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W+K, Three Apologize for ‘Holiday Spam’

Wieden+Kennedy have a clever new spot for U.K.-based mobile provider Three, in which the company makes a timely apology.

The 60-second spot sees Three apologize for the rash of “holiday spam” resulting from the company allowing users to utilize their phone in 16 worldwide destinations without any extra cost for calls. texts or data. Three “thought this was a good thing,” but “failed to consider the consequences: the holiday spam,” says a contrite Three representative. It’s a clever approach, employing dry British humor to let Three brag about their coverage while leveraging a cultural phenomenon anyone can relate to. “Holiday Spam” also manages to be memorable without spending much money (it’s basically just one actor and a series of backgrounds). At the conclusion of the spot, viewers are prompted to visit the campaign landing site at, which includes a heat map of spam levels in various locations. The campaign is also supported by the #holidayspam hashtag, a pretty seamless social integration.

Johnny Fearless Promotes First World War Galleries for IWM London

Agency Johnny Fearless teamed up with Aardman Animations (the creators of Wallace & Gromit) to create the above 90-second spot promoting Imperial War Museum London’s First World War Galleries, entitled “Flight of the Stories.”

The First World War Galleries will re-open on July 19th, which marks the start of the Centenary commemorations. “Flight of the Stories” imagines “the journey of personal stories and letters written by those who never left the fields of Northern France during the First World War.” These stories and letters are depicted as a series of quotations, traveling across France and over the English Channel to find their home at the Imperial War Museum London, while accompanied by lines read “from letters and diaries entrusted to the museum by relatives during and at the end of the First World War.” The effect is striking, with Aardman drawing inspiration from the art of the period and combining 2D illustrations with 3D CGI animation.

“We wanted to bring people to IWM London to see and hear the words of those who lived and died through the war for themselves and encourage them to reappraise the First World War in a way, which is different to the stereotypical mud and blood imagery,” explained Paul Domenet, executive creative director, Johnny Fearless.

“Flight of the Stories” will run online and in cinemas as part of a multimedia campaign including posters, press and radio. Stick around for credits and a “making of” feature after the jump. Read more

RAPP Tells BuzzFeed Why It Is the Coolest Place to Work

RAPPWe know very little about what it’s like to work for RAPP, the New York-based agency with a digital data focus.

However, after scrolling through this BuzzFeed “Brand Publisher” post submitted by an anonymous tipster and (presumably) written by a person/persons who do work at RAPP, we’re curious.

The purpose of the self-published story seems to be directing the reader’s attention to the agency’s sense of work-life balance.

Some things we learned…

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CHI & Partners Sets ‘Amazing in Motion’ for Lexus

CHI & Partners latest for Lexus’ “Amazing in Motion” campaign is a visually stunning look at performers in LED suits exploring the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

The LED suits were created by costume designer Vin Burnham and technical director Adam Wright, with inspiration from Lexus’ “iconic spindle grille and LED headlights.” Director Adam Berg and his team then utilized a “purpose built computer system and complex DMX software” (which, we imagine, stops, drops, and opens up shop), “created to wirelessly trigger the suits to strobe on demand” and captured a group of stunt men and acrobatic performers as they made the Kuala Lumpur skyline their playground. It’s a simple concept, but it makes for a visually intriguing 60 seconds, even if viewers are left wondering what they’re watching an ad for until right before the “Amazing in Motion” tagline. Since it’s so hard to take your eyes off of, that might not even be a problem. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

FCB/West Teases ‘Battlefield Hardline’

FCB San Francisco teamed up with Imaginary Forces and directors Miguel Lee and Charles Khoury for the above teaser for EA’s Battlefield Hardline, which is slated for an October 21st release.

The team takes a minimalist approach to the teaser, eschewing voiceover in favor of close ups of the game’s weaponry while also teasing a clash between law enforcement and criminals. True to the teaser format, the spot reveals little, leaving viewers wanting more. To pull off the trailer, Khoury and Lee directed separate shoots on the same stage. While Lee’s crew “was responsible for filming all of the actors, vehicles, weapons, gear and paraphernalia in a sleek, action-packed fashion,” Khoury and his team “shot at high speeds to capture all of the slow-motion explosions and actual weapon fire including a submachine gun, pump shotgun and assault rifle.” While the teaser reveals little about the Battlefield Hardline‘s plot or gameplay, weapon-loving fans of first-person shooters should eat this right up. Credits after the jump. Read more

BBDO NY Celebrates Fourth of July for Guinness

BBDO New York solemnly pays tribute to servicemen in their Fourth of July spot for Guinness, entitled “Empty Chair.”

The spot, the latest U.S. installment of the brand’s “Made of More” campaign, was created in collaboration with Biscuit Filmworks and director Noam Murro. Its patriotism-stoking approach is nothing new to beer advertising, as Anomaly’s “A Hero’s Welcome” Super Bowl spot for Budweiser this year (to cite just one example) also celebrated American veterans in a somewhat cheesy fashion. How you view the ad will depend largely on your opinion of such an approach (as either a welcome homage or emotional manipulation) but the 90-second “Empty Chair” is certainly well-crafted. It opens on a bartender pouring a Guinness and leaving it at an empty table, an act she repeats many times over the course of the ad, at one point even stopping someone from taking a chair from the table. A delayed reveal at the spot’s conclusion puts everything into perspective, followed by Guinness’ “Made of More” tagline, which syncs well with the ad’s message.

It’s worth noting that between this solemn spot from Guinness and the opposite approach taken by Newcastle, the most memorable ads of the Independence Day season came from non-American brewers. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

BSSP Combines Greyhound, Heavy Metal

With summer movie season approaching, BSSP created a cinematic preview spot for Greyhound featuring the fictional heavy metal band MüttonGüt.

The 60-second spot sees the tour manager for MüttonGüt (who bear more than a passing resemblance to Spinal Tap) booking the band for Greyhound’s dollar fares rather than their usual tour bus. Initially reluctant, the band soon appreciates Greyhound’s amenities while also enjoying interacting with other passengers. The drummer, for example, teaches his seatmate how to apply eye liner to get “that smoldering effect.” While not the most original approach, its lighthearted tone fits the brand and the summer blockbuster placement.

“When we can communicate a product benefit in a relevant and rewarding way for the consumer, we’ve succeeded,” said Creative Director Steve Mapp. “Who better to experience the expanded service and onboard amenities of Greyhound than a hard-working, continually touring metal band, like MüttonGüt? Besides, they’re really big in Japan.”

The spot will run nationally in cinemas starting tomorrow, and continue through the summer blockbuster season, and a “cinema poster touting the service and band will also run in over 90 theaters in top Greyhound markets starting in October.” A 30-second version of the spot will air online on channels including ESPN, YouTube, Xbox, Vevo and Hulu.

On Ideas Adds Four New Directors

Chris Nott

Chris Nott

John Huggins

John Huggins

Full-service digital marketing, branding and advertising agency On Ideas have grown their team with the addition of four new directors: Director of Connections Planning and Optimization Bryan Cherok, Associate Creative Director Chris Nott, Associate Creative Director-Copywriting John Huggins, and Director of Business Development Jason Kirk.

Charleston native Bryan Cherok will be responsible for all metrics, analytics and insights for client accounts. He arrives at On Ideas having “spent years submerged in work revolving around finding the answers in digital data,” working with clients including Bridgestone America’s Tire Operations, Firestone Complete Auto Care, SERVPRO Industries and Le Creuset.

Chris Nott arrives at On Ideas with over ten years of advertising and creative experience. Nott was the founder of Base Camp Advertising and served as President of the Richmond Ad Club. His work for clients such as Capitol One, Discovery Health Channel, VirginiaTourism and Crystal Cruise Line have led to recognition at One Show, Communication Arts and the Effies.

Miami Ad School and Florida International University graduate John Huggins brings “valuable experience from his past involvement with both large national brands and smaller organizations.” His past work includes Coca-Cola’s 2008 Olympic Games campaign and a 2009 American Idol promotion. Huggins was also a copywriter on the St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s “Above Beyond Because” campaign, for the TV, print and interactive executions. He has been awarded “Best of Show” for the Central Pennsylvania Addys, as well as “Best Interactive” and “Best Direct Marketing” for the Philly Golds.

Jason Kirk arrives at On Ideas with a non-profit background. His experience includes work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. As director of development at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Kirk “more than doubled contributed income from 2011 to 2013.” Read more

A Vulgar Elizabeth Hurley Stars in Droga5′s ‘If We Won’ for Newcastle

Elizabeth Hurley gets vulgar in the latest addition to Droga5′s “If We Won” campaign for Newcastle, which imagines how much better America would be if Great Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

The campaign kicked off last week, with a humorous spot featuring Stephen Merchant. Hurley’s spot borrows a bit from that one, as it devotes quite a bit of time to how many great curse words we’d have at our disposal had we remained British, something Merchant touched on in the original “If We Won.” Still, we suppose the subject doesn’t hurt from further exploration, and the video has over 300,000 views since being uploaded earlier today as people seem to be amused by seeing Hurley stringing together British expletives. Hurley’s 39-second video is just part of the wealth of material put out by Droga5 for the campaign, which also includes Zachary Quinto in a pair of spots and a second appearance from Merchant, who explains how his British accent helps him appear intelligent and get laid. If you’re wondering what American actor Zachary Quinto is doing in this campaign, you’ll just have to watch the video, along with the second Merchant spot, after the jump. Read more

Erwin Penland Remixes Classic Atari Games for Denny’s

Erwin Penland has a fun new campaign remixing classic Atari games promoting Denny’s “Greatest Hits Remixed” menu.

The agency worked with Atari on remixed mobile versions of the games Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout. All three were reimagined to feature breakfast items, and reborn as Hashteroids, Centipup and Take-Out. The games come complete with bizarre, breakfast-related storylines, such as this one for Centipup, as related by Joystiq: “Once upon a time, a young boy named Danny came across a bottle of syrup and with just a slight squeeze the bottle’s sticky contents had the power to turn anyone or anything into a fried egg.”

The campaign aims to capitalize on the nostalgia of Gen-Xers, an oft-overlooked demographic as advertisers focus more and more energy on appealing to Millenials. It also marks the first partnership for Atari since filing for bankruptcy early last year. “We are excited to be partnering with Denny’s on this partnership,” said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais in Marketing Land. “Transforming our classic and beloved games into a retro, remixed promotion will be a natural way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans in a fun and unique way.”

You can check out a trailer for the games, which are available for iOS and Android devices, above.