It has been a week of clangers in the media world, kicking off on the Sunday Night Project, hosted by Knight Rider legend David Hasselhoff. In the audience that night was Laurence Mifsud, agency sales manager at NatMag Direct. He kicked off questions to the Hoff, only to be "outed" as gay by presenters Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins, the latter quipping that his "gaydar" must be broken when Mifsud introduced his wife, sitting next to him. The happy couple celebrate their first anniversary this week. Speaking of a way with words, trade magazine Campaign ran an interesting headline and picture placement with Jim Marshall's TouchPoints2 piece (11 July 2008, pictured). While there's no doubt that Marshall, chairman of the IPA's Media Futures Group and Starcom UK, is a man of good humour, his thoughts on being presented as "The mother of all media tools" are unknown.
And did agency Mediaedge:cia really intend to leave a Facebook group dedicated to its pitch for the Channel 4 account open to the public? MEC is pitching against Zenith, Vizeum, Profero and Manning Gottlieb OMD. The group - IsMEC4real? - contains pitch assets including video that, according to an agency source, have been keeping adland in fits of stitches.
APPLICATIONS GALORE FOR PLANNERTARIUM PLACES
Andy Barnes, Channel 4's sales director, was amazed that his "flimsy ad" got 200 young TV planning starlets applying for just 35 sought-after places at the recent Plannertarium event at The Vineyard in Newbury.
Not amazed enough to prevent him from teasing those who did get there, of course. He made some anagrams from attendees' names, including Carat's Dayna Slate, who became Any Sad Tale, and singled out MindShare's Henrietta Bridgman, who works on the ITV account, saying "she will only steal your ideas and feed them back to the creators of dark and evil". Of those unlucky people who didn't make it, the oldest applicant was 62, but he didn't make the cut. The youngest applicant was 20 but, despite being "very buxom", she also failed to get on the final list, much to Barnes' disappointment.
What a party - and a few bruises to prove it
More than 300 of London's finest agency dance heads (and clients) headed to the Kiss Rehab Lounge at the O2 Wireless Festival to partake of the station's non-stop bar and unlimited buffet.
As the rain chucked down, the world and his wife made for the free bar, which quickly became stuffed to capacity. Kiss presenters Rickie and Melvin mingled with the likes of Steve Jones and Miquita Oliver from T4 and revellers from Starcom, MindShare and PHD.
By the time Jay-Z came off stage, the bar was crammed to bursting point with media types in high spirits. Last orders saw two unnamed souls tip headfirst over the Rehab Lounge bar and into the Hard Rock bar next door. Well, it's not a proper party unless you come back with a couple of bruises.
DIGITAL THERAPY TO COPE WITH OFFICE RESTRUCTURES
What's the best way to deal with being shunted along in management restructures? Get your thoughts down in a blog - it's digital therapy.
That's what David Lloyd, Virgin Radio's departing programme and marketing director, has been doing on an internal site. Reading like a Changing Rooms script, his blog follows the office move of Clive Dickens, understood to be his replacement. Dickens has taken a temporary space while Lloyd is still in his "luxury" office, with PA Joan nestled awkwardly in between. Not for long, though.
GREAT VIRAL... GET ON THE HIT LIST WWW.THEDEXTERHITLIST.COM
When Ralph's 2007 viral for FX serial killer show Dexter prompted complaints and a police interview for the directors, it knew it was on to a winner. The Dexter Hit List, promoting the second series, is a video application in which users become prime suspects. Victims of the first viral will be hit with e-mails.
OUT & ABOUT
Initiative radio manager Tom Drummond with a friend during Virgin Radio's Golden Square hospitality trip to Las Vegas.
The TalkSport team picks up its National Sales Team award from Magic 105.4 FM DJ Neil Fox at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.
Kinetic's London-to-Paris bike ride team at the Eiffel Tower finish, having raised nearly £15,000 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.