Secret Service Sex Scandal Parodied in Pistacios Spot

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With a not so subtle wink and nod, Paramount Farms' Wonderful Pistacios is out with a new spot that has a little fun with the Secret Service sex scandal which occurred earlier this year. The ad is one of four commercial launched this week

The other three feature 1970s disco phenomenon The Village People; Brobee, the little green monster and drummer from Yo Gabba Gabba! and Sparky and Victor from Tim Burton's animated monster movie Frankenweenie.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Racy



Bennetton Celebrates 15-29 Year Olds With 'Unemployee of the Year'

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Reacting to an economy that left 100 million 15-29 years olds worldwide unemployed, United Colors of Bennetton has launched Unemployee of the Year, a new campaign that aims to dispel the hard to shake stigma that younger workers are lazy and that it's their own fault they don't have a job.

Created by Bennetton's own FABRICA and 72andSunny, the campaign intends to "spark a global conversation" about the plight of Millenials and enable the group to share its stories and experiences.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Surreal Chairlift Rides Highlight Copper Mountain's Ski Experience

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As an avid skier, we can appreciate the surreal joy of a chairlift ride up the mountain. It's a time when you can drink in the beauty of your surroundings, enjoy conversation with a stranger or, in the case of these Wexley School for Girls-created ads for Copper Mountain, wax eloquently about the oddest stuff imaginable.

Seven new ads, shot entirely against a green screen, allow for brilliant oddities such as kids who aren't really kids, a miniature spaceship and the ability to have your actors just sit there and rap about whatever you want them to.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Paddy Power Hires Jesus, Cravendale Cats Are Back

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- There's nothing fake about Katy Perry's...Chips.

- Check out these NSFW ads for Spanish lingerie brand Jane Pain that aren't actually NSFW.

- Paddy Power has enlisted Jesus to help the brand launch in Italy.

- A McDonald's billboard targeting Hmong people in St. Louis got its grammar wrong.

- The Barbarian Group's Benjamin Palmer discusses the internet's biggest changes over the past ten years and what the future holds.

- Not really sure what's being sold here but the video does have three women in lingerie bouncing around on big jumpy balls.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Industry Events



Bar Refaeli Makes Flight Attendants Hate Their Bodies

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Back in May we asked the ladies if watching Bar Refaeli frolic and writhe atop her bed, recline in a bathtub and not smoke a cigar make you want to run out and buy underwear for your man? Or does it just make your boyfriend horny and beg for a quickie?

We also wondered if watching Bar's perfection simply made women feel self-conscious about their own less-than-perfect body. Because, let's be honest, no one looks good when compared to a supermodel.

This week, after seeing Bar sporting what has to be the hottest flight attendant get up ever created, we wonder whether or not all flight attendants will become whimpering, self-conscious puddles of flotsam never again able to look at themselves in the mirror.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Mentos Gets Naked

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Well no sooner do we highlight a Mentos spoof that's quite racy for the quirky brand do we receive a very racy new campaign for the brand created by The Martin Agency. Designed to align with the sort of content one might see in various categories of magazines, the agency created ads that would feel right at home in Maxim (shot of a hot ass), InTouch/People/US Weekly (a wardrobe malfunction) and ESPN/Sports Illustrated (a streaker).

The campaign is said to "spotlight the juxtaposition between the innocent quirkiness of Mentos and the not-so-innocent content of the ads."

We'd have to wholeheartedly agree!

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy



Goofs Get Goofy For Little Caesars $5 Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza

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Barton F. Graf 9000 is out with new work for Little Caesars that's in keeping with both the brand's and the agency's penchant for witty goofiness. Promoting the establishment's $5 Hot-n-Ready pepperoni pizzas, two commercials center on just how goofy goofy people can get over a goofy little pepperoni special.

We like to call it nut ball intelligence. Yea, that works.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Avis Drops 'We Try Harder' For 'It's Your Space'

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While we won't likely know for a year or so, Avis' tagline shift from "We Try Harder" to "It's Your Space" will either go down as the biggest ad flop in history or the crucial change the brand needed to pull itself back to the number two spot (Recently, it slipped to third behing Hertz and Enterprise).

The tagline, "We Try Harder" was created in 1962 by DDB. And it worked, pulling Avis out of a decade-long slump and into a position of profit.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Ladies, Would You Jump Hurdles to Get Your Axe-Wearing Man?

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This one's no where near as good as its sister ad, Hot Putt, nor is the woman in this second ad as hot as the woman in the first. But, hey, there's only so many times BBH can create "hot" ads for Axe before they strike out once in a while. OK, OK. She has a really great ass. Satisfied?

The second ad, High Street Hurdles just doesn't have the same oomph and lustful determination of the the first ad. In each ad, a woman is drawn to a man wearing Axe but the woman in the Hot Putt ad goes to greater lengths to get her man. And, unlike the woman going after the construction worker in the second ad, the woman in the first ad actually gets to full on have her way with the lucky guy.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Prince Harry's Naked Strip Poker Picture Inspires Las Vegas Ad

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, reacting to Prince Harry's recent Las Vegas strip poker scandal, has launched an ad campaign reinforcing its "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" code.

Of the campaign which, for all intents and purposes, defends Prince Harry's actions, LCVA spokeswoman Courtney Fitzgerald said, "Las Vegas is about adult freedom. It's important for friends to know what activities can be shared publicly and what activities are protected by the code."

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by Steve Hall    Aug-24-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy










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