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July 11, 2019 10:00 am

Schwarzenegger on Snapchat
Snapchat is rolling out a slate of shows starring famous people, including Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Hart. The episodes are super-short, with each just 3-5 minutes long, according to Variety—so though Snapchat calls these “Creator Shows,” maybe the word “shows” overstates what these are. Anyway, Snapchat has tapped traditional stars like Williams, Schwarzenegger and Hart to appear in content on the platform, along with internet stars like Baby Ariel, Emma Chamberlain and Rickey Thompson. Schwarzenegger’s show is called “Rules of Success with Arnold Schwarzenegger.” And isn’t it fascinating that Schwarzenegger, the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-California-governor, has reinvented himself yet again as a motivational speaker for the Snapchat generation? 

Just briefly:
Annoyed:
Spotify annoyed some musicians with an ad for its free, 30-day Spotify Premium trial, with the tagline, “Dance like nobody’s paying,” Billboard reports. “Keep in mind that it takes 380,000 streams a month on @Spotify for an artist to earn minimum wage,” musician Blake Morgan tweeted. “Nobody’s paying? We musicians are, with our lives.”

Unboxing: Former AOL and Oath exec Tim Armstrong unveiled a new offering called Unbox to help direct-to-consumer brands find new customers, as Ad Age’s Adrianne Pasquarelli writes. First clients include toothbrush seller Quip and beverage brand Dirty Lemon.

For sale: Univision is exploring a sale. Who could buy the Spanish-language media company? “Right now the shortlist is … really short,” Anthony Crupi writes in Ad Age, suggesting that Univision backer Haim Saban might speak to execs including Shari Redstone, vice chair of CBS Corp. and Viacom, as well as Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav.  

Moves: “Global brand-experience agency Optimist has landed a major new hire to ring in its 10th anniversary, poaching Toygar Bazarkaya from Omnicom-owned DDB’s We Are Unlimited as its first global chief creative officer,” Ad Age’s Lindsay Rittenhouse writes.

Podcast of the day: Rob Reilly, global creative chairman for McCann Worldgroup, opens up about some past struggles in the latest episode of the “Ad Lib” podcast. Like the time his former CEO made him take classes to learn how to be more respectful of others. (“When you’re an asshole you don’t even know you’re an asshole,” Reilly says.) Listen to his conversation with Ad Age Editor Brian Braiker here.  

Ad of the day: In Russia, KFC and Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam made a hat that looks like an upside-down bucket of chicken. It’s actually kind of stylish: It was designed by St. Petersburg-based streetwear brand Mam Cupy, and it’s in a music video too. Read more by Ad Age’s Alexandra Jardine, and check it out it here.  

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