Kansas Radio Station Offers $20,000 For Listener-Created Commercial

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Kansas City radio station The Rock is holding a competition in which it has asked its listeners to created and submit a TV commercial for the radio station. The winner, who will walk away with $20,000, will be announced April 21. So far, the station has received hundreds of submissions. While some will call this a coup for consumer-generated media, others might tend to conclude there's a reason us right and left coasters live where we do.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Good, Radio



Microsoft Certification Makes Prison Sentence Irrelevant

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We've all been interviewed by brainless buffoons. We've all had to divulge hidden secrets during interviews. We've never, though, watched such a great combination of the two in the name of promoting Microsoft's Office Certification program. This, courtesy of the agency with the wacky name: Wexley School for Girls.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Gatorade Spot Brings Life to Building Top

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Shot atop a 54 story building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dieste Harmel & Partners has created a CGI-filled spot for Gatorade that has a football team doing its thing while the voiceover intones, "When you give everything to win, you give life to the field." And, indeed, life is given. View the spot here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



VW Jetta Turns Table On Drunk Driving Ads

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OK. We're not going to say the C word or the P word or the R word. We're going to say the H word. Homage. Yes. With these two new spots for the new VW Jetta, Crispin Porter + Bogusky is paying homage, as pointed out by Advertising/Design Goodness, to Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's Counter Attack don't drink and drive ads. Instead of the doom and gloom of drunk driving, CP + B is focusing on the Jetta's safety features and how they can protect you in similar situations. Of course, this doesn't mean everyone can now drink and drive nor feel safe from drunk drivers. We like. A lot.

by Steve Hall    Apr-17-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Schweppes Gets Sophisticated With 'Fruit Flavors'

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Duval Guillaume has created a new set of commercials in Scandinavia for Schweppes which sophistication and politeness to new levels. One one commercial, a bar fight becomes a gentlemanly exchange and a football team become wise beyond their stereotype. The campaign, which will run in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland, works to position the new Schweppes Fruit Flavors as a grown up fruit drink. You can see two of the spot here and here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Titanic Returns With Movie Trailer Mash Up

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We hope James Cameron sees this because we know he's going to laugh his ass off. Someone's gone to the trouble of creating a three minute movie trailer for Titanic Two The Surface, a mash up of Leonardo DiCaprio clips from Titanic and all the other movies he's made along with clips from other movies that feature a whole host of Hollywood actors. The premise is Jack's back. He was found on the bottom of the ocean floor and has to...well....just watch the trailer. Someone put a lot of work into this.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-06    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs



Knorr Introduces New &%$@ing Dinners

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We wonder how many times the voice over talent, the producer and the agency staffers cracked up while recording the voiceover for this Knorr Entree commercial called "Bad Word." I mean how many times can you casually saying "fucking" amidst deliciously droll ad copy before you're on the floor laughing. Anyway, this commercial for Knorr promotes the company's new insta-dinners and closes with, "They're unlike any fucking dinner you've ever tried." Of course, they didn't actually say "fucking" in the commercial. Oh, fuck it, just go give it a watch. The ad was created by DDB Canada

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



'March of The Penguins,' 'Thin Blue Line' Get Undocumentaried

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With the tagline, "some stories make better documentaries," director Kevin Donavon and McKinney Silver, Durham "remade" March of the Penguins and The Thin Blue Line for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held April 6-9. They're both very good. Watch them here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Industry Events



'Sexy Champions' Rise On Cox And MTV

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Here's a commercial with way too much word play to leave alone. Placing the words "Cox," "rise" and "sexy" all in the same 30 seconds along with an over sexed Bio teacher just, well, rocks MTV2 style. Yes, this is a commercial for both Cox cable and MTV2 that uses the "rising" band Sexy Champions to gain street cred. There's another longer version of the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good, Strange



'Mr. Switzerland' Lures 'Football Widows' During World Cup

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The country of Switzerland, acknowledging men's fixation with the World Cup which begins June 9, has launched an ad campaign to lure women to a country "where men spend less time on football, and more time on you." The television spot, airing in France, Germany and Switzerland, features hunky men including Mr' Switzerland 2005 himself.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Commercials










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