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Let Us ‘Join Together’ for W+K’s Celebration of Sony Artistry, Engineering

If you were watching the Golden Globes last night, you may have caught the debut of W+K Portland’s “Join Together” spot for Sony, which will run for the next six weeks.

The new work (perfectly set to The Who’s “Join Together”) celebrates Sony’s longtime practice of joining a “steadfast passion for artistry and commitment to engineering” in a matter of 90 seconds. Directed by Imperial Woodpecker Stacy Wall , the spot also comes equipped with its fair share of star power, whether it be director/Knicks mascot Spike Lee (filming with Sony’s 4K CineAlta camera), Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis (now starring in Sony Pictures flick, Annie), actor Grizz Chapman of 30 Rock and Columbia Music artist, DJ Cassidy. In the process, the spot highlights a wide range of Sony’s most iconic products and innovations.

The broadcast effort is supported by the “Be Moved” brand experience site, and four product-focused online videos: “Inventing Furniture,” “Eyeballs,” “Skeptics” and “Floor Plan.” These online videos highlight some amazing new technology from Sony with a dash of light humor. Check out “Skeptics” below, and stay tuned for “Eyeballs” and “Floor Plan,” along with credits, after the jump.

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NFL Season: Another Reason for Old Spice to Do Old Spice Things

There’s a very fine line between stupid funny and annoying, a line that Old Spice is willing to tightrope for miles and miles. Their “Unnecessary Freshness” campaign, created by W+K Portland, will hit screens starting Thursday night for the season opener. As you might expect, there will be plenty of shenanigans that don’t make sense. But, at least that’s the point.

Three new spots starring Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker might make you shake your head, laugh, or both (there’s also a fourth spot featuring New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, possibly a pity commercial since Welker darted for Denver). However, since each ad is less than 20 seconds, it’s easy to stomach the goofy jokes and images of lizards eating Welker’s legs. If commenters take to the site to rip W+K, Welker, football, me, AgencySpy itself, or a number of other things that exist, and therefore, should be ridiculed incessantly, they can hopefully agree that the running time is a plus. And, if you believe that a majority of people in America are stupid and these spots are stupid funny, then maybe W+K is onto something brilliant. Maybe.

Credits and some more unnecessary freshness after the jump.

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Commonwealth Drives Out New Chevy Campaign During Grammys

John Cusack wants to know: “Why just go from A to B when imagination can take you everywhere?” It’s a valid question, especially coming from the guy who played Lloyd Dobler. Would  the boombox move from Say Anything exist with conventional thinking?

The tagline is the adspeak centerpiece of Commonwealth’s new Chevrolet campaign titled “Find New Roads.” The 90-second spot premiered last night alongside irresponsible tweets about Katy Perry‘s cleavage and Justin Timberlake‘s bad haircut. Chevy’s ad acts as a trailer for what’s to come, showing off the Volt, Spark, Sonic, Impala, and Stingray. There’s also a robotic pet dog and a doe interacting, which may be awkward symbolism for combining technology and nature, but we can just pretend that part doesn’t exist. The response thus far has been positive, and the ad already racked up a six-figure view count on Youtube.

It makes sense for Commonwealth to jump outside the box. The agency, which unites folks from Goodby and McCann, was born thanks to unconventional thinking from ex-GM CMO Joel Ewanick, who didn’t want to waste money on Super Bowl ad space. One could easily see “Find New Roads” debuting during last week’s game, but it didn’t have to compete with farmers and sloppy kissing noises. GM fired Ewanick last summer, but his auto agency and some of his ideas are still in play, apparently.

I guess he didn’t try the boombox move with GM’s senior leadership. Credits after the jump.

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Crispin Porter + Bogusky hired R/GA alums Ben Smith and Becca Schepps as ACD and senior copywriter, respectively. Both new hires will based in the agency’s Boulder HQ.

-A couple of football-playing high-school chums reminisce about their final season in a new short film for Toyota Tundra from MMB Boston and director Malcolm Murray (above).

-Supermodel Bar Rafaeli will be joining up with Danica Patrick in GoDaddy’s upcoming, Deutsch NY-created Super Bowl spot dubbed “The Perfect Match.” link

-HTC CEO Peter Chou says his company didn’t market products “aggressively enough” last year and has vowed to step up innovation in 2013. link

-NYC-based digital agency Rokkan has launched a new travel tool for JetBlue dubbed “Getaways.” link

-Welcome back to Twitter, Kobe Bryant. link

-Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine is no fan of Men’s Wearhouse. link

-A Leo Burnett-created spot promoting a Samsung fridge of all things garnered top commercial of 2012 nods in a new AceMetrix survey. link

-Meanwhile, the makers of marketing software brand HubSpot have come out with their own list of the “10 most memorable marketing campaigns of 2012.” link

Tuesday Morning Stir

-Report: Ogilvy picked up global creative duties for Philips. link

-Watertown, MA’s own Allen & Gerritsen was named AOR for New England restaurant brand, Papa Gino’s.

-GOOD is ready to take on L.A.’s traffic problems. link

-Politico’s Ben Smith has joined up with Buzzfeed, which is looking to expand into a social news organization. link

-Adland needs your help. link

-DDB Canada celebrates the holidays with KOKO Productions (above).

The Russian Returns for DirecTV, Guns Blazing

Ask and ye shall receive we suppose. The Russian oligarch (played by actor Tim Murphy) returns, thick accent, opulence and all in a follow-up to Grey New York’s well-received campaign from last year for DirecTV. Now that the introductions to the man and his mini-giraffe are out of the way, the theme this time around revolves around staying fit, in only the bizarre way our protagonist knows how. The line of choice here: “No pain, no pain.”

Credits after the jump…

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