Campaign Says Don't Ignore Yor Liver

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The American Liver Foundation has launched a new campaign, which includes two 30-second spots appearing on ESPN, The History Channel, and National Geographic, among others and uses humor to raise general awareness of the liver and liver disease. The spots were created by filter, New York. Don't ignore your liver. Bad things could happen. View the spots here.

by Steve Hall    May-26-06    
Topic: Commercials



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



'Truth' Campaign Gets Ridiculous

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Normally, we'd never be one to side with a tobacco company on anything, but this new spot from the American Legacy Foundation's Truth campaign is giving us cause. In this second spot in the campaign, a dude walks into a store to buy a mattress and strikes up a conversation with the sales person. He tells the guy that back in 1985, a tobacco company VP wondered if sleep should be banned because the majority of people die in their sleep. So the basis of this spot come from a comment that was likely a joke and is trying to twist it into some sort of "Oh my God, can you believe a cancer stick maker would actually suggest sleep be banned to fend off accusations smoking kills" thing. It's ridiculous.

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by Steve Hall    May-26-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Worst



Pepsi Launches Yet Another BBDO Pop-mercial

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You've probably seen the new over-the-top Mariah Carey Pepsi spot in which she promotes ring tones and Pepsi in a production very similar to...oh...I don't know...those Pepsi spots from a few years back that took the exact same approach except with Britney Spears. Apparently, Britney wasn't available since she decided to hook up with that Federline dude and has been busy running away from paparazzi who can't seem to get enough picture of her dropping her baby.

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by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



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



Bikinied Cleavage Sells Ice Cream

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It's almost cute to watch Asia's newfound obsession with big breasts and this commercial for ice cream illustrates it very well. Apparently, cleavage is a very powerful thing. And for all of you think that breasts are all you see on Adrants, welcome to advertising. We don't shoot the commercials, we just share them with you.

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



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



Illustrator of Visa Dancing Worm Patrick Smith Interviewed

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One of the coolest Visa "Life Takes Visa" commercials, in my opinion, is the one with the work which dances to Afrika Bambaataa's "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Blended Films has posted an interview with Patrick Smith, the man behind that dancing worm who talks about the creation of the worm, the spot and the choice of music. On the site, there's also promotional AIM icons and the spot itself.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television










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