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Adtechopoly

Inspired by a Brian Morrissey tweet, this board game is a fun way to think of the complicated advertising technology ecosystem. Download this image here.Keep Reading

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Wall Street Meltdown

This video was inspired by the bizarre sequence of events on the Street in 2007. The use of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” came from a hilarious internet parody song “Here Comes Another Bubble” by the Richter Scales (available on YouTube). They did such a good job, I thought Wall Streeters everywhere deserved a parody of their own. This version does not have anywhere near the same sophisticated flash software but here it goes. The video was produced for non-commercial amusement purposes only and is not intended to offend any people, companies or countries appearing in the video.Keep Reading

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Wall Street Meltdown

This video was inspired by the bizarre sequence of events on the Street in 2007. The use of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” came from a hilarious internet parody song “Here Comes Another Bubble” by the Richter Scales (available on YouTube). They did such a good job, I thought Wall Streeters everywhere deserved a parody of their own. This version does not have anywhere near the same sophisticated flash software but here it goes. The video was produced for non-commercial amusement purposes only and is not intended to offend any people, companies or countries appearing in the video.Keep Reading

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Wall Street Meltdown – Redux

This is a sequel to a video parody I made in December 2007 entitled Wall Street Meltdown (also on YouTube) that chronicled the developing financial crisis of 2007. Redux picks up where the original left off and covers the deepening crisis in 2008. I had no idea, however, that the crisis would reach the levels it has. L.McDuff is my pen name (actually the name of my dog).Keep Reading

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Mad Avenue Blues

Following on the success of the Wall Street Meltdown parodies, I wrote Mad Avenue Blues. Like Wall Street Meltdown and WSM Redux (both on YouTube), the new video takes a popular song and substitutes industry-specific lyrics. Only instead of finance, Mad Avenue Blues is about the media/advertising world and the impact to the traditional models brought about by the accelerating migration to digital.Keep Reading

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Digital Media Musical Chairs

The massive changes to the media industry cited in Mad Avenue Blues has had a major impact on the management teams of the largest digital media companies. In recent years this change in the executive suite has accelerated. It almost feels like musical chairs…..Keep Reading

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A Few Good DSPs

The online advertising industry has seen some significant innovation from a group of companies that optimize media buying on ad exchanges. These companies are know as Demand Side Platforms or DSPs. This video pokes a little fun at the uber-hyped space by borrowing a well-know movie scene. All in good fun!Keep Reading

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Tech Star

From the DMS’10 debut, this song parody reflected the reinvigorated market for media/tech following 2009’s appropriately dour “Mad Avenue Blues.” Sung to the tune of Nickelback’s “Rockstar” this video takes a famous song and adapts it for tech start-ups. We are particularly appreciative of the tremendous enthusiasm shown by the various industry leaders who participated in the video. Your sense of humor will serve you well. How many people do you recognize?Keep Reading

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Venture ICUC

Yossi Vardi along with Idith and Yuval Almog graciously invited me to join their Internet Cowboys UnConference (“ICUC”) event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in July 2010. Yossi advised me that there was a talent show and that I should “bring it”. This is my submission.Keep Reading

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Monaco Media Madness

I was invited to speak at the 2010 Monaco Media Forum at which I showed snippets from some of my parody videos. I couldn’t help aiming a little satire at the regulars on the media conference circuit (myself included). All in good fun.Keep Reading

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Don’t Stop Competing

Digital convergence is causing firms from many different sectors to have overlapping business models. Market leaders in the hardware, software, communications, marketing, media and commerce sectors are butting heads in an attempt to dominate the digital channel. Don’t Stop Competing, a parody set to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”, attempts to capture some of the latest battles in the ongoing clash. The video was written for the 2010 web 2.0 Summit whose theme is Points of Control.Keep Reading

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Sir Martin Sorrell Mock Interview

I was invited to prepare a comedy skit for the 2010 Stream conference in Athens, Greece hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell and Yossi Vardi. This Stephen Colbert style interview of Sir Martin went over well, evidence that Madison Avenue has a great sense of humor. All in good fun.Keep Reading

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Venture ICUC

Yossi Vardi along with Idith and Yuval Almog graciously invited me to join their Internet Cowboys UnConference (“ICUC”) event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in July 2010. Yossi advised me that there was a talent show and that I should “bring it”. This is my submission.Keep Reading

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Wall Street Meltdown – Redux

This is a sequel to a video parody I made in December 2007 entitled Wall Street Meltdown (also on YouTube) that chronicled the developing financial crisis of 2007. Redux picks up where the original left off and covers the deepening crisis in 2008. I had no idea, however, that the crisis would reach the levels it has. L.McDuff is my pen name (actually the name of my dog).Keep Reading