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BBDO NY Brings Together 3 Clients for Autism Awareness Month

BBDO New York collaborated with clients Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup Company and AT&T Wireless to create a commercial message designed to raise autism awareness and educate viewers of the importance of early detection, timed to coincide with the end of Autism Awareness Month.

Four 15 second spots that air sequentially combine to form a story arc of a child growing up with autism. Three of those spots also acts as ads for Band-Aid, Campbell’s Soup, and AT&T. Following the last spot, which features a recent graduate and his proud parents, played by a real autism sufferer and his parents (who appear in the other ads as well), the sequence concludes with the message, “You just saw how early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference.  Watch again or learn the signs at www.autismspeaks.org/signs.” This sequence is scheduled to air one time today on the CNN program New Day, and will then live online at YouTube and the Autism Speaks website, with a digital extension expected to run courtesy of Undertone. Read more

BBDO New York Ruins Classic Beach Boys Song for AT&T

This one’s been making the rounds for awhile, but we figured we’d add our two cents since it involves the ruining of a classic Beach Boys track. BBDO New York employs the Beach Boy’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” for their latest AT&T campaign. In the debut spot, “Sing Anthem” people in everyday situations randomly start singing the song as if they’re on Glee or something.

To be fair, BBDO does a passable job of connecting the song to AT&T’s message of helping “people and things speak the same language” and a good job of illustrating the point visually. But people of various walks of life (including an operatic news reporter) randomly bursting into song is a lot to swallow, and that the song is a personal favorite makes it even harder to take. The spot, which BBDO collaborated with Biscuit Filmoworks and editorial company Rock Paper Scissors to make, is part of a broader campaign that employs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” as a theme song in each of its commericals. Thankfully, “Sing Anthem” is the only one of these to turn everyday life into a cheesy impromptu musical. Stick around for credits and “Sing Network” after the jump. Read more

BBDO and Lowe’s Respond to Your March Madness Twitter Jokes

Ever feel like your tweets are answers to questions that no one asked? Are they trees falling in a forest so remote that no one even knows whether they existed (much less whether or not they made a sound)?

Snap out of it, dude. Accounts is listening.

BBDO tells us that the new NCAA-themed Lowe’s spot you just watched sprang, almost fully formed, from a few tweets insightful enough to compare collapsing March Madness brackets to…well, you get it.

There’s inspiration after the jump.

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BBDO NY, LeanIn.org Want to ‘Ban Bossy’ for Young Girls

Coming on the heels of International Women’s Day, BBDO New York has launched a new educational campaign for LeanIn.org and Girl Scouts of America encouraging achievement and leadership in girls.

The new campaign, entitled “Ban Bossy”offers “educational resources to help girls and women take the lead and give parents, teachers, troop leaders and managers hands-on strategies for supporting female leadership.” In addition to educational materials, the campaign includes celebrity endorsements, a new website, and the above 45 second PSA, “Change the Story.”

The thought-provoking PSA begins with girls listing all the things they won’t do, like “designing a building that reshapes the skyline” and “ask the questions that change the whole conversation.” This leads seamlessly into what stops these girls from accomplishing those things: “Here’s where I start to doubt myself,” one girl says. Finally, this leads into the name calling that causes the girls to stop asserting themselves, names like “stubborn,” “pushy,” “know-it-all” and, as you might expect, “bossy.” Ending on a positive note, a girl says “Here’s where I will change it all,” followed by the message: “Ban Bossy. Encourage girls to lead. Take the pledge at banbossy.org. The important message here is delivered in a way that works backwards from consequences to actions. It’s a great way to show all that is lost when we tell girls not to assert themselves, implicitly or explicitly.

“We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age—and instead, we need to encourage them,” explains Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org.

“Girls are twice as likely as boys to avoid leadership roles for fear of being disliked or deemed ‘bossy’ by their peers,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez adds.

Since launching, many organizations and individuals have pledged support for Ban Bossy, including Teach for America, Common Sense Media, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Edmodo, KIPP, AARP, Free The Children, Kids in the House, UrbanSitter, Babble, BlogHer, Upworthy, BBYO, Pantene and Always. Lifetime has also partnered with the initiative to create a PSA entitled “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” featuring celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmie Johnson, and Jane Lynch. Stick around for that PSA, along with credits, after the jump. And don’t forget to head over the the Ban Bossy site to make your own personal pledge to ban it yourself. Read more

BBDO NY Crafts Flights of Fancy for GE’s ‘Childlike Imagination’

If you’ve been watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at all, chances are you’ve seen the above spot for GE by BBDO New York.

The 60 second spot, “Childlike Imagination,” portrays GE’s range of individual businesses (turbines, aviation, 3-D printing, and others) through the imagination of the daughter of a GE employee. Its artful approach marks a departure from previous GE campaigns, which tended to focus on just one of these businesses. This change of approach works well for GE. The girl imagines “underwater fans that are powered by the moon,” “airplane engines that can talk,” “hospitals you can hold in your hand,” and “trains that are friends with trees.” The imaginative concept makes for a fun, visually interesting effort designed to capture your attention. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Snickers Plays What-If in Two New Commercials

To promote Snickers Bites, BBDO New York went retro. Bites give hungry customers a bag full of tiny pieces of Snickers bars, a pretty big switch for the consistent candymaker. But what if Snickers had thought of the idea decades ago?

There are two spots, “Intercom” and “Leisure Suit,” that attempt to answer the question, showing goofy scenarios dated to the 70s about follies that prevented Snickers employees from making Bites many years ago. “Intercom” is clearly the better of the two, as a forgetful man with some vague decision-making responsibilities at the company tries to tell his secretary to remind him to create Bites. Unfortunately, there’s static, which the secretary blames on the Soviet Union. “Leisure Suit” is little more than 30 seconds of lazy guys in afros pretending to be stoned. There’s no reason for the laziness, and the jokes are dumb. However, the premise does lend itself to future self-contained episodes, so BBDO can always take a mulligan and create some better spots in the future. ”Leisure Suit” and credits after the jump.

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BBDO, AT&T Debut ‘Pet Turkey’ for ‘It’s Not Complicated’

BBDO’s “It’s Not Complicated”series for AT&T has been one of the most recognizable campaigns on television for a while now, offering up different variations on the “kids saying cute, funny things in a classroom discussion” theme with straight man Beck Bennett. Indeed, the campaign has been so ubiquitous and well-received that it basically landed him a spot on SNL.

The agency’s latest, Thanksgiving-themed “Pet Turkey,” while enjoyable, is not the greatest effort in the series. If you’re a fan of the approach, you’ll probably enjoy this new one; if you’re getting tired of this direction, chances are it won’t do anything to dissuade you.

“Pet Turkey” sees Bennett asking the group of kids, “What’s better on Thanksgiving?” When one boy suggests, “a pet turkey,” Bennett offers his rational take on that answer. Again, nothing new here, just more of the same approach from BBDO. Since this brand of cute funny has worked so well for them in the past, it’s understandable that they don’t see the need to change things up. But something about “Pet Turkey” makes it feel like BBDO is treading water, like the approach is finally losing steam and they need to inject “It’s Not Complicated” with some fresh ideas if they want to prolong its shelf life. Although with Bennett’s star on the rise, the campaign’s days may already be numbered.

“Pet Turkey” will debut this Sunday, November 24th and will run throughout the Thanksgiving holiday season. Credits after the jump. Read more

Greg Hahn Assumes CCO Role at BBDO NY

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Eight-year BBDO New York vet Greg Hahn, who’s worked on efforts for accounts including AT&T, FedEx, GE, HBO, has ascended to the big chair and taken on the role of chief creative officer at the agency. We’ve been told the position has been vacant, but as a result, Hahn will be working closer with his old Fallon colleague David Lubars, his director boss who of course serves as chairman/CCO of BBDO North America. In a statement, Lubars sings Hahn’s praises, saying, ““Greg is a brilliant and creative leader.  Also a humble, great soul.  He’s someone who has been helping to lead his clients forward for as long as I have known him/ Greg was behind the award-winning ‘HBO Voyeur’ project which took home a record-setting ten Lions at Cannes.  He’s also pioneered new ideas in mobile and social.  As Chief Creative Officer, Greg will now be able to bring this thinking to a wider array of clients – it’s how we can help them be that much more relevant to their customers and stay ahead of the game.”

 

Thursday Morning Stir

-Team Sprint, aka Leo Burnett and Digitas (which we’ve been told by the way is NOT getting bought up by Dentsu as tipsters are alleging), have unveiled the new “I Am Unlimited” campaign to help launch the carrier’s iPhone 5 (above).

-The Art Directors Club welcomed six new members to its board of directors including BBDO NY EVP/ECD Greg Hahn, DiGennaro Communications boss Sam DiGennaro and my old Creativity cohort and current Contagious editorial director, Americas, Nick Parish. link

-Former Havas Amsterdam creative director Peter Hamelinck, who was responsible to “Tweetphony” among other efforts, has joined denim brand G-Star Raw as CD.

-Bi-coastal prodco Tool added Brandon Sanders as senior digital producer. link

-Google is selling off its Motorola Mobility Home division for a cool $2.35 billion. link

-Software engineering solutions company EPAM Systems acquired seven-year-old, PA-based digital strategy/design firm Empathy Lab.

 

HBO Will Help You Insult Your Co-Workers this Holiday Season

If you believe in the wisdom of Love Actually, that lovely 2003 Christmas rom-com that Americans have been failing to re-create for a number of years now, you know that the holiday season is the perfect time to tell people how you really feel about them.

Luckily, with the gift of HBO series box-sets, BBDO NY is saying that you can finally express your feelings for casual work acquaintances. Think of the possibilities! You can give that self-absorbed whiny crybaby Girls. You can give that booze-hound who likes playing dress-up Boardwalk Empire. You can give that fist-pumping loudmouth douchebag with terrible taste Entourage. You can give that guy who keeps quoting Borat like it’s still funny Da Ali G Show. You can give that failed musician Flight of the Conchords. You can even give your office crush The Wire to let he or she know that you have immaculate taste in classic TV. Credits after the jump.

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