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TBWA\MAL Raises the Bar with ‘The Song’ for Apple

Last year, TBWA\Media Arts Lab created one of the most memorable holiday ads with their sentimental “Misunderstood” spot for Apple. Now the agency is back with another holiday effort that’s even more emotional.

In “The Song,” a young woman finds a Voice-O-Graph record — which, as Adweek describes it, “allowed people in the 1940s and ’50s to record their voice directly to vinyl records” – her grandmother made for her grandfather when they couldn’t be together for the holidays. She studies the song, learns to play it for herself and, using her MacBook Air, records her voice over her grandmothers to create “A Duet” and loads it on an iPod as a gift. The emotional climax occurs as she watches from the stairs as her grandmother listens to the song.

As in “Misunderstood,” this new effort shows a young person using Apple’s products to create a heartfelt, original gift. But while “Misunderstood” presented the gift as a reveal meant to be surprise viewers, in “The Song,” the viewer is aware of the protagonist’s intentions from early on, which makes the viewer feel complicit in the action and makes the emotional ending all the more powerful. If TBWA/Media Arts Lab set the bar for emotional holiday ads with last year’s effort, “The Song” clears it easily. Now this one will be hard to top.

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TBWA\Singapore Explores the Real Dollhouses of Airbnb

When TBWA won Airbnb back in September, we were very curious to see what sort of work the agency would do for its client.

It’s fair to say that Airbnb’s campaigns to date have differed dramatically, and the latest from TBWA’s Singapore office is no exception. Pereira & O’Dell’s May ad was a simple collection of landscapes and interiors while VCCP’s work from earlier this month told an animated version of a Cold War story.

The most impressive fact about the new TBWA spot? It was shot in one take and without any form of computer-generated imagery. It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood:

The release tells us that the work was inspired by real-life Airbnb listings ranging from a “fairytale gingerbread house” (California, of course) to a surprisingly wide selection of treehouses.

Credits and behind the scenes clip after the jump.

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TBWA Celebrates a Day of Sun for Jimmy Dean

TBWA/Chiat Day, LA has a new series of online spots in their ongoing campaign promoting Jimmy Dean’s new lunch and dinner offerings.

Some wondered, when Jimmy Dean announced the move into the instant lunch/dinner market, whether the brand would retain its recognizable sun character due to its association with the morning. But the brand is leaning on its mascot as much as ever, explaining its continued presence with a new series of online spots tracking him on characters across the country and throughout the day.

In “Slow Roast Shuffle” (featured above), he’s dancing up a storm while promoting Jimmy Dean Pulled Pork. Things get over-the-top pretty quickly and his dance partner can’t exactly keep up, as TBWA/Chiat Day stretch the character into some cartoonish territory. Other spots are slightly more down-to-earth, with the sun dropping change into parking meters, giving out free lunch at baggage claim in an airport and riding off into the sunset. All the videos are hosted on a website where you can also track the sun’s progress on the “Sunniest Day,” which Jimmy Dean says was yesterday.

Despite TBWA’s best efforts, the character, so long associated with breakfast, seems a little out of place in these scenarios (and past the AM). With time we’ll see if these are just growing pains or if the character continues to feel awkward promoting meals past breakfast. Read more

TBWA Employs Star Voices for Conservation International

TBWA Media Arts Lab has launched a star-studded campaign for Conservation International, entitled “Nature is Speaking,” which employs celebrities as elements of nature delivering the message that environmental reform is an immediate concern.

Star voices include Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, Harrison Ford as The Ocean, Kevin Spacey as The Rainforest, Edward Norton as The Soil, Penelope Cruz as Water and Robert Redford as The Redwood. The campaign debuted at SXSW Eco and rolled out yesterday on YouTube, with the Mother Nature film highlighted on www.conservation.org. That nearly two-minute video functions as the campaign’s center point and introduction. Roberts, as Mother Nature, casts aside the notion that nature is something separate from people to be used. “I don’t really need people, but people need me,” Roberts intones over footage of natural marvels (bonus points for time-lapse footage of oyster mushrooms growing). She goes on to point out how the fate of humans is linked to nature. “When I thrive, you thrive,” she says. “When I falter, you falter — or worse.” She concludes, “One way or another, your actions will determine your fate. Not mine…I am prepared to evolve, are you?” It’s a powerful message, hammering home the immediacy of the issue with emotion.

It also functions as something of a rebranding for the environmental movement. As Dr. M. Sanjayan, Conservation International’s executive vice president and senior scientist points out in a press release, “The environmental movement has missed the mark when talking about nature because it tends to present nature as something that is separate from people. By making it clear that people need nature to survive, we are turning the conversation around and making the movement relevant to entirely new audiences.”

As the campaign continues, Conservation Internation will highlight a different film each week on www.conservation.org, with an accompanying post on its Human Nature blog. Next week will focus on The Ocean (voiced by Vice Chairman of Conservation International Harrison Ford), followed by The Rainforest (voiced by Spacey) and The Soil (Norton). We’ve included Ford and Spacey’s contributions after the jump. The campaign also includes a social extension, with HP promising to donate one dollar to Conservation International, up to one million, for every use of the #NatureIsSpeaking hashtag. Read more

TBWA\Chiat\Day Sends Off Yankees Captain for Gatorade

TBWA\Chiat\Day bids adieu to Yankees captain (and regular starting shortstop since 1996) Derek Jeter in a 90-second send-off spot for Gatorade, an MLB sponsor since 1990.

While there has been no shortage of fanfare surrounding Jeter’s exit from baseball at the quickly approaching end to the season (including a somewhat excessive display at the All Star game), TBWA\Chiat\Day’s farewell for Gatorade, which Jeter collaborated on, manages to charm. Back in July (when it still looked like the Yankees had a shot at the postseason), TBWA\Chiat\Day and Gatorade roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx and, in the words of Molly Carter, Gatorade’s senior director of consumer engagement, “just kind of let Jeter go.”

Jeter is seen interacting with some very surprised and excited fans, signing autographs and even dropping in to Stan’s Sports Bar. Most of the spot’s charm comes from the authentic reactions of the fans, delighted by the opportunity to meet the star player.

Jeter’s collaboration for the ad also extended to the soundtrack, with the shortstop choosing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as the song that summed up his career. “It was a true collaboration between Derek and Gatorade,” Carter told Adweek.

The spot breaks online today, followed by a broadcast premiere this Saturday on the YES Network and Fox, when it’s sure to make more than a few Yankees fans teary-eyed. Gatorade will follow this with a full-page ad, written by Jeter, in the New York Daily News and Sports Illustrated on Sept. 28-29. Addressed to New York, the ad will see Jeter thanking fans for their years of support, opening, “From my first at bat until my final out, you helped make me who I am.” The print ad is timed to coincide with Jeter’s final game on September 28th (unless the team makes the playoffs, which they won’t). Read more

TBWA\Chiat\Day Wins Miller Lite

MillerLiteRetro_2Twitter hashtags didn’t quite do the trick for Leo Burnett: TBWA\Chiat\Day will be creative AOR for Miller Lite.

The agency is currently referring all media inquiries to the client, but a spokesperson (and several tipsters) confirmed that the announcement happened minutes ago in its L.A. office.

This news caps off a good two-week run for TBWA, which won Airbnb and Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this month.

As for the strategic implications of the agency shift, we have a feeling Miller will stay on the retro path since real-life research tells us that people seem to honestly think that the beer tastes better in old-school cans.

TBWA\MAL and Apple Go Light in New iPhone Spots

In case you caught some of Apple’s super epic product launch event yesterday amidst all the Chinese translations and tech glitches, the company announced new versions of its signature product along with the much-discussed Apple Watch. Apple and its AOR TBWA\Media Arts Lab also launched a couple of new spots to promote the iPhone 6 and the slightly larger iPhone 6, which includes the “Plus” designation.

The celebrity hand models are Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. In the first spot, the two break it down in what we choose to read as a (slightly off-key) a capella tribute to the late, great Stanley Kubrick:

The second spot is more straightforward, and it’s less a collaboration than a competition. (Spoiler: JT wins.)

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Serves Jimmy Dean 24/7

As The New York Times told us this weekend, Americans are eating more frozen food — and Jimmy Dean wants to move out of the freezer and onto the dinner table by expanding upon its breakfast-sausage-centered lineup.

The company’s creative AOR TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. will help its longtime client move toward that goal with a new campaign. Here’s the first spot, which aims to dispel the crazy idea that frozen dinners lack flavor by pitting them against a fresh batch of iceberg lettuce:

We’ll have what they’re having, et cetera.

Jimmy Dean also defeats the dreaded tuna fish sandwich after the jump.

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Peyton Manning, Cam Newton for Gatorade

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke that went: “You don’t have to be sweating and holding a basketball to enjoy a Gatorade, you can just be a thirsty dude. Gatorade forgets about this demographic. I’m thirsty for absolutely no reason, other than the fact that liquid has not touched my lips for some time. Can I have a Gatorade too, or does that lightning bolt mean no?” Well, the brand seems to have finally issued its response to this question in a new campaign from TBWA\Chiat\Day, entitled “Sweat it to Get it,” with a resounding “No, you can not have a Gatorade, thirsty dudes.”

“Gatorade was invented to replace what athletes sweat out, Brent Anderson, executive creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles, explained to Adweek. “So the intent was to create something that might cause someone who reaches for a Gatorade to think, ‘Hold up…have I earned this?’” In other words, that lightning bolt does mean no.

In the campaign, starring Rob Belushi (son of Jim) and featuring cameos from Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (who also stars in an ongoing Under Armour campaign), customers at a gas station are told they can’t purchase Gatorade because they haven’t broken a sweat. The ads all follow the same basic formula, with Belushi as the straight man denying the customers and Manning or Newton appearing as either the manager or a fellow customer. The agency told Adweek that the ads were all “shot on location at an actual convenience store with over 15 hidden cameras” and directed by Jody Hill (Eastbound and Down). Stick around for credits and a few more spots after the jump. Read more

TBWA BEING Gets Goofy for Wheat Thins

TBWA BEING gets goofy in their latest spot for Wheat Thins, entitled “Trap Door.”

In the 15-second spot, a man explains to his wife that’s he’s created a trap door to keep anyone from stealing his Wheat Thins. Drawn to the box of Wheat Thins, he then falls through his own trap door. The spot concludes with the annoyingly shouted “Must! Have! Wheat Thins” tagline. It’s all pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds, but then that’s likely what TBWA was going for. Something about the comedic timing seems a bit off, though, and the humor falls flat. Read more

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