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A Fitting End to a Dysfunctional NFL Season

Geoff Livingston | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Ads Provide a Great Way for Advertisers to Waste Their Money

Ira Kalb | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Why do I have an unfavorable impression of most Super Bowl ads? It's quite simple. Most of them don't work. They cost a lot and produce questionable returns to those that pay for them.

Boy Asked To Create Superhero Draws Garbage Collector, Inspired By His Mom's Career

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.15.2015 | Good News

Is this boy a student, a garbage collector, or a superhero? In this ad for Thai Life Insurance, a schoolboy is asked to draw a superhero and what h...

The 5 Most Memorable Commercials of 2014

Jose Costa | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Jose Costa

This year, viewers were treated to memorable spots with all forms of wit and creativity, featuring everything from the Super Bowl, to the Olympics, to Mother's Day.

The Story Behind Nasty Pig's Banned Holiday Commercial (NSFW PHOTOS)

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Saturday morning I was lying in bed, looking at Facebook, when I came across a story about Nasty Pig's holiday commercial being taken off TV. I immediately contacted Nasty Pig's CEO, David Lauterstein, to see if he wanted to sit down and tell me more about the situation. I'm extremely grateful that he did want to chat.

Behind the Scenes: Tom Hooper

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

Sometimes with pen or pencil in hand, other times with a full palette of acrylic or watercolors, Hooper adds connections or isolating areas to accent characters and objects with little or no preconception or plan -- something like the way a jamming jazz musician riffs or a butterfly flies.

The Hit Song That Was Originally Written For A Bank Commercial

OWN | Posted 11.18.2014 | OWN

Paul Williams is a legendary songwriter. He's won three Grammy Awards (plus an Oscar and a Golden Globe), worked with everyone from Barbra Streisand t...

The Best Live-Action 'South Park' Commercials

HuffPost Live | Jeff Stevens | Posted 11.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

This week's "South Park" episode included a hilarious live-action commercial that reminded us just how ridiculous liquor ads can be. It also marked a ...

The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Far too many of us spend our time paddling around in the shallow things of life instead of heading straight for the deeps. We get tangled up on the sandbars of the shallow waters of life, dissipating our energies on the trivial. This is especially relevant now as people prepare to vote in the election of this coming Tuesday, November 4.

Why My Kids Need to Watch More TV

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

For the duration of their little lives, my children have watched videos on Netflix and Amazon. They have never had to sit through TV commercials.

Propaganda, Potholes and Pensions: Political Ads and Business Clichés During Election (Hunting) Season

Kevin Walsh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Sadly, the two-pronged grade-school defense of "Nu'Uh" and "But he did it, too" will probably carry the day come November. With corporations as citizens, with jean-clad CEOs as governors and with an amnesiac public convinced that their problems stem from the quickly vanishing middle class, what's a non-billionaire to do?

Bad Ads: Does Sexism Sell?

Matt Cohen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Matt Cohen

You shouldn't target your audience by explicitly denigrating other audiences... especially when you've crudely drawn your segments along gender lines.

The Dominant Medium: Television

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

What's that? You've been meaning to catch up on Mad Men, Breaking Bad and House of Cards but you don't really watch much TV?

This Is The Worst Commercial Ever Created

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment

Oh, Busta Rhymes, what have you done? There are some truly awful commercials out there, but none of them are quite as horrendous as the newest comm...

Was David Duchovny's Family From Ukraine or Russia?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's been quite a fuss about a nationalistic, Russian beer commercial David Duchovny made not long ago -- especially given that he recently discovered that his roots are actually in Ukraine. For obvious reasons, this is less than ideal timing.

The End Of This Guinness Commercial Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 07.04.2014 | Business

Guinness is back with another heartwarming advertisement this Fourth of July. To create the video, the beer maker again teamed up with BBDO New York, ...

Take Back Your Freedom (and Your Singing in the Rain)

Kipp Friedman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

Perhaps Stephen Dorff was right after all. All one had to do to take back your freedom was simply exercise your right to vape.

The Real Reason Hipsters Love PBR

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

Researchers have figured out (finally!) what makes a run-of-the-mill beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon become so improbably cool. In a new study publishe...

TV Commercials Just Got Worse

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV

A popular restaurant chain is giving us a new reason to hate commercials. Arby's, the fast food joint famous for its beefy sandwiches and cowboy h...

Brands: Don't Pay To Be Disliked

Dave Hawley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Dave Hawley

If people will pay one brand to avoid watching another brand's commercials, why are Instagram and Pinterest so eager to irritate their users?

Cleanup on Aisle 4: Katherine Heigl and Duane Reade Capture PR Magic

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 07.13.2014 | Celebrity
Stacy Slotnick

The actress filed a $6 million lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Duane Reade Inc. on April 9. The complaint alleges the company improperly used the star's name and likeness on Twitter and Facebook, without authorization, to promote their brand.

Sarah McLachlan Admits Even She Can't Watch Her ASPCA Sad Dog Commercials

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.05.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Even Sarah McLachlan changes the channel when her notoriously gut-wrenching ASPCA commercials come on. The famed singer has lent her voice to nume...

How To Age In The Era Of 'Erectile Dysfunction'

Bill Stieger | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Bill Stieger

Nearly all the commercials I see on television seem directed at my demographic, the graying baby-boomers. I see ads for motorized scooters, miracle canes, adult diapers, constipation cures. Have you heard about the aging Deadhead who needed a Clapper to light his Lava Lamp?

Reality Check: What's More Dangerous Than Diving With Sharks?

Bradley Bermont | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Bradley Bermont

To close out April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, In One Instant would like to present a one-minute reality check that puts our fear of sharks in perspective.

Jon Lajoie Begs "Please Use This Song" For Your Product's Commercial

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment

Please use this song in your commercial. I need the money, so please use to sell something. These desperate words, sung by Jon Lajoie to the tune ...