Thursday, December 18, 2014

12319: Hall Of Fame Head-Scratchers.

The AAF presented a press release announcing the 66th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame inductees, which included a few head-scratchers.

Does Spike Lee really deserve induction? While he’s an accomplished filmmaker, has he truly made breakthroughs in the advertising industry? Then again, Lee is certainly as—and perhaps more—deserving for recognition than Crispin Porter + Bogusky Chairman Chuck Porter.

Radio One Founder and Chairperson Catherine L. Hughes will become the first Black woman in the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Hughes, but why isn’t Caroline Jones in the exclusive club too?

Wonder how the Hall of Fame clan feels about having inducted Bill Cosby in 2010.

PepsiCo, Seven Legendary Individual Inductees Headline the 66th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame®

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 66th Advertising Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies & Gala Dinner will be held the evening of Monday, April 20, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of New York’s historic Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Elected by the Advertising Hall of Fame’s distinguished Council of Judges, here are this year’s “magnificent seven” to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

John B. Adams, Jr. , Chairman, The Martin Agency

Lee Clow, Chairman, TBWA\Media Arts Lab; Director of Media Arts, TBWA\Worldwide

Catherine L. Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One, Inc.

Spike Lee, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spike DDB and 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks

Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia, Inc.

Charles Porter, Chairman, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman, Publicis Kaplan Thaler

John B. Adams, Jr. will also be presented with the distinguished David Bell Award for Industry Service, now in its second year, to recognize extraordinary and unique contributions and service to the advertising community and industry as a whole. It is named in honor of David Bell (Hall of Fame Class of 2007), a visionary leader and mentor to several generations of advertising professionals.

The Council of Judges made history this year by electing the Hall’s first ever African-American woman, Catherine L. Hughes.

This year’s corporate inductee is PepsiCo, one of the world’s most iconic companies, with beverage and food brands that are loved and enjoyed household names across the Globe. Among many things, PepsiCo pioneered the bridges between entertainment, music, pop culture, and advertising—and in doing so revolutionized the way we all see advertising today. It is one of only six companies ever inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

“Long being one of the world’s most storied brands, with a rich history woven into our cultural landscape, Pepsi has at the same time always stayed current—setting the trends and catching the spirit of each new generation with the cool and the new—and in doing so ushering in each new generation as a Pepsi Generation. It is a brand that isn’t just a part of the culture, it is that rare brand that has been a powerful and innovative force in making the culture,” said James Edmund Datri, President & CEO of the American Advertising Federation, which administers the Advertising Hall of Fame.

“Our Hall of Fame Council of Judges, composed of leaders of advertising and media, advertisers and distinguished Hall of Fame members, was deeply committed to choosing men and women of legendary stature and achievement,” said James R. Heekin III, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group and Chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame. “This extraordinary Class of 2015 will inspire new generations to come and deserves to be celebrated as only the AAF can.”

Richard Porter, President, Media Sales, Meredith Corporation, and Vice Chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame added, “This year’s Hall of Fame reflects not only the best and brightest in our industry, but also is a mirror on the tremendous value of having a diverse range of talented individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences who can build and lead the next generation of the advertising and media community. And our corporate honoree, Pepsi, has an incredible portfolio of outstanding work over the years as well.”

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