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David&Goliath, Adriana Lima Convert Fútbol Fans for Kia

David&Goliath have a new World Cup campaign for Kia featuring Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima.

Each spot features Adriana Lima slow-motion walking onto the scene to convert new fans to soccer. In “Man Cave” (featured above) for example, some guys are chilling and watching baseball in their garage man cave when Lima shows up, exits her Kia, changes the channel to soccer and replaces all football and baseball memorabilia with soccer stuff. Because this is Adriana Lima, the guys involved just sit wide-eyed instead of complaining about trespassing/stolen property or wondering how exactly she got her hands on their garage door opener, ending with the tagline, “For One Month, Let’s All Be Fútbol Fans.” You can expect similarly ridiculous scenarios on the gridiron (“Football Vs. Fútbol”) and at a sports bar (“Adriana Lima Brings Fútbol to a Sports Bar”). The three spots will launch in both Hispanic media and general market TV on Thursday 6/12, running on all ESPN properties for six weeks. In addition to the broadcast spots, the campaign also includes radio, print, digital banners, point-of-sale, a dedicated FIFA landing page and social media elements. Stick around for “Football Vs. Fútbol” and “Adriana Lima Brings Fútbol to a Sports Bar,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

R/GA Reveals Epic World Cup Spot for Beats

With the World Cup a week away, the barrage of World Cup-themed ads isn’t showing any sign of slowing down, and this 5 minute spot R/GA put together for Beats might be the biggest one yet. Indeed, as Adweek writes, the spot seems to “Out-Nike Nike.”

Entitled “The Game Before The Game,” the ad tackles the pre-game rituals of stars such as Brazil’s star Neymar Da Silva Santos, Jr. His pre-game ritual involves talking with his father, whose inspiring pep talk is the heart of the ad. Also featured in “The Game Before The Game” are Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, who kisses the ring he received from his girlfriend precisely four times; Mexico’s prayerful Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez; and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who kisses a tattoo on his wrist of his children’s names. Elsewhere stars such as Bacaray Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matudi, Daniel Sturridge, Jozy Altidore, Mario Gotze and Robin Van Persie can be seen slipping on their Beats headphones and doing their thing. Tthe spot is set to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors and st times takes on the feel of a music video, which makes a lot of sense given the brand. Interspersed with the players’ preparations are fans performing their own pre-game rituals. This includes a slew of celebrity cameos, such as Lil Wayne, Lebron James, Serena Williams, Stuart Scott, and Nikki Minaj. Check out the spot for yourself above, and stick around after the jump for partial credits. Read more

Marriott Partners with Braden Summers for ‘#LoveTravels’


Today, Marriott International announced “#LoveTravels,” a collaboration between Marriott Creative Agency and photographer Braden Summers featuring LGBT celebrities like Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins and fashion model Geena Rocero.

“#LoveTravels” is part of Marriott’s new LGBT social media and marketing campaign and seeks to “share exclusive and powerful images celebrating inclusion.” The images featured in the campaign will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S., and a social initiative encourages guests to share their own experiences using the hashtag #LoveTravels. Campaign content will be hosted at marriottlovetravels.com.

“Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott.  #LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values. We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.”

You can check out behind-the-scenes footage from the campaign’s photo shoots above.

TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Messi, Kanye for Adidas

TBWA\Chiat\Day have launched the “All In Or Nothing” World Cup campaign for Adidas — the biggest in the company’s history, according to The Guardian — with a spot starring superstar Lionel Messi and featuring a previously unreleased track from ubiquitous narcissist (and latest Kim Kardashian husband) Kanye West called “God Level.”

The 60-second spot, entitled “The Dream,” takes a look inside the dreams of the Argentinian forward. In a rapid-pace montage, we see in-game footage of Messi (among other stars) interspersed with practice/workout scenes and some more surreal elements (such as German star Bastian Schweinsteiger practicing in a very Game of Thrones-esque frozen forest). Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) builds towards a mood of anxious anticipation, undoubtedly echoing the feelings of Messi and other World Cup athletes who know that nothing less than perfection will give their team a chance at the Cup. At its conclusion, the spot asks viewers to choose between “all in” or “nothing” with corresponding landing sites.

“Giving anything less than everything will not win the World Cup,”global brand marketing director for Adidas football Tom Ramsden told The Guardian. “We are incredibly proud of this film and the entire ‘all in or nothing’ campaign.”

The Adidas campaign comes considerably later than rival Nike’s World Cup campaign from W+K, which we covered last month. The brand announced a tie-in with rapper Kanye West back in December, but kept the details of the collaboration a secret until the campaign’s launch. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

RPA Issues ‘Slow Citations’ for Honda

To generate excitement for Honda’s upcoming “Fastest Seat in Sports” sweepstakes offering entrants a chance to ride along with Mario Andretti, RPA Andretti went around annoying people going about their everyday business with “slow citations” for doing things too slowly.

RPA and Honda just released footage of the stunt (featured above), which follows the “Honda Speed Control” as they issue these citations to unsuspecting civilians. Three additional “slow citation” videos will be released preceding the end of the sweepstakes on August 6th. Additionally, RPA will be issuing “slow citations” to unsuspecting brands or products that are too slow on Twitter.

“Honda is leveraging one of the most exciting opportunities in all of sports fandom—the opportunity to win a ride in the Honda two-seat Indy Car driven by Andretti—to broaden awareness of this incredible sweepstakes,” said Susie Rossick, senior manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This humorous video and social effort give us the opportunity to bring attention to Honda’s racing spirit and the advanced technology and performance found in all of our Honda vehicles.”

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Stun Creative Turns James Lipton Into a Human Cannonball for Bravo

James Lipton

Stun Creative put together the 5th annual “Summer by Bravo” multi-platform promotional campaign for that network. The campaign, which imagines the Bravo universe as a circus complete with 35 Bravolebrities and James Lipton as a human cannonball, debuted last night with its first, 60-second spot, with five additional spots planned to roll out over the course of the summer.

Fans can check out the first spot at Bravo’s website, where they will be forced to sit through an ad while waiting to watch another ad. The promo spot is pretty much what you’d expect from the “Summer by Bravo” series, with the network’s trademark campiness in full force. Still, it’s hard to imagine even the most diehard Bravo fan going to the site to seek out the promo, when they could just, you know, watch it during commercial breaks on Bravo.

The spot was auto-play, so you’ll have to click through to watch it.

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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 www.red.org 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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Team One, Lexus Launch ‘It Got Better’ with Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Team One and Lexus have launched a new series on Lexus’ broadband channel L/Studio, entitled “It Got Better.”

“It Got Better” is a six-episode docuseries telling “the inspiring personal stories of a diverse group of LGBT actors, athletes and musicians including Jason Collins, Jane Lynch, Tim Gunn, Tegan & Sara, George Takei and Laverne Cox.” A collaboration between Team One, executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, and the It Gets Better Project (executive producers Dan Savage and Brian Pines), the docuseries just launched with its first episode, featuring Jane Lynch, star of Glee and, more importantly, Party Down. Lynch tells her story of growing up identifying more with boys, discovering her sexuality and treating it as something she was afraid her peers would discover, to finally embracing and accepting it and finding a supporting community. It makes for compelling viewing, well worth the time if you have six minutes or so to spare (yes, this runs a bit long), and a promising start to the “It Got Better” series, which has the potential to do a lot of good for struggling teens. We look forward to upcoming installments (especially from George Takei).

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Miller Lite, Guy Fieri Form Unholy Alliance

Grilling With Guy

This one has been around for  a while, but we just couldn’t resist.

Agencies GMR (who handled talent selection, negotiation and management) and Integer (execution across retail) teamed up to bring together human keg stand Guy Fieri and watery swill Miller Lite to form an unholy alliance of annoying proportions. God have mercy on us all.

Fieri — who Anthony Bourdain once described as the product that would result “if Ed Hardy f*cked a juggalo” — is hosting a series of Miller Lite branded content on his site, Grill With Guy. One would assume that the toxic levels of hair gel Fieri applies would render himself extremely flammable, but Fieri just shares some summer grilling recipes, such as the beef and beer cheese nachos featured in the video, which we’ve left til after the jump.

Surprisingly, not all of the recipes call for Miller Lite, like the “Asian Style Grilled Salmon” (surprise: Fieri knows what mirin is), which instead ends with the instruction “Enjoy with a cold Miller Lite.” (Obviously you should never trust a recipe that ends this way.)

While it’s alarming to think that anyone who takes cooking advice from a man with a racing stripe on his refrigerator would be allowed near an open flame, it’s at least somewhat of a relief that they will have a watered-down lite beer on hand to extinguish the blaze should things get out of hand. Miller Lite and Fieri plan to keep their relationship going after the summer, with “flavorful ideas for football season” (whatever those might be).

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Sony, Mutt Industries Celebrate Successful Launch of MLB 14: The Show

A couple of weeks ago we brought you news of “Baseball is Better,” Mutt Industries’ campaign for MLB 14: The Show, the latest iteration of Sony’s long-running baseball simulation series. Now, Sony and Mutt Industries seem to have a reason to celebrate, as MLB 14: The Show’s first week sales were the highest in franchise history. As you may remember, Mutt Industries recruited Danny McBride (best known for playing Kenny Powers on Eastbound and Down) for the anthem ad launching the game.

In the weeks following the launch of the campaign, Mutt Industries has continued to roll out content at campaign site www.baseballisbetter.com, including the recent, slightly misogynist “Miguel Cabrera Gets Faster with Quick Counts.” As the season progresses, Mutt Industries and Sony will release over 100 unique videos via YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, featuring various MLB stars. So far, in addition to Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Phillips, Jason Heyward, CC Sabathia, David Ortiz, and Brett Lawrie have all joined in on the action to show how “Baseball Is Better.” You can check out Cabrera’s recent spot above, and stick around for a refresher of the Danny McBride anthem ad after the jump. Read more

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