Food Network Launches Promos, Press Release Gushes


Design and production company Troika Design Group just finished some promos for the Food Network called, "Food is..." which consist or lushly filmed food.

Or, if you prefer the press release version, Troika just "completed their latest campaign for long-time client Food Network. Entitled "Food Is…," the ID package comprises nine five-second spots that fuse gorgeous live-action footage together with crisp graphics creating vignettes in which food and life interact in emotional and unexpected ways. Troika handled all aspects of production, including writing, directing, animation, original music and sound design."

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-05    
Topic: Cable, Commercials

Kenwood Brings Back the Dead


Kenwood Italy has come up with an automotive sound system that's so great, it apparently brings the dead back to life, with the help of 'Stayin Alive,' of course. Weird. And not really that good either but have a look.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-05    
Topic: Commercials

Carlton Draught Follows Big Ad With Brewing Spoof


Ever the witty marketer, Carlton Draught, following the debut of its brilliant Big Ad, has launched another inward-looking commercial. This one pokes fun at brewers' fixation with their brewing ingredients, brewing methods and, in the case of Budweiser, its reliance on the Clydesdales.

UPDATE: In Comments, "Bill Gates" dishes on us for occasionally crapping on Ad Age by pointing out we are in error and that this ad was out well before the Big Ad. Remorsefully, we will crap all over our staff for this inexcusable transgression and force them all to bow to the feet of the Ad Age Gods.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-05    
Topic: Commercials

Jeep Pimps Out Commander


To launch its new 2006 Jeep Commander, Jeep enlisted Missy Elliot and MAkinE Studios to create a pimped out, hip-hop spot which merges vehicle with music video in a very cool manner. It's certainly much better than most other lame-ass car commercials out there today. Originally designed as a teaser, which aired during MTV’s VMAs, the spots were selected by Jeep to be the primary on-air promotional spot for audiences nationwide. View the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Ad Age Finally Features 'Big Ad'


Ad Age has done two things of note today in its TV Spots of the Week column, First, it features a Toyota Prius ad that is unauthorized by the car maker and was created by Area 51 Films and distributed by New York PR firm Juice to highlight director Theodore Melfi. The second, months after the ad raced through the Internet, Ad Age has finally decided to include Carlton Draught's Big Ad. Why the wait?

Other spots this week include a great spot for Cincinnati Bell, created by GJP Advertising, which shows a guy using dial up and as the camera zooms out, we realize he an exhibit in a to a cave man exhibit. Quite brilliant actually. Unless, of course, you're the loser still using dial up. Dockers does a love connection with San Francisco street cars. Canada's CHUM Television has a spot, created by Mitchell Gabourie, for the Buck Calder experience, a comedy series that follows an American director working in Canada making a fool of himself.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-05    
Topic: Commercials

NHL Ad Called Gratuitous


An ad, unveiled Wednesday night, promoting the upcoming NHL season which opens with a Chinese philosopher's quote, a bare-chested player and a woman in a bra and robe has been called offensive by Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk, the woman who led an unsuccessful attempt three years ago to get the Augusta National golf club to admit women. Responding to NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur's assessment the spot simply portrays the woman as the man's spiritual trainer, Burk said, "That's a major stretch. The woman is a sexual ornament, in my view. It's appealing to adult men while trying to masquerade as something for kids."

The ad, which is hardly gratuitous and carries the tagline, "My NHL," was directed by MTV Video Music Awards winner Sam Bayer. Conductor, a California-based ad agency, produced the spots, which were filmed in British Columbia. The campaign, which break Monday, September 26, is set to air on NBC, Outdoor Life Network, and Canada's TSN. The ad can be viewed on the homepage of

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-05    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Nintendo Revolution Unveiled in Commercial


Rick Bruner has pointed us to this very cool commercial for the recently unveiled and soon to be released Nintendo Revolution game controller which, as the name indicates, intends to revolutionize the game control. The Revolution has done away with wires and now looks like a television remote. It transmits the player's every hand motion, wirelessly to a receiver which is connected to the TV. The ad does a great job demonstrating the units use and the freedom it gives to gamers.

by Steve Hall    Sep-23-05    
Topic: Commercials

Marijuana Advocacy Group to Launch Video Contest


It appears the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is hopping on the consumer-created advertising wagon as indicated by this post in the group's Yahoo Group. The organization plans to launch a contest October 3 which offers a $5,000 prize for the person who submits the best, we assume, pro-marijuana video. Maybe the groups should also shoot for some product placement action on the now-popular Showtime series Weeds.

by Steve Hall    Sep-22-05    
Topic: Commercials

Ten Months Later, Ad Age Discovers McHottie Spots

Almost a year after its release in Japan, Ad Age is featuring the McDonald's McHottie spot calling it "Ronald McDonald as you've never seen her before. Well, we have but we're glad Ad Age readers can now clue in to to what Ad Age cites as a trend "where the clothing worn by brand icons has become a fashion craze for Japanese school girls." What did Hilary Duff Say? That's so yesterday? Anyway, enjoy. We can't all be the first to discover a trend.

Other spots featured in this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week include Strawberry Frog's first work for Heineken which involves soccer and a lot of pigeons pooping in sync; a psycho-granny torments her son on a bed of nails to promote Universal Orlando's Halloween; a kind of stupid DDB-created Diet Pepsi spot in which a Pepsi machine is drafted as a New England Patriots player; a stirring, emotionally schmaltzy W&K-created spot for Miller High Life featuring the Moon Girl which Ad Age hated so, of course, we love; a BBDO-created iPod copy-cat spot for Cingular's new Rokr phone along with Madonna's telephone booth spot which very clearly but apparently not clearly enough for Chicago Tribune advertising columnist Lewis Lazare, explains how 100 songs can be crammed into the Rokr iTunes phone; and, finally, Kaplan Thaler created an IAG "most liked" Aflac Duck commercial in which the duck is hurled out of a hammock and into a neighboring pool.

by Steve Hall    Sep-19-05    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary

Parker Posey and Jimmy Fallon Shooting Pepsi Commercial


Jossip gossipist David Hauslaib informs us Parker Posey and Jimmy Fallon were spotted, Saturday afternoon, filming a Pepsi commercial in New York City. One of our informants tells us, "Jimmy Fallon was jumping around, dancing with a Pepsi can, jumping up and down, flailing his arms around, kinda being stupid. Parker was just standing across the street from him. Jimmy was wearing junkie t-shirt and shitty looking sweatpant khakis."

by Steve Hall    Sep-10-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

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