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Grey New York Gun Control Spot Doesn’t Pull Any Punches

Grey New York has released the sequel to its award-winning spot for States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and its subdued pastel color scheme belies a very disturbing–if predictable–conclusion.

We have no idea how effective the spot will be in promoting gun control measures, but the emotional connection is certainly there.

Credits after the jump.

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Post-Grey Mike’s Hard Lemonade Shopping for Agencies

You already knew that Mike’s Hard Lemonade dropped Grey as its agency last year–but this week brings word that the company’s shopping around on a project-by-project basis.

While Mike’s changed its logo and packaging, this 15th anniversary spot by independent Chicago agency Tris3ct leads us to think it’s not looking to tweak the message too hard:

In other strategery news, Mike’s has given up on TV altogether in the interest of facilitating that digital “two-way conversation” with its target audience.

(We’re still not quite sure who the members of that target audience might be.)

The brand has yet to pledge loyalty to any single agency, so its business is up for grabs. Here’s another Tris3ct spot from last summer promoting the “Shandy” fruit beer:

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Grey NY Nabs Global Agency Duties for Whitney Museum

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Grey New York is dabbling in the art world as it’s now been global ad agency for the Whitney Museum of American Art following a review. From what we’ve been told by sources, Grey beat out three other agencies in the pitch including Mother NY (Update: We’re now hearing from other sources that Mother actually declined to pitch. The saga continues). First up to bat for Grey, which is officially being dubbed “exclusive marketing partner” for the New York-based Whitney, is an integrated campaign breaking this week with the launch of the Museum’s 2014 Biennial.

In a statement regarding the agency decision, Whitney chief marketing/communications officer, Jeff Levine, says, “This is a transformational moment in the Whitney’s history and we are delighted to partner with Grey. Grey’s creativity, the strong,
clear tone of voice present in all of its work, strategic insights, integrated digital and social capabilities and global reach made Grey the ideal choice.”

In addition to the Biennial work, Grey NY will also provide marketing support for the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit that will be unveiled in late June and build brand awareness to hype the Whitney’s move to NYC’s Meatpacking District in spring of next year.  The Whitney Biennial, by the way, runs through May 25 at the museum’s Madison Ave. space. Prior to Grey, the Whitney worked with the likes of Ogilvy, though there was no incumbent in this current review.

 

Detweiler Assumes CCO Post at Grey SF

detweiler1We’ve got the Grey double-whammy today as the agency, fresh off of winning the Papa John’s biz, has now also welcomed Curt Detweiler as chief creative officer of its San Francisco office. And so, thus ends Detweiler’s brief spell at Arnold SF, where he apparently landed just nine months ago to serve as EVP/ECD/managing director. Whatever the case, it appears the dust has settled on his next gig, as he now takes over as CCO of the 75-person-strong Grey SF, where he will partner with the agency’s president, Milan Martin, who joined at the end of last summer.

Detweiler’s new boss, Grey North America CEO Michael Houston, says in a statement, “Curt is going to be an outstanding partner to Milan as Grey San Francisco’s resurgence and rapid growth continues under his leadership. Curt’s creative track-record on big brands and big clients in every channel, across Europe, Asia and the United States at many of the finest agencies, underscores the aggressive plans we have for Grey on the West Coast.”

To refresh your memory of Detweiler’s resume, prior to Arnold, the creative vet spent a few years as EVP/ECD at McCann SF and served in the senior creative level at the likes of Ground Zero and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and L.A. during his career. The Grey SF top creative post (which was ECD at the time) was previously held by Jack Fund, who left the agency last fall.

Grey Takes Over Papa John’s Biz

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Well, the official word trickled into the inbox a bit late on this, but nonetheless, in case you haven’t heard, Grey has taken over as national AOR for Papa John’s (will this affect his Peyton Manning bonding sessions? Only time will tell). From what we’ve been told, Grey beat out Arnold, BBDO and Doner for the pizza chain’s biz , which calls for a refresh of TV creative as well as integration of digital advertising and social media. Approximately 20 agencies in all participated in the initial RFP process, which kicked off last November. Grey takes over on Papa John’s biz for Ft. Lauderdale-based, Omnicom-owned Zimmerman, which chose not to defend.

In a statement, Papa John’s CMO Bob Kraut says, ” Everyone was impressed with the Grey team and their in-depth understanding of our brand and the QSR pizza category. Grey provided keen insights and strategy, which, combined with excellent creative, will help take the Papa John’s brand to the next level. We’re looking forward to working closely with them and welcome them to the Papa John’s team.”

Papa John’s spending is valued at $120 million.

Grey Stages Ewing Energies Takeover for TNT’s ‘Dallas’

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If you own a car and live in Manhattan, you’ll have reason to celebrate this Monday, especially if you’re a fan of TNT’s Dallas reboot.

To celebrate the season 3 launch of Dallas, Grey New York is organizing a gas station takeover for TNT, with the mystery location being transformed to a Ewing Energies station with prices that will drastically undercut the competition (although 1978 prices may be a bit too much to hope for). The show’s star, Josh Henderson, will be on hand to cut the ribbon and announce the price.

Grey has launched the campaign with a video message from Henderson on the Dallas Facebook page. A multimedia campaign will lead up to the event on Monday, including “radio promotions, billboards, wrapped oil tankers,” more video messages from Henderson, and “a New York Times ad announcing the price cut.” The actual location of the Ewing Energies gas station will be kept secret until Monday, so a keep eye on this campaign, especially if you’re keen on getting some cheap gas after the weekend. This should be a fun way to launch the new season, and we’re guessing the slashed cost of gas at the station will draw quite the crowd and garner a lot of attention for the show.

“Producing a campaign for TNT that effectively showcases how the world’s most powerful fictional family, the Ewings, can blur the lines and wield enough power to change something in the real world is the type of work that Grey lives and breathes for,” says agency executive creative director, Lisa Topol. “Fans will just have to wait and see how generous the Ewings will be with the final price of gas.”

One thing is for sure, though, this guy is excited:

 

Piers Yeld Moves On from Grey Group

peteyeldYes, there is a memo concerning this latest Grey announce and it comes from Grey Group chairman/CEO Jim Heekin, who says this regarding Piers Yeld, who has been with the agency network for nearly six years, serving in a top executive role on one of the agency’s largest accounts as you’ll see below. Here’s the note, ladies and gents:

“I wanted to share the news with you that Piers Yeld, our globe-trotting Global Chief Operating Officer on the P&G worldwide business, will be leaving Grey to conquer new worlds and have some family time.

In reflecting on his 30th anniversary at Grey which he just celebrated, Piers said few people can honestly say they have been fortunate enough to continue to grow professionally and personally at a single agency for so long.  That said, it is impossible to overstate the legacy of accomplishment he leaves us.

On Piers’ watch, Grey has achieved many milestones that have had an immense impact on the success of our global company:

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Nerd + Vespa = Hipster?

-5According to a new creative print campaign from ACW Grey Israel, the difference between a nerd and a hipster is quite small. In fact, add a Vespa and any nerd is instantly transformed into a hipster (even without relocating to Williamsburg).

The simple print ad campaign features two images, a nerd on the left (suspenders, glasses and rolled up pants for the guy; glasses and conservative dress for the girl), and the same photo with a Vespa superimposed in front of the given nerd on the right. Both images are clearly labeled, with the left image reading “Nerd” and the right reading “Hipster.” The campaign acknowledges the blurry boundaries between the two terms, but also assumes that nerds aspire to be hipsters, which I’m not convinced is the case, and that they will believe that the Vespa will make that metamorphosis a possibility, serving as some sort of Hipster Badge of Honor or something. At any rate, it’s a clear indication that Vespa is aware of their popularity with the hipster crowd and now attempting to capitalize on it. Of course, an ad campaign obviously directed toward hipsters is probably the quickest way to curb your appeal with the hipster crowd, so it’s kind of hard to tell who this campaign is going to impact. Young, aspiring hipsters? Aging nerds desperate to appear hip? Again, hard to tell. Stay tuned for credits and the second print ad after the jump. Read more

Marriage Has Been Removed by User: Wing’s YouTube Divorce Ads


Just in case you were too happy about the impending weekend, we’ve got some advertisements for a divorce lawyer for you.

The Law Offices of Esteban Gergely tapped Grey’s Hispanic advertising agency Wing (not to be confused with Wing) for a series of YouTube ads. Wing’s three YouTube spots use thumbnails to allude to celebrity content: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s honeymoon, Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s wedding, and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s anniversary. When viewers click on these videos of divorced couples however, they are met with a “This video has been removed by user” message, followed by “Divorce happens.” and information for the Law offices of Esteban Gergely. The campaign is designed to “to shock and awe as users are initially searching and expecting to see intimate videos of these now-divorced celebrity couples.” Wing based the campaign on the insights that “the removal of a video from YouTube tells a story on its own” since in the social media age when someone gets divorced they “remove evidence of their former happy lives.” It’s quite a departure from the “Better call Saul” style local ads we’re used to seeing from divorce lawyers. In fact, it’s sort of sneaky. Kind of like divorce lawyers. Credits after the jump. Read more

Grey, Ketchum Auction Off Red Sox Beards for Gillette

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After forever tainting beards and depressing me by winning the World Series (disclosure: I’m a Baltimore Orioles fan), the Boston Red Sox said goodbye to their playoff-grown facial hair in a mass “Shave Off” at Gillette World Shaving Headquarters on Monday, November 4.

If you’d like to commemorate that event, you’ll be glad to know that the “Gillette Fusion ProGlide razors that were used to shave each champion beard,” as well as the beards themselves — called beard ball trophies — are up for auction on eBay thanks to agencies Grey and Ketchum. It’s kind of gross and creepy, but at least it’s for a good cause. All of the proceeds for the auction are being donated to Movember, the global mens charity raising awareness and funds for prostate health through the growth of November mustaches that you may have read about here this month. If you’re interested, you can bid on Shane Victorino‘s beard ball here (the current bid is $1,550), or World Series MVP David Ortiz‘s beard here (current bid 3,050). “I’m glad that the beard that helped me throughout the series can now help raise funds for a great organization like Movember,” said Ortiz.

Gillette senior brand manager Hooman Shahidi says of the Red Sox shavings, “their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.” I know this is for a good cause and everything, but I’m trying to imagine the type of fan who spends thousands of dollars to obtain and display the facial hair of their favorite player, and “passionate” is not the word that comes to mind.

 

 

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