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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Simon’

Yes, Maybe Chat Lines Do Serve a Purpose After All

The folks at Toronto-based agency Blammo, which in recent times has showcased Canadian ad players and gave us a kooky Halloween campaign for Arby’s, now induces a little shudder with this effort for a chatline company called QuestChat. Don’t let the hot and heavy fool you as the end result is not, uh, the gratifying one you’d expect, the buildup can be considered both sensual and amusing or all/none of the above. Take your pick and enjoy the 3am ad while we refrain from pulling out several stereotypical/cliched jokes from the bargain basement of comedy. Credits after the jump.

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Friday Morning Stir

-Andrew Simon, formerly partner/chief creative officer at Toronto-based Blammo Worldwide, has taken the CCO role at fellow Canadian agency, Cundari.

-Cheil Worldwide has hired Jordan Waid, who previously served as creative director on Ford Europe while at London shop Inferno, as ECD for its Munich-based design house/innovation lab, Mind Design Laboratory (MD Lab).

-If you have  about eight minutes to spare, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Cutwater’s PSA installment for Today/Ad Council starring co-host Savannah Guthrie. See the rest of the Today PSAs here.

-For the female creative directors out there, Boulder is hosting a “3% Event” on Feb. 28 (promo above). link

-The National Advertising Benevolent Society is on the hunt to find the “ten remarkable unsung heroes of the advertising and media world” as part of its centenary celebration. link

-Here is a “long list” of Nike’s “tainted sponsorships.” link

Arby’s Pulls Double-Duty with Separate U.S., Canadian Campaigns

 

Why not kill two birds with one stone? At least, that’s what we’re assuming Arby’s is trying to do as we received a pair of campaigns from the fast-food chain that are launching in the U.S. and Canada, respectively. Here in the States,  Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which picked up Arby’s creative duties back in February, has solicited the services of oft-bearded maestro Larry Charles to helm a series of spots that show that unlike its rivals (*cough* Subway), Arby’s slices its meat fresh in-store.

Charles, director of Bruno and Borat as well as writer/producer on Seinfeld, makes his commercials debut with the help of former NYC detective Bo Dietl, a man who’s seemingly never met a TV camera he didn’t like over the years. Along with the TV spots, CP+B’s brand re-launch for Arby’s includes a newly redesigned website and updated logo. While CP+B focuses on finding out the truth about fresh slicing, Toronto shop Blammo offers something perhaps a bit more intriguing with a campaign that comes just in time for October.

Blammo goes all Bio/Syfy channel on us with a handful of documentary-style clips that showcase folks with supernatural tales to tell. As you’d expect, it’s a bit kooky but ideally timed for Halloween and still manages to promote Arby’s Hot Turkey and Roast Beef Three Cheese & Bacon in the process. Here’s one example below. View the rest here. Blammo campaign credits after the jump.

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Blammo Worldwide is Here to Ruin Christmas

Earlier this month, Fox Chicago news anchor Robin Robinson made headlines for famously telling the children of the Windy City that “Santa is not real.” Needless to say, people were PISSED, and Ms. Robinson is now public enemy number 1 around these parts.

Luckily, the folks at Toronto-based Blammo Worldwide don’t have their own news station. As the Sears guy would say, Blammo is raining some “cold hard facts up in here.” No, children, your mom isn’t cheating on your father with a philanthropist demigod, and reindeer only fly when you’re tripping on ‘shrooms. So, happy holidays from Blammo we guess, and we’ll see if this results in children worldwide turning to hallucinogens in order to keep the miracle of Christmas alive. Credits after the jump.

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Toronto Shop Rebrands as Blammo

Remember that item we wrote a few weeks back about Toronto agency GJP closing its doors and holding a liquidation fire sale that included everything including Pencils and Lions and office equipment? Sure you do. Anyhow, it turns out that the event was also a chance for the folks behind the 20-year-old operation to announce that they weren’t really closing shop after all, just “reinventing” themselves as Blammo.

Yes, Blammo, which sounds like a brand that’s advertised within an episode of Ren & Stimpy, but is nonetheless the new name concocted by GJP’s top brass including chairman Alan Gee, who says in a statement, “When people work with Blammo, they’ll learn to expect the unexpected.” Joining Gee and brother Simon are new partners, creative director Andrew Simon and president Matthew Stern. Both men officially joined in September, with Simon hailing from DDB Canada and Stern arriving from McCann Erickson. A case study above should sum things up for you (that’s Simon in the lion outfit, don’t ask).