Judy Faulkner Krause, former VP-creative director at Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, entered a new world of mommyhood and music after seven difficult years of in vitro fertilization procedures. Judy and husband Barry Krause, president of Publicis & Hal Riney Mid-America, had twins Danielle and Jason on May 18, 1997. An award-winning lyricist at Burnett, Judy was surprised at the dearth of children's music themed specifically for twins, so she made her own. Over two years, she collected 16 songs and produced "Twin Spin: Tunes for Twins." Judy wrote several of the songs, and Barry plays drums on a number titled "Twins Rule." "One of the very first things I wanted was to sing the last lullaby and have Barry play on one song," Judy says, so the children could say their parents played on the album. Eileen Rosenberg, a former Burnett art director who now teaches pre-school art, created the album cover. While Judy is shopping for a distributor, the CD is already available through her Web site, twinspins.com.
JWT (pea)fowls its nest in Brazil
When J. Walter Thompson Co.'s president in Brazil, Alvaro Novaes, revamped the agency's offices with a cool, white, trendy look, his boss -- John Holmes, president of JWT Latin America -- warned there would be trouble with top management unless Novaes used the somewhat garish blue and green corporate colors. He told Novaes: "Be creative." So Novaes bought a dozen peafowl -- six peacocks and six peahens. Perfectly blue and green. They live on JWT's lawn, with their own little house and little lake.
Sega takes poke at PlayStation
Sega of America takes a good-natured dig at Sony Computer Entertainment America, and the news of Sony's revised estimates on PlayStation 2 shipments, in a print ad breaking today in Game Week. The ad's headline reads, "Our deepest condolences to Sony on their PlayStation 2 shipping difficulties," and pictured below is a freckle-faced, red-headed boy striking a teasing, "nah-nah-nah-nah" pose. A small Dreamcast logo appears at the bottom of the ad created by FCB Worldwide, San Francisco. "With the fierce competition in the videogame market right now, we wanted to remind the industry and our retailers that Sega is giving consumers what they want and what Sony doesn't have -- enough hardware inventory to meet holiday demand," says Joe Culley, VP-marketing for Sega. Sony recently disclosed it wouldn't have the expected 1 million units of the PlayStation 2 videogame console available at launch on Oct. 26 due to production delays and other issues. Sega's Dreamcast with SegaNet online service launched last month. Sega is considering running additional executions in the coming weeks.
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