to the Protect the Heroes campaign supporting healthcare workers, the museum has taken orders for upward of 34,000 Fauci bobbleheads.

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