Thursday Odds and Ends

By Erik Oster 

Brad Paisley and Rachel Platten perform expanded versions of the Nationwide jingle in the latest from Ogilvy & Mather (video above). 

-Digiday published their own piece on ageism in the ad industry today. It’s really pretty good, and you should read it.

-On that note, who’s winning in the gender diversity department? “Startup” agencies (according to themselves).

 -Marketing research companies Copernicus Marketing and Forbes Consulting Group have joined Dentsu Aegis Network’s Isobar.

-The Droga5 Michael Phelps work is one of the most-shared Olympics ads ever. Not that you’re jealous or anything.

-Production company Ruffian opened an L.A. animation division in partnership with London’s Blinkink. Talent includes the guys behind that Harvey Nichols/adam&eveDDB shoplifting spot.

-Director and former copywriter Tom Carty joined bicoastal content studio Humble.

-Strategic branding and marketings innovation agency Troika appointed Austin Katz as chief development officer.