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Grey NY Reimagines ‘Impossible’ for Canon

This morning, Canon announced a “massive rebranding initiative” led by its creative AOR Grey New York.

The project runs under the new tagline “See Impossible,” and it includes several elements: a new logo, new tagline and new “digital hub” at a new URL that’s worth a click for the 3D spinning cube.

The general idea is to move Canon from being a producer of camera technology to being a sort of creative partner. First video spot, starring an aspiring filmmaker who refused to move to L.A.:

According to the copy, Canon wants to go “beyond photography.” Another spot below.

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Grey London Unveils ‘The Swell’ for Volvo

Grey London has launched its first global campaign for Volvo since winning creative duties last December, which takes a different approach to automobile advertising.

In the 60-second “The Swell,” the first shot is from the passenger side perspective. As the camera zooms out (while panning around the car) we see that the door is open and the car is parked at a deserted beach. “To feel, to really feel, is a rare thing these days,” intones the voiceover as we see the car’s driver (presumably) riding a surfboard and taking in the surroundings. As the camera submerges into the water, we see the tagline, “Seek feeling.”

The unusual spot breaks today on Volvo’s YouTube account and website, and will broadcast in Germany, Australia, France, Turkey and Belgium at the end of this year, and the UK in 2015.

“The last thing the world needs is another overly-retouched car, hooning down a mountain road to a soft rock soundtrack,” Hollie Newton, Grey London’s global creative director told Campaign. “There’s a defiant, slightly renegade Swedish spirit to Volvo that simply doesn’t fit with the bland world of car advertising. And thank God for that.”

Grey NY Gets Creepy with Rob Lowe for DirecTV

Grey New York has a new campaign for DirecTV, utilizing the services of Rob Lowe.

Lowe plays himself and “Creepy Rob Lowe” in the 30-second spot “Creepy.” Regular Lowe has DirecTV, while “Creepy Rob Lowe” has cable, which causes him to do creepy things like watch people swim at the rec center when his cable is out. While it’s a bit of a logical stretch, the character (complete with creepy facial hair) is kind of funny and a welcome change for the brand.

“Less Attractive” features a similarly-minded character, the schlubby, balding “Less Attractive Rob Lowe.” While not as funny as “Creepy” and even more nonsensical, it’s still entertaining to see Rob Lowe dressed up as a balding, paunchy version of himself. The format for the ads leaves itself open to plenty of possibilities with other celebrities in the future, so this could be a long-running campaign if it catches on. Read more

Grey NY Lands Lean Cuisine

lean-cuisine-220Nestlé brand Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine is handing off its creative business to Grey New York, following a review that also included 360i, Santo and incumbent agency JWT New York, Adweek reports. According to Kantar Media, the brand spent $30 million on measured media last year, down from $33 million in 2012.

JWT New York won creative duties on Lean Cuisine back in 2011, following its split with Havas Worldwide (then Euro RSCG) in late 2010, after over ten years with the agency. Adweek initially reported the review back in June. The review was just the latest shake up for Nestlé, which is also in the process of searching for an agency for a new corporate image effort, as well as conducting a digital review, as the company attempts to shift to a perception as a “health and wellness” company. It also follows the company’s decision to award its U.S. media and planning business to WPP’s GroupM media group last year. Both Grey New York and Nestlé declined comment to Adweek on the agency’s appointment.

Grey, NY Launches Global Effort for Marriott

Grey, New York teamed up with production company Supply&Demand and director David Holm in its new global campaign for Marriott Hotels & Resorts, shot in Instanbul, Turkey.

Supply&Demand sent Holm to Instanbul early, to allow a week of scouting prior to awarding the job and Holm’s scouting session ended up providing much of the inspiration for the 60-second spot.

“David’s earlier work ended up becoming our style guide for the shoot,” acknowledged Creative Director Denise O’Bleness. “His images, ideas and research went as far as Marriott’s global print campaign that also uses his beautifully composed shots…”

The spot is well-shot and composed, with the beauty of Instanbul providing most of the appeal. “Let’s go somewhere brilliant” says a text overlay shortly after the opening shots of the city. “Travel is a journey” reads another message over the spot’s generic soundtrack, leading into the “Travel brilliantly” tagline.
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Tim Howard Travels (with Love) for Marriott

Today Marriott launched the extension of its earlier #LoveTravels promo campaign with the help of Grey New York on the PR side and its own creative agency behind the scenes.

#LoveTravels initially served to celebrate the D.C. area’s Capital Pride event via a “provocative portrait series” featuring Jason Collins and other gay athletes.

This extension starring newly minted football superstar Tim Howard, however, is another thing. Its first spot is less an ad than an interview:

There are more in that vein.

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Grey Appoints New CCO for Its Healthcare Group

Ben-IngersollArnold isn’t the only New York agency looking to further establish itself in the healthcare space by expanding its creative team.

This week brings news of Ben Ingersoll‘s appointment to the chief creative officer/managing partner position at ghg, or Grey Healthcare Group. Ingersoll joins Chief Engagement Officer Erin Burne (who Grey swiped from Burson-Marsteller in 2010) and Brand Strategy Director John Dietz in running the shop, effective immediately.

Ingersoll has extensive experience in the healthcare field. Before joining ghg, he spent more than a decade in creative roles at Cline Davis & Mann New York managing “several global healthcare brands across multiple therapeutic areas.”

The incoming CCO will oversee all operations for ghg’s stateside creative team while also collaborating with teams in London and Sydney in order to “unify ghg’s creative point of view.

Grey New York and the Manning Brothers Make Beautiful Music for DIRECTV

Last week, Saatchi LA and Busta Rhymes gave us an update on the “white people rapping” theme in a spot for Toyota; today Grey New York takes a more elaborate turn down the same road with some help from the Manning family and a healthy dose of auto-tune in this extended music video for client DIRECTV.

Amusingly, the subject of this cultural mashup isn’t just football…it’s fantasy football. This inaugural spot involves rainbows, waterfalls, white-guy dreadlocks, the passing of hoagies and a white-hoofed Pegasus clone with a fondness for outer space.

Most importantly, it includes a clip of Joe Namath getting a bit too close to someone’s mom. (Strangely, Namath did not bring his infamous “pimp coat” to the shoot.)

We are admitted fantasy football neophytes, but we don’t recall seeing any of this stuff on The League.

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Grey London Touts Healthy Snacking for Go Ahead

Grey London get rather fantastical in their new 30-second spot for Go Ahead, featuring wrestlers, a brass band, lots of drummer, and men with jet packs, all set to a Backstreet Boys song.

In the spot, entitled “The Most Important Snack of the Day” a woman sits at her drab office desk and takes a bite out of her Go Ahead snack bar. Immediately she is transported to a bright, fantastical world where she is hoisted up above the crazy scene below. It’s old-fashioned glitz and cheese, without a hashtag or social initiative in in sight, which is kind of refreshing. Surprisingly enough, the elaborate production for the spot was purportedly shot in only one take. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Grey London Documents ’100 Years of Hair’ for Gillette

Grey London has a new spot for Gillette documenting the last one hundred years in male grooming.

The video, entitled “100 Years of Hair,” features the new “Gillette BODY, the brand’s first razor built for the terrain of the male body.” It takes the viewer on a journey through the myriad (and often regrettable) styles of decades past, such as the “Pepe Le Pew” mustache, handle bar. clean-shaved greaser, unkempt sixties, and the soul patch. At the spot’s conclusion the man  breaks out the Gillette BODY to shave his chest, displaying Gillette’s latest change to male grooming (which is sure to catch on with competitive swimmers everywhere). Stay with us after the credits for a behind-the-scenes video. Read more

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