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If you’ve ever had an uncontrollable urge to wander the streets of Marseille after dark without leaving the comfort of your own couch/balance ball/bean bag chair, then you’re in luck: 72andSunny Amsterdam collaborated with the “don’t be evil” guys and production agency MediaMonks for this “making of” promo for new Stories/Maps feature “Night Walk.”
Now turn your subtitles on…
The walk itself is nothing if not extensive, leading Francophiles on a tour of 34 area hotspots in the company of a diverse cast including stray cats, street musicians, and enough graffiti tags to fill a portfolio.
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Remember when United Colors of Benetton released photos of world leaders making out? Barack Obama kissing Hu Jintao, Angela Merkel smooching Sarkozy. Now, building on their initial controversial success, the brand has launched a second ‘UnHATE’ campaign: This time, they want us to vote for the “Unemployee of the Year.”
The Benetton Group’s center for research on communications, FABRICA, has once again partnered with 72andsunny Amsterdam to highlight high numbers of unemployed youth in today’s world. It’s both a campaign and a contest. Jobless people ages 18 to 29 can be a part of the campaign by telling Benetton about their “non-work experience” and then submitting a project. On October 30, 100 of those people will be awarded €5,000 to fund their passion project.
“Benetton is a brand with a point of view: today we call attention to the legacy that previous generations have left this one, and we reflect on the difficulties that people under 30 experience when trying to enter the job market,” says Benetton Group’s worldwide communications director Gianluca Pastore.
It’s emotional, certainly. The Unemployee of the Year site is laden with young, beautiful people, their bright eyes brimming with potential. They’ve trained, they’ve applied for jobs, and presumably they’ve been denied again and again. Of course they should be given their dreams.
And, like distant relatives at Thanksgiving, some people will respond to this campaign with predictable skepticism: “Maybe these kids didn’t try hard enough,” they’ll say. “Did they do internships in college?”
What do you think: is Benetton just trawling for emotional material and coddling these (momentarily) lagging 20-somethings? Or are they providing a much-needed financial platform for struggling young leaders to make out-of-the-box contributions?
72andSunny pulled two creatives from Amsterdam, hiring Carlo Cavallone and Carla Madden, a pair that’s worked on global brands ranging from Nike to Starbucks to Philips.
Cavallone arrives from W+K in Amsterdam as a creative director where he created the integrated campaign for EA’s FIFA 09 game. He’s also credited with the creation of the FIFA 09 website.
“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to join a very exciting company working with people I admire and
respect, and to be based in a city I really love is a bonus. I also heard that there’s a free BBQ every other week at 72andSunny. That sealed the deal,” said Cavallone in a statement.
Madden acted as the creative lead on the Adidas FIFA 2010 World Cup work for 180 Amsterdam and was honored with a Grand Prix Film Lion and Silver Cyber Lion at Cannes 2009 for copywriting the Phillips “Carousel” spot.
John Boiler, Partner and Founder, 72andSunny had this to say: “Cavallone and Madden are incredible talents at the top of their game. Their holistic approach to creating great work fits perfectly with our diverse agency culture.”