IAM Advertising, an Advertising Agency Run by High School Students, Lands First Paying Client
September 27, 2012
National Black Programming Consortium Taps Students to Help Create Campaign in Support of PBS Series about Education Crisis
NEW YORK—(September 20, 2012)—IAM Advertising, an agency that opened for business this past May and is operated by students at the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media (IAM), has signed its first paying client, it was announced by the 4A’s, the leading trade association representing the ad industry and the principal sponsor of IAM High School.
The National Black Programming Consortium/BlackPublicMedia.org has tapped IAM Advertising to help promote its 4-hour PBS documentary series, DC Met: Life Inside School Reform, scheduled to air in Spring 2013.
The series follows the lives of the principal, teachers and students at an alternative high school in Washington, DC – DC Met – that serves an economically disadvantaged student body, who are “left behind.” The year filming began, 94% of the students qualified as low-income, 1 in 10 were pregnant or parenting and the reading proficiency rate for the 10th grade was a dismal 19%. With new leadership and engaged school community, how can DC Met, and others like it, turn the tide? Or can it?
“No issue has a greater impact on the future of young people in America today than education,” says Series Executive Producer, Jacquie Jones. “We initiated this project to give needed attention to the lives and perspectives of those young people most impacted by recent legislation and reform in our schools. So, we think there is no one better positioned to extend the reach of the series through its advertising and outreach campaigns than the IAM students, who are very literally the peers of the students in the series.”
She added, “We know the students will bring a wealth of fresh, insightful and compelling perspectives to the project, and we couldn’t be more excited to be beginning this collaboration.”
The filmmakers have asked IAM Advertising, based in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to contribute branding concepts for the series and help come up with bold ideas to spark national media attention around public education and this PBS series. Digitas, an ad agency owned by Publicis Groupe, has agreed to be the partner agency for IAM on this assignment.
Fees paid to IAM Advertising will be distributed to various educational funds administered by the 4A’s.
The marketing campaign will offer prizes of a MacBook Pro or iPad tablet for winning submissions to a 30-day online festival of short documentary stories and an essay contest.
The DC Met documentary series was created and produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), which is also known through its online portal brand as BlackPublicMedia.org. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in association with PBS, financially supports the project through its multi-year initiative called “American Graduate.” The series will be aired nationally in primetime on PBS.
About the 4A’s
The 4A’s is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. Its membership comprises virtually all of the large, multinational agencies and hundreds of small and mid-sized agencies from across the country. The 1,200 member agency offices served by the 4A’s employ 65,000 people; offer a wide range of marketing communications services, and place 80 percent of all national advertising. The management-oriented association founded in 1917 helps its members build their businesses, and acts as the industry’s spokesperson with government, media, and the public sector. For more information, visit the 4A’s Web site at www.aaaa.org.
About National Black Programming Consortium/BlackPublicMedia.org
Founded in 1979, the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online. Since 1991, NBPC has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets, including PBS and PBS.org; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC).
September 25, 2012
- MediaCom Sport, the specialist sponsorship and strategy team, is set to roll out its operation in four key markets in the coming months, starting with Russia this week.
- VCCP is expanding into Australia, opening an office in Sydney where the advertising agency will launch an as yet unnamed major brand into the Australian marketplace.
September 24, 2012
- The Mission Marketing Group has acquired Addiction Worldwide for an undisclosed sum.
HAVAS rebrands EURO RSCG Worldwide network to “HAVAS WORLDWIDE” to underscore unique integrated structure
September 24, 2012
HAVAS REINFORCES ITS POSITION AS THE MOST INTEGRATED, AGILE, ENTREPRENEURIAL AND CLIENT-FOCUSED COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
The digital revolution has broken down the borders between creative and media and within the different communication disciplines, and technology is in the process of transforming business models in many sectors including the advertising industry.
Against this background, Havas has implemented a unique business model with a simple, clear, agile and integrated structure placing digital at the core of all its activities and agencies, unifying creative and media assets and strengthening the visibility of its global brand by renaming its largest network.
David Jones, CEO Havas, commented: “A decade ago, we set ourselves apart by being the first major communication holding company to place digital at the core of all our agencies around the world.
I think we're once again pioneering through the integration of creative, media and digital. Our industry doesn't make it easy for clients. They are the ones who have to do the hard job of sifting through big bureaucratic holding companies to try to get a variety of different companies, cultures and P&L's to work together; to try to get creative, media and digital to collaborate.
With this name change and with the moving together of our creative and media companies in Paris and New York, we're aiming to reinforce a key competitive advantage of Havas – that we're the most integrated of all of the communications groups with the simplest structure that can offer our clients a powerful combination of creative excellence, digital expertise, scale, agility and innovation."
The Havas group will now consist of 2 main brands: Havas Media, which includes all global media agencies, and Havas Creative, which includes the Havas Worldwide network and the Arnold Worldwide micronetwork (16 agencies in 15 countries on 5 continents) and the other communications agencies.
As of today all Euro RSCG agencies are renamed Havas Worldwide (316 offices in 75 countries, including the Euro RSCG, Euro RSCG Life, Euro RSCG 4D and Euro RSCG WW PR brands). The rebrand will not create any changes in leadership.
David Jones added: “Today with the rebranding we're making a small change, but it's one we want to use as a catalyst for driving big change through Havas and the broader industry.”
The rebranding also includes the creation of Havas Digital Group, a new umbrella brand that will operate across both media and creative. Havas Digital Group will purely be a brand name as opposed to a new network or new operational division and reflects Havas’s continued commitment to its digital at the core model.
The Havas Media brand, as well as its network names (MPG, Arena Media Communications, Havas Digital and Havas Sports & Entertainment) remains unchanged. Havas Media will reveal a new visual identity at the beginning of 2013.
September 21, 2012
- Publicis Groupe has reached an agreement to buy digital specialist LBi for €416m (£333m) in a deal that has "unanimous support" from the management board of LBi.