Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

  • Advertising
  • February 6, 2011
  • StopPress Team
Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

As if Air New Zealand's controversial spokesbeast Rico hasn't had enough criticism directed at him, now he's been accused of being a rip-off.

We received a message from a disgruntled puppet hater who thought the furry lothario bore an uncanny resemblance to a rather annoying meerkat seen on screens in the UK.

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Everyone loves a good plagiarism in advertising debate. So, do you think .99's Rico is 'inspired by'? And does it even matter if the customers don't know and/or care (judging by the Facebook page, there's plenty of love for him)?

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Rico is currently making sick beats with Wellington musos and was unable to be reached for comment.

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Mark Hurley on stepping into adland with no experience

  • Awards
  • July 28, 2017
  • StopPress Team
EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Mark Hurley on stepping into adland with no experience

Little Giant founder Mark Hurley was recently selected as one of the 17 finalists in this year's edition of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. We chat to him about starting an agency despite having no industry experience, hiring the right staff and ensuring that his business has the legs to make it through all the disruption blowing through the landscape.

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