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Thursday Odds and Ends


-Is that Bill Curtis of Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me narrating this BBDO Minneapolis spot for Skippy?!

-Derek Jeter launches The Players’ Tribune, “a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voices of professional athletes.”

-Dictionary Films announced the addition of Dan Waymack to its directorial roster.

-Facebook sets up formal review process for approving research on its users.

-Circle Graphics, “the world’s largest producer of grand-format digital graphics,” announced the acquisition of Boston-based Mammoth Media.

-RPA launches a site for Honda celebrating “Name Your Car Day.”

-CEO Marissa Mayer attempts to woo advertisers with the “Yahoo brand.”

-Capital One acquired San Francisco-based design agency Adaptive Path.

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Monday Morning Stir


-BBDO New York rolls out its own Derek Jeter tribute for the MLB (video above).

-Y&R to open first majority-owned international agency in Mongolia.

-Stuart Smith is promoted to global CEO of Ogilvy PR.

-WPP divests ad servers to invest in AppNexus.

-Havas Worldwide Bangkok appoints Ricardo Turcios as executive creative director.

-Showtime’s mobile Homeland ad sets off a virtual bomb in your hand.

-WPP’s Martin Sorrell calls in-house ad buying a “temporary phenomenon.”

TBWA\Chiat\Day Sends Off Yankees Captain for Gatorade

TBWA\Chiat\Day bids adieu to Yankees captain (and regular starting shortstop since 1996) Derek Jeter in a 90-second send-off spot for Gatorade, an MLB sponsor since 1990.

While there has been no shortage of fanfare surrounding Jeter’s exit from baseball at the quickly approaching end to the season (including a somewhat excessive display at the All Star game), TBWA\Chiat\Day’s farewell for Gatorade, which Jeter collaborated on, manages to charm. Back in July (when it still looked like the Yankees had a shot at the postseason), TBWA\Chiat\Day and Gatorade roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx and, in the words of Molly Carter, Gatorade’s senior director of consumer engagement, “just kind of let Jeter go.”

Jeter is seen interacting with some very surprised and excited fans, signing autographs and even dropping in to Stan’s Sports Bar. Most of the spot’s charm comes from the authentic reactions of the fans, delighted by the opportunity to meet the star player.

Jeter’s collaboration for the ad also extended to the soundtrack, with the shortstop choosing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as the song that summed up his career. “It was a true collaboration between Derek and Gatorade,” Carter told Adweek.

The spot breaks online today, followed by a broadcast premiere this Saturday on the YES Network and Fox, when it’s sure to make more than a few Yankees fans teary-eyed. Gatorade will follow this with a full-page ad, written by Jeter, in the New York Daily News and Sports Illustrated on Sept. 28-29. Addressed to New York, the ad will see Jeter thanking fans for their years of support, opening, “From my first at bat until my final out, you helped make me who I am.” The print ad is timed to coincide with Jeter’s final game on September 28th (unless the team makes the playoffs, which they won’t). Read more

Monday Morning Stir

-W+K, Nike tip their caps to Derek Jeter (video above). link

-Vote for the best campaign to cheer up Brazil. link

-Philip Morris International is looking for a social media agency. link

-AARP tells marketers to go where the money is (SPOILER: the Boomers). link

-Tim Howard may be the perfect brand partner. link

-Adidas was the “most talked about” brand at the World Cup. link

-Advertising and interactive agency Barker has announced the acquisition of New York-based digital agency BrandWire.

ESPN Reminds Viewers that Things ‘Happened’ in ESPYs Promos

The ESPYS are supposed to throw a nudge and a wink in the direction of typical award shows that take themselves too seriously. Athletes get all dolled up in dresses and suits, the host runs through some comedic skits, and the sporting world congratulates itself on the red carpet, all of which has appeal to the average viewer, because the sports world is usually unglamorous for the other 364 days of the year.

For the 2013 ESPYS, ESPN seems to have taken that care-free attitude to a whole new level, a level that borders on creative laziness. Amazing athletes and sporting events “happened.” For example, Robert Griffin III tells us that Gabby Douglas “happened,” and Lebron James “happened, with authority.” ESPN worked with creative agency 77 Ventures to produce a dozen or so spots in advance of the July 17 show that covers just about every positive sports story from the previous year. They all happened. Which makes you want to hit your head and let out a rhetorical, “duh?” ESPN wasted the chance to use its biggest stars like RGIII, Derek Jeter, Danica Patrick, and Ray Lewis to sell great games and plays. We know they happened. These inspiring sports stories can pretty much sell themselves, but this “Happened” campaign pushes the limit of less is more. For once, less is less. Less happened.

You can watch three more promos after the jump.

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Derek Jeter Becomes the Stalin/Mao of SoHo

Ok, not really, but in an attempt to stage the “world’s biggest shave” in Soho, BBDO New York and Gillette are erecting similarly styled billboards on the corner of Broome & Crosby Streets featuring the beloved Yankee. For three days, the bi-racial angel (as said in the movie The Other Guys) will go through a three-stage transformation: stubbly Jeter, shave-prepped Jeter and then finally ladies man Jeter.

The cycle will be repainted and repeated for three days through Sunday, March 6, portraying Gillette’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate the performance of its grooming regimen or as they like to put it, “Everyday Masterpiece.”
Peep photos of the outdoor transition after the jump.

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Gillette Finally Cuts Ties with Tiger Woods

Seeing as we were in our Xmas-induced coma, we glanced over the fact that Tiger Woods‘s relationship with Gillette will come to an end on Dec. 31. It was only a matter of time, since the brand basically phased Woods out of its Champions campaign following his marital maelstrom late last year.

In the case of Gillette at least, Woods isn’t being singled out thanks to his indiscretions–at least according to his agent, Mark Steinberg, who tells USA Today, “Gillette is ending their ‘Champions’ campaign. That is the reason for not continuing.” He might have a point as other Champions athletes are getting dropped by the P&G brand at year’s end as well, including footballers Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi. The aforementioned campaign kicked off in 2007 and used 38 different athletic endorsers from seven sports to spread the Gillette message to 180 countries.

Still, one can obviously assume had Woods not completely fallen from grace as quickly as one of his tee shot strokes, he still would be a proud fixture on the Gillette roster. After all, his old Champions chums Roger Federer and Derek Jeter are being kept on board by the brand for local and global marketing efforts.

In case you weren’t keeping score, here are some links to recap the Woods sponsorship fallout over the past year:

Gatorade Drops Tiger Woods

Accenture Really Wants Nothing to Do with Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ Libido Costs Loyal Sponsors $12 Billion

Tag Heuer Tames Relationship with Tiger