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Commonwealth/McCann Launches ‘The New Us’ Olympic Campaign for Chevy

Commonwealth/McCann Detroit is launching a new campaign for Chevrolet called “The New Us” featuring eight new spots that will run during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

At the heart of the new campaign is the 60 second brand anthem “#TheNew Us,” which will debut tonight during the Opening Ceremonies. The spot “blends real-life events, news clips, and social media to show that even though the world is constantly changing, the things that matter most remain the same.” Most notably, the spot shows a gay wedding ceremony over the narration, “Like the old love, the new love starts with a kiss,” in a well-timed show of support for gay rights (Take that, Putin).

“Perhaps more than any other event, the Winter Games represents the global values that unite us,” explained Tim Mahoney, ‎chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet and Global GM Marketing Operations. “In this context, we saw an opportunity to extend the Find New Roads story by showing how Chevrolet is helping consumers try new things and break new ground.”

For the social media aspect of the campaign, Chevrolet is asking consumers, “What’s #TheNew to you?” (which is kind of awkwardly phrased, no?) and encouraging them to share their own stories.

The other television spots in the campaign highlight how new technologies in select Chevy models improve consumers’ lives. One of these spots, “The New Family” for the Chevy Traverse, contains a refreshing mix of unorthodox families (including multiple gay couples) with the positive message, “While what it means to be a family hasn’t changed, what a family looks like has.” It’s a genuinely nice message, and a great way to show solidarity with American LGBT athletes competing in the games. You can check out “The New Family” below, along with “The New World” for Chevy Cruze and campaign credits after the jump.
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Op-Ed: Dear Chevy, Find New Ideas

We’re glad to welcome yet another monthly contributor to the fold in the form of Chuck Hipsher, currently a Houston-based freelance creative director who’s worked at the likes of Campbell Ewald, TBWA and what was FCB back in the day. If you wanted a story from the trenches, here you go. We should note that these opinions don’t necessarily reflect those of AgencySpy’s, but feel free to love or hate in the comments thread. By the way, you can read Chuck’s blog here.

I was fortunate enough to have worked on the Chevy Silverado brand from 2005 –2008 at then-Campbell Ewald in Warren, Michigan. I was the Creative Director who led the charge on the “Our Country. Our Truck” campaign.

John Mellencamp’s song, “Our Country” played a decisive role in that campaign’s birth because, frankly, then-CCO Bill Ludwig slid the studio demo cd across the table to me one day during creative development and said, “See what you can do with this, Chuck.”

Coming from the guy who was instrumental in the famous “Like A Rock” and “Heartbeat Of America” campaigns for Chevy, I was nothing – if not obligated, to listen and try.

Early on, we had terrific research and planning information at our disposal on what the Silverado brand meant to the people who cared. It was work extensively mined by one Ted Klauber (the greatest planner in America, btw) and his team months in advance of the creative start.

Ted and team had travelled to a half dozen or so locales throughout the country and interviewed countless truck owners of all brands, not just Chevy. They came back to Detroit and crunched their info and finally decided this: “Chevy truck drivers are everyday heroes. And the Chevy Silverado is their Big Metal Dog.”

That insight immediately sparked the minds of myself and the creatives working with me. We had an early war room with ideas on the wall that rivaled anything I’ve ever seen produced by ANY agency on ANY automotive brand. EVER.

But then there was that Mellencamp thing.

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JWT/Team Detroit’s Pascoe Takes Creative Reins at Commonwealth

Well, this was the tip that we received verbatim yesterday afternoon that pretty much nailed it: “gary pascoe – ECD at Team Detroit.. or was. he’s gone. Left on his own. Leading up some other DET shop.” And yes, the McCann camp has announced that Pascoe is indeed leading another Detroit shop, namely its Chevy-focused, IPG-owned unit Commonwealth. Pascoe is joining as agency as chief creative officer, North America. Most recently, the creative exec spent three-and-a-half years as ECD at JWT/Team Detroit, serving as ECD on not only various Ford accounts, but others including Sports Authority and Etch-a-Sketch.

In a statement, Linus Karlsson, chief creative officer for global brands at Commonwealth overseer McCann Worldgroup, says, “Gary is an incredible talent who is going to bring the kind of creative passion and leadership that will help define Commonwealth moving forward and build on the momentum we have seen over the last few months. He is behind some of the best work in the category and we are incredibly happy to have him join the team and help us tell the Chevrolet brand story in exciting new ways.”

While we reported about cuts last week at Commonwealth, our sources mentioned that the agency was also hiring aplenty and Pascoe is actually just one of several additions to the creative team. Along with the new CCO, the agency has also brought on Bob Guisgand, Duffy Patten and Erika Kayuk as creative directors. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Guisgand and Patten served as CD/art director and CD/copywriter, respectively, at Fallon while Kayuk, who will focus on Chevy.com, arrives from Organic.

As for Pascoe, the newly minted CCO also spent several years as a senior creative at the likes of BBDO Detroit/NYC as well as TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A., the latter of which he worked on past and present clients including Nissan, PlayStation and Taco Bell.