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Posts Tagged ‘George Sholley’

GE Finds ‘World Firsts’ at the Ends of the Earth

BBDO New York‘s latest series for General Electric (almost) travels to the globe’s most  remote corners to remind viewers that the company isn’t just responsible for creating trivection ovens and six-second video loops.

With “World Firsts”, the agency uses three disparate stories of isolated communities to illustrate GE’s ability to bring the benefits of the digital world to those living on its margins.

The first spot in the series of three concerns the challenges of delivering medical technologies to one of Japan’s most remote inhabited islands:

After the jump, the second spot plays on the same outsider themes (while lightly referencing World Cup fever) in relaying the tale of a young boy’s first big trip and his love of all things football.

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GE Goes ‘Back to the Future’ for New Ad That Will Spawn Dozens of Similar Headlines

It seems like there’s an awful lot of Back to the Future nostalgia invading the Internet these days, with posts about the series on sites like Reddit leading to listicles about the trilogy on nostalgia-aggregators like Buzzfeed which then go viral on Facebook and eventually find themselves on large emails your mom sends to her friends and CC’s you on for some reason. And, what with it being 2013 and all,  where advertising campaigns are becoming increasingly informed by memes, we get GE and BBDO NY using the “1.21 gigawatts” thing to sell you technology or something. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads to perdition; we just fly there through space and time.

And yet, nostalgia has a way of endearing you to things in a way totally out of your control. Call it manipulation, call it “effective advertising” using one of the oldest tricks in the book. Any way or slice it, it’s hard as even a casual fan of the series not to get a little giddy when you see what are ostensibly Marty McFly’s Nikes pop out of a souped-up Delorean. While Pepperidge Farm dares us to remember a time when people died of dystentary and snakebites like in Oregon TrailBack to the Future‘s original audience has aged to the point where brands see the 1980s as a way to get consumers on board 30-something years later.

In fact, I hope this becomes a whole campaign where GE powers David Bowie‘s castle from LabyrinthE.T.‘s glowing finger, and the computer from Weird Science. And, though it wouldn’t make much sense, maybe Michael J. Fox could narrate those spots too. Maybe in another 30 years, GE will power the ships from Avatar and Robin Thicke can provide us with his own deep-voiced VO. Trust me, it will make sense by then. Credits after the jump.

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If This ‘It Can Wait’ Doc Doesn’t Help the Cause, We Don’t Know What Will

We figured we’d hold off on posting about this until this afternoon because it’s Friday and you might actually be able to view this in full, if you haven’t already, because it deserves to be.  Werner Herzog, the legendary director, writer and/or producer of a million projects including Grizzly Man during his 50-year career, has gone behind the camera once again for the above documentary, From One Second to the Next. This is the epic, poignant, sad and important extension of the ongoing “It Can Wait” PSA campaign initially launched by AT&T that has now been supported by the other major wireless carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Herzog, along with BBDO New York, continues to hammer the message home that texting while driving doesn’t shouldn’t mix via the tales of four different people who were affected by it on either end of the spectrum. Be safe this weekend and if you’d care to, take the “It Can Wait” pledge here. Credits after the jump.

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BBDO NY Resurrects Agent Smith for Latest GE Effort

Has it really been ten years since The Matrix: Revolutions tarnished the Wachowskis’epic saga? Time flies, but while we’d rather forget the third and final Matrix installment, we’re happy to once again see Hugo Weaving as the relentless Agent Smith, whose dapper yet menacing visage appears along with several doppelgangers in this latest effort from BBDO New York for GE called “Agent of Good.”

The spot, which was directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), debuted over the weekend and showcases GE’s industrial internet technology and how the corporate giant connecting its medical hardware to its software is benefiting hospitals–or something to that effect. Despite being a decade removed from the Matrix films, Weaving shows no signs of rust as he brings the snarl of his most iconic character to the most sterile of environments. Stick around for the final moments for your most obvious Matrix reference, minus Morpheus. Credits after the jump.

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All-Star Robo-Team from Old School Ushers in New School in Latest GE Spot

If General Electric’s “Brilliant Machines” campaign was a movie, the brand’s “Robots on the Move” commercial would only be a teaser trailer. Although it’s full of intrigue and suspense, the ad fails to actually promote anything other than pop-culture nostalgia.

BBDO New York and GE teamed up for the sixty-second spot, which premiered on Thanksgiving and was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the husband/wife duo who helmed feature films such as Little Miss Sunshine as well as several music videos including Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.” The pitch itself is clever: famous machines looking for new, powerful machines that will make the world better. If we were to grade the effort, we’d have to say incomplete. What are these revolutionary machines? Do they look any different? How will they make the world a better place? Will they cost less than the retail price of an iPhone?

Regardless, sci-fi geeks across the country won’t be able to hide their vinegar strokes. Star Trek fanatics will appreciate a Data sighting. Props on including K.I.T.T. as well, but GE needs to follow up this style-over-substance spot with something concrete—a fridge, a washer, anything that isn’t swiped from an 80’s TV show. The knockoff Avicii soundtrack is pretty fresh, though. All that’s missing is some Hasselhoff. Credits after the jump.

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GE Releases Olympics Campaign, ‘GE Works’

Tonight marks the opening ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad in London, England. Directed by British filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, etc.), the event (which will reportedly feature farm animals) is expected to be watched by 1 billion people worldwide. In other words, if a bunch of doves get torched during the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, it will be very, very awkward.

Similar to the competing athletes, the games are an opportunity for brands to internationally showcase their abilities in a myriad of ways. GE, owner of United States Olympics TV broadcaster NBC, is no exception. Over the weekend, GE is launching three TV spots as part of the brand’s “GE Works” campaign by BBDO NY. The first spot, “Measure” (above), is an anthemic decree by the brand that highlights how GE’s advanced imaging technology helps athletes learn more about their bodies. However, the other two spots take a turn for the emotional.

Though “Homerton” is just one of many Olympics spots we’re expecting will feature babies and children, it doesn’t lessen the impact of seeing a helpless little infant with medical abnormalities. The games are a time for triumphing over life’s challenges and, of course, the resulting emotional impact. Those who intend to watch an lot of Olympic competition over the next few weeks should come prepared with tissues, a tub of ice cream, and a copy of Harry and the Hendersons to watch when it gets to be a little too overwhelming. Watch the third spot, “Darius,” that follows a young baseball player with heart defects, and view credits after the jump.

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