Ogilvy & Mather is Global Sponsor of Portfolio Night 8

MONTREAL, March 17, 2010 – ihaveanidea, the community of the international advertising industry, proudly announces Adobe, Corbis and Ogilvy & Mather as Global Sponsors of Portfolio Night 8, slated to occur simultaneously around the world on May 20, 2010.

ihaveanidea’s Portfolio Night is the largest simultaneous advertising portfolio review ever held in the world, featuring a uniquely designed portfolio review process in a “speed-dating” setting. The event helps students and aspiring young creatives around the world break into the ad industry, and involves the top creative directors in each participating city.

"Each year this event not only gets bigger but better thanks to the dedication and support of our Global Sponsors. Portfolio Night's massive scope and undeniable impact on young creatives around the world, and the industry as a whole for that matter, is due to companies like Adobe, Corbis and Ogilvy & Mather. Year after year, they understand the significance and reverberating effects that an event like Portfolio Night continues to have on our business and its collective ethos. And for that, I sincerely salute you all," says Ignacio Oreamuno, President, ihaveanidea.

Portfolio Night proudly introduces Adobe as the newest PN8 Global Sponsor. In addition to their global sponsorship, Adobe representatives will be present at many of the events around the world connecting with young creatives and educating them on how they can further integrate Adobe's revolutionary creative tools into their portfolios and future careers.

Corbis (www.corbisimages.com), a leading visual and media provider for the creative community, returns to Portfolio Night 8 as a Global Partner for the fourth year in a row. In addition to sponsoring the event worldwide, Corbis will again be providing their hugely successful Hi-Res Image Offer to juniors who are registered to attend the event. Juniors will have up to 30 hi-res images for freefrom Corbis’ premium Blink, Ivy, Crush and Bettmann collections for use in their Portfolio Night portfolios. Registrants are encouraged to check their local PN 8 city page for the full terms and conditions. Corbis will also facilitate onsite support at many of the events around the world to help students network with the world’s leading advertising professionals.

Portfolio Night 8 also welcomes back Ogilvy & Mather as global agency partner for the second year in a row. In addition, Ogilvy will again be hosting the event in a record-breaking 22 cities this year. Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s most innovative and creative marketing communications companies in the world, provides a comprehensive range of integrated marketing services including: advertising; public relations and public affairs; brand and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and digital production. The agency has 450 offices in 120 countries.

Students enrolled in advertising programs, recent graduates, and up-and-coming creatives will have the opportunity to spend valuable face-to-face time with their city’s most prestigious creative directors. Young creatives are encouraged to attend this event in one of the participating cities and have the opportunity to speak with three or more world-class creative directors.

Cost to participate is priced locally in participating cities around the world. All aspiring creatives or juniors with an advertising portfolio must buy a ticket and register online at www.portfolionight.com.  Tickets will go on sale globally March 22, 2010.

About Portfolio Night
Started in 2002, Portfolio Night (www.portfolionight.com) is ihaveanidea’s annual event, where advertising’s top creative talents come together to review the portfolios of students, juniors and creative hopefuls in an exciting and engaging environment. For eager up-and-comers, Portfolio Night is an incredible opportunity to meet with the industry’s most acclaimed creative directors and have their work critiqued, gain advice – and possibly a job. For agency creative directors, Portfolio Night represents a chance to give back to the advertising community, and to meet or recruit the most talented young people trying to enter the business. Since its inception, Portfolio Night has always been held on one evening, simultaneously in all cities. This year, Portfolio Night 8 will be held on Thursday, May 20th, 2010, around the world.
 
About ihaveanidea
ihaveanidea (www.ihaveanidea.org), the community of the international advertising industry, was created by Ignacio Oreamuno, a former art director, and operating virtually from Montreal and Toronto, Canada, its mission is to serve the international advertising industry as a centre of self-analysis and intellectual growth. Based on the concept that disseminating and sharing creative knowledge will benefit everyone in advertising, www.ihaveanidea.org is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe.

About Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy & Mather (ogilvy.com) is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. Through its specialty units, the company provides a comprehensive range of marketing services including: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion, relationship marketing. Ogilvy & Mather services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY).  For more information, visit www.ogilvy.com.

For more information please contact:
Mimi Martinoski
Director, Communications & Partner Relations
Mobile: 416-827-0537
mimi@ihaveanidea.org

Toni Lee
Public Relations, Ogilvy & Mather
Office: 212-237-5090
Mobile: 917-679-7631
toni.lee@ogilvy.com

Contact: Toni Lee
Date: March 17, 2010
Office: Montreal