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GlobalHue Utilizes Michael Jackson Song for Jeep

Michigan-based agency GlobalHue built their recent campaign for Jeep on the recently-released Michael Jackson single “Love Never Felt So Good.”

The series of three 30-second spots all make use of the posthumously released song, which was co-written by Paul Anka (the single version features Justin Timberlake). The Off The Wall-esque track is a breezy summer jam that makes a lot of sense in this context. Whether or not it was worth the fortune they must have paid in licensing fees is another conversation, but for obvious reasons Jeep is making a big summer push.

The spots themselves feel almost like little music videos that also happen to be selling Jeep, clearly crafted around the tune. There’s not a whole lot to the campaign other than people driving around and having fun, but GlobalHue and Jeep are banking on that and a hit posthumous Michael Jackson song being all they need. One of these spots, “Lovers of the Game,” features Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in a celebration of hoops and summer. It’s pretty fun, and at one point Irving even sinks a shot while standing in a Jeep outside the court. “Summer Fans” meanwhile, is GlobalHue and Jeep’s World Cup themed entry, otherwise pretty much in the same vein as the other two ads. You can catch both “Summer Fans” and “Lovers of the Game,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Ryan Seacrest’s Civic Entertainment Group Acquires Culture Shop

398px-Ryan_Seacrest_2013Civic Entertainment Group, a marketing agency owned by Ryan Seacrest‘s Seacrest Global Group, has acquired marketing, social media, and PR shop Culture Shop, AdAge reports.

“The acquisition of Culture Shop further diversifies CEG’s service offering in media and entertainment, helping leading brands create strong emotional connections with consumers,” said Seacrest and fellow Seacrest Global Group principle Rich Bressler in a joint statement. They declined to release financial details about the transaction.

Culture Shop has worked with brands including Verizon, Farmers Insurance and USA Network. They will become a specialty practice within Civic Entertainment following the deal, “offering research and analysis on trends in TV, sports, music, gaming, film, advertising, technology, community and philanthropy.” Culture Shop founder Nate Schreiber will be made a co-CEO at Civic Entertainment, joining co-founders and existing co-CEOs Stuart Ruderfer and David Cohn. Schreiber founded Culture Shop in 2009, following a two year stint as president of entertainment PR and marketing firm PMK/HBH.

RPA, Brooke Shields Launch Urban Attitudes for La-Z-Boy

RPA is launching La-Z-Boy’s new Urban Attitudes collection, which is “geared toward a more urban demographic made to fit in those smaller, city apartments, without compromising style or breaking your wallet” with an integrated campaign starring spokeswoman Brooke Shields.

Part of the larger “Live Life Comfortably” brand campaign, the Urban Attitudes launch is centered around two broadcast spots: “Photo Shoot” and “Movie Set.” The prior rolled out on Monday, featuring Shields in a fancy dress lounging on the new Urban Attitudes couch as over-the-top glamorous elements are gradually stripped away from the set. Obviously, (perhaps too obviously) this demonstrates the new collection’s attainability and reasonable price while implying that it is still sophisticated. The two 30-second broadcast spots will run on network cable, including A&E, Bravo, Food Network, Hallmark, HGTV, OWN and TNT, while the campaign also includes print ads running in Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Traditional Home and other publications.

“Urban Attitudes is our most significant collection launch in 10 years, and it makes a bold statement for our brand. RPA’s campaign showcases the collection’s eclectic mix that fits the tastes of consumers with a penchant for style, while being surprisingly affordable,” said Doug Collier, chief marketing officer at La-Z-Boy.

“We created a twist on the overall ‘Live Life Comfortably’ campaign by reinforcing the message that modern sophistication and style doesn’t have to mean pricey, unlike other high-end, designer furniture,” said RPA chief creative officer and EVP Joe Baratelli. “Brooke continues to deliver that down-to-earth, relatable persona while amplifying her role as a star to convey the elegance of the new collection.” Credits after the jump. Read more

Lance Reddick Introduces Cree LED Bulbs for Baldwin&


Lance Reddick, who you should know as Lieutenant Daniels on The Wire, takes center stage in Raleigh-based agency Baldwin&‘s new campaign for Cree LED Bulbs, entitled “The Room of Enlightenment.”

The digital campaign features Daniels Reddick in a series of loquacious spots extolling the virtues of LED bulbs, which compare favorably to the incandescent ham fryers you grew up with. Relying on solid copywriting and Reddick’s excellent delivery, the spots are memorable without any frills or fancy production touches. The campaign comes on the heels of a recent incandescent bulb ban, with stores still trying to sell their remaining stock of the soon-to-be relics. One spot, “Gray Market” (featured above) pontificates that there will soon be an illicit market for incandescent bulbs where you may find yourself  “trading jugs of grandpa’s porch juice for bulbs out of a rusty hatchback from a guy with a tattoo on his forehead who goes by the name of Rattlesnake.” In other, clever spots, Reddick uses a competitor’s oddly-shaped bulb as a ping-pong paddle, and talks metaphorical money goats. Stick around for a couple more spots, along with campaign credits, after the jump. Read more

La Comunidad, Justin Timberlake Launch Sauza 901 Tequila

To launch his new premium tequila, Sauza 901, Justin Timberlake teamed up with Miami-based agency La Comunidad and production company Strange Beast to create an online spot entitled “The Journey of Don Sauza.”

La Comunidad came to production company Strange Beast with the challenge of encapsulating the combination of Timberlake’s new premium tequila with brand founder Don Cenobio Sauza‘s tradition; the overarching theme being “Premium Remastered.” To accomplish this, director Piccadilly Curtains employed in-camera projections to surround Timberlake in Sauza’s world. Curtains led a team of over 40 animators to who worked around the clock to bring the projections to life. The final product captured almost everything in-camera.

“I wanted to create a single, installation-type space which was a real-world representation of an ‘exploded’ diary or book, with large screens representing the cover and an array of smaller page-like projection surfaces where Justin could literally become immersed in the knowledge and words contained within,” explains Curtains. He adds that “Justin was instrumental in pulling this whole thing together on the day. He was a real joy to work with. Finding the right path both he and the camera should take around this world and hitting that balance between beautiful abstractions created by the projections and keeping the coherence of such a strong narrative script made for an exciting day.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Activision Enlists Kevin Spacey for ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Reveal Trailer

Ant Farm and Activision have released the official reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the upcoming title in the best-selling series, featuring the voice (and digital likeness) of Kevin Spacey.

Audio from the spot was leaked several days ago, which some hypothesized was from a House of Cards viral campaign. With the audio already making the rounds, Activision posted the reveal trailer late last night, Adweek reports. The 2:46 trailer features Spacey’s character pontificating about the futility of attempting to spread democracy. What people really want, he insists, is someone to protect them and give them boundaries. You know, someone like him. The spot ends with the “Power Change Everything” tagline, and November 4th release date.

Advanced Warfare is a bit of a departure for the Call of Duty series, with the story centering around an ill-intentioned private military corporation. As a tie-in, 72andSunny and Activision teamed up with Vice to produce a chilling short documentary on the rise of private military contractors and whether the events of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare could actually happen. It makes for a few minutes of interesting (and pretty damn scary) viewing, and one of the more intriguing pieces of branded content we’ve seen. We’ve included it after the jump, along with limited credits for the reveal trailer.

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Mutt Industries Taps Danny McBride for ‘MLB 14 The Show’ Campaign

Sony could be excused if they had decided not to bother advertising the release of MLB 14 The Show at all. The latest installation in the long-running franchise, the only baseball simulation for PS3 or PS4, has literally no competition (which is how Sony got away with releasing the PS4 version a full month into the baseball season). Instead, they tapped Portland-based boutique agency Mutt Industries, who teamed up with Eastbound and Down star Danny McBride for a integrated campaign spanning broadcast, digital and social media. At the center of the campaign is a really fun online spot starring McBride, who also stars in the broadcast version.

In the 1:45 spot, McBride tells you something you should already know: that “Baseball is Better” — better than all other sports, and better than babies. He goes on to list all the reasons baseball is the best: no crying, no flags, no clocks, etc., all while sporting a badass old school Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. McBride is inserted into the game itself (Hey Sony: You really should make Kenny Powers a playable character) allowing Mutt Industries to show MLB 14 The Show‘s shiny new graphics, which really do look great. Most fans of the franchise have been eagerly anticipating the title for months now, but “Baseball is Better” may convince a few converts that The Show is worth picking up this year.

Broadcast spots will air on on Adult Swim, ESPN, Discovery, FX, History, MLB Network, Comedy Central and other cable stations, while digital and social media content highlights top MLB players, including Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Phillips, and Buster Posey. Over the course of the baseball season, Mutt Industries will release over 100 unique videos for the campaign, with each player given a unique role and character. Interestingly, Mutt Industries developed, directed and  produced the entire campaign in-house with creative director Mike McCommon doubling as the commercial director. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Wongdoody Returns with More Busey for Amazon Fire

At the beginning of the month, Wongdoody debuted a new spot for Amazon Fire featuring Gary Busey — which was predictably weird. Now Wongdoody is back with an interactive video, just in case that wasn’t enough Gary Busey for you.

The new video allow viewers to select from 23 items, from a blowfish to a surfboard to a monkey with a party hat, which Busey will then talk to. “Talking to Things With Gary Busey” contains over 450 individual annotations within a 15:30 YouTube video, with each item selected bringing the viewer to a different point in the video. Options to click through to purchase Amazon Fire are spread throughout the video. Apparently the video “also features several secret clips that users can only find by navigating deeper within the experience,” although it’s unlikely most viewers will stick around to discover them as the interactive video adds little to the joke from the original spot, basically drawing out a kind of funny idea well past its welcome point. Credits after the jump. Read more

Paul George Stars in New, Cheesy Papa John’s Spot

Papa John’s is releasing a new ad promoting their Sweet Chili Chicken Pizza today starring Indiana Pacers all star Paul George alongside Papa John’s founder, chairman and CEO, John Schnatter. While John’s named Grey its national agency of record back in February, this spot comes to us via ZGroup, an arm of Zimmerman Advertising.

The cheesy spot features typically terrible acting from Schnatter, who trades lines with George. “Here’s how I make my dough,” George retorts, before the spot cuts to footage of him dunking. “Sweet,” says Papa John, “like my new Sweet Chili Chicken Pizza,” in some of the most transparent copy we’ve seen in awhile. In a surprise move, George then dunks his slice in one of Papa John’s artery-clogging dipping sauces. The spot is the latest in Papa John’s line of sports-themed advertising that in the past has included the likes of Peyton Manning and Joe Montana. It’s a shame they couldn’t go a less obvious route with the Pacers star, but the Papa clearly likes to play it safe. The new ad will run nationally on cable entertainment and sports channels, as well as syndicated shows, until May 11th.

“Papa John’s is about fresh new tastes, which is why we love our partnership with Paul George,” said Schnatter in a painfully rehearsed statement. “Paul brings a fresh approach to basketball as one of the game’s new stars, which works perfectly with Papa John’s because new and fresh is the message we’re delivering with our partnership and with our new Sweet Chili Chicken Pizza.”

W+K Taps World’s Soccer Talent in ‘Winner Stays’ for Nike


W+K Portland went all out in getting celebrity talent for “Winner Stays” the latest iteration of their “Risk Everything”campaign for Nike.

The 4:12 film plays off the idea of pretending to be your favorite star players while playing a pickup game with friends. “Winner stays” says one side of one such pickup game, and soon players are claiming to be famous soccer stars and taking on their unique skill sets. It’s a fun idea, although it’s stretched a bit thin at over four minutes long. W+K is betting that with World Cup fever spreading people will stay around for the star power, which includes the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. and Wayne Rooney, a host of other soccer stars from around the world, and a few unexpected cameos. During the action, the spot offers the first glimpses of Nike’s new Magista and Mercurial Superfly.

“We connect to players’ passion for the game, whether it is the world’s best in Brasil or players in the park or street, explains Davide Grasso, chief marketing officer for Nike. “‘Winner Stays’ taps into an experience that every young player around the world will recognize – competition with friends and the idea of playing with your heroes or pretending to be them.”

While it may be fun and expertly crafted, it’s pretty hard to get over the run time for the full-length “Winner Stays.” Four minutes is just a really long time to expect people to sit through an advertisement and the new product reveals are relatively deep into the spot. Thankfully, there are abridged versions, with run times of 3 minutes (still pretty long), 90 seconds, 60 seconds, and 30 seconds. Stick around for full credits after the jump. Read more

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