AdForum’s Friday Roundup: Campbell Ewald, R.I.P. Frank Budgen, Best Ads of October, Darth Vader vs. Energizer Bunny, Top 5 Ads Worldwide and More

by James Thompson

Check out AdForum’s most popular and notable in-house content for the first week of November. Have a fun and safe weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday!

AdForum Exclusive: 5 Questions for Campbell Ewald on the Agency’s Multiple New Account Wins


Campbell Ewald is on fire. The U.S.-based full service, fully integrated advertising and marketing communications agency recently won three new accounts—Travelocity, Empire State Development, and Country Inn & Suites—in just three weeks. The team at Campbell Ewald was nice enough to take the time out of their busy schedules to answer five questions from AdForum about the agency’s creative culture, business philosophy, and string of new business wins… Full article at AdForum.

A Tribute to Frank Budgen, Commercial Director


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Sadly, this week we said goodbye to Frank Budgen, an iconic director and renowned presence in the commercial industry, whose eclectic sense of style and respected body of work spans an astounding spectrum of brands, from Nike and Guinness to Sony and adidas. The British director died on November 2, after an extended fight with cancer. To pay our respects, the AdForum team assembled a collection of Budgen’s work, an impressive legacy from an impressive man. Godspeed. 

AdForum’s Top Viewed Ads of October 2015


The best thing about the dawn of a November is it brings a roundup of the top viewed ads from October—which happened to be a very creative 31 days for the advertising industry. You, dear AdForum guests, were especially impressed with the ads we’ve assembled in our Top Viewed Ads of October 2015 collection.

Star Wars Has Taken Over the Ad Universe, Just Like We Wanted


For this week’s Wayback Wednesday piece, AdForum’s James Thompson analyzed a Star Wars/Energizer ad from 1994: Today we go back to the year 1994—a full 17 years after the original Star Wars changed the world forever with its release in 1977. This hilarious and poignant ad features a dramatic duel between a lightsaber-wielding Darth Vader and a drum-pounding pink Energizer Bunny. The concept alone is funny enough to deserve special recognition. This ad, however, serves as a notable reference point in the ongoing and seemingly ceaseless Star Wars saga—both on and off the screen… read the full article at AdForum.

AdForum’s Top 5 Worldwide (+1): Profitable Insecurities, Moon Man, Life (and Death) Line, Animal Humanity and More

This week’s international competition to make AdForum’s selection of Top 5 Ads Worldwide featured our first holiday season-themed ad of the year (from John Lewis, of course) and a handful of other ads offering the full spectrum of human emotions, from sadness and love to appreciation and—thanks to the brilliance of agency John St.—hilarity at the expense of the ad industry’s own greed (watch the video below).