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Ed Norton Sings Karaoke, Almost Dies Several Times in New Droid Spot

This one’s been making the rounds for awhile now, but we thought we’d give some love anyway. McgarryBowen New York’s new spot for Verizion, “A Lot Can Happen in 48 Hours” features the talents of Ed Norton. It originally aired on December 5th, although it was posted to YouTube about a week before that.

In the spot, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, Norton is thrown into a variety of dicey situations, with his Droid helping him get through most of them relatively unscathed. “A Lot Can Happen in 48 Hours” opens with Norton waking up to find himself in a strange room, with his Droid still at 3% power. “It’s been an interesting 48 hours,” Norton says, followed by a flashback. We then follow Norton through his series of misadventures, which begins with him finding a lost wallet and using Droid to find the location. This leads Norton to a karaoke bar, where he ogles a taken woman while singing “If I Could Turn Back Time” (the funniest part of the spot).

From here, Norton’s misadventures include attempting to land a plane, being held captive, having a key found in his stomach, playing a high-stakes game of Connect Four, and being held captive once again. Its everything-goes-wrong brand of humor borrows a little bit from The Hangover series, and although the spot seems to employ the kind of random connections Grey NY used in their 2012 DirectTV campaign, the superior execution helps keep it from feeling too easy or derivative. The spot uses a clever setup to promote the Droid’s impressive battery life, and then finds ways to showcase the phone’s other features in the process. This is certainly a far cry better than McgarryBowen Chicago’s disastrous “Denskies” campaign for Sears. Bonus points for the excellent use of a Lykke Li song. Credits after the jump. Read more

McGarryBowen Chicago is Back with More From ‘The Denskies’

Last week, we introduced you to McGarryBowen’s new “Denskies” campaign for Sears, and it wasn’t pretty. The spots employed a tired “There’s a better way to…” gimmick and random offensiveness without any real humor attached. Now there’s a new spot in the campaign,”Chupacabra,” and it’s pretty much more of the same.

There aren’t any mouth-raping squirrels in “Chupacabra,” but there is a chupacabra. The Denskie patriarch accidentally beams the chupacabra into the house with a teleportation device he created to get products the family ordered there sooner (that’s the “There’s a better way…” tie in for this spot). What the husband, or any rational viewer, doesn’t expect is that the chupacabra isn’t bent on destruction but rather takes a fancy to Mrs. Denskie. (What is it with McGarryBowen, Sears and bestiality?) This ridiculousness is played up with the wife still deciding between Mr. Denskie and the chupacabra, in a “To be continued…” ending for the 1:10 spot. I’m not sure who decided this (or any of the “Denskie” spots) needed a sequel, as I can’t imagine anyone clambering for more after watching “Chupacabra.” Maybe it was just easier to run with this concept than to come up with a new, random idea incorporating zoophilia. Credits after the jump.  Read more

McGarryBowen Debuts Three Ridiculous Holiday Spots for Sears

It seems that the fight for the craziest, most absurd holiday ad is in full force, with McGarryBowen Chicago being the latest agency to throw their hat in the ring with three new spots for Sears that introduce us to “The Denskies.”

While Draftcb’s currently causing controversy with its Joe Boxer jingle for Kmart (and let’s not forget the earlier Satan/Genghis Khan layaway spot), McGarryBowen makes that holiday effort seem tame in comparison to its “Squirrel Revolt” ad. It wouldn’t stand out from the other two “Denskies” installments, in its “let’s be as crazy as possible” humor, were it not for the line (assuming I’m hearing this correctly), “Oh god, it’s mating with my mouth.”

The aforementioned spot (which you can watch above, though you probably shouldn’t) begins with Papa Denskie explaining to his wife that he’s trained “those pesky squirrels” to cut coupons. Everything, though, soon goes haywire, the squirrels attack the man and elicit the crazy, over-the-top response from the above paragraph. (You know, the one where the guy gets orally raped by a squirrel with a rage boner.) If people were pissed off about Kmart’s “Show Your Joe,” I can’t imagine how they’ll respond to this one.

The other two “Denskies” spots for Sears have plenty of crazy to spare as well. In “Robo Granny,” the same man builds a robotic grandmother so that the family won’t have to go visit their real, living grandmother. Predictably, chaos ensues, dragging on for way too long, with the spot clocking in at 1:23 but seeming more like a 5-minute endurance test. Meanwhile, “Medium” sees agency and client portraying their subject as some kind of crazy, possessed witch lady. I’d almost feel bad for real mediums if it weren’t for the fact that they make their living by pretending to talk to dead people (sorry, Sylvia Browne, RIP). The message from Sears this holiday season seems to be the tired “Don’t do something crazy to save time and money, shop here” approach–just with the crazy pushed well beyond the point of reason. You can check out the other two after the jump, along with credits.

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McGarryBowen, Carat Enterprise Form Agency Partnership with Fujitsu

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Suffice it to say that it’s been a pretty decent start to the week for Tokyo-based holding company Dentsu, which has not only seen its 360i unit assume global digital responsibilities for Estee Lauder’s Clinique, but its siblings McGarryBowen and Carat Enterprise joining forces with Fujitsu as the Japanese tech company’s new agency partners for global brand advertising. Specifically, McGarryBowen’s London office, which has a new CEO in Rick Hirst, (who officially joins on Nov. 20) pitched and won the biz in partnership with fellow U.K operation Carat Enterprise (which is focused on B2B) and Dentsu’s Tokyo HQ.

Regarding his company’s decision, Guy Daniels, VP/brand & marketing communications for international business, Fujitsu, says in a statement,  “mcgarrybowen, Carat Enterprise and Dentsu stood out from the competition as the team that really understood our business challenge. The trio not only demonstrated a huge amount of rigor, but also showed us a new level of innovative thinking when it comes to how to best reach and engage with our target audience.”

First up to bat for Fujitsu’s new agency allies is  a 2014 multi-channel campaign aimed at raising the brand’s global profile.

Mcgarrybowen London Messes with Your Head to Hype Honda’s Diesel CR-V

In its second project for Honda since winning a pitch for a certain piece of the automaker’s biz in July 2012, Mcgarrybowen London uses forced perspective and other illusory tricks to mess with your head, and to emphasize the Honda CR-V 1.6 diesel’s “impossible” qualities.

Regardless of the justification, we’re always glad to see visually striking spots, and this one certainly qualifies. Using optical illusions incorporating the new vehicle should keep viewers’ eyes glued to the screen for the duration of the ad, always something to aspire to. That they are able to justify the approach makes it all the better, even if the justification isn’t all that sturdy. The idea is that a fuel-efficient SUV is thought of as “impossible” but the new CR-V disproves that. “Let’s do those things that can’t be done,” a narrator says, “like less fuel in for more miles out.” Not the strongest concept exactly, but the execution more than makes up for it. On the other hand, touting a vehicle as fuel-efficient without any mention of the gas mileage is less understandable, and may make people think that description is all smoke and mirrors.

The spot, directed by Chris Palmer of production company Gorgeous, debuted in the UK on October 19th and is currently running across Europe. It is supported by print, outdoor, digital and direct executions. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Sharp, McGarryBowen Relationship Drawing to a Close

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Well, we’ll hopefully have more color to splash on this by Monday or so, but from what sources tell us thus far, McGarryBowen’s four-year relationship with Sharp will be coming to an end by year’s end. Sources tell us that due to business/financial issues, Sharp, which has its U.S. headquarters in Mahwah, NJ, is planning on working with smaller roster shops come 2014. McGarryBowen was handed the Sharp U.S. account in 2009 by parent company Dentsu, which will continue working with the electronics brand on a global basis.

Among the more notable efforts that McGarryBowen was involved with for Sharp was the Aquos Quattron work from 2010 starring the one and only George Takei. More recently, McGarryBowen created the “Not for the Faint of Heart” campaign featuring various daredevils doing their thing all in the name of promoting the Aquos 90″ LED TV (below). Our sources add that no new work from McGarryBowen will bow this year for Sharp as the agency is just putting the finishing touches on its work on the Aquos 80″. We’ll fill in the blanks if and when we hear more early next week.

Hicks Out, Dudley, Others in at McGarryBowen

Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Steve Hicks, who has spent the last five years at McGarryBowen, serving as digital CCO out of the Dentsu-owned agency’s New York office, has parted ways with the agency.

No word yet on the next destination for Hicks, who worked at O&M and then Tribal DDB prior to his most recent gig, but on an unrelated note, McGB has brought on Oliver Dudley as group creative director on Marriott. Dudley heads to NYC from the West Coast, where he spent well over five-and-a-half years at Organic, last serving as group creative director on accounts ranging from Bank of America to Hilton. In addition to Dudley, our sources tell us that Atmosphere alum Tyler Womack has joined McGarryBowen as senior content strategist, former Digitas VP/marketing Arturo Marconell as account managing director on Chase Private Client and Deidre Stone as group managing director/digital operations.

Korn Moves In, Caputo Moves Out at McGarryBowen

In today’s episode of as the agency world turns, sources familiar with the matter confirm that Steve Caputo, who has been with McGarryBowen for just six months and served as executive creative director, is no longer with the agency. No details on Caputo’s departure have been given at this point, but you might remember the creative exec from his brief stint (18 months) at Arnold or his seven years at R/GA, where he worked with clients ranging from Nike+ to Chanel.

On another unrelated McGarryBowen note, our sources tell us that Daniel Korn, who spent the last three-plus years as partner/biz dev director at Ogilvy, working out of said agency’s New York office, will be assuming a yet-to-be-disclosed position at McGarryBowen. Prior to O&M, Korn (pictured) spent several years on the account side at Havas.

 

Verizon, mcgarrybowen Make It Easy to Find Lost Phones

If you’ve already seen “Elysium,” “Kick-Ass 2,” or “2 Guns” and need to get a quick action fix, then you can always check out Verizon’s new thriller, “Catch Me If You Can.”  The plotting and scriptwriting is probably on par with regular films that fizz out in theaters, and this spot, which was created by mcgarrybowen, even has The Bourne Identity/Swingers/Mr. And Ms. Smith director Doug Liman behind the camera.

In the one-minute spot, an unnamed protagonist races to find his Droid phone after leaving it in a New York City cab. Making the stakes even higher, the cabbie drives like a typical cabbie, so the phone is sliding all over the place and smacking into windows. Luckily, Droid phones now have scratch-resistant glass. I don’t want to say anymore and spoil the ending, but as with most action movies, the hero gets the girl, or phone, or whatever object is the focus of the chase.

Credits after the jump.

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McGarryBowen, ECD, CFO Part Ways

Hmm, well, we’ve received a few tips about this today, and now a phone call has confirmed that Danny Gregory, who has spent nearly a decade at McGarryBowen and most recently served as executive creative director/managing partner, is no longer with the Dentsu-owned agency. You can read his blog post after the fact here.

We’re awaiting some official comment on this, but in the meantime, along with Gregory’s departure, you can see on the leadership board of McGB’s New York office that Erik Vukmirovich is no longer with the agency. Vukmirovich has spent the last eight years at McGarryBowen, worked out of the NYC branch and served as partner/CFO/COO. According to the site, he’s now been replaced by global CFO, Christine Moore. During Gregory’s time at McGarryBowen, the 30-year ad vet, who’s also a published author, created campaigns for a range of clients including Pfizer, JPMorgan Chase, The Wall Street Journal and Chevron. Prior to his lengthy stint at McGB, Gregory served as a copywriter for the likes of Ogilvy and Y&R.

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