Thursday Morning Stir

By Doug Zanger 

-Bet you didn’t know there’s a weightlifting garbage collector in Canada. But now you do thanks to FCB Canada, and here is our approximate French translation as required by some obscure law of the internet: Il y a un éboueur d’haltérophilie au Canada. La nouvelle publicité Glad de FCB Canada est amusante.

-Activist investors have come to the ad industry by way of hedge fund FrontFour Capital, which owns 5.3% of MDC Partners.


-Some marketers are apparently leaving tech companies to work at ad agencies. Wait, what?

-R.I.P. Bob Einstein, AKA Marty Funkhouser AKA Super Dave, who started his career as a copywriter.

-Did you see the cannabis ad in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Neither did we, but people sure were excited about it.

-This is what some Cannes Lions jurors would like to see—and not see—at this year’s awards.

-The Drum is spreading the love with its New Year’s Honors (but isn’t it spelled “honours”?).

-DTC (direct-to-consumer) is big biz. But these brands need to be profitable.

-Deloitte Digital’s Andy Main ponders “the last time an ad transformed a business.” Well, Nike and Colin Kaepernick may have something to say about that, but BI has a Q&A with his thoughts.