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David&Goliath Present ‘Showdown’ with Blake Griffin for Kia

After teaming up with LeBron James back in October, David&Goliath returned to working with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin in its latest effort for Kia, entitled “Showdown.”

The spot features Griffin cast in a Western, but instead of riding a horse he improvises and rides in on a Kia Optima instead. Initially reluctant to the change, Griffin eventually convinces his director to go with the decision. All the while Griffin plays on the kind of goofy persona he’s displayed in the past, such as David&Goliath’s September effort for VIZIO. While fans of Griffin’s humor will find plenty to like, whether this translates to casual viewers will depend largely on how much they can get behind the ad’s premise.  The best moment of the 60-second spot doesn’t come until the very end, with a throwaway line that throws extra light onto the ridiculousness of an NBA star in the American frontier. Read more

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David&Goliath, LeBron Tout Kia as ‘Fit for a King’

David&Goliath teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James in its latest effort for Kia, which recently extended its contract as “official automotive partner of the NBA.”

In the spot, James emerges from the Kia’s new K900 luxury sedan at some type of glitzy red carpet event. The star struck valet stumbles over his words as LeBron tosses him the keys and says “Keep it close,” followed by the taglne “Fit for a King.” Entitled “Valet,” the ad is perfectly timed, breaking today on the opening day of the NBA season. It arrives as James rides a wave of publicity for his much-discusses return to Cleveland, which was celebrated in a recent Beats campaign. At any rate, the spot aims for a stylish simplicity, letting the ride — and LeBron’s endorsement of it — mostly speak for itself. Read more

David&Goliath Gets Chaotic for VIZIO

David&Goliath is launching a new campaign for VIZIO, championing the brand’s P-Series Ultra HD TV, which has four times higher resolution than standard HD.

The campaign debuts tomorrow with the broadcast spot “Fallen Tree.” In the 30-second ad, a family is so captivated by their P-Series Ultra HD TV that they fail to realize a fallen tree has crashed through their window, even as a rescue team arrives. “With four times the resolution, nothing is more captivating,” says the voiceover at the spot’s conclusion. While it may not be the most innovative approach, it showcases the P-Series Ultra HD TV well and is flexible enough for a number of future variations on the theme.

A second spot, “Turkey Dinner” follows in the same formula, with a pair of dogs devouring a turkey dinner while their owners are too captivated watching football to notice. “Turkey Dinner” and a third spot, entitled “Pillow Fight” will roll out in the coming months, with all three ads airing on national cable. Read more

David&Goliath Spreads the Luck for Southwest Airlines, New York-New York Hotel & Casino

This week marks the expiration of the Wright Amendment, a federal law governing air traffic at Dallas Love Field, Southwest Airline’s home airport. So to celebrate, the airline teamed up with agency David&Goliath and New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, “spreading the luck” to passengers on the first-ever nonstop flight from Dallas Love Field to Las Vegas.

When passengers boarded the plane they each found a surprise gift under their seat, including a book of two-for-one deals and a free t-shirt. Then they played “Spread the Luck,” a game in which a spinning wheel selected a row to win prizes from New York-New York Hotel & Casino, including a suite upgrade. The airline saved the biggest surprise for last, with all passengers receiving a long list of items from the hotel and casino, including a free two-night stay. Read more

David&Goliath Shows Different Side of Blake Griffin for VIZIO

David&Goliath launched a new campaign for VIZIO featuring Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin cast in a different light.

Griffin spends the spots dishing out poetry on subjects like the mouthguard, tear-away pants and bobbleheads in what looks like a slam poetry cafe. Griffin’s “Slam Dunk Poetry” features an elementary rhyming scheme as he tackles his goofy subjects with apparent earnestness/seriousness, leading into the “see the beauty in everything” tagline. The campaign is timed to get basketball fans excited for the new season, which starts in October (and convince them to upgrade to a VIZIO Ultra HD). The videos launched on YouTube and VIZIO’s website Monday, and GIFS of Griffin’s performances are also available via Tumblr. Read more

David&Goliath Brings Back the Hamsters for Kia

To help launch Kia’s first electric vehicle, the Soul EV, the brand’s agency of record, David&Goliath is bringing back the Kia hamsters.

In the spot, entitled “Fully Charged,” several hamsters work in a high tech lab on the new Soul EV, and also turn a regular-sized hamster into a Kia hamster sized lady hamster, clad in a skin-tight leather outfit, which stirs their hamster loins. So the hamster scientist dudes run off to the pet store to get some more hamsters and turn up the party (which concludes with hamster dancing, of course).

The 60-second spot is set to the (horrible) unreleased Maroon 5 single “Animals” and will debut this Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards. On September 2nd, a 30-second version of the spot will begin running on all major networks and cable, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Kia.com. The campaign will also include digital, OOH, POS, promotional, experiential and social elements. We’ve included the extended version of the spot above. People disturbed by the sexualization of small rodents should avoid watching. Fans of hamster dancing, on the other hand, can head here to learn the moves from the spot. Read more

David&Goliath Hires Three New Creatives

D and G DinoLA’s David&Goliath announced the hiring of three new creatives today.

Dino Spadavecchia (above) will serve as GCD at the agency while longtime working partners Chris Hutchinson and Driscoll Reid assume creative director roles.

Spadavecchia most recently held the SVP/CD title at Leo Burnett in Chicago for nearly two years before going freelance in February; while the news of his new job first broke yesterday, he apparently moved west to join D&G back in May.

Hutchinson and Reid arrive from TBWA\Chiat\Day after spending almost two years there as associate creative directors. Their arrival coincides with TBWA’s decision to hire Mark Peters away from Deutsch LA.

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Three Agencies Remain in Hilton’s Hampton Review

hampton-logoHilton is in the final stages of a creative review for its Hampton properties, Adweek reports

Cramer-Krasselt, David&Goliath and GSD&M are preparing for a final presentation, according to Dan Pearlman, CEO of Bob Wolf Partners/TPG, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based consultancy managing the search. The winning agency will handle creative duties for Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton for markets “including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.”

Young & Rubicam have been Hampton’s lead agency since 2011, when they took over for Draftfcb. They were defending in the review, which initially included over a dozen agencies, but failed to reach the final stages. Media, digital and public relations will remain with “OMD in Los Angeles, iCrossing in New York and Dallas and Emanate in New York, respectively.” Hilton expects to select their new lead creative agency for their Hampton properties by the end August.

Throwback Thursday: David&Goliath Spins You Right ‘Round for the California Lottery

This new spot for the California Lottery from David&Goliath and biscuit filmworks director Aaron Ruell stars (among others): an auto mechanic, a laundromat patron, a roller skater who bears a striking resemblance to 70′s Burt Reynolds and a synth-pop jam that may or may not have demanded a remake.

D&G won the CA Lottery account back in 2010–and this Wheel of Fortune tie in is a fairly dramatic departure from other spots created for the client.

Credits and older ads after the jump.
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David&Goliath Founder Names New President, CCO

Brian Dunbar

David&Goliath’s founder and chief executive officer, David Angelo, has named Director for Client Services Brian Dunbar to the newly created role of president, and Executive Creative Director Colin Jeffery as the new chief creative officer. Angelo, meanwhile, will assume the newly created position of chairman while continuing to work with clients, AdAge reports.

“I’m still going to be hands-on and working with clients, but it’s a signal to the agency and everyone else that I have to share the responsibility of running an agency and its growth,” Angelo told AdAge, adding, “you can only do so much when you have growth like this. This move is less about taking a step back and more about dividing up responsibilities.” Read more

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