Have you seen the new Turkish Airlines commercial featuring Kobe Bryant and Argentinian soccer player Leo Messi? No? Then you are not one of the almost 22 million people who have.
The video, launched on December 6, now has almost 22 million views on YouTube. In the video, Bryant and Messi vie for the attention of a boy by performing increasingly amazing stunts starting wil ball play and progressing to card house building and balloon animals.
Ultimately, both greats lose to a bowl of ice cream offered by a flight attendant.
Almost ten years ago, Beyonce first appeared it what was, by far, one of the hottest Pepsi commercials ever to air. OK, that may be a bit of an over exaggeration but not to the gas station attendant whose jaw dropped when he watched Beyonce in all her bootyliciousness walk from her car to a Pepsi machine as Crazy in Love played.
Now, ten years later, Pepsi is, again, working with the star in a $50 million deal that will include a new "Live for Now" commercial as well as promotional appearances, her likeness on limited edition cans and a Creative Development Fund that will support Beyonce's various creative endeavors.
Ford has signed a deal with Jimmy Fallon to help the brand create a :60 for Lincoln that will air during the Super Bowl. Fallon, with his 7 million Twitter followers as opposed to Ford's 172,000 and Lincoln's non-existent 750, will head up a crowdsourcing strategy that urges fans to help Fallon create the ad.
Fallon will direct followers to Steer the Script, a site that explains the promotion. Beginning December 5 with a tweet from Fallon who will pen the beginnings of a script for the :60, followers can reply with their suggestions.
Somehow miraculously a workable script will emerge from what will certainly be a cacophony of idiotic tweets from people who have no idea how to artfully craft a TV script, let alone a coherent 140 character tweet.
Courtesy of Adidas, we have the pleasure of viewing Snoop Dogg tell the story of Ebenezer Snoop, a hip-hoppity tale of the usual past present and future travails of those who don't believe.
Following in her mother's illustrious footsteps, Dannielynn Birkhead, 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith, will appear in a new ad campaign for Guess Kids. Smith, then unknown, first appeared in Guess ads in 1993.
The ads, which also feature Babyface's daughter, Peyton Edmunds, will appear on billboards and in magazines beginning in January.
Familiar baritone Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to a Human Rights Campaign marriage equality spot which debuted November 25. In the spot, entitled Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality, Freeman intones, "America stands at the dawn of a new day. Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. With historic victories for marriage, we've delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back but our journey has just begun."
Just recently, Maine, Maryland and Washington joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and District of Columbia as states that allow same-sex marriage.
In a role that is quite apropos, model of the moment, Kate Upton, will appear in a Mercerdes-Benz Super Bowl commercial as an "object of desire." Upton, who does not have a license of her own, won't be driving in the ad but is said to represent just how far a person might go to attain their heart's desire.
Heart's desire might be a bit of a highbrow description for the kind of desire most people experience when they think of Upton but we won't quibble.
Now this is funny. Remember last year when William Shatner did a PSA for State Farm which shared safety tips for those planning to deep-fry their turkeys? Well, Shatner's back and this time his PSA has been auto-tuned by John Boswell and the results are quite amusing. Give it a watch.
Inspired by Tom Brady's tradition of giving UGG footwear to fellow players as a way to say thanks, UGG Australia has launched Pink Slip, a new ad, created by M&C Saatchi LA, which features Tom Brady offering a pair of UGG Ascot slippers to a rookie player.
The Pink Slip TV spot premiered on November 19 on ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network. On the day of launch, consumers received a dedicated e-mail directing them to view the commercial and behind the scenes video for Pink Slip on the UGG Australia web site and other social media platforms.
Working with Wunderman, Microsoft has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to license characters from the upcoming Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit, to appear in an ad campaign for Windows Phone 8. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and other characters will appear in UK, France, Germany and US-based campaigns for the new phone.
Previously, the Windows Phone 8 campaign has tapped Gwen Stefani, Cam Newton, Adam Samberg, Jay-Z and Jessica Alba. Campaign elements will include digital, magazine, TV and outdoor,