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HBO GO, SS+K Screen Sex Scenes for You, Your Parents and Your Little Sister

In what we’ll call a creative take on those universally awkward coming-of-age moments experienced by everyone fortunate enough to live in a house equipped with HBO, SS+K advertises the network’s streaming service by reminding viewers of the scenes that would be particularly painful to watch with mom, dad and your little sister.

Our favorite part of this campaign is its acknowledgement–nay, embrace–of the fact that very few young people currently using HBO GO actually subscribe to the network.

The lineup of vices is extensive, covering everything from incest:

…to awkward body image issues:

…to that never-comfortable “It’s OK if you’re gay” conversation:

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SS+K, Tommy John Take on Underwear Double Standard

SS+K is behind a new campaign for “high-end” boxer brief company Tommy John (which has been called “weird” more than once by those who made us aware of it) that, as mentioned, takes on a double standard in underwear.

The 53-second spot opens with a beautiful model slowly undressing, a sure way to get men’s attention. Eventually she reveals a stained, raggedy pair of underwear. “If I can’t get away with this underwear, why do men think they can get away with theirs?” she asks, attacking the double standard that women have to wear sexy lingerie at all times while men can get away with undergarments that have been through the wash 2,000 times and are falling apart. The message is reinforced by the tagline “Don’t like what you see? Women have felt that way for years.”

Of course, the truly feminist message would be to suggest that women should feel free to wear whatever is comfortable. But SS+K is selling underwear here — high quality men’s underwear — so instead they put pressure on dudes to step up their game and expend the same effort (and spend the same amount of money on) selecting their undies as ladies do. It’s a smart way to get the fellas to reconsider their “underwear is just underwear” attitude and perhaps shill out the extra money for Tommy John so their ladies will be impressed. Unfortunately, this campaign also includes a website inviting guys to Instagram their old, ratty undies. And that’s just gross. Credits after the jump. Read more

Good Lord, Sallie Mae (Or Something Like It) Can Be a Beast

Let’s face it, student loans are a bitch (and we’re honestly still paying them off 12 years after graduating). So how else to present the horrific than a horror short film courtesy of SS+K, which is promoting nonprofit program SALT via the clip called The Red above. If you want to watch the extended cut (no word if a Blu-Ray/Netflix stream is on the way), go here, but in the meantime, here’s half of it from Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond, who were Sundance darlings thanks to their feature film, Martha Marcy May Marlene. We’re not sure if this will be received just as well, but yeah, creeping plumes of red mixed with a dash of The Eye, maybe a splash of Paranormal Activity and other modern flicks gives us decent visual representation of what being in financial purgatory feels like. Credits after the jump.

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Mother Loses Hershfield to SS+K

It took a few months, but New York/D.C. agency SS+K has finally round a replacement at the CCO position in Bobby Hershfield, who joins after spending the last five-and-a-half years at Mother NY. Hershfield succeeds Kash Sree, who parted ways with SS+K back in March. During his time at Mother, Hershfield served as creative director and eventually GCD on accounts including Target (such as the award-winning “Little Marina” effort), Tanqueray, Sweet ‘n Low and J&J.

In a statement, Hershfield  gushes about both his past and present employers, saying, “Mother is an incredible agency with incredible people, but this simply was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m so impressed with everything SS+K believes in and wants to accomplish, and in a strange way, I feel all roads just sort of led me right here.”

During his career, the now-SS+K CCO/partner spent time on the account side at Chiat\Day before moving over to the creative department and working at the likes W+K and Ogilvy. As for SS+K, the agency’s client roster includes GM, JCPenney, Pfizer and Kraft.

And Finally, Your ADC Advertising/Integrated Juries

We promise to keep this short, but since you were all clamoring for it, we might as well give you the rundown of the Advertising and Integrated juries for the 91st Annual ADC Awards. You have already received notice that Natalie Lam and 72andSunny’s John Boiler were jury chairs for Interactive and Advertising, respectively, but after the jump, you can check out the full jury roster for the latter category as well as Integrated. We’re sure there are some names you might recognize (Ian & Scott–ok, we’ve now been told that the former of the dynamic duo is not able to participate, Faris, etc.)

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Mitchum Keeps Bad Parents Cool

What do you do if your product lacks an eye-catching design and has an old man’s name? Make up for it with nifty visuals and pretty young people in your television spots.

Mother NY’s and production company Brand New School’s “Love Thy Pits” campaign for Mitchum deodorant has, among other things, set clogs on fire and caused some to cry “ripoff” due to some similarities to recent Old Spice work. But, as this installment is one of a several new spots using the same fast-talking narration and colorful, well art-directed video graphics, Mitchum’s parent company Revlon’s attempts at attracting a younger market share must be paying off.

So, young millennial soccer mom, don’t sweat accidentally kidnapping a neighbor’s kid. Credits after the jump.

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Mitchum Sets Clogs on Fire

Armpits are gross. When they sweat, they get grosser. And, if you’re a hairy dude, armpits can really be, well, the pits. They’re not exactly the kind of place you want a loved one or significant other to spend a lot of time.

This television new spot for Mitchum Advanced Control deodorant is part of Mother’s new campaign for the brand called “Love Thy Pits.” Maybe’s it’s because I have a penchant for listening to annoying pop music, but this spot immediately reminded me of Darwin Deezmusic video for his song, “Radar Detector.” Do not click on that link if you are scared of having a trashy, nonsensical hippie get in your head for the rest of the day. What can we say about “Love Thy Pits?” Well, it looks like Mitchum is targeting young hipster professionals who are more frightened of sweating all over their dress shirts than proving their manliness. Credits after the jump.

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Mother Welcomes First Creative Manager

Leave it to Mother NY to come up with yet another quirky title for a new staffer, this one being “Traffic Controller” which translates into the more commonly known post of creative manager. That’s the role Mary King assumes now that she’s joined the Mother camp as its first ever CM. The gold-toothed agency vet launched her ad career as a project manager 25 years ago at Fallon/McElligott before serving as a creative manager at Chiat\Day NY (where she actually had two stints) and W+K Portland, then spending over four years at Ogilvy as creative talent director.

Apparently King will wear multiple hats at Mother beyond her official title according to creative director Bobby Hershfield, who says, “We are thrilled that Mary is here. Her incredible ability to play therapist, conductor, organizer, creative ally and palm reader is so needed and welcomed.”

Hershfield Promoted to GCD at Mother

There’s a reason why Bobby Hershfield is all smiles judging by his headshot as the four-year Mother employee has been promoted to group creative director at the agency’s New York office. During his tenure at Mother, Hershfield has worked on accounts including J&J, Target, Sweet ‘N Low and Tanqueray. Prior to joining the Mother-ship, the creative spent two years at Ogilvy and worked on IBM and Yahoo and spent nine years at W+K before that. In a statement, his boss, Mother founding partner Paul Malmstrom, says “Bobby has been one of the fine ingredients in the Mother pancake we haven’t talked that much about. From today, we add an additional teaspoon of Hershfield, and smile.” Yeah, we get the “smile” part.

In The Raw, Mother NY Provide Recipes for Life’s Little Tragedies

Before we get any further, no, I don’t know if sugar “in the raw” is in any way healthier or better than the stuff you sprinkle in your coffee at Starbucks every morning. Really, if I had to guess, I’d assume it’s sort of like natural tobacco cigarettes versus Marlboro Reds. Yeah, it’ll still kill you in large quantities, it probably isn’t ingested as easily, but you buy it because you don’t like the idea of weird, synthetic chemicals being part of your regular diet.

Designing a campaign for a company like In the Raw must be pretty difficult. I mean, what is there to say about sugar and sweetener that hasn’t already been said? What is there to be said about your product that isn’t already in your brand name? Well, Mother found a way to take a new approach with their “It’s Only Natural Campaign,” which according to CDs Bobby Hershfield and Michael Ian Kaye incorporate “human truths and how the product and food in general play a role in daily situations.”

Yeah, it’s an awful lot of copy for one page, but ad placement in women’s fitness, entertainment and lifestyle publications should keep consumers reading, if at least for the fully functioning recipies. If you spouse leaves you, you’re baking something for a loved one, or you’re just trying to save money for one day to see how it feels, sugar and stevia extract “in the raw” will have you covered.

Credits and fuller ads after the jump.

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