In the wake of successful first fully-crewed flights by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the future of commercial, recreational space travel is coming into view. On today’s episode, U.K. bureau chief Stephen Lepitak is joined by founding partner, chairman and creative director of Beattie McGuinness Bungay, Trevor Beattie, who himself has a ticket to be aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s first flights.
Plus, a conversation with Adweek editors Ronan Shields and Lucinda Southern about Adweek’s NexTech event.
In the past two weeks, we’ve seen a handful of brands embracing publicity stunts.
There’s mac-and-cheese ice cream from Kraft and Van Leeuwen, and soup-inspired swimsuits from Panera. On this episode of Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad, we’re joined by Peter Mountstevens, chief creative officer at U.K.-based agency Taylor Herring, to chat about the history of the publicity stunt, the art of getting it right, and some of the recent campaigns making headlines.
In recent days, the conversation around ongoing sexism and harassment in the ad industry has once again been brought to the forefront thanks to Zoe Scaman’s revelatory piece, “Mad Men. Furious Women.” The essay recounts both her own horrific encounters over the course of her career in advertising and similar experiences shared anonymously by other women in the industry.
The exposé has since been followed up by an unyielding declaration that promises a reckoning that will not only hold abusers accountable, but will also escalate harmful incidents beyond the confines of individual agencies.
Zoe Scaman, founder of U.K.-based strategy firm Bodacious, joins us on this episode of “Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad” to discuss her powerful piece, the industry’s response to it and the building blocks necessary to chart a productive path forward.