Friday Morning Stir

By Patrick Coffee 

-Mother New York and Virgin Voyages capture every parent’s worst nightmares in this spot encouraging you to go on vacation and stop feeling guilty about it.

-An attorney representing “NY Doe 1,” defendant in the Diet Madison Avenue defamation lawsuit, filed to have it dismissed on Wednesday, arguing that she never had access to the account and has no idea who did.

-Johnson & Johnson’s budget cuts over the past year have hit Omnicom and WPP divisions Velocity and The Neighborhood, both of which made recent leadership changes.


-Police in Key West arrested agency founder Gregory Francis Murtagh last week and charged him with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. In 2016, Triad Retail Media, the agency he founded and left two years earlier, sold to WPP’s Xaxis.

-Ogilvy’s worldwide chief communications officer Jennifer Risi resigned this week after more than 8 years.

-ComScore is cutting 10% of its total workforce after the departures of CEO Bryan Wiener and president Sarah Hofstetter, both formerly with 360i.

Bennett D. Bennett made a good point in a Twitter thread: wouldn’t the New York Mayor’s Creative Council be a great way to help teach young people of color about career opportunities in advertising?

-On that note, AdAge highlights “Brown Riot,” a new podcast focusing on industry leaders who are not white dudes.

-Who won the Met Ball? What is camp? Grey New York creative director Bevan Mahaney weighs in.

-Dentsu Aegis Network made a bunch of leadership changes on the media side of the business.