Kia Hamsters Return in Epic Period Piece

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The Kia Hamsters have come a long way. In a new, epic 1:30, the Hamsters find themselves on stage in an 18th century opera house livening things up. Entitled "Bringing Down the House" and set to "In My Mind" (remixed by Axwell), the hamsters take over an ornate theater with a shocking (to stuffy 18th century, wig wearing patrons) display of modern music, high-energy dance moves, a laser light show and a balcony stage dive that gets the audience on their feet and digging the futuristic vibe.

The commercial will debut in 18,000 movie theaters inside National CineMedia's FirstLook pre-show program on August 31. Television will follow during the MTV Music Awards on September 6.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Jaguar Hooks Up With Lana Del Ray, Agency Crowdsources Rebranding

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- Jaguar has tapped Lana Del Ray as the brand's new spokesperson. The American singer will collaborate with the brand on the launch of the new F-Type two seater.

- DW+H has hired Victor and Spoils to rebrand the agency just one year after it rebranded itself.

- What would your seven year old have to do to get you to let him watch a PG-13 movie? Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese has the answer.

- Carrington College is out with a very strange commercial.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity



Headcam Records Day in the Life of Agency Developer

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OK so how does Cleveland's Marcus Thomas recruit for a developer? They strap a head cam on one of their developers, Nick Zwinggi, and have him record a day in the life of a developer at the agency. It's geeky for sure. Then again, the agency is seeking a geek to join them and code all kinds of interesting things into online sites and apps we can all enjoy.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-20-12    
Topic: Agencies



TBWA Creates Ethereal Epic For Nissan Patrol

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We're not usually a fan of epic grandeur in commercials but we have to admit, we really like this TBWA\G1 and TBWA\Moscow-created work for the Nissan Patrol. The slow moving, quietly moody spot opens on a Nissan Patrol winding its way through the woods as seemingly forest-dwelling onlookers watch the vehicle's movements. As it, and the groom within, finally make their arrival at what appears to be a wedding held on the edge of a cliff, the ethereal spot becomes grounded in reality.

Directed by multimedia artist Bruno Aveillan, the spot is scored to the music of Bonobo

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Strange



Eulogy For A Copywriter

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Over the weekend I was informed by AdScam's George Parker that his friend and long time copywriter Curvin O'Reilly had passed away after a short bout with cancer. Who was Curvin O'Reilly? I didn't know the man but George did so please read what he had to say about this man who, it appears, embodied the reality of our current day fantasies of the Mad Men era.

In addition to George's thoughtful words, Tom Messner wrote a beautiful eulogy he shared with a few of us over the weekend.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 6-12    
Topic: Agencies



Wieden + Kennedy Gets Comfortable With Southern Comfort

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In the world of advertising it's pretty much written in stone that brands portray their products in an aspirational manner using imagery and actors that are everything a consumer wants to be but can't because they aren't rich enough, beautiful enough, skinny enough, own a fancy enough car, have big enough breasts or a six pack that puts Calvin Klein models to shame.

Which is why we love this new Southern Comfort work from Wieden + Kennedy New York. Called Whatever's Comfortable, it's a celebration of just that. No pretense here at all. Just a not so perfect looking guy walking down the beach with all the calm collected coolness that only...ahem...comfort with one's own body can bring.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



Deutsch Interns Say Thanks With Video

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There's a few good jokes in this tweet-themed video created by Deutsch interns (@AsianDonDraper) but, for the most part, it's not all that exciting. We're sure all the interns did amazing work while at Deutsch but, much like agency self promotional videos, most videos that hype intern life really just aren't all that exciting.

That's not to say the experience wasn't excited but, as history has proved, it's very difficult to represent anything positive about an agency in the form of video. If you don't know what we mean, see the Agency.com Subway pitch video.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-12    
Topic: Agencies



Mother's Animal Launches Olympic Medal Count

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Mother's publishing arm, Animal, has launched Medal Count, a customizable online destination that makes it easy to keep track of Olympic medal wins. Medals can be sliced and diced by sport and country and the site contains links to Olympics-related articles as well and a TV schedule of events. And if you're super obsessed, you can leave the site open all day and an alarm will sound when the country of your choice win another medal.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Agencies



Apple Shoots Self in Foot With New Windows-Like Campaign

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So everyone is piling on TBWA for two its most recent Apple commercials in which a Dell Dude-like character comes to the rescue of people in the midst of various computing nightmares. The piling on is well warranted for one simple reason; Apple products are supposed to be so easy to use that you rarely have to call in an Apple Genius for help.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Opinion



Israeli Ad Students, McCann Digital Re-Design Hacked Websites

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Apparently, cyber attacks are rampant in Israel with dozens of sites taken down monthly by Islamic hackers who replace the sites with anti-Israeli messaging. While they can't exactly end these attacks, McCann Digital Tel-Aviv and the Israeli ad school Bezefer took it upon themselves to at least make the hacker takeover pages look a little nicer.

Students collected 50 hacked website designs, made them look miuch better, sent them back to the hackers and asked them to at least consider using the better designs the next time they decide to take a site down.

With the mantra, "if you can't fight them, redesign them, it appears the students have had a bit of fun and, perhaps, have made the hacked Israeli web a bit more pleasing to the eye.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Agencies










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