These Curious Billboards in California Show the Exact Natural Landscapes Behind Them

An artist in California is replacing garish billboard ads with nature photos that blend almost perfectly into the surrounding landscapes–because they show the landscapes themselves. Jennifer Bolande’s “Visible Distance/Second Sight” is gracing roadside scenes along Gene Autry Trail and Vista Chino in Palm Springs, California. When a viewer sees the outdoor posters from the right…

David Letterman Would Have Loved to Interview Bob Marley

New York magazine On May 8, 1981, David Letterman appeared on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He was there to promote a 30-minute HBO special titled Looking for Fun. Three days later, reggae superstar Bob Marley passed away at age 36. That twain pops up again in David Marchese’s conversation with Letterman for this…

Stranger Things Actor Credits the Changing Entertainment Industry for His Breakout Role

Before Stranger Things catapulted David Harbour into stardom, the actor hadn’t spent much time on social media. But the Netflix show’s success led Harbour, who has been acting off-Broadway and in various TV shows for years, to become more adept at interacting with fans on the internet. “You totally learn as you go,” Harbour told…

Peeps-Flavored Oreos Are Here, and They’re Turning People’s Poo Pink

Oreos loves itself some limited editions. From red velvet to candy corn to thin mint, half the fun is in buying a pack just to find out what they taste like. But in the case of its Peeps-flavored variety, which came out a few weeks ago, users have discovered yet another surprise: It turns your…

Elon Musk Agrees to Hold Contest for Fan-Made Tesla Ads, at the Urging of a Fifth Grader

Elon Musk is well aware that Tesla’s superfans love to make unauthorized commercials for the brand, given that Tesla doesn’t make its own (and, given the power of word of mouth, doesn’t really need to). But it has taken a fifth-grade girl to convince him to actually run a fan-made ad. “Dear Elon Musk, I’m…

Awesomeness Didn’t Decide How to Release Its New Movie Until After It Was Made

AwesomenessTV launched four years ago as a multichannel network focused on up-and-coming YouTube personalities and influencers before expanding into branded entertainment, music content and now feature-length films. Today, it’s releasing its first feature film in theaters nationwide. Before I Fall stars actor Zoey Deutch and Kian Lawley, a digital influencer who has more than 3…

This Chevrolet Ad Offers a Glimpse of the Remarkable High-Tech Future of Real-Time CG

Adding visual effects to advertising is a notoriously labor-intensive postproduction process. But Chevrolet this week premiered a slick commercial that used technology from Epic Games and The Mill to allow the filmmakers to render virtual cars over live-action footage in real time–and see exactly how the scenes would look as they were being shot. First,…

FX Gets Nostalgic to Promote the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford Series ‘Feud’

As FX prepares for the Sunday debut of Feud: Bette and Joan, its new anthology series from Ryan Murphy, the network is taking a cue from its source material with a Technicolor-influenced marketing campaign that plays up the show’s old-school Hollywood glamour. The series chronicles the toxic relationship between Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange)…

At Its Upfront Event, Nickelodeon Touts Global Branding Opportunities Outside of TV

While Viacom has done away with most of its splashy upfront events this year, dropping them in favor of intimate dinners with agencies, the company is still giving Nickelodeon a big spotlight, as it kicked off this year’s New York upfront galas today. And in line with Viacom president and CEO Robert Bakish’s new vision…

Looking for an Internship in Advertising? This Agency Will Give You a Job Instead

Internships are mostly about trading free labor for job experience. But Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo is taking a different approach to internships this year–turning them into employeeships, where two soon-to-be or recent grads will get real jobs at the agency, with real salaries. “We were inundated with an overwhelming amount of intern requests this…