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Posts Tagged ‘Curt O’Brien’

David&Goliath Present ‘Showdown’ with Blake Griffin for Kia

After teaming up with LeBron James back in October, David&Goliath returned to working with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin in its latest effort for Kia, entitled “Showdown.”

The spot features Griffin cast in a Western, but instead of riding a horse he improvises and rides in on a Kia Optima instead. Initially reluctant to the change, Griffin eventually convinces his director to go with the decision. All the while Griffin plays on the kind of goofy persona he’s displayed in the past, such as David&Goliath’s September effort for VIZIO. While fans of Griffin’s humor will find plenty to like, whether this translates to casual viewers will depend largely on how much they can get behind the ad’s premise.¬† The best moment of the 60-second spot doesn’t come until the very end, with a throwaway line that throws extra light onto the ridiculousness of an NBA star in the American frontier. Read more

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David&Goliath, LeBron Tout Kia as ‘Fit for a King’

David&Goliath teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James in its latest effort for Kia, which recently extended its contract as “official automotive partner of the NBA.”

In the spot, James emerges from the Kia’s new K900 luxury sedan at some type of glitzy red carpet event. The star struck valet stumbles over his words as LeBron tosses him the keys and says “Keep it close,” followed by the taglne “Fit for a King.” Entitled “Valet,” the ad is perfectly timed, breaking today on the opening day of the NBA season. It arrives as James rides a wave of publicity for his much-discusses return to Cleveland, which was celebrated in a recent Beats campaign. At any rate, the spot aims for a stylish simplicity, letting the ride — and LeBron’s endorsement of it — mostly speak for itself. Read more

David&Goliath Shows Different Side of Blake Griffin for VIZIO

David&Goliath launched a new campaign for VIZIO featuring Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin cast in a different light.

Griffin spends the spots dishing out poetry on subjects like the mouthguard, tear-away pants and bobbleheads in what looks like a slam poetry cafe. Griffin’s “Slam Dunk Poetry” features an elementary rhyming scheme as he tackles his goofy subjects with apparent earnestness/seriousness, leading into the “see the beauty in everything” tagline. The campaign is timed to get basketball fans excited for the new season, which starts in October (and convince them to upgrade to a VIZIO Ultra HD). The videos launched on YouTube and VIZIO’s website Monday, and GIFS of Griffin’s performances are also available via Tumblr. Read more

O’Brien Resigns from BBDO SF

We’ve received confirmation that Curt O’Brien, who served as VP, director of content for the past three years at BBDO San Francisco (one of his most recent projects was an SF Giants campaign), has resigned from the agency. We’ve been told that the main reason is that O’Brien’s been missing his hometown of Los Angeles and wants to reside there once again. O’Brien actually served as senior broadcast producer for three years at BBDO’s office in L.A. before heading up to the Bay Area. Prior to BBDO, he spent four years at Y&R as a broadcast producer in both the Dearborn, MI and Irvine, CA offices.

BBDO SF tells us that there are plans to replace O’Brien but for the time being, his responsibilities are being absorbed internally.

The San Francisco Giants Search for the ‘World Championship Baby’

Wow, the Giants sure want another World Series, don’t they? At the beginning of the month, we showed you the BBDO SF and Comcast collaboration “Help the Giants Win” which asked fans over social media what rituals they took part in that led to last year’s World Series win. Now, the two are getting a little more personal, trying to decide what fans decided to go past third base to celebrate the Giants successful season.

The “World Championship Baby” contest will attempt to determine what San Francisco baby is born closest to 7:54 p.m. PST on August 1, the official nine-month anniversary of the World Series. The winning baby will get a birth certificate signed by the Giants, a commemorative brick paver outside AT&T bark with the baby’s name on it and a $2,010 gift card. Expected parents are asked to create a profile on the site to enter into the contest. Living in Chicago, it’s these sorts of rabid fan participation campaigns that make me wonder why the Cubs and White Sox don’t do anything on this scale to try to increase morale for what have thus far been dismal seasons. It’s a nice way for Comcast to show they “get” the loyalty of their subscribers, and no doubt the winning parents will have bragging rights for years to come. Credits after the jump.

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