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RTO+P Appoints First West Coast CD


Philly-based independent creative agency, Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners today announced the appointment of Ryan Scott as its first west coast vice president and group creative director. In the newly crated position, Scott will report directly to partners Steve Red (President and CCO) and Steve O’Connell (ECD).

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W+K Lands Weight Watchers

Weight WatchersWeight Watchers, a McCann Erickson New York client for the past seven years who spends roughly $150 million on measured media annually, has switched agencies to Wieden+Kennedy, Adweek reports.

According to Adweek, the move came without any agency review. Lesya Lysyi, the Weight Watchers president who took over this past November, worked with W+K as chief marketing officer at Heineken USA. Adweek also wrote that “it’s not immediately clear how this appointment will affect Weight Watchers’ digital agency, Ogilvy & Mather,” noting that Weight Watchers appointed Dan Crowe chief technology officer at the same time Lysyi became president.

The latest in McCann’s line of celebrity-centered work for Weight Watchers, as you may remember, featured Jessica Simpson.

Martin Williams Launches Kill Kancer for Mary Beth Mueller

Minneapolis-based agency Martin Williams, fresh off rebranding Mall of America, has teamed up with Mary Beth Mueller (widow of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller) in a campaign launching Kill Kancer, “a nonprofit aimed to raise awareness for preventable types of cancer.”

Following her husband’s death approximately nine years ago, Mueller started The Karl Fund at the University of Minnesota “to support breakthrough cancer research.” Kill Kancer is an extension of The Karl Fund, “a nonprofit positioned to inform the younger generation to take proactive measures on preventing cancer.”

“Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota and since I have been personally affected by the terrible disease, I’ve made it my life’s mission to support the fight. After much research, I found there is a lot information on diagnosing cancer but limited information about prevention,” explained Mueller. “Through Kill Kancer, I hope to give our younger generation information that is useful to them concerning prevention as well as an outlet to have open dialogue about the illness.”

The backbone of Martin Williams’ campaign is the Kill Kancer website the team designed providing cancer prevention information and a community portal where visitors can post content. At the center of the site (and the campaign) is the above video, directed by Dan Huiting. The video features appearances from Minneapolis-based artists such as Slug from Atmosphere, Ashley Dubose from NBC’s “The Voice,” street artist HOTTEA, and rapper/community activist and teacher Toki Wright. Martin Williams will also be hosting a benefit concert for Kill Kancer today at The Cedar Cultural Center, including performances by by Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy & Special Guests, and Taj Raj. Irksome intentional misspelling of “Kancer” aside, this is an important campaign that differs from countless other cancer awareness campaigns by providing important information about preventative measures people can take to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Since most people don’t even realize there are cancer prevention methods, this is an invaluable cause that could do a lot of good.

“Pro Bono work is extremely important to us,” said Tom Moudry, CEO and chief creative officer, Martin Williams. “Working on Kill Kancer from the ground up has been an unforgettable experience, especially for someone who gave the Minneapolis music scene so much and was such a lovely guy.”

UX Director Peter Gallo Goes from Tribal to Code and Theory

Peter-UX-600x200-2To follow up on last week’s post about changes at Tribal Worldwide, we’ve confirmed that Peter Gallo left the position he held there for less than a year to become a UX Director at Code and Theory.

Some quick background: prior to the Tribal gig, Gallo served as UX strategist at Grey New York after five years at @radical.media.

The agency had no comment beyond confirming the hire.

BooneOakley Pits Master Vs. Master for Bojangles

Charlotte full-service independent agency BooneOakley created a new campaign for Bojangles’ Restaurants, the first spot of which stars recent Master’s champion Bubba Watson.

The spot, created to promote Bojangles’ breakfast offerings, is meant to give a “a public face to Bojangles’ internal biscuit-quality efforts.” Apparently, every Bojangles location has an official “Biscuit Maker,” who has undergone at least 40 hours of training for the position, on staff. (For some reason, they don’t mention this in the ad.) The 30-second broadcast spot pits one of these biscuit makers against Bubba Watson in a celebrity competition parody (wakka wakka). Watson kneads his dough with his driver before launching the biscuits toward the oven. At the end of the ad, Watson tees off on a completed biscuit, causing it to explode  — according to BooneOakley’s PR team, this was done at Watson’s insistence.

The second spot in the campaign will run in late spring/early summer and feature sportsfisherman Guy Eaker of the Bass Master series (you can’t wait, right?), with future celebrity spots in the campaign undetermined. Brief credits after the jump. Read more

Here’s Episode 1 of ADC’s Portfolio Night All-Stars

As we mentioned earlier this week, here is the first of five episodes launching from ADC regarding its Portfolio Night All-Stars. The happenings went on at the ADC Gallery in Chelsea, NY and feature the likes of DDB worldwide CCO, Amir Kassaei. The mission involved? Rethink the Ford Focus. Let’s see what the kids come up with.

UPDATE: Bud Light Has Your ‘World’s Toughest Job’ Spoof Right Here

Well, that was quick: here’s the first of what will almost certainly be a series playing off this week’s viral Mullen “world’s toughest job” spot.

The ad loosely ties itself to the ongoing “Up for Whatever” campaign via hashtag.

Its underlying gender joke and brand association aren’t quite clear until the final shot, though the text makes sure to poke fun at the Mullen original by both linking to the clip and noting that the fake job listing behind it never actually existed.

UPDATE: The responsible agency is Boston-based Relevant 24, which has done work for Priceline, Arby’s, FOX Sports, Doritos and more (homepage here).

Sid Lee Stokes Northern Pride for Raptors

Just in time for the playoffs, Sid Lee has launched a new spot for the Toronto Raptors which the Starks could totally get behind (there’s even a wolf). The new spot stokes fans’ anticipation of the upcoming games and northern pride with the tagline, “#WeTheNorth.”

The 60-second, Stark-approved spot starts with the line “We the north: In many ways we’re in a league of our own; one step removed; just beyond the boundaries…” and uses the Raptors’ distance from other NBA teams as a point of pride, a rallying call. “If that makes us outsiders, we’re in,” concludes the voiceover before a “Let’s go Raptors” chant emerges from the background. “#WeTheNorth,” which just launched yesterday, is part of a larger rebranding effort for the Raptors. If fans weren’t already excited for the Raptors’ bid in the NBA playoffs (starting tomorrow, against the Nets), the well-produced spot, which mixes game footage with stylized shots of a snowy Canada, should do its part to psyche them up. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Friday Morning Stir


-Dodge and The Richards Group celebrate centenarians (above).

-Ogilvy, Caterpillar play giant game of Jenga. link

-Volkswagen plans to go head-to-head with Hyundai in major World Cup ad push. link

-Tips for improving social media ROI. link

-Solutions to common landing page problems. link

Puppies Help Combat ‘Slacktivism’ for BBDO Colenso

Puppy spots pretty much write themselves, but this one from BBDO Colenso goes a bit further than most, explaining YouTube’s business model and following with a particularly direct call-to-action that helps viewers donate without spending any money by using views as virtual currency that won’t just vanish like Bitcoin.

The release describes it as “potentially a new way for charities around the world to raise money.”

That strategy might conflict with Facebook’s new anti-spam algorithm, but as puppy owners we’re quite  susceptible to the message.

Credits after the jump (though the real star of the spot appears on the floor at 0:47).

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