Startup Argonaut reflects revived spirit of San Francisco
Detroit-area holding company Project WorldWide is backing new San Francisco ad agency Argonaut, writes Stuart Elliott. The startup, headed by former Goodby, Silverstein & Partners creatives Rick Condos and Hunter Hindman, reflects a revived San Francisco ad market that's buoyed by an entrepreneurial tech-industry influence and top brands moving away from an agency of record to assignment-based relationships. "We're taking a lot of inspiration from the San Francisco kind of startup mentality. We want to be agile, act quick and be artful," says Hindman. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
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Alma creates a Hispanic McDonald's spot for soccer lovers
McDonald's is running a Spanish-language spot directed by Tarsem Singh through the agency Alma that shows Latino men playing soccer at night on an informal field. When the lights go out, the men cry out for just another minute to finish -- and the light turns out to be a McDonald's sign. "It talks about the magic of McDonald's in our lives, less from a sponsorship mindset and more as a branding initiative," says Luis Miguel Messianu, president and chief creative officer at Alma. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)
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GAO asks FCC to modify product-integration notices
The Government Accountability Office is asking the Federal Communications Commission to develop a new standard for disclosing product integration. The GAO reports that "some members of Congress are concerned that broadcasters are not properly disclosing sponsorship information to the public." House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., requested the report. MediaPost Communications/TV Watch blog
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