Friday Stir

By Kyle O'Brien 

-Sexual wellness company Dame has launched a limited-edition love toy bearing the face of Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator who helped engineer the fall of Roe v. Wade by working to reshape the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court. Every penny from the sale of the toys will go towards organizations fighting for the right to access abortion healthcare following the June 24, 2022 decision to overturn a half a century of precedent and protection, effectively stealing ownership of our bodies. Dana Buckhorn, a creative at Mischief @ No Fixed Address, the creative agency that teamed up with Dame, said: “We wanted to make sure this issue is top of mind leading up to the midterm elections, when people have the chance to make meaningful change.”

-The ad industry is a representation of how creativity, culture and growth come together and those who knew Dan Wieden say he was the embodiment of this representation.


-Following a successful U.S. launch in 2020, One School, a free 16-week portfolio school for Black creatives, is opening its doors in the U.K.

-Stagwell Media Network, which launched last August, is reintroducing itself now as the Stagwell Brand Performance Network.

-Gut has promoted two of its creatives to the top, elevating Juan Javier Peña Plaza and Ricardo Casal to North America CCOs.

-Pepsi is investing in a refreshed international brand strategy called “Thirsty for More” which features a star-studded soccer spot from BBDO Argentina.

-In the latest Most Powerful Women in Sports podcast, U.S. Soccer Federation president Cindy Parlow Cone talks about becoming the first female president of U.S. Soccer.

-Crypto enterprise company Ripple has partnered with Iris Worldwide on a campaign, “Crypto Means Business.” Iris collaborated with NFT and Web3 artist Balkan Karismann to develop the campaign’s static and digital artwork, and a 30-second spot directed by Warren Fu serving as a metaphor for the status quo and urging action on financial leaders globally.