Thursday Stir

By Erik Oster 

-With the DNC Convention in Milwaukee this week, local independent agency Hanson Dodge launched a campaign for Visit Milwaukee celebrating the city, including this “Power By The People” spot featuring Milwaukee Bucks and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and narration by Milwaukee poet laureate Dasha Kelly (video above).

“Working on these films was a shared labor of love, not just because this our home, but because of all of the local people and artists who contributed to the end product. Milwaukeeans are proud people,” Hanson Dodge vp, creative director Joe Ciccarelli said in a statement. “Hopefully we’ve made something they can all be proud of.”

-Media Frenzy Global vp, marketing and public relations Katie Kern and Lee Deas of Obviouslee Marketing launched a pledge and 90-day plan for racial justice in the workplace called Act In Solidarity.


-Talent incubator Third Eye Collective focuses on advancing the careers of South Asian creatives.

-The U.S. Postal Service hired Weber Shandwick to handle crisis managing and combat mendacious rhetoric regarding mail-in voting coming from the White House.

-ID Comms CEO Tom Denford claims ID Comms rejected an invitation to manage the Kraft Heinz pitch.

-Chief executive Anna Panczyk being “on leave” means more drama for Grey London.

-Knoxville-based agency Tombras helped fast food chain Zaxby’s celebrate Relaxation Day last Saturday with a “Relaxation Pack” complete with fried chicken-scented candle (image below) as part of its “Peace, Harmony, Chicken” Zensation rollout.

“We wanted to have a little fun with Zensation this year,” Zaxby’s CMO Joel Bulger said in a statement. “These are trying times, so we’re promoting peace, harmony and chicken with some soothing, on-brand freebies. We hope it puts a smile on people’s faces and helps them relax and destress.”

A beautiful woman enjoy and relaxing in hot tub