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Jim Parsons Stars in mcgarrybowen’s First Efforts for Intel


Ubiquitous Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons stars in Intel’s new holiday campaign, the first work from agency McGarryBowen since being named agency of record in October.

The first spot for the holiday campaign (featured above) breaks Monday, and the campaign will run for six weeks as the other ads gradually roll out. In it Parsons plays himself, running amok a restricted access area at Intel and gawking at Intel’s RealSense technology, until he is eventually thrown out by a security guard who tells him not to talk about anything he saw. Parsons’ broadcast spots will be backed by a social media campaign featuring companion videos and photos.

“The decision to approach this in a comedic way was one that intrigued me from the beginning,” Gordon Bowen, chairman and chief creative officer of McGarryBowen, told The New York Times. The campaign “is really just the beginning,” Bowen added. “It sets us up for a campaign that tells you there’s a new Intel that is bringing things to market that will surprise and delight you.”

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Epic Meal Time Crew Helps Raise Awareness for Feeding America

FYI enlisted the cast of its show Epic Meal Time to raise hunger awareness with a new PSA campaign for the Ad Council and Feeding America, the country’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

The cast of the show talks about what they do with all the food from the epic meals they create it — eat it, give it to the crew — before segueing into a brief discussion of the “people out there who don’t have enough to eat, and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.” They then offer up an endorsement for Feeding America, who, “everyday give hope to those in your community who struggle with hunger” and direct viewers to www.FeedingAmerica.org. The show also donates “a portion of its production budget to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.”

The PSA will run on FYI, debuting during Epic Meal Time‘s Thanksgiving-themed season premiere this, as well as on other A&E channels.

“At Thanksgiving, it is important to remember that so many children in our country are facing hunger,” said Bob Aiken, Feeding America CEO. “Thanks to ‘Epic Meal Empire’s’ PSA’s, a new audience will be made aware of efforts around the country to feed our children and avoid food waste.”

mOcean Helped Promote FXX’s Marathon of The Simpsons

mOcean helped FXX keep the fun rolling during the network’s record-breaking twelve-day marathon of every episode of The Simpsons with a series of Springfield-inspired promos.

Instead of just recycling footage from the show (which might get a bit redundant during a marathon, after all), mOcean took creative license with the Springfield universe, such as in the above promo superimposing Homer’s head and voice on footage of stunts gone wrong. Another spot takes Ned Flanders’ characteristic “Deedley” and gives it a musical makeover. Clearly, the agency had a lot of fun with these.

“This was by far the biggest, most exciting project with the FX family yet,” said mOcean SVP, Creative Director Greg Harrison. “The inherent challenge was doing justice to one of the funniest, most beloved TV franchises in history, not to mention the legacy of its creators Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.” Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Europe Turns Prague into ‘The Musical City’ for Toyota

If you like watching bad karaoke, you’re going to love Saatchi & Saatchi Europe’s newest spot for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

The agency turned Prague into a playlist by replacing street signs with the names of songs (much to the chagrin of local cabbies) and connecting the car’s stereo to the GPS so that the song changed every time the driver changed streets. In this way, drivers could select the song by altering their route. Supposedly the “best performers” were chosen to appear in the television spot, which airs in Poland, UK, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Spain, but we think you’ll agree “most entertaining” is a more accurate description.

So what does karaoke have to do with the Toyota Yaris Hybrid? Read more

FOX and Nielsen: Ratings War No More

evmIn what would have been quite the change of scenery for a major ratings draw, FOX recently threatened to leave Nielsen to go to exclusively with Rentrak for its measurement needs. In what resembled a real-life episode of 24, this imbroglio went unsettled until the last minute.

In short, advertisers (and our fellow agencies) don’t have to worry about altering subscriptions or anything, FOX is staying put.

The story from MediaPost tells us that this tiff between the two sources almost escalated into something nasty. The deal was announced just as Fox’s previous contract was set to expire, averting what would have been one of the biggest defections of a major TV stations group in Nielsen’s recent history.

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U.S. Midfielder Bradley Takes Center Stage in Latest SportsCenter Spot

With the FIFA World Cup set to kick off next week, the ESPN marketing onslaught continues, this time starring U.S, National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, who co-stars alongside the WWL’s anchor Bram Weinstein in the latest SportsCenter spot from W+K New York. In the :30 clip above, Bradley’s accompanied by a little sidekick as he makes his rounds throughout the Bristol campus of ESPN, which holds the English-language rights for the World Cup, which takes place place as you might know in Brazil.

This latest effort marks the 400th-plus “This is SportsCenter” spot from the network, which also marks its eighth World Cup broadcast. It’s a more subdued than previous ads, though the tinge of dry humor remains intact, and yes, this one’s for the kids (after all, the little ones accompany each player in the pitch). O Positive director David Shane once again returns to the fold, following up his Bubba Watson-starring SportsCenter spot from two months ago with a well-timed piece that has chanting USA ahead of the world’s biggest stage.

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Here’s a Quick Horror Primer from the Folks at FEARnet

Having watched a couple of horror films on the cable channel FEARnet (currently on FiOS at least) over the weekend, figured why the hell not ride the blood-soaked waves and mention this little promo from the network, which to be honest offers a great slate of old-school, cult and slasher films mixed with a total bevy of garbage. Still, us horror fans can’t play choosers in this and so we support whatever medium the genre gets exposed. Above is a brief promo as part of a new TV image campaign for FEARnet from L.A.-based Stun Creative’s graphics/animation division, Buster, which tries to offer a quick manual on the do’s and dont’s of horror films. Think Jamie Kennedy‘s character Randy in the first couple of Scream films and there you have it. Don’t worry, as long as idiots still won’t listen, the genre will be very much alive and kicking. Credits after the jump.

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Logan Expands Into Film and Television

lpCreative studio and production company Logan is expanding, with a new content development arm called Logan Pictures.

Logan Pictures is launching with “a diverse slate of film, television, and new media projects,” including the company’s first feature film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the film was met with critical acclaim at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and kicked off the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Logan Pictures will be led by producer Nick Moceri with oversight from Logan founders Ben Conrad and Alexei Tylevich.

“Logan Pictures gives us the opportunity to explore an entire new spectrum of production,” said Conrad. “With a festival-favorite already under our belt, it’s clear that our team harnesses the talent and vision to produce visually-appealing and emotionally-captivating film concepts in a new era of truly innovative feature films and avant-garde artistry.”

DDB New Zealand to Bring Down King Joffrey for SKY TV

Bring Down The KingTo stoke viewers’ (already feverish) anticipation for season 4 of international hit Game of Thrones, DDB New Zealand has crafted a unique social media/experiential event for SKY Television’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, entitled “Bring Down The King.”

With help from production company Finch, DDB has erected a seven meter statue of the show’s much hated King Joffrey in Aotea Square, one of the largest public squares in Auckland. A rope is positioned around the statue’s neck, attached to a winch, and fans are challenged to topple the statue using the hashtag #bringdowntheking on Twitter. For every tweet using the hashtag, the statue will be one step closer to toppling, but it will take one million such tweets to bring down Joffrey.

Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and King Joffrey is quite possibly the most hated fictional television character of all time,” explained SKY’s director of programming, Travis Dunbar. “It’s exciting to give fans an opportunity they are dying for; to assist in the demise of the King of the Iron Throne.”

DDB executive creative director Shane Bradnick was equally enthused, saying, “It’s great to be working with clients that want to create ideas that bring the fictional, digital and real worlds together. Let’s bring the bastard down!”

You can keep up with the campaign at bringdowntheking.com. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Mekanism Takes on Life’s Messy Moments for Method

Mekanism has just launched a new campaign for San Francisco-based shop, Method, “the premier disruptor of the home care category,” featuring a “romantic comedy-style series of TV and online ads, content and social media programs” which will run from March 24 – June 7.

The ads tell the story of Charles and Francine, two opposites who, over the course of the spots, meet, fall in love, and have a baby. Mekanism and Method buck conventions a bit by making Francine the messy one and Charles clean (even if they feel the need to point out that he’s “pretty neat for a guy”). In the first of the spots, the 30-second “They Meet,” Charles finds Francine asleep on his toilet after a night of partying, and Charles wonders how to break the ice. From there, their domestic tale evolves with a series of relatable messes marking milestones in their lives. While not laugh out loud funny, the spots have a pleasant kind of light humor and are quite watchable. The voice over by a man with a strong French accent definitely helps things along, especially in the 15 second “Super Pregnant” where viewers are treated to hearing the words “super pregnant” in said French accent.

“Our story is about opposites attracted to one another,” said Tommy Means, Mekanism founder and executive creative director. “Francine is charming, stylish, impulsive and a bit of a mess not unlike Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Charles on the other hand is clean and orderly. Telling the Method story through the eyes of this odd couple falling for each other is something everyone can relate to.”

Method is also partnering with digital agency Essence to develop and execute its media plan, which marks Method’s first significant foray into online advertising. Stick around for “Easy” after the jump. Read more

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