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JWT Tells Snacking ‘Love Story’ for Stouffer’s Mac Cups

JWT launched a campaign for Stouffer’s new Mac Cups, a snack-sized version of the brand’s classic mac and cheese line.

Mac Cups were launched with the revelation that Americans now eat snacks at meal times 40 percent of the time, and are often no longer following the three meals a day pattern. As Tom Moe, the director of marketing at Stouffer’s, told The New York Times:

“This notion of eating five meals a day, where consumers are grazing throughout the day depending on their need, has opened up a complete new territory.”

So, JWT’s 15-second stop-motion animated spot fits with this strategy. Mac Cups are presented as a tempting snack to eat any time, dancing around to Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” and at one point hiding behind the toaster. The interspersed footage of the mac and cheese touting its “real aged cheddar” doesn’t necessarily endear us to the product itself, though.

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JWT Canada Conducts ‘Dark Experiment’ for Tim Hortons

In order to launch its new dark roast, Tim Hortons teamed up with JWT Canada to put the new blend to the test.

Using black-out material, the agency wrapped a L’Île-Perrot, Quebec store, blocking out any sort of natural light. Customers were then led to a service counter, where they taste-tested the new dark roast. After tasting the new blend, with their senses supposedly heightened by the darkness,  and voicing their opinions, the lights were turned on and customers were told about the new blend and their role in the experiment. The results were (of course) filmed for the above digital spot.

“When you have a great product, the best way to launch it is to prove tt,” explains Brent Choi, JWT Canada’s chief creative and integration officer, “so we found a way to put the new #TimsDark Roast to the ultimate taste test.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

JWT Launches ‘Forever Faster’ for Puma

JWT has launched the new “Forever Faster” brand platform for Puma, starting with the new anthem ad “Calling All Troublemakers.”

With the stated mission “to become the Fastest Sport Brand in the World,” Puma tapped the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and a host of other star athletes for a global multimedia campaign. Alongside Bolt in the 60-second “Calling All Troublemakers” are soccer icons Mario Balotelli, Sergio Agüero, Marta Vieira da Silva; golfers Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson; and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. The athletes were chosen for their individuality in “both performance and personality,” and the spot does have a bit of a mischievous streak to it. But Puma sees “Forever Faster” as more than a campaign tagline — it’s also a company motto representing the desire to “quickly identify product designs and innovation, trends and style and bring them into the marketplace in a more dynamic manner.”

“Forever Faster is about Puma making a statement as a brand and reminding people that we are and will continue to be the fastest sports brand in the world,” explains Adam Petrick, global marketing director at Puma. “We’ve always been known as a brand that takes risks and that’s not going to change, Forever Faster clearly represents that. This is going to change the way we approach product design and innovation as well as how we market our brand.” Stick around for limited credits after the jump. Read more

New ECD, GCD at JWT Atlanta

Jeremy Jones

Today in Press Releases, JWT’s Atlanta office has promoted two of its top creatives after a string of successes for energy sector clients.

Creative Directors Dustin Tamilio and Jeremy Jones (above) have been named as the office’s GCD and ECD, respectively; the change is effective immediately.

The release is unique in that its opening attributes the promotions to the directors’ ”pioneering work for Shell brands”, more specifically citing “the agency’s most buzz-worthy campaigns and projects for Jiffy Lube, Shell, Quaker State and Pennzoil” (here’s one of the spots in question).

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JWT Chicago, Bill Kurtis Want You to Take a ‘Mancation’

JWT Chicago tapped “Original Anchorman” and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! host Bill Kurtis for a new, slightly misogynist campaign for the Illinois Office of Tourism.

The campaign features a series of seven digital videos “laced with explosions, trumpet playing bears and stock cars” in which Kurtis implores viewers to “vacation like a man” and visit the manly side of Illinois. In the spots, such “manly” activities as stock car racing, golf, horse racing, and casino gambling are highlighted. These spots will be featured on the Enjoy Illinois site, which helps visitors plan out their next trip to the state. It’s hard not to feel a little bit insulted watching the ads, which appeal to and reinforce outdated stereotypes while implying that a vacation can’t be gender-neutral. Credits and one more “Mancation” spot after the jump. Read more

What Does a ‘Business Road Trip’ Entail? JWT Brazil Fills Us In

Armed with a boatload of brands as support including Shell, Nestle, Coca-Cola and Bridgestone, a trio of bikers including JWT Brazil creative director/copywriter Hernán Rebaldería decided to make a 3,500km trip through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina riding old Vespas for 12 days while only using products made by clients of JWT. Talk about the ultimate show of support and a little bit of showing off of its client roster. The journey, which the parties involved hype as costing half the price of a single-page ad in one of Brazil’s most prestigious magazines, is documented in the five-minute clip above. Their destination? The international Vespa meeting in Paraguay. Let’s live vicariously and enjoy Rebalderia and pals ride bikes with names like “La Negrita” as they make it through their South American sojourn. Credits after the jump and a print version of their documentary can be found here. After viewing this, at least we have a hankering to invest in a Vespa.

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JWT Amsterdam Creates ‘A Piggy Bank for the Homeless’

With homelessness a growing issue in Amsterdam, JWT Amsterdam launched an awareness and fundraising campaign for the not-for-profit organization for the homeless Belangenbehartiging Amsterdamse Dak- en Thuislozen (BADT).

To raise both money and awareness for the organization JWT Amsterdam sourced mannequins, which they dressed in “shabby, used clothes,” installed a cut-out money slot in the head (made to resemble a piggy bank) and placed them around the city in situations similar to the homeless, with hand-written cardboard signs asking for donations to BADT. The provocative campaign got people’s attention, and was documented in the video above. At the end of the 90 second video, viewers are prompted to visit badt.nl and help support the organization. The entire project “took less than a week to make and came in at under €100″ with mannequins sourced for free and clothing donated by JWT Amsterdam employees.

“We wanted to bring more people face-to-face with the different faces of homelessness- the mothers, the families, the children,” said JWT Amsterdam designer Robert Harrison. “It’s a real life problem in the city and, for us, it’s important to shed light on this issue. Our aim was to enable people to look at it in a different way, identify with the situation and feel compelled to take action by donating to BADT.”

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CCO Matt Eastwood Leaves DDB for JWT

Matt Eastwood

The move is now official: agency vet Matt Eastwood has left his position as CCO at DDB New York to become worldwide chief creative officer at JWT (or, as they’d prefer, the J. Walter Thompson Company).

The Australian-turned-New Yorker worked with DDB in his home country and served as CCO at Y&R before he replaced a departing Eric Silver in DDB’s Manhattan office almost exactly four years ago.

Eastwood brings an extensive portfolio to the new role; he scored the #5 spot on the Ad Age “most awarded” list for 2013, and his name has appeared atop the credits for recent campaigns featuring everything from bearded, lottery-playing hipsters to seniors who never remember to wear their condoms.

Beginning next month, Eastwood will report directly to JWT global president Gustavo Martinez. He will be the first to fill the global CCO role since the 2009 departure of Craig Davis, who left to rejoin the continent of Australia.

JWT Atlanta, Elastic Team Up for FEMA PSA

For hurricane season, JWT Atlanta teamed up with production studio Elastic and directing collective Headless (who provided colorful 3D animation) to create a PSA campaign for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

JWT Atlanta decided to go for an emotional approach, telling the story of a “nice house that lived with a family” as narrated by a young child, which makes for a more relatable and persuasive viewing experience than alarmist images of flood damage. Focusing on the relationship between the loving home and the family, the spot highlights that flooding can happen anywhere, not just locations that are historically at risk. The 60-second PSA ends with the tagline “Protect what matters,” encouraging viewers to learn their flood risk and protect their homes. Credits after the jump. Read more

JWT Amsterdam, ING Ask Holland, ‘What’s it Going to Be?’

JWT Amsterdam has put together a World Cup campaign for ING, main sponsor of the Dutch national football team.

The campaign is built around the tagline/question, “What’s it going to be?” Visitors to the campaign website are encouraged to share their own answer to that question and predictions about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The campaign launched in earnest on May 17th, with the above 50-second television ad, directed by Marco Grandia. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, the spot follows 32 children who represent 32 nations as they prepare for their own version of the World Cup. The second spot in the campaign will debut on June 12th, the day the World Cup kicks off in Brazil. At the end of the spot, voiceover from Dutch football commentator Evert ten Apel will invite viewers to enter an online pool filling in their predictions for each scheduled World Cup match.

“Of course it’s every creative’s dream to come up with a World Cup campaign, especially when you have a client that loves football as much as you do,” said Bas Korsten, executive creative director, JWT Amsterdam. “Because next to a campaign with an online heart that spreads across 8 or 9 different channels, it’s mostly the love of football that wins. It has the power to bring together a nation. And we hope this campaign from ING will help achieve just that goal.”

Stick around for credits and the second spot after the jump. Read more

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