ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners

The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as smaller media companies such as ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment, Microsoft, ESPN, PBS Digital Studios, Mytonomy, Freethink, Nice Shoes, CTRL5, Feed the Children, Square, Crunchyroll and Fast Company. This year’s edition received over 11,000 entries and saw … Continue reading “ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners”

Microsoft shocks gaming world with purchase of Activision

With three billion people actively playing games today and fueled by a new generation steeped in the joys of interactive entertainment, gaming is now the largest and fastest-growing form of entertainment. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard Inc, a leader in game development and interactive entertainment content publisher. This acquisition will accelerate … Continue reading “Microsoft shocks gaming world with purchase of Activision”

Microsoft’s Windows 11 brings us closer to what we love

Microsoft’s new Windows 11 operating system is designed to provide a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through an immersive, fresh experience. From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect to your favorite people, news, games, and content—Windows 11 is the place to think, express, and create in a … Continue reading “Microsoft’s Windows 11 brings us closer to what we love”

Microsoft offers virtual tour of Tokyo Olympics

All over the world, Olympic fans and travelers had big plans to visit, explore and experience Tokyo this summer. And then, all those plans were canceled. Now, although people can’t get to Tokyo on a plane, they’re going through Microsoft Teams. In the latest campaign from Microsoft Teams, we see how a group of people … Continue reading “Microsoft offers virtual tour of Tokyo Olympics”

Microsoft finds a way in new campaign

While there is no doubt that this has been one of them most challenging years ever for many businesses, Microsoft Teams has continued to play an integral part of the way companies are reinventing how they connect, not just with each other, but with customers.   In the brand’s latest campaign, created by McCann, we see … Continue reading “Microsoft finds a way in new campaign”

A dog finds his “Dogtopia” in new Microsoft Xmas spot

For the most part, it’s been a pretty shitty year. We’re separated from family and friends. Money is tight. Or in many cases nonexistent. And now we have the pressure of holiday shopping. Where is our holiday spirit? In the flusher. Microsoft, along with AOR McCann New York, acknowledges that reality but, at the same … Continue reading “A dog finds his “Dogtopia” in new Microsoft Xmas spot”

Microsoft loses, Oracle wins bid to acquire TikTok

ByteDance and Oracle will partner on a business deal in the United States, an agreement meant to satisfy the Trump administration’s national security concerns about popular short-form video app, TikTok. The news comes after weeks of speculation about the Chinese app’s future in the United States. Trump has demanded the app be banned in the … Continue reading “Microsoft loses, Oracle wins bid to acquire TikTok”

Microsoft’s Hall wins One Show 2020 CMO Pencil

Congratulations are in order for Microsoft’s Chief Brand Officer Kathleen Hall. A jury of 13 leading global CMOs selected her as winner of The One Show 2020 CMO Pencil, honoring the brand marketer behind the world’s single most impactful idea on a brand’s business from the past year. Hall picked up the prestigious award for “Changing the … Continue reading “Microsoft’s Hall wins One Show 2020 CMO Pencil”

Rattling Stick U.S. signs director Iqbal Ahmed

Staking his claim in advertising with an innate ability to capture the humanity in brand stories, Iqbal Ahmed has lent his narrative cinematic lens to clients including Nike, Adidas, Google, Spotify, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and many others. Now, Rattling Stick U.S. has signed the director for U.S. commercial representation. Ahmed was recently a Commercial … Continue reading “Rattling Stick U.S. signs director Iqbal Ahmed”

Emmys: Creative Awards Winners from Night Two

Last night, The Television Academy presented the second of its two 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony awarded many talented artists and craftspeople in categories including cinematography, guest actor, production design, sound editing, television movie and stunt … Continue reading “Emmys: Creative Awards Winners from Night Two”

Emmys: Music strikes a chord at Creative Arts Awards

The Television Academy presented the first of its two 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Saturday Creative Arts, which kicked off the 74th Emmy celebration, show focused primarily on reality, unscripted and documentary programming. The Sunday show will … Continue reading “Emmys: Music strikes a chord at Creative Arts Awards”

Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards

On Saturday, The Television Academy presented the first of its two 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In what looked more like the VMAs or the Grammys, the ceremony, which kicked off the 74th Emmys, awarded many talented artists … Continue reading “Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards”

CD Erica Arvold nominated for Emmy for Dopesick

Casting Director Erica Arvold is celebrating her nomination for a 2022 Creative Emmy Award for Location Casting of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed limited series, Dopesick. The 8-episode series examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The Danny Strong and Michael Keaton-produced project takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, … Continue reading “CD Erica Arvold nominated for Emmy for Dopesick”

Kenan Thompson to host 74th Emmys

NBC and the Television Academy announced jointly today that SNL regular Kenan Thompson will host the 74th Emmy Awards. “Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC – my longtime network family – makes it even more special,” … Continue reading “Kenan Thompson to host 74th Emmys”

Swift rounds out leadership team

Creative agency Swift, a female-founded and led Wunderman Thompson company, has appointed Ned McNeilage as Chief Creative Officer. Ned’s appointment comes on the heels of solid growth for Swift over the past twelve months, completing a year of changes in leadership and operations. In his role, Ned will manage creative talent and oversee the development … Continue reading “Swift rounds out leadership team”

Cut+Run welcomes Brian Stanley as EP

Cut+Run is excited to welcome Brian Stanley as Executive Producer of the company’s San Francisco office. Brian has been a longstanding member of the San Francisco advertising community.  He has worked for top agencies in the Bay Area producing projects for Venables Bell & Partners, Heat, Pereira O’Dell, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Muhtayzik Hoffer and … Continue reading “Cut+Run welcomes Brian Stanley as EP”

Marvel collects 19 Emmy noms

Marvel’s MCU collected 19 Emmy nominations this year across four series which are currently streaming on Disney+. If you’re keeping score, Moon Knight collected eight, Loki received six, Hawkeye was nominated for two. Another Disney+ series What If…? took home three nominations, two of which were for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performances, one for the late … Continue reading “Marvel collects 19 Emmy noms”

Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms

This morning, the 74th Emmy nominations were announced during a live virtual ceremony was hosted by JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. Succession holds this year’s top spot with 25 Emmy nominations followed by Ted Lasso and The White Lotus (20), Hacks … Continue reading “Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms”

VMLY&R expands west coast footprint with new leader

VMLY&R announced the expansion of its West Coast footprint with the addition of a new executive lead, Jennifer DaSilva, who is promoted to the executive director, VMLY&R West. DaSilva will oversee the agency’s client engagement, delivery operations, and new business in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices. In addition, she will continue serving as president … Continue reading “VMLY&R expands west coast footprint with new leader”

AAF announces winners and highlights

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the “unifying voice for advertising,” has completed its annual ADMERICA Conference.  The four-day, in-person event, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, brought together agency representatives, clients, media companies, suppliers and college students from around the country to discuss the changing culture of … Continue reading “AAF announces winners and highlights”