Thursday Stir

By Kyle O'Brien 

-Giving your dad a shirt on Father’s Day usually says “boring gift.” But a particular shirt from Canadian retailer Harry Rosen is a much cooler option, especially in the time of Zoom calls. The “Green Screen Shirt” is perfect for the work from home dad. What looks like a fairly normal green shirt comes alive with unlimited colors and patterns possible when dad hits the green screen checkbox on Zoom. He can choose from stripes to bananas, checks to polka dots and landscapes.

The shirt was developed with agency partner Zulu Alpha Kilo.


-Adweek took a walk down memory lane and looked at some of the most memorable winning work from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity from the last two decades.

-In other Cannes news, the 2021 festival received 29,074 award entries from 90 countries covering a two-year period, but the entry numbers are down from 2019, the last time the awards were held.

Nick Farnhill, founder and chief executive of Publicis.Poke, is leaving the agency after 20 years. John Hadfield, CEO of Bartle Bogle Hegarty Singapore, will move from the fellow Publicis Groupe agency to replace Farnhill.

-Agencies are trying to figure out their return to work policies, and they are exploring various options in terms of implementation strategies, from hiking meetings and “fluff your nest” kits to banning Rover and eliminating buffets.

-A session of Adweek at Home with Made Music Studio executives John Taite, global evp of brand partnerships, and Kristen Lueck, vice president of strategy, featured a talk about sonic design and branding.

-Creative agency Grey London has appointed Celeste Dalairac as its executive creative director.

-Match’s latest spot is a musical number from Ryan Reynolds’ production company Maximum Effort and it stars a dozen out-of-work wedding singers serenading the dating public—begging them to please, for the love of all things matrimonial, go meet somebody.

-Cartoon Network is using its vast platform to teach children the significance of Juneteenth. The cable network released the next installment of its educational Drawn To series, Drawn To Juneteenth.

-The Drum rounded up the 10 best ads from its Creative Works section, and they range from Pandora to Play-Doh.