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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Hirshberg’

72andSunny Goes Big with Trailer for Activision’s ‘Destiny’

72andSunny has just released a live action trailer for Activision’s new game Destiny, from the creators of the popular Halo franchise, which will be released on September 9th.

72andSunny and Activision went big for the trailer, teaming up with Academy Award winning VFX studio Digital Domain, Academy Award nominated FX studio Legacy Effects, and director Joseph Kosinski, who created most of the worlds for the ad in-camera, shooting at locations in Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The spot follows the adventures of Fireteam as they attempt to reclaim locations in our solar system from alien invaders. Levitating AI character Ghost is voiced by Peter Dinklage (who also voices the character in the game) and the spot mixes humor, action and Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Immigrant Song” to hype up the game and give a sense of its feel without any game footage. Read more

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72andSunny is Back with New Spot Promoting ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Downloadable Content

This past October we covered 72andSunny’s exhaustive campaign for Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now, 72andSunny is back with a new campaign promoting Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ new downloadable content pack, Onslaught.

72andSunny’s long spot for Onslaught, entitled “CODnapped,” imagines a task force, led by a CODnapper played by Stephen Graham of Boardwalk Empire, sent out to kidnap men from such terrible duties as work, child rearing, and spending time with their significant other, so that they can be brought to a room with comfy chairs and snacks to play Call of Duty. The elaborately imagined scheme runs for over three minutes, before the rest of the spot is devoted to Onslaught gameplay. It’s kind of a clever (although ridiculous and entirely sexist) concept that highlights gamers’ desire to spend time with the new content free of any real-life distractions. And although the spot is quite dragged out, at a 4:51 run length, fans of the franchise have responded. The video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, and has already racked up almost 400,000 views. By the time of Onslaught‘s January 28th release, it could top the one million mark. Credits after the jump. Read more

Activision, 72andSunny Bring the House Down with ‘Epic Night Out’

“Epic Night Out,” the splashy new 90-second Call of Duty: Ghosts spot from 72andSunny for Activision, is indeed epic, and easily riffs on the four-guys-who-have-fun-in-danger motif made popular by The Hangover. There are a few celebrity cameos, a crumbling Las Vegas set, and classic music, Sinatra’s “Live Until I Die.” Very epic. But no baby, though. Instead, the four heroes and their dog travel from desert wasteland, to cityscape, to outer space, and then to a frozen tundra. With the music and quick editing, it’s hard to pay attention to anything else.

I’m all for first-person shooters, and I don’t think they are ruining kids. If this spot were for the U.S. Armed Forces, that would be different. But, it’s worth pointing out that guns, explosions, apocalyptic Vegas, Frank Sinatra, and Megan Fox is way past the boiling point of glorying violence for a TV spot. That’s sensory overload for all of the juiced up gamer-guys who are going to sit in the basements and pretend not to pee in empty soda bottles. It’s also brilliant misdirection.  And if not for the Grand Theft Auto V ads, this would be the best video game spot I’ve ever seen. Credits after the jump.

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‘Call of Duty’ Goes Domestic in UK Spot ‘Faboom’

Another day, another commercial from the Call of Duty: Ghosts marketing blitzkrieg. “Faboom,” a 40-second spot for UK audiences comes from 72andSunny and shows regular folk reenacting their favorite moments from the game at work, out to dinner, even in the doctor’s office during a proctology exam – well played, 72.

The spot comes a week after Eminem premiered his “Survival” music video that also acts as a Call of Duty promo. “Faboom” doesn’t have any white rappers – however, most of the people in the commercial happen to be white – but despite the lack of celebrity punch, the energy and occasional humor gives this ad a universal feel that should work whether televised or shown online. The clip evokes a bit of the Dave Chappelle skit about a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto. Clearly, the sentiment has aged well, and appealing to the human connection to video games, rather than just showing out-of-context graphics for 30 seconds, seems to be the new go-to technique for gaming ads. Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out September 5. Credits after the jump.

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We Hear: Hunter Out at Deutsch LA?

Multiple reliable sources have been telling us over the last few hours that Mark Hunter, who assumed the chief creative officer post at Deutsch LA at the end of 2010, has been let go from the agency. We’ve inquired a couple of times for official word, have yet to hear back, but sources say this move happened as of this morning, is “100% legit” and was made at Deutsch’s request.

Hunter, who essentially replaced Eric Hirshberg after the latter quit Deutsch L.A. to join Activision, headed to the former after spending time as ECD at TBWA/London. During his career, the senior creative also worked at the likes W+K Amsterdam on Nike as well as Euro RSCG. While at Deutsch, as one would imagine, Hunter has overseen all notable creative for past and present clients including VW and PlayStation (we believe you know quite a few, lest we run it down). We’ll update, of course, if and when we hear more.

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-For some end of day fun, let’s go behind the scenes of 72andSunny’s epic spot promoting Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in a clip (above) that features commentary from 72 CEO Glenn Cole, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, director Guy Ritchie and those YouTube sensations.

-Samsung’s Facebook ad buy for the Galaxy S III appears to have paid off in spades. link

-James Lima, founder/creative director of L.A.-based prodco/design studio, Shiny New TV, has designed the first-ever (and free) official iPad app for fashion house, Prada. link

- Bicoastal/London-based Park Pictures signed director/designer/photographer Vincent Haycock to its roster for U.S. commercial representation.

-So, how can agencies “hack culture for brand insights?” link

-Oh, snap. W+K intercepted Oreo’s upcoming Super Bowl spot from Draftfcb, though the latter will remain the brand’s AOR. link

-Apple’s map debacle has led to another head rolling. link

-Sorry, Dunkin Donuts, you can’t trademark the phrase, “Best Coffee in America.” link

-London-based digital marketing agency, Metia, appointed Andrew Martin as president and promoted J. Paul Anderson to regional VP of its Seattle operations.

Speaking of CDs, Michael Bryce Joined Up with 72andSunny

While we’re on the topic, Deutsch LA veteran Michael Bryce, who had spent over 13 years at the agency, is now a 72andSunny creative director. Bryce’s last hurrah at Deutsch was helping lead creative on the PlayStation “Michael” work, which our own writer proclaimed was the “video game ad of the year.” During his long stay at Deutsch, where he spent the last four years as EVP/GCD, Bryce worked on campaigns for the likes of DirecTV and Cici’s Pizza. No word from the MDC agency on what accounts he’ll be working on at this point, but we’ll let you know (as if you needed more 72andSunny coverage).

Mark Hunter Takes CCO Post at Deutsch LA

It’s been a fairly busy week for Deutsch LA. A few days after nabbing the Diamond Foods business, the agency announced that its new chief creative officer is Mark Hunter. Hunter in essence fills the void left by Eric Hirshberg, who quit the agency for a plum spot at Activision a few months back.

Canuck native Hunter most recently served as ECD at TBWA\London but also served as creative director at W+K Amsterdam on the flagship Nike account where he helped the agency win Clios, ANDYS and Cannes Lions. Previous to TBWA, where he worked on Twix, Adidas, Playstation and Nissan, Hunter spent two years (2007-2009) at Euro RSCG, where he was a CD and helped the agency win business from clients such as Chivas Regal Worldwide and the Conservative Party.