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Thursday Morning Stir

-Mistress launches “Music Made Me Do It” for Sol Republic (video above).

-PespsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi shows support for Roger Goodell.

-Droga5 hires Niklas Lindstrom as head of interactive production.

-How Jack Daniel’s personalizes its brand with storytelling.

-Four ways magazine publishers are making video work.

-UK social media ad spending will rise by 50 percent this year.

-A look at eight of the best agency ice bucket challenge videos.

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CP+B and James Harden Call on Master Groomer ‘The Beard Guru’

In this new, extended clip created by CP+B to promote NBA2k15 (set to be released in October), Rockets guard James Harden has a problem. Not, it’s not his defense: it’s his beard, which is too intense for the game’s new “face scanning technology.”

In order to address the matter, he turns to the appropriately Germanic “Beard Guru”:

As people with beards, we love this spot. Anthony Davis’ cameo really makes it, and we’d like to test that scanning technology ourselves.

Unfortunately, the Guru is not real. Germans’ ability to grow and preen amazing facial hair, however, is almost too real.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-eyeball ushers in a new era of VH1 Classic (video above).

-Nike suspends contract with Adrian Peterson.

-McDonald’s names Fred Ehle as its first VP-customer officer.

-Sands China announced the appointment of Saatchi & Saatchi China as its creative agency.

-Jorge Peschiera joins Thornberg & Forester as creative director.

-San Francisco-based agency Cutwater announced the addition of Simone Nobili as creative director.

-Movement Strategy built a digital platform for national restaurant group Old Chicago’s longstanding “Beat The Leader” fan challenge game.

TBWA\Chiat\Day Wins Miller Lite

MillerLiteRetro_2Twitter hashtags didn’t quite do the trick for Leo Burnett: TBWA\Chiat\Day will be creative AOR for Miller Lite.

The agency is currently referring all media inquiries to the client, but a spokesperson (and several tipsters) confirmed that the announcement happened minutes ago in its L.A. office.

This news caps off a good two-week run for TBWA, which won Airbnb and Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this month.

As for the strategic implications of the agency shift, we have a feeling Miller will stay on the retro path since real-life research tells us that people seem to honestly think that the beer tastes better in old-school cans.

So What Do You Do, Tiffany R. Warren, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group?

Tiffany-WarrenSome people simply talk and others do. Tiffany R. Warren belongs to the latter category. When she tired of seeing the same groups being honored year after year at advertising awards shows, Warren took it upon herself to create a space to celebrate diversity in the advertising, marketing, PR and entertainment industries. Now in its 10th year, ADCOLOR has grown to include myriad events and programs aimed to not only champion diverse professionals in these industries, but also to truly prepare them to soar in careers with longevity and purpose. The theme of the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference, taking place Sept. 17-20 in Beverly Hills, Calif.,  is “We Are Here” to further drive home the point that these industries are rife with diverse talent. This year’s awards will honor Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Company (aka Scandal‘s Olivia Pope) and Charles King, partner/agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

“I always felt compelled to do something that was of service. That’s just a family trait. My family is full of teachers and daycare providers and people that just give back. We have some sort of DNA thing going on,” Warren shares. Her altruistic gene must be strong because in addition to the transformative work she does in her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, she serves on the boards for several organizations such as Ghetto Film School and GLAAD and somehow finds the time to mentor 126 people. You read that right. One hundred and twenty-six people.

Here, learn what it takes to be a true agent of change and find out Warren’s thoughts on the current state of diversity in the advertising industry. Read more

David&Goliath Shows Different Side of Blake Griffin for VIZIO

David&Goliath launched a new campaign for VIZIO featuring Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin cast in a different light.

Griffin spends the spots dishing out poetry on subjects like the mouthguard, tear-away pants and bobbleheads in what looks like a slam poetry cafe. Griffin’s “Slam Dunk Poetry” features an elementary rhyming scheme as he tackles his goofy subjects with apparent earnestness/seriousness, leading into the “see the beauty in everything” tagline. The campaign is timed to get basketball fans excited for the new season, which starts in October (and convince them to upgrade to a VIZIO Ultra HD). The videos launched on YouTube and VIZIO’s website Monday, and GIFS of Griffin’s performances are also available via Tumblr. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Pulls Heartstrings for Cheerios

Saatchi & Saatchi gets emotional in its latest spot for Cheerios, entitled “3rd Shift.”

The 30-second broadcast spot tackles the harsh reality of juggling family life with an unorthodox work schedule for hardworking Americans. At the beginning of the spot, a man sighs as his wife says, “I know, this third shift is rough” and their son watches in the background. In the next scene we see a light flicker on as the boy reaches into the refrigerator for milk, a box of Cheerios under his arm. When his father sternly asks him what he’s doing up so late he replies, “I just wanted to have breakfast with you.”

“3rd Shift” comes as something of a shift to a more down-to-earth approach for the brand, following on the heels of recent spots featuring celebrities both human and feline. The emotional tone attempts to highlight the cereal’s function as a quick, yet somewhat healthy, option for families too busy for a more involved breakfast. Read more

180LA and Zumba Dance While Everyone Is Watching

Confession: we’re still not quite sure what Zumba is.

Many face the same dilemma despite the fact that the company “counts 15 million weekly dance class participants in a 180 countries worldwide.” For this reason, Zumba enlisted 180LA to remind viewers what it’s all about, and the resulting spot — which debuted yesterday — is energetic enough to qualify as a public health hazard:

The main concept here is to promote Zumba to the public at large rather than catering to the sort of “gym junkies with unattainable bodies” that you might meet at, say, a Diplo set in L.A.

For the record, we also appreciate the presence of “nightclub bouncer” and “pudgy middle management dude” to subtly counter the idea that Zumba is a strictly-for-women phenomenon.

More info and credits below.

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Samsung Gets Cute with Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard

Samsung finally lets up on Apple in its latest spot, instead getting cozy with cute real-life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

In the 90-second spot, the couple continuously ditch other plans in favor of staying in and entertaining themselves with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It’s a clever idea, and both the execution and the decision to go with an actual couple lend it an air of believability.

The spot begins with Shepard marveling at Bell’s tiny fingers. “How do you even hold things with these little guys?” he asks. This gives an indication of the tone for the rest of the spot, which may spell cuteness overload for some but has already picked up over 5 million views on YouTube in three days. “Hey, we promised we’d hike,” he then reminds her, only for the couple to spend the rest of the day on the Galaxy Tab S wasting time. (The only time either ventures outside the house is when Shepard picks up food to satisfy Bell’s pregnancy cravings.) At one point the couple dress up for an event, but get distracted and soon realize it ended hours ago.

It’s a refreshing approach for Samsung, and a welcome departure from what has become routine Apple-bashing. No word yet on whether this was created by Samsung’s agency of record 72andSunny or in-house, but we will update with that information when we receive it.

Update: We’ve received word that the spot was in fact created by McKinney.

We Hear: Did CP+B Win Infiniti or Not?

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Last week we reported that the number of agencies still involved in the ongoing Infiniti pitch had gone down from four to two: CP+B and GS&P.

Silence on the PR front confirmed that story, but as soon as we posted it we began to receive a steady stream of both tips and comments (not that we actually read the comments, mind you) claiming that the pitch was over and that Crispin had emerged victorious. References to VW abounded.

When we contacted the agency itself, we received only a perfect comment about their inability “to comment on new business.”

And yet, it certainly seems like someone is either trying to tell us that the pitch has been won or trying to mislead us on that point.

So let us know, readers: what’s the status?

UPDATE: An inside source tells us that, while all signs point toward “buy”, the prospective client has yet to make an official announcement. Bit of a letdown, then. Fingers still crossed.

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