Country's World Cup Qualification Ends Civil War

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While we're not sure something as simple as winning a soccer game will always pull a country out of civil war, that's exactly what happened to Ivory Coast after it's team qualified for the World Cup. ESPN leveraged this to promote its coverage of the World Cup in a spot voiced by Bono with music from U2. The spot is one of four created by Wieden & Kennedy, produced by FilmCore and mixed by audioEngine. View the spot here.

by Steve Hall    May-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Production Companies Deserve Credit Too

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It's usually the agencies that get all the glory when it comes to television and video production but without directors, producers, sound engineers and special effects expert, most TV spots would still be in story board form laying around the creative conference room next to half empty lattes. So, from time to time, we like to call attention to those behind the scene that make your spots pretty. This time, it's Stardust Studios which did some work for R/GA on their What's Your Game About? video featured on NikeBasketball.com. In the video, Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, MVP Steve Nash and others do their thing while Stardust does theirs. Give it a look.

by Steve Hall    May-26-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online



Book Benches Promote Reading In Istanbul

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The city of Istanbul is promoting reading with book benches. Benches that look like an open book have been placed around the city and on each bench which carry poems from 18 famous Turkish poets. You can view a larger image of the bench here.

by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor



Snapple Buys All of Radio Station's Inventory For Two Months

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AdPulp points to a New York Times article which details a deal Snapple made with Boston radio station WFNX in which Snapple paid $2 million to be the sole sponsor on the station from Memorial Day to July 4. Under the deal, no other advertiser will be heard on WFNX and its two other station in Maine and New hampshire. The sponsorship will consist of integrated brand messaging including DJ acknowledgment of Snapple's "Summer Free For All' sponsorship, allusion to Snapple tagline by frequent mention WFNX is "playing the best stuff on Earth" and the Snapple "whoosh" sound effect.

WFNX, an alternative station, is probably the only station in the Boston that would touch this but its admirable and something Snapple project agency EMCI President Jay Coleman has wanted to do since 1982 when he was impressed with New York's WAPP going commercial free that summer for a format change. We eagerly look forward to the results of this move.

by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Good, Radio, Sponsorship



Little Black Book Keeps Record of Hotties And Axe Booty Tones

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Axe is at it again. This time they've launched Booty Tones, ring tones that are matched to 15 hotties, each of which is noted in a black book. It's always a good thing if a girl causes you to write, as on did here, "Can't belive I was able to get out of bed this morning." Check them all out here from the Demanding Diva to the Head Case to The Tease to the Ball n' Chain to the Eager to Please and more.

by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online



Condoms Are For All Kinds in Portugal

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McCann Portugal has created a racy and humorous commercial for The League Against AIDS. In the spot, the benefits of a three, pack, six pack and 12 pack are illustrated. The 12 pack for married couples is the funniest.

by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



'Cars' Superstars Get Together With State Farm

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State Farm Insurance and Pixar have teamed for a new DDB Chicago-created TV spot called Big Stars which features Lightning McQueen and Mater, two of the stars in the upcoming Pixar movie CARS to be released June 9. The ad involves a red carpet snafu in front of a State Farm office. The spot debuted last night during American Idol.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



GM Honors Veterans With Memorial Day Donation

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GM, in honor of Memorial Day and the veterans the holiday was created for, GM is supporting the the families at the VFW National Home by donating $100 for every Pontiac, Buick and GMC sold between May 22 and May 31. The spot says "If your at all serious about getting a new car, this would be a good time to do it." Indeed. You can view the spot here.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Scion Moves Inspiration, Realization, Personalization to TV

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As a follow up to their recent set of Scion commercials, ATTIK, along with Director Shilo, Curious Pictures, One Union Recording, Morphonics and Face the Music, have created three new :15 second spots that are based on a previous print campaign.

The agency's public relations representative Roger Darnell explains the approach to the print campaign which was then conveyed in the commercials, saying, "The first stage of each print ad is 'Inspiration,' and shows something that might inspire members of Scion's 'urban trendleader' target audience to personalize their vehicle (like, a bulldog). Next comes 'Realization,' where a Scion model has been customized in a style matching the inspiration. The third stage is 'Personalization,' where a stock version of the Scion model is shown with available accessories for customization." They're definitely animatronically fied up. See the spots here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Nutrition Label Delivers Homeless Message

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With the health conscious continually checking the Nutrion Facts label of food packaging, the label seemed to BBDO Atlanta a likely place to put a message for helpthehomeless.com. We'd agree. AdArena, whose "sex sells" tagline sums up the entire industry, found this one.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor








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