Under the Influence Is Back For Its 10th Season

Under the Influence is back on the air for its 10th season (and Terry’s 16th year on the CBC). Our researchers are hard at work and we’ve locked Terry in his office until July. We’ve got some fun and timely episodes coming your way this season. Including Female Brand Icons and When Spokespeople Switch Brands. […]

Maximum Volume 1926-1966 & Sound Pictures 1966-2016
by Kenneth Womack

This month’s book selection is a two-volume set. If you are a Beatles fan or if you are fascinated by biographies of people who put a dent in the world, this series on producer George Martin is one of the best. And I have read virtually ALL the books about the Beatles and Mr. Martin. […]

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
by Chris Nashawaty

Any Caddyshack fans out there? The idea for this 1980 movie came from Bill Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle-Murray. It was based on the Murray brother’s childhood summers spent working as caddies on the snootiest golf courses along Chicago’s wealthy North Shore. The slobs versus snobs premise bubbled with comedic possibilities. Nashawaty also places an interesting […]

Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart
By Shane Snow

I have been a member of teams over the entire course of my career. The creative departments of advertising business are structured to be team-focussed. Writers are teamed with art directors. As a writer, I worked with a number of very talented art directors over the years. Some partnerships were better than others. So much […]

Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
By Peter Guralnick

Aside from the subject of advertising, the largest category in my book collection is biographies. I’ve read hundreds of them. My favourite genre by far. So when I say the Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (1994) is one of the best biographies I have ever read – maybe the best – […]