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After Tease, Dos Equis Debuts its New Most Interesting Man — After teasing its revamped Most Interesting Man in the World in September, Dos Equis gives a full reveal with an ad debuting today starring French actor Augustin Legrand. The brand is not straying too far from the techniques that made the original campaign famous.

Three Chicago Ad Agency Staffers Die in Hit-and-Run Accident — Three Chicago ad agency employees died early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run car accident in Milwaukee. The women have been identified as Lindsey Cohen, 35, an account supervisor at Energy BBDO; Amy Taylor, 32, an account director at Energy BBDO; and Ashley Sawatzke, 30, a former Energy BBDO employee who moved to Leo Burnett four months ago.

Pepsi Taps New Agency for Digital, Brings Social In-House — Firstborn has picked up the digital creative business for brand Pepsi after a review that began in September, a PepsiCo spokeswoman confirmed. But Pepsi will handle social media in-house via its new content studio in Manhattan. The incumbent on the digital business was Cheil Worldwide-owned Barbarian Group, which is trying to rebuild after a wave of personnel departures.

ANA Video: Tony Pace Says 'More to be Done' on Transparency — Tony Pace's two-year reign as chairman of the Association of National Advertisers ended this week when Procter & Gamble Co. Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard took over the lead role.

Video: Facebook's Michelle Klein on Mobile Video — In the time it took Facebook's North American marketing head Michelle Klein to deliver a 25-minute, lunchtime presentation Friday at the Association of National Advertisers annual meeting, roughly 15 billion gigabytes moved around the internet, she said.

ANA CEO: 'Marketers Must Take Their Industry Back' — Marketing executives have lost control over their own industry, and chief marketing officers must take a greater role in solving problems such as ad fraud, viewability, transparency and a strained and undertrained workforce, the leader of the Association of National Advertisers said Thursday. "What we have must change.

Miller Lite Brings Back Classic John Madden Ad — Miller Lite is bringing John Madden back -- but only for a limited time. During Thursday night's NFL game, Lite will restore and re-air a classic spot featuring the former NFL coach and broadcasting star.

BMW Films is Coming Back -- But Does it Matter? — When BMW Films debuted in 2001, YouTube didn't exist, Mark Zuckerberg was 17 years old and tweeting is what birds did. Which is another way of saying a lot has changed in marketing. Branded content, then a novelty, is now everywhere.

How Did the Moscow Mule Start? Smirnoff Has a Tale to Tell — Sometimes, great marketing is all about timing, like the confluence of events that led to the creation of the Moscow Mule. The cocktail, which is surging in popularity, owes its origins to three people coming together to solve three very different problems, according to a new Smirnoff campaign celebrating the 75th anniversary of the drink.

LeBron James Does Not Tell Fans to Drink Sprite in New Ads — Longtime Sprite endorser LeBron James is making a softer, gentler pitch for the soda brand. "I never tell you to drink Sprite, even if I was in a commercial for Sprite, which I am," he says in a new ad. Instead, "I'd ask you."
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Oct 22, 2016

NBC Chicago will show Saturday Night Live on delay as it continues Cubs post game coverage.

Oct 21, 2016

Mattell’s Juliana Chugg on Barbie marketing: “You will see more boy products within the space in the new year” #ANAMasters

Oct 21, 2016

Golf legend and MasterCard endorser Nick Faldo makes surprise appearance during MasterCard ANA presentation #ANAMasters

Oct 20, 2016

“PR people can not be the last one in the room,” MullenLowe’s Kristen Cavallo on campaign success with American Greetings

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