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PETA Dresses Playboy Bunny Sheridyn Fisher in Lettuce Bikini


Continuing its mission to recruit and exploit every last woman on earth with a hot body, PETA is out with yet another lettuce-fueled GoVeg campaign. This one features Playboy Bunny Sheridyn Fisher sporting a lettuce bikini. The oh-so-witty copy reads, "Be a Binny's Honey. Go Vegitarian."

Yea? If that were true every last man on earth would be eating heads of lettuce in hopes of receiving some intimate love from his hottie of choice.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Racy

Dubstep Sensation Marquese Scott Dances For Peugeot


We're not usually fans of the forced application of cultural trends onto advertising but we really like this new Initials Marketing-created, Rubber Republic-produced work for Peugeot. The one take, one shot four minute video opens on an empty parking garage. We then see 29 year old dubstepper Marquese Scott, aka Nonstop, grooving to Rudimental ft. John Newman's Feel The Love.

The camera follows Scott and slowly pans 360 degrees around the garage. Part way through, we catch a glimpse of the Peugeot 208. The panning ends on a wall which reads, "Let Your Body Drive," the name of the campaign.

Wonderful work. It's not overly commercial. It freely highlights Scott's skills as well as subtly delivers a commercial message. The work may never achieve the 42 million views Scott's famed Pumped Up Kicks video received but it's got over 25,000 views in one day. Not bad.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Trends and Culture, Video

Grand Effie Jury Announced


The 2012 Grand Effie Jury has been announced. Recognizing "ideas that work," the Grand Effie winner will be announce on May 23. The Grand Effie jury decision will impact the 2012 North American Effie Effectiveness Index rankings which will be revealed at the ceremony. The Effie Effectiveness Index identifies and ranks the marketing communications industry's most effective agencies, advertisers, and brands by analyzing finalist and winner data from Effie Worldwide competitions.

The Grand Effie Jury members include:

Jeff Benjamin, Chief Creative Officer, JWT
Brad Brinegar, President/Chief Executive Officer, McKinney
Luis DiComo, Executive Vice President, Global Media, Unilever
Tim Ellis, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer Activision
Stuart Hazlewood, Chief Strategy Officer, DDB NY
Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Experience Officer, Starcom MediaVest Group
Nick Moore, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman
Debra A. Sandler, President, Mars Chocolate North America
Iain Tait, Global Interactive Executive Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy
Jennifer Zimmerman, Chief Strategic Officer, mcgarrybowen

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Industry Events

Charlie Sheen Pimps Beer For Bavaria


As Charlie Sheen climbs out from under his rock of shame, advertising is helping him rise from the ashes. Recently, Sheen could be seen in ads for DirecTV and Fiat. Now, Sheen can be seen in a Bavaria beer commercial that pokes fun at his recent sobriety.

On his way home from rehab, Sheen can't seem to go anywhere without seeing people drink beer. Even when he gets home and sees his entire backyard filled with welcome home revelers. Ah, but this beer is non-alcoholic. Clever spot from Amsterdam-based Selmore.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

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Meet 'The Finnisher': Neighborhood Hero and Kick Ass Car Dealer


You've got to love car dealer commercials. Why? Because they are the epitome of so-bad-it's-good. There's a certain quality - perhaps born out of years of being hit over the head with it - that we have all come to expect from car dealer ads. A quality that, in any other kind of advertising, would be immediately trounced.

Here's another entry into the pantheon of car dealer advertising silliness. This one, from John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby Texas, is called I Am The Finnisher. And, no, Finnisher isn't spelled incorrectly. At least by us (We know. It's hard to believe). It's spelled that way because the man in the ad, Rik Melartin, owner of John Keating Chevrolet, is from Finland.

But not so silly is the fact Melartin, who is a resident of Bellaire, Texas has, over the past 15 years, caught three robbers at gunpoint.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Tipp-Ex Returns With 'Hunter and Bear' Time Travel Adventure


Two years ago, white out tape brand Tipp-Ex racked up 19 million views with a video about a camper who comes into contact with a bear. The viewer could choose to shoot the bear or not.

The brand is out with another choose your own adventure video series that centers on the viewer choosing a date. Once entered, a video that highlights that era begins to play. You will be very surpised at what you find!

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-12    
Topic: Video

Sainsbury Bank Alleviates Boredom and Monotony


Under the guise of doing a documentary about the monotony and boredom associated with carting kids around to their various events, Sainsbury Bank offers on women a wonderful reprieve in the form of a massage and a makeover. All delivered to her while she's waiting for her children.

Doesn't sound all that exciting but the work draws you in beautifully. Created by AMV BBDO, the work was filmed by Pretzel Films.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-12    
Topic: Video

Russian Bank Ad Portrays Woman As Idiots


As if to imply hot Russian women are idiots, this Kotco Urala bank GreenCard commercial has one dog loving lady looking for a loan to buy a carrier for her dog. Yea. A loan for a dog carrier. Funny how she ends up going to the wrong place to ask for the loan. Her and what appears to be a collection of equally tupid women looking for loans.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-12    
Topic: Strange

TNT Brings Drama to Belgium With Brilliant Stunt


This is totally amazing! To launch and hype the intensity of drama that can be found on TNT in Belgium, the cable channel, with help from the ever talented Duval Guillaume, placed a big red push button in a Flemish square in a Flemish town. A sign next to the button read, "Push to add drama." And drama is exactly what button pushers got. Simply a must see. Brilliant work.

Sadly, if a stunt were pulled in America, it's highly likely it would be misunderstood for a terrorist attack and actual (as opposed to staged) drama would occur.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-11-12    
Topic: Guerilla

Jessica Biel Visits Denny's, Orangina Still Wacky As Ever


- Denny's is back with the second season of its Always Open with David Koechner. The first episode features Jessica Biel...and a cleavage cam.

- Farmers Insurance just launched a video with Marvel's The Avengers to promote its partnership with the summer movie set to premiere in May.

- B-Reel and B-Reel Films recently teamed up with Google to create a film showcasing Google Maps' new features.

- Casey Neistat's Nike video. Ingenious brand promotion or selfish self promotion?

- Orangina is out with more wacky work here and here.

- In case you missed it, here's Martin Sorrell talking about Male Menopause.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-12    
Topic: Strange

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