Kantar taps Crozier: Kantar is lining up Adam Crozier, the former ITV and Saatchi & Saatchi CEO, to become its new chairman, according to The Sunday Times, following the market research group’s spin-off from WPP. Crozier’s former roles also include CEO of postal service Royal Mail and the Football Association.
Horses in the back: In a teaser for Doritos’ Super Bowl spot, Sam Elliott walks into a saloon and performs a spoken-word version of last year’s viral hit song “Old Town Toad,” writes Ad Age’s Jessica Wohl. The ad, by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, promotes its Cool Ranch flavor.
Facebook jobs boost: Facebook announced this morning that it will create 1,000 new jobs in London by the end of the year, reports the BBC. It said many of the positions would be in its Community Integrity division, aimed at detecting and removing harmful content.
Cornrow row: Fashion brand Comme des Garcons has been accused of cultural appropriation following a show at Paris Fashion Week, reports CNN, after mainly white models wore cornrow wigs. Later, the show’s hairstylist apologized on Instagram for the look, which he said was inspired by the hairstyles of ancient Egyptian princes.
Campaign of the Day: Irish ad agency Rothco claims to have solved the mystery of a legendary escape story from Alcatraz, using AI. Accenture Interactive-owned Rothco teamed up with AI specialist Identv to confirm the identities of two escapees from the infamous prison depicted in a 1975 photo. Brothers John and Clarence Anglin were made famous by Clint Eastwood in the 1979 film “Escape from Alcatraz,” but were assumed to have drowned until a photo surfaced of them apparently living in Brazil. Until now, technology wasn’t available to verify the identities of the men in the photo, but Rothco and Identv used a “facial matching system” based on neural networks to confirm it was them. Watch the film of the project over at Creativity Online, and don’t forget to check out the Top 5 Creativity campaigns from last week, including Awkwafina’s NYC subway takeover and Greenpeace’s heartrending environmental film about a turtle family.