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Posts Tagged ‘Barrie Williams’

Nokia Defines Success with World Traveling, Mild Male Nudity

Success comes in many packages. Whether it’s using your smartphone to navigate from a city to a pile of rocks or watching your naked buddy jump face-first into a snowdrift, success is measured through the eyes of an individual. And, cell phones are basically tiny laptops these days, this independent, “mobile individual” is the persona advertisers are increasingly trying to target.

Such is the case with W+K’s newest campaign for the Nokia E7 Smartphone, which will include TV, print, digital and mobile apps. These days, the mobile-savvy individual can define success as being “no typos” or “a meme” and actually mean it. Nokia’s tagline, “Connecting People,” means using your smartphone to watch a movie with friends or using a Hong Kong ferry as a makeshift office. Saying something like “Success has friends not contacts” might seem a little silly or disingenuous to more jaded individuals, but to today’s average mobile consumer, it actually has meaning. How weird is that? Credits after the jump.

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W+K, EA Employ Turtle, Johnny Drama in ‘Need for Speed’ Effort

Seven seasons in, and HBO’s Entourage still seems to have some marketing strength behind it. In one corner, you have EA Games’ Need for Speed, the most successful (and prolific) racing videogame¬† franchise in history that’s set to have a new installment, Hot Pursuit, released on Nov. 16. In the other corner are a pair actors whose fame comes from portraying two of the most annoying characters in the history of televised fiction. Thanks to Entourage and the inaccurate interpretation of Hollywood douchebaggery as “kind of cool,” we now have the lame spokesbros of what is sure the be one of the most highly rated video games of the year.

Of course, if W+K Amsterdam opted (or had the budget) for Entourage‘s two biggest breakout stars, Adrian Grenier and Jeremy Piven, it would be hard take our “loser by day, hero by night” subjects seriously as valets. Then again, we do know Kevin Dillon as “Johnny Drama,” the untalented brother of a Hollywood star who will take any role he can get. We also know him as Matt Dillon‘s less-talented brother, who has no problem picking up his trademark shades and playing a “renegade cop.” We know Jerry Ferrara only as “Turtle,” the hip-hop speaking fat guy who looks pretty good since dropping the weight. Only through the miracle of videogames could these guys really have a shot at being famous, and even then it would only be their online screen names that people know.

In this sense, W+K has it right: no one would think either of these guys has any sort of rebellious alter ego capable of winning an illegal street race or a high-speed chase. We just wonder if Dillon and Ferrara are wise to the joke.

Credits and two more spots with a bit more acting after the jump:

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