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Julie Levin Joins Publicis N.A. as CMO

3204b6cPublicis North America announced the addition of Julie Levin as chief marketing officer, succeeding Chris Shumaker, who left last year to become North American chief marketing officer at FCB. She will begin the position on September 8th.

Levin arrives from Richmond-based The Martin Agency, where last year she served as chief growth officer and helped win new business including Stoli vodka and Sparkle paper towels. Before The Martin Agency, Levin spent three years as head of business development and global business director at BBH New York. She was also a managing partner and director of business development at Mcgarrybowen, helping to land clients such as Kraft Foods, Pfizer and Verizon Wireless.

“She’s such a personality, so bright and driven with a lot of energy and has such a depth of experience with clients,” Publicis North America CEO Andrew Bruce told Adweek. “She won’t just bring in new clients in but will continue to work with them.”

BBH Promotes Neil Munn to Global CEO

2fda519BBH promoted Neil Munn from global chief operating officer to global chief executive officer, replacing Gwyn Jones, who leaves to pursue a career outside of advertising.

Munn has served as global chief operating officer since 2012 and arrived at BBH in 2006, as CEO of ZAG Brand Ventures. Before that, Munn served as global marketing director for Lynx/Axe and category director, beverages Europe for Unilever.

“Neil is perfect casting for what is now needed from the group CEO,” said Simon Sherwood, BBH’s group chairman. “He has proper marketing and comms pedigree, is highly commercial with a deep understanding of client organisations and brands, and has a truly global perspective.”

Jones first became group chief executive officer in 2012, after Publicis Groupe took control of the agency, and his departure coincides with the conclusion of the earn-out period for management. Campaign Live reports that founders Sir John Hegarty and Sir Nigel Bogle “will continue to work at the agency for the foreseeable future, albeit in a reduced capacity.”

JWT Canada Conducts ‘Dark Experiment’ for Tim Hortons

In order to launch its new dark roast, Tim Hortons teamed up with JWT Canada to put the new blend to the test.

Using black-out material, the agency wrapped a L’Île-Perrot, Quebec store, blocking out any sort of natural light. Customers were then led to a service counter, where they taste-tested the new dark roast. After tasting the new blend, with their senses supposedly heightened by the darkness,  and voicing their opinions, the lights were turned on and customers were told about the new blend and their role in the experiment. The results were (of course) filmed for the above digital spot.

“When you have a great product, the best way to launch it is to prove tt,” explains Brent Choi, JWT Canada’s chief creative and integration officer, “so we found a way to put the new #TimsDark Roast to the ultimate taste test.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Peyton Manning, Cam Newton for Gatorade

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke that went: “You don’t have to be sweating and holding a basketball to enjoy a Gatorade, you can just be a thirsty dude. Gatorade forgets about this demographic. I’m thirsty for absolutely no reason, other than the fact that liquid has not touched my lips for some time. Can I have a Gatorade too, or does that lightning bolt mean no?” Well, the brand seems to have finally issued its response to this question in a new campaign from TBWA\Chiat\Day, entitled “Sweat it to Get it,” with a resounding “No, you can not have a Gatorade, thirsty dudes.”

“Gatorade was invented to replace what athletes sweat out, Brent Anderson, executive creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles, explained to Adweek. “So the intent was to create something that might cause someone who reaches for a Gatorade to think, ‘Hold up…have I earned this?’” In other words, that lightning bolt does mean no.

In the campaign, starring Rob Belushi (son of Jim) and featuring cameos from Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (who also stars in an ongoing Under Armour campaign), customers at a gas station are told they can’t purchase Gatorade because they haven’t broken a sweat. The ads all follow the same basic formula, with Belushi as the straight man denying the customers and Manning or Newton appearing as either the manager or a fellow customer. The agency told Adweek that the ads were all “shot on location at an actual convenience store with over 15 hidden cameras” and directed by Jody Hill (Eastbound and Down). Stick around for credits and a few more spots after the jump. Read more

Kevin Hart Takes on Dave Franco in Madden NFL 15 for Heat, EA Sports

Heat, San Francisco taps Kevin Hart and Dave Franco (James’ brother) to star in a new online spot for EA Sports’ Madden NFL 15.

The spot, which also sees guest appearances from Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and Epic Meal Time co-creator Harley Morenstein, sees Hart go to great lengths to get Franco to take him on at Madden NFL 15. Hart’s incessant challenges of Franco degenerate into destruction of property over the course of the over three minute spot. It all starts out with one epic slap, before (for some reason) going musical, as Hart continues to challenge Franco to take him on in Madden NFL 15. That decision is questionable, to say the least, making it a bit of a challenge to get through the overly long spot. Things are at their most entertaining when Hart is directly baiting Franco, free of musical interjection. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Y&R NY Taps Richard Sherman for Campbell’s


Y&R New York taps star Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to be the 19th NFL player in the long-running “Mama’s Boy” campaign for Campbell’s Chunky soups. Sherman’s mother is featured in the ad as well.

The spot continues the “Mama’s Boy” tradition of goofiness. In this case, a fan painted all in blue and a helicopter factor in to the 60-second spot, which ends with a tender moment between Sherman and his mother. “Mama’s Boy” first ran all the way back in 1997 with Reggie White and his mother, and returned in 2012 following a four year hiatus. Sherman’s spot marks the first time in years that a player’s real mother was cast in place of an actress. The spot’s producers chose to cast a real fans in the spot as well, including superfan Tim Froemke, who appears in the spot with his entire body painted blue, using Skype for auditions. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Takes on Octopus for Charter


Saatchi & Saatchi has a new campaign for Charter Communications, touting its high-speed Spectrum network with a series of new spots.

In the 60-second spot at the center of the campaign, a couple is inspired by a cooking show to buy a live octopus. But when faced with the prospect of actually cooking the octopus, the creature wraps its tentacle around the man’s hand and he runs for the bathroom. “It’s funny how seeing a clearer picture can lead you to see the bigger one,” the voiceover says over soft piano music, and the woman changes gear from looking up a recipe to looking for caring for a pet octopus. It’s kind of cute and funny, and certainly more memorable than most ads in the category.

Saatchi and Saatchi’s campaign also includes a couple of 30-second spots, taking on the more commonplace situations of a father helping his son with a science project and another father who can’t seem to get his infant to stop crying.

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DigitasLBi Offers ‘Faster Delivery’ for Puma

DigitasLBi taps Usain Bolt in a new online ad called “Faster Delivery.”

In the 60-second spot, Bolt is given the task of delivering a pair of Pumas. Before the man handing off the sneakers can even give him the name and address, the world’s fastest man is off, speeding through the streets toward his destination. Twelve minutes later, he arrives and the surprised recipient requests a selfie. Part of the “Forever Faster” campaign, the spot is being promoted through social media by both Puma and Bolt himself. It’s a simple idea, but kind of a fun one, and Puma is banking on fans of Bolt and the brand sharing it.

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Ogilvy & Mather Helps IBM Create ‘Smarter Cities’

Ogilvy & Mather, London has a new campaign championing IBM’s “Smarter Cities” intiative.

“Smarter Cities” pairs concerned citizens and city leaders, allowing people to express what matters to them in their city directly to people who can enact change. City leaders see what’s working in other cities, and lead initiatives for things like turning vacant lots into useful spaces. Check out the video above, or head to people4smartercities.com to learn more. Credits after the jump. Read more

Reebok Wants You to Get a Tattoo

Reebok teamed up with The Viral Company for a new campaign aimed at CrossFit junkies.

The campaign is centered around a one-day contest, offering a one-year subscription to CrossFit (a value of about $5,800) to whoever gets the largest tattoo of Reebok’s logo at a pop-up studio. Reebok will be setting up with Stockholm tattoo parlor Salong Betong at Sweden’s Tough Viking obstacle race event on August 30th. The individual who gets the biggest tattoo will walk away with the grand prize, while anyone who gets a Reebok tattoo will be rewarded with a Reebok fitness kit worth around $725. That’s not a bad prize for those willing to brand their bodies with a corporate logo. Check out the video above for a closer look and head to reebokforever.com for more information.

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