Donny sells the Brits short
The Donny packed the hall at the Western States Advertising Agencies Assoc.'s Leader of the Year dinner in Beverly Hills with 500 attendees. That's about 50 more than the draw for last year's award winner, TBWA/Chiat/Day's Lee Clow. Deutsch, whose NY shop has built a booming LA branch, thanked the crowd for offering a more civilized, "caring" ad community than that in NY. Is Ad Age's Agency of the Year ready to sell? Selling is for those who are tired of the business, says Deutsch. He isn't tired, nor, he says, does he "want to answer to a short Brit."
Brainiacs and brain dead in NYC
A team from Ad Store and AAR/Bob Wolf Partners tied with a troupe from Bozell for first place at The Brain Game, the Ad Club of NY's trivia competition (AA, March 1). Ad Store/AAR had it nailed -- until Bozell appealed an answer to the emcee and gained back a needed point to tie. Last place among 20 tables went to a brain-dead team from TBWA/Chiat/Day. The T/C/D team, made up mainly of sexily dressed young women who seemed to have more in common with the Spice Girls than Mensa, celebrated their defeat. "They were proud of it," says one observer, "running around at the end of the night in a drunken oblivion saying, 'We're about creative, who cares about brains?' "
Rebates . . . oral hijinks & hygiene
Might George Murphy, Ford division's new gen'l mktg. mgr., take a closer look at how Ford does rebates and incentives? "What astounded me is the lack of analytics looking at this," says the ex-GE lightbulb man. "It's not as sophisticated as I thought." . . . One of ABC's advertisers on Barbara Walters tell-all on oral sex in the Oval Office: Oral B.
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