Author Archives: George Parker

George Parker has spent 40 years on Madison Avenue. He’s won Lions, CLIOs, EFFIES, and the David Ogilvy Award. His blog is, which is required reading for those looking for a gnarly view of the world’s second oldest profession.” His latest book, Confessions of a Mad Man, makes the TV show Mad Men look like Sesame Street.

George Parker: the last word on ‘Orrible Halloween

Penny for the Guy, governor… And what Guy would that be? When I first came to America, long before most of you were born, I remember popping in to my New York bank one late October day to cash a ...

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George Parker: why the agency of the future sucks

For those of you with the moral fortitude and infinite patience (possibly with the help of a few drinks) to have stayed with me this long, we are nearly at the end of the journey. This is part one of ...

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George Parker: how the Big Dumb Holding Companies screwed up their Big Dumb Agencies

Even though business in general, is notorious for rewarding senior management with obscene pay packets, which inevitably culminate in humungous “get the fuck out of here,” golden parachutes when their never ending failures and screw ups have finally become too ...

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George Parker: fine sherry, fighting bulls and the days when Cannes was really about advertiisng

In which our hero continues his forays around Europe – taking in Domecq sherry, fighting bulls and the glory that was the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival. Escaping from the frigid and rather smelly atmosphere of Ornskoldsvik, let’s head south ...

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