As we mentioned last week, on Friday September 21, Leo Burnett celebrated International Peace Day by obliterating hate. They invited people to tweet their hate @missileforpeace, then loaded the resulting hard drive into the 20-foot long missile. They launched it in a desolate (dare we say peaceful) field in Cambridge.
Seems like there are more constructive possibilities when promoting International Peace Day (food drive? debate?), but Leo Burnett’s symbolic act did do its intended duty. The missile launched and then exploded, fragmenting hateful tweets high amongst the clouds. The resulting video is rather pretty.
Nearly 18 months after opening up shop in New York, Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett is turning its attention to the left coast, opening up a creative hub in Los Angeles that will solely cater to the agency’s Samsung business. Leading the bespoke Leo office is Shannon McGlothin, who you may remember joined Deutsch LA less than a year ago from CP+B. Along with his fancy new ECD title, McGlothin (pictured) has also been appointed to Leo Burnett’s Worldwide Creative Board.
While full staff count at Leo’s dedicated Samsung office has yet to be revealed, McGlothin has made his first hires in Adam Kennedy and Brandon Rochon, a Cannes Lions-winning creative team from O&M Paris (and TBWA\Paris prior to that) who will now assume the title of SVP/creative director. Together, the LBLA crew will work across 50+ markets where the Leo network is working on the Samsung brand. McGlothin’s new boss, Leo Burnett worldwide CCO Mark Tutssel, says in a statement, “With the addition of Shannon – who has passionately created game-changing communications for legendary brands – we’re investing in our future and in the opportunity to truly make Samsung an iconic brand. From the establishment of LBNY last year to this LBLA expansion, there has never been a more exciting time for us, our talent and our clients.”
Is it just us, or are only U.K. agencies getting in on this whole Peace Day celebration? Whatever the case, with Mother London creatives and Euro RSCG London both involved, Leo Burnett London is now also throwing its hat into the peace commemoration ring with an effort called “Missile for Peace.” While not quite a send-tweets-to-space deal ala NatGeo and Campfire, Leo’s “Missile” is aimed at supporting Peace Day by launching a hate-tweet-filled missile into the sky and watching it destroy the negativity.
In the clip above, you can watch HP automation engineer/missile project manager Roy Trzeciak-Hicks and son talk about the 20-foot projectile, which will be launched in a field in Cambrige, Central London, at 7:30pm local time this Friday. Feel like hating on hate? Well, feel free to take part by using the hashtag #Obliteratehate and following the initiative on Twitter @MissileForPeace. Hey, if the whole destroying hate part doesn’t work out, at least viewers should have a decent visual spectacle to remember the attempt.
Sure, there’s Leo Burnett London’s nice promotion of McDonald’s involvement with London’s 2012 Paralympic Games, but we’d be pissed too if we’re to believe the tale of another ad campaign involving said agency and client. Ben Falk, director at Asylum Films has called out Leo London in an open letter for allegedly lifting an entire concept (see above) and making it their own (go here). Here’s a quick snippet: “It is essentially our piece of work reshot and redone with a bigger budget. Not only the concept, but lighting, the feel and shot selection are almost identical.” See the full-size letter here–but to Leo’s credit, the agency has responded.
From Leo Burnett London comes a new spot for development charity Plan International, one that production company Partizan undoubtedly had quite a fun time making.
According to the announce, “Mass Construction” features a young African school girl hurtling through impoverished African housing developments, landing with a shockwave that destroys the old shacks and replaces them with pretty nice looking suburban homes. It’s a pretty awesome superpower, and one made a little clearer when you realize the spot is about educating girls to help fight poverty in developing countries. In fact, for each year a girls stays in school, her household income rises on average 20 percent.
The spot will debut in UK movie theaters on “GCSE Results Day,” which apparently when British lads and lasses aged 14-16 receive their scores on some sort of test that will determine how their educational careers shape up. Says Leo Burnett ECD Justin Tindall, “Poverty often feels like an insurmountable problem and because we don’t know where to start, we simply don’t. The fact that Plan know that girls are the best place to start is so simple and arresting that it demanded a narrative to make people really stop and think about the possibility.”
So, next time your daughter complains about going to school, show her this spot. Sure, she might not quite grasp the entire point, but she’ll a least be a bit more motivated to go. Credits after the jump.
Details are vague at the moment, but we’ve received confirmation that Leo Burnett chief strategy officer Stephen Hahn-Griffiths, who works out of the Chicago office, is now leaving the agency. Leo Burnett would not comment further on the matter, but what we do know is Hahn-Griffiths joined the agency 18 months ago from Mullen, where he also held the title of CSO as well as managing partner. He was eventually replaced a month later at the latter agency by Kristin Cavallo.
Hahn-Griffiths had spent two-a-half years in all at Mullen, initially joining as EVP, director of bland planning before eventually moving up to the CSO post. While at Mullen, he helped the agency win creative accounts for the likes of JetBlue and Zappos among other achievements. During his career, the exec has held many gigs on the strategy/planning side, including an eight-year stint at Doner. We’ll let you know if and when we find out where he’s headed to next.
If you have nightmares about snakes (as I often do), be prepared to close your eyes when the “Red Riddler” leaps out of the cupboard in this Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut spot from Leo Burnett London.
The 30-second TV ad brings the brand back to one of its traditional taglines: “The trouble is they taste too good.” That’s why the snake somehow jumps up the snake catcher’s shorts; his assistant couldn’t resist the Crunchy Nuts (whose crunchy sound provoked the serpent) on the kitchen counter. The assistant’s excuse, as the snake catcher writhes on the floor? “Sorry mate, they’re nutty.”
In a charming British interpretation, the statement introducing this ad says it appeals to the spontaneous, “ooh, go on then” side in everyone. So next time you’re debating between cooking fish sticks or pouring yourself a bowl of cereal, say “ooh, go on then” in a British accent in your head, and see which meal appeals to you more. If you don’t say Crunchy Nuts, you have no sense of true indulgence.
There’s truly no better way to honor the Olympic spirit than by consuming a copious amount of McDonald’s food (and the reaction over the mega-chain’s partnership with the Games proves it). And, as tradition entails, this means Leo Burnett is responsible for creating an emotional, piano-driven TV spot that ties Olympic athletes and fans to the fast food chain. Because when you see sculpted, healthy people perform incredibly feats of athletic ability, there’s no better place to wallow in self-pity over your pitiful dietary habits than your local Mac-Doh.
This spot succeeds best by capturing those soft-focus shots of smiling children that, while cliched, are irresistibly adorable. Where this spot fails in its copy, which starts strong by employing silly British-isms, but sort of falls apart when it forces somewhat unforgivable manipulations of the English language (“The draper, the scraper, the should-have-been-there-er”). The ad, which thanks the more than 70,000 volunteers making the London Olympics come to fuition, is part of McDonald’s “We All Make Games” campaign, described by the chain’s VP of marketing Alistair Macrow as one that will capture “people’s emotions, humour and experiences in real-time, and we hope to become a barometer for the mood of the nation during the Games.” So, hopefully, no one dies.
In any case, expect to see this spot a LOT over the next few months, as well as a bevy of print, digital and social executions that will undoubtedly facilitate your unhealthy addiction to Double Quarter-Pounders with cheese. That little girl sleeping on her father’s shoulder is actually meant as a metaphor for you when you pass out in front of your television with milkshake stains on your XXL shirt.
Just like any city worth its weight in culture, London is full of “rubbish,” a silly British-ism for “trash and stuff.” But, England’s capital city is playing host to the Summer Olympics in just over a month, and London needs to make a good impression on the snobbish, critical international press.
To help rid its streets of discarded Dunhill cigarette packs and half-eaten crumpets, London called upon the folks at Proctor & Gamble, who used more than 1,000 Glad trash bags over 10 square miles as part of the “Clean-Up London” campaign. In celebration of the successful cleansing and violent Febreeze-ing of the city, Leo Burnett and Proctor and Gamble are launching an art exhibition today entitled, “Helping London Look Its Best.”
Tapping some of London’s most promising young illustrator and street artists, including Chris Bianchi, who makes an appearance in the time-lapse at the top of the page, the exhibition will run through Sunday, July 2 at Brick Lane Gallery. Catch some of our favorite installations below, and watch similar “Capital Clean-Up” time-lapse videos from other pieces as they’re uploaded here. You knew this was coming: Capital idea, Leo Burnett!
Since the majority of the ad industry is reveling in the French Riviera fiesta that is the Cannes Lions, we’ll hold it down on the homefront and let you know that two folks from Leo Burnett’s London office–Ben Newman and Milo Williams–are driving an ice cream van from their native U.K. to deliver Leo Cornett ice cream to the attendees at this year’s event. The pair will travel through France, Switzerland, Italy and France once again to bring some treats and according to Leo, “They’ll be capturing the highs and lows of their adventure on their blog, twitter and instagram and rocking up to all sorts of Leo Burnett events throughout the week.” You can follow the blokes’ adventures here and here.