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Ad Council’s 61st Annual Public Service Award Dinner to Honor FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith, Stephen Colbert to Host

July 29, 2014

The Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today that its 61st Annual Public Service Award Dinner will honor FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith and Stephen Colbert will host. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Starcom MediaVest Group Global CEO, Laura Desmond, Named Chair of the Ad Council

July 7, 2014

Laura Desmond, Global Chief Executive Officer of Starcom MediaVest Group, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Advertising Council. She succeeds Debra L. Lee, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks. David Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company, has been announced as Vice Chair of Media, joining Vice Chair of Advertisers, David Christopher ,CMO of AT&T Mobility.

New Public Service Advertising from U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council to Encourage Families to Reconnect with Nature Launches in Advance of National Get Outdoors Day on June 14th

June 13, 2014

In an effort to motivate parents and tweens (ages 8-12) to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council launched today a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) as an extension of their Discover the Forest campaign.

American Heart Association and Ad Council Team Up to Get Blood Pressure Down

June 12, 2014

Americans with high blood pressure are about to get a strong dose of encouragement and a reminder of the grim consequences of the condition if left uncontrolled. 

WWE® Superstars Alberto Del Rio, Titus O’Neil and Roman Reigns Take on the Importance of Being a Dad in National Public Service Campaign

June 6, 2014

A majority of dads in the U.S., seven out of ten, recently reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council. In advance of Father’s Day, WWE Superstars are inspiring dads throughout the country to get more involved in their children’s lives. 

Characters from Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue Join Smokey Bear in New Wildfire Prevention PSAs

May 22, 2014

In an effort to educate Americans about how to prevent accidental wildfires, Disney is joining the Ad Council, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring scenes and characters from Disneytoon Studios' upcoming animated film "Planes: Fire & Rescue."

Smokey Bear Celebrates 70th Birthday Awards Smokey Bear Hugs In New Wildfire Prevention PSAs

May 13, 2014

Smokey Bear, one of the most well-known icons in advertising history, is starring in a new round of public service advertisements (PSAs) to celebrate his 70th birthday and further his famous message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Ad Council’s Boston Leadership Committee and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Encourage Bostonians to Be Job Creators

May 2, 2014

In an effort to inspire Bostonians to get involved in their communities and encourage job growth, the Ad Council’s Boston Leadership Committee and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries are urging all TV and radio stations in the greater Boston area to support their localized job training and employment public service advertisements (PSAs).

U.S. Department of Transportation, Mazda Motorsports, NOYS and the Ad Council Announce Winners of Third Annual Project Yellow Light Video Contest

May 1, 2014

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Mazda Motorsports, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) and the Ad Council announced the high school and college winners of their third annual Project Yellow Light college scholarship contest as part of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™.

Viamedia Announces $2 Million in Donated Advertising Time for Ad Council Campaigns that Address Social Causes

April 30, 2014

Viamedia, the television industry’s leading independent provider of outsourced local television advertising services on behalf of cable companies,today announced  that it will donate $2 million in advertising time on behalf of the company’s 50+ MVPD partners covering 70 DMA’s to support Ad Council campaigns developed in partnership with Feeding America, Goodwill and United Way.

Peggy Conlon, President and CEO, To Retire from The Advertising Council

April 29, 2014

Debra Lee, Chair of the Board of The Advertising Council, announced today that Peggy Conlon is retiring as President and CEO. The officers of the Board, with Ms. Conlon’s support, have initiated a process to identify a successor and ensure a smooth transition by early 2015. 

Jun Group Creates SightSoundEmotion to Generate Awareness for Social Causes

April 28, 2014

Jun Group (, today announced SightSoundEmotion (SSE) (, a Web and mobile site designed to raise awareness for important causes such as Autism Awareness, Bullying Prevention, Emergency Preparedness,and Recycling.

Ad Council and TEACH use Innovative Microsoft Advertising to Recruit the next Generation of Teachers

April 23, 2014

The Ad Counciland TEACH have formed a unique outreach campaign with Microsoft’s Advertising team in an effort to recruit the next generation of teachers who will drive innovation and redefine teaching in K-12 classrooms.

Ad Council Elects 21 New Members to Board of Directors

April 22, 2014

The Ad Council, a non-profit organization and the largest producer of national public service advertising (PSA) in the U.S., announced today that 21 new members were elected to their Board of Directors at the organization’s board meeting earlier this month. David Kenny, CEO of The Weather Company and current board member, was elected Vice Chair of Media.

Secretary Duncan, Students and Education Experts Come Together to Discuss “Why Teach?” in Support of National TEACH Campaign to Recruit Next Generation of Teachers

April 7, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today joined leading educators and students in a TEACH-sponsored dialogue to elevate the perception of teaching and inspire top performing students to consider careers in teaching. 

USA TODAY Earns the Ad Council’s Crystal Bell Award

March 18, 2014

USA TODAY received the Ad Council’s Crystal Bell Award yesterday afternoon at the Newspaper Association of America (NAA)’s mediaXchange conference. Every year the award is presented to one newspaper that shows exceptional support and leadership in disseminating Ad Council public service messages.

U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council Join 20th Century Fox to Launch PSAs Featuring Scenes and Characters from Rio 2

February 25, 2014

In an effort to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council are joining 20th Century Fox to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring scenes and characters from the upcoming animated feature Rio 2

Shelter Pets Transcend TV Screens In New ‘Meet’ PSAs From The HSUS, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council

February 20, 2014

Today the Ad Council, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Maddie’s Fund®, launches a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) on behalf of The Shelter Pet Project campaign. In the new ads, adorable adopted shelter dogs and cats practically reach through TV screens, imploring audiences to play with them.

Enroll America and the Ad Council Launch Campaign to Encourage the Uninsured to Sign Up for Health Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

February 4, 2014

Today Enroll America partnered with the Ad Council to launch “Take Care, People,” a national multimedia public service advertising (PSA) campaign that will raise awareness, educate, and motivate uninsured Americans to get health insurance for themselves and their families under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

New PSAs Raise Awareness of the 31,000 Older Youth Awaiting Adoption in the U.S. Foster Care System

January 23, 2014

Today,nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) are available for adoption from the foster care system in the United States; more than 30 percent (31,000) are between the ages of 11 and 17, according to the Adoption and Foster CareAnalysis Report System (AFCARS 2012).

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