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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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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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).
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.
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 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.”
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JWT Brazil has a new campaign attempting to make decaf seem like an enticing option for Pilão Decaf.
Now decaf coffee is a pretty hard sell, other than with those can’t have caffeine for health reasons, but JWT Brazil came up with an interesting angle. The campaign sets out to prove that decaf coffee, like regular coffee, can be a great working companion — even without the stimulative benefits of caffeine. So they show that great things can be achieved after some sleep by highlighting great breathroughs made after a good night’s sleep, inspired by dreams. In the animated spot above, for example, JWT Brazil tells the story of Dmitri Mendeleev, who got the idea for the period table of the elements in a dream. Unfortunately, the narrative being set to a lullaby only detracts from its impact. The print campaign is more effective, utilizing surreal, dream-like imagery in telling the story of other important ideas inspired by dreams. Stick around after the jump for an example of the print campaign, along with credits. Read more
JWT Brazil created an interactive cookbook entitled The Bible of Barbecue for leading Brazilian cookware line Tramontina.
Pages of the book can actually be utilized to create authentic Brazilian barbecue. One page, for example, breaks apart into charcoal to start the fire, while another can be used to sharpen your knife. There’s also a cutting board, salt to season the meat, an apron, tin foil, and even a serving dish. It’s a fun idea, which JWT describes as “a sensory fusion of tactile experience, visual design, and most importantly a tribute to the brilliant flavors that result from expert cooking.”
The Bible of Barbecue has been shared with master barbecue chefs in Brazil, and a version will soon be available in select bookstores. Check out the case study video above to learn more, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more
Today, JWT Atlanta is launching a new campaign for Pennzoil, introducing the brand’s “first-of-its-kind motor oil made from natural gas, Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology – the first true innovation in the category in over 35 years.”
JWT Atlanta wanted to parallel the innovation of Pennzoil’s new product, so they created a “first-of-its-kind TV commercial shot on gaseous vapor clouds.” Due to the technical difficulty of pulling off such a stunt, the project took almost a year to complete. Entitled, “Complete Protection,” the 30-second spot features a Maserati driving through “a series of 3D animations projected onto moving gaseous vapor clouds,” which produces an other-worldly effect. To accomplish this, JWT teamed up with MPC NY, Skunk LA and director Raf Wathion. Among the technical challenges associated with the creation of “Complete Protection” were “synchronizing naturally forming elements and choreographing a live performance of a moving automobile, an uncontrollable vapor cloud and projected animation, all in-camera, all in a certain window of time, in a pitch black environment,” with the projections the only light source for the shoot. The spot is part of a larger, integrated campaign which roll out over the course of the year with the tagline “Motor Oil Reimagined.” Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes video and credits after the jump. Read more
Today we received confirmation that Ann Mack–a former Adweek reporter who worked with JWT for the past ten years, most recently as Director of Trendspotting–will leave the agency for a position on the Facebook team.
Here’s the memo from chairman/CEO Bob Jeffrey on her West Coast relocation:
I have some bittersweet news to share.
After a very successful 10-year run at JWT, Ann Mack will be leaving us at the end of April. She is going west to Silicon Valley and joining Facebook to help build their market insights practice.
The week’s biggest spoiler to date has nothing to do with “Game of Thrones” or “Mad Men.”
Martin Sorrell of WPP dropped an extremely premature bomb during an “executive breakfast” hosted by the Wall Street Journal: JWT will once again become the J. Walter Thompson Company as part of its 150th anniversary “rebranding.”