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BBDO Berlin Bows ‘World’s First Turntable Test Drive’

Yet another German BBDO office is at it this week as the agency’s Berlin branch has unveiled the above case study clip to show off  the smart DJ, which is being billed as “the world’s first turntable test drive” for the smart electric car.  Sure, it’s not built for the open road for obvious reasons, but the somewhat nifty game experience (which made its debut on German game show, Schlag den Raab–or, you know, Beat the Raab) essentially tests a driver’s DJ skills. How? Well, by having participants reach a certain speed in their smart cars in order to find out what’s providing their driving soundtrack. If we had to go through all this to hear “Macarena,” though, we’d rather just gun it to get a more sped-up version for shits and giggles. Anyways, while we await a better playlist, we’re wondering how one can procure one of those sweet turntable tracks. Credits after the jump.

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BBDO Dusseldorf Invites ET’s to Swiss Biosphere


Yes, folks, you read that correctly. In one of the more peculiar, yet intriguing campaigns we’ve received as of late, BBDO Dusseldorf has been sending out an invite  over a 24-hour span (with the help of one of Europe’s biggest radio telescopes) to, yep, extra-terrestrials, asking them to come visit Entlebuch, which is Switerzland’s first official UNESCO biosphere reserve. UNESCO, in case you didn’t know, is an agency of the UN that stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and is intent on building of peace, the eradication of poverty and sustainable development (current focuses include Africa and gender equality).

Anyhow, the Entlebuch valley itself aims to maintain a sustainable way of living for anywhere from 50 to 500,000 years, so they’re giving our friends from outer space a fairly wide  time span to work with  should they choose to make the trek to Swiss country. And what better way to reach any and all ETs that may be lurking out there than with a little yodeling, alphorn music as well as regional smells and sounds. If that doesn’t win the beings from outer space over, we don’t know what will. Good luck, gang, and make sure to let Mulder know if  and when you succeed. Credits after the jump.

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BBDO New York, Marvel Team Up to Release ‘Heroes Welcome’

Heroes_Welcome_Avengers_CoverBBDO New York and its Diversity Council teamed up with Marvel Comics to create Heroes Welcome, a new Avengers comic timed to coincide with Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and available in its entirety online. The comic book was written by Eisner Award-winner Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by artist Mark Brooks, and “tells the story of what can happen when people of different backgrounds, talents and abilities come together and champion one another.”

BBDO New York and Marvel partnered with the Police Athletic League of New York to help share the comic book with children each of New York’s five boroguhs via interactive educational sessions. The first of these sessions took place today at the Police Athletic League’s Harlem center, and featured a surprise visit from Iron Man. You can view a photo from the event, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

BBDO/NY, Wondros Tap Celebrity Chefs for (RED)

BBDO New York teamed up with production company Wondros for a new campaign supporting AIDS charity (RED).

The 30-second spot, directed by Christian Weber, features food celebrities such as Chef Mario Batali, Chef Wylie Dufresne, Food and Wine Magazine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, Martha Stewart and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi demonstrating how much food you can buy for 40 cents. Then Batali returns holding two pills, and informs viewers that 40 cents per day buys HIV sufferers the pills they need to survive. The spot ends by directing viewers to visit to find a list of restaurants bars and food trucks participating in the 10-day EAT  (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES event.

“Christian and I were on board the second BBDO & RED called. Having a chance to help bring awareness, and ultimately funding to support those living with HIV, is an honor,” said Wondros’ executive producer, Gina Zapata.

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AMV BBDO Co-Founder David Abbott Dies at 75

Ad legend and AMV BBDO co-founder David Abbott passed away this weekend at the age of 75. He launched the agency in 1977 after years of success as a copywriter.

Fellow founder Peter Mead paid tribute in a statement released to The Drum blog, writing:

“He meant more to me than I can possibly express in words…His talent catapulted AMV into the advertising stratosphere.”

Current BBDO Worldwide CEO Andrew Robertson had some words of his own–and this morning, Campaign Live shared some of Abbot’s most memorable creative work (pics after the jump)…

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BBDO ECD Moves from New York to San Francisco

bbdo sfQuick BBDO update: our source confirms that Steve Rutter, a longtime presence in the agency’s Manhattan offices, has moved to the West Coast.

The reason for the move concerns the Wells Fargo account. Rutter will oversee creative on Wells while fellow ECD Craig Manganwho left GS&P in 2012 to take the executive position–maintains creative oversight on all the office’s other accounts.

A tiny bit of backstory: the ink has just dried on the Wells Fargo deal, signed in March. Rutter officially joined the SF team in April and, prior to this move, he spent a majority of his career (a whopping 24 years) at BBDO New York, most recently holding the EVP/ECD titles. During that time, he managed the E*TRADE, Bank of America and AIG accounts (among many, many others).

Updates on Leah, the Energy BBDO ‘LEGO Intern’


A few weeks ago, a clever and creative young woman with agency aspirations named Leah Bowman won a bit of attention on this Internet of ours by submitting an account services internship application that starred herself in LEGO form.

You may have heard, via our morning stir or some other party, that she did indeed score an internship with BBDO.

Today we reached out to the newest member of the agency world to learn a little more about the application that went viral.

Our questions and her answers after the jump.

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GE Finds ‘World Firsts’ at the Ends of the Earth

BBDO New York‘s latest series for General Electric (almost) travels to the globe’s most  remote corners to remind viewers that the company isn’t just responsible for creating trivection ovens and six-second video loops.

With “World Firsts”, the agency uses three disparate stories of isolated communities to illustrate GE’s ability to bring the benefits of the digital world to those living on its margins.

The first spot in the series of three concerns the challenges of delivering medical technologies to one of Japan’s most remote inhabited islands:

After the jump, the second spot plays on the same outsider themes (while lightly referencing World Cup fever) in relaying the tale of a young boy’s first big trip and his love of all things football.

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AMV BBDO Tackles Sports, Relationships for Currys & PC World

AMV BBDO’s new campaign for Currys & PC World, entitled “Football? What Football?”  — their first work for the brand — manages to be World Cup-themed without ever mentioning the words “World Cup” (although at one point they come pretty close). The new broadcast spots for the UK’s largest specialist electrical retailing and services company each feature a hopelessly transparent man attempting to (not so) slyly suggest to his significant other that they should buy a new television, positing the purchase as selfless, and certainly having nothing to do with the impending 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The approach is clever, examining the types of subtle and not-so-subtle manipulations partners in relationships make surrounding expensive purchases. In my favorite of the spots, “Pride and Sensibility,” a man tells his wife, over dinner, that him and his friends watched that “Pride and Sensibility” program and it really looked great on his buddy’s widescreen TV. He’s not nearly so slick as he thinks he is, and his significant other’s incredulous facial expressions really bring the spot together as he almost mentions the World Cup and claims the new TV is for “that castle program” she likes so much.

The other spots follow a similar formula, finding humor in a man suggesting to his wife that her gardening programs would look great on a new television, and a father attempting to justify the purchase as a way to better enjoy upcoming penguin documentaries to his daughter while a disbelieving mother looks on. It’s the kind of approach that works because of its relatability, with humor that is at once universal and distinctly British coming from true to life scenarios. The broadcast campaign launched on the first, along with accompanying 30 second ads appearing on sports radio. Stick around for credits and the other two spots after the jump. Read more

BBDO NY Brings Together 3 Clients for Autism Awareness Month

BBDO New York collaborated with clients Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup Company and AT&T Wireless to create a commercial message designed to raise autism awareness and educate viewers of the importance of early detection, timed to coincide with the end of Autism Awareness Month.

Four 15 second spots that air sequentially combine to form a story arc of a child growing up with autism. Three of those spots also acts as ads for Band-Aid, Campbell’s Soup, and AT&T. Following the last spot, which features a recent graduate and his proud parents, played by a real autism sufferer and his parents (who appear in the other ads as well), the sequence concludes with the message, “You just saw how early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference.  Watch again or learn the signs at” This sequence is scheduled to air one time today on the CNN program New Day, and will then live online at YouTube and the Autism Speaks website, with a digital extension expected to run courtesy of Undertone. Read more