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Carmichael Lynch Re-enters the 36 Chambers for Steak ‘n Shake

Just over a year ago, Carmichael Lynch turned its role as Steak ‘n Shake’s new AOR into an opportunity to demonstrate its love of all things retro kung-fu with the “Hunger Wisely” campaign.

This week, the agency released an extension of that effort for the client (which is NOT to be confused with Shake Shack), helmed again by director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films.

The two new spots are very much in keeping with their predecessors. Here’s “Kung Fu Elbow”, which sounds like a very creative description of premature arthritis:

We’re partial to “Blindfold” after the jump.

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TBWA BEING Gets Goofy for Wheat Thins

TBWA BEING gets goofy in their latest spot for Wheat Thins, entitled “Trap Door.”

In the 15-second spot, a man explains to his wife that’s he’s created a trap door to keep anyone from stealing his Wheat Thins. Drawn to the box of Wheat Thins, he then falls through his own trap door. The spot concludes with the annoyingly shouted “Must! Have! Wheat Thins” tagline. It’s all pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds, but then that’s likely what TBWA was going for. Something about the comedic timing seems a bit off, though, and the humor falls flat. Read more

Carmichael Lynch Shares ‘Hangry Moments’ for Jack Link’s


It appears Sasquatch is sitting this one out, and the absence of Jack Link’s mascot is much appreciated.

Carmichael Lynch takes a different approach with their latest campaign for the jerky brand, based on a concept not all that dissimilar from Snickers’ “You’re not you when you’re hungry” approach: that intense hunger can make you angry, which they define as “hangry.” The series of 30-second spots depict several such hangry individuals, with their intense hunger personified by angry animals that emerge from their stomach, which also acts as a visual representation of the “Feed your wild side” tagline. In “Lecture Hall,” for example, a student is taking a test when his intense hunger causes a puma to emerge from his stomach. It is not until the puma is sated with a piece of beef jerky that it retreats back where it came from, after helping the kid out with a test answer (apparently this is a highly intelligent feline). Other spots take a similar approach, depicting a woman waiting for her flight to take off, and a man stuck in a meeting. The spots will run online and on on channels such as Comedy Central, ESPN, and FX, alongside the existing “Messin’ with Sasquatch” campaign.

“Nothing says Feed Your Wild Side like literally feeding your wild side,” explains Kevin Papacek, director of marketing for Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. “Hangry is how you feel when you experience hunger to the point of being angry – visceral, debilitating hunger. This deeper hunger can only be fed by Jack Link’s Jerky.”

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Monday Odds and Ends

 

-Former Station Film director Harold Einstein has opened his own, Venice, CA-based production company with his longtime EP Eric Liney, called Dummy. link

-Google/BBDO alum Michelle Morris joined Facebook as vertical lead/auto, US. She will work out of the social network’s Detroit office.

-Cut+Run has added editor Stephen Berger to its roster. Berger will be available to work in any of the editorial company’s offices in New York, L.A., London, Austin and San Francisco.

-Skateboarding media brand TransWorld SKATEboarding has hired Paul Kobringer as marketing director.

-According to IAB Australia, online advertising has exceeded $1 billion in one quarter for the first time. link

-BETC London is behind a new global campaign for Bacardi that’s complete with the brand’s first trademarked platform, “Untameable Since 1862″ (above).

-Talus Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Talus Labs, has acquired NYC-based digital media company, TRAFFIQ. link

Eating at Steak ‘n Shake is Now Officially a Form of Martial Arts

Steak ‘n Shakes still exist apparently (ed. This was our college late-night sanctuary), and Minneapolis-based Carmichael Lynch, which took over for KBS+ on the diner chain’s biz in late March, is here for a brand new campaign “Hunger Wisely.” What “Hunger Wisely” means is a bit vague, but, you know, kung-fu masters are wise and hungry people eat food, so why not?

While these ads, which were directed by Harold Einstein of Station Films, are a little nonsensical, they do bring up some important topics. For example, Steak ‘n Shake seems to be pretty cheap. The “shake” in Steak ‘n Shake stands for “milkshake,” as opposed to dancing while eating steak. Finally, Steak ‘n Shake offers hotdogs, one of the few fast food places (other than like Sonic or something) that does so maybe. In other words, you take away that weird kung-fu master stuff, and you’re left with a pretty effective brand awareness campaign. (Checks Google Maps). Too bad I’ll never go to one as there aren’t any in Chicago. Watch a one-minute long video of more kung-fu stuff, and another I embedded of some guy getting his head kicked off, after the jump.

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Call Optimum, Because Michael Bolton Doesn’t Want to Talk to You

Michael Bolton also told me to tell you that, hey, you’re not the only one enraptured with the pop crooner due to his handsome face and sweet, sultry voice. Michael Bolton’s not going to just drop everything and dedicate his entire day to a phone conversation with you. Why would he? He’s rich, single, and famous. Michael Bolton has more important things to do than talk to one of his many fans about their boring lives. Just, don’t call him, okay? Seriously, back off. Consider this a fair warning.

From Mother NY comes a new campaign for Optimum, the phone, Internet and cable provider that changed their logo last year but reminded you that they weren’t in the logo business because they think you’re stupid. This time around, they’re asking you to call them. Not Michael Bolton. Get it? Because dialing the phone is hard. They think you’ve gotten stupider since your last encounter.

Another new spot from Optimum (above) reminds you that for an optimal TV viewing experience, you should move on your chair or other reclining device in front of the TV. Oh, and I would recommend calling Michael Bolton’s number even though Optimum told you not to. There’s a surprise on the other line. Credits for both spots after the jump.

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The ‘Love’ for Kettle Chips Demands an Operatic Performance

Do people really fancy Kettle potato chips this much? Apparently so, according to this new campaign for the Diamond Foods brand from Deutsch LA, which came up with the tagline, “Nobody Likes Them. They Love Them.” Sounds confident enough and here we have two spots both set to the dramatic, high-octave strains of opera, though taking place in the most mundane settings including a classroom (above) and in front of a vending machine at an office (below). The juxtaposition seems to work, though, for the subtle, chip-driven sparring that ensues. If you remember, Deutsch LA was named U.S. AOR for several Diamond Foods brands including Kettle and Emerald last December. See credits for this campaign after the jump.

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BFG9000 Turns Attention to Kayak

Now that he’s launched a crusade to encourage moms to moderate their computer time, Gerry Graf is once again donning multiple hats on behalf of his New York-based shop, Barton F. Graf9000, LLC. This time, the advertising vet is serving as CD/AD/CW for one of BFG’s first clients, Kayak, in a series of spots that features various folks who are a bit behind when it comes to travel searching and are in desperate need of Kayak’s apparently super-fast, one-stop search services. Graf’s real message in the spot “Bright Man” above, though, is that only “morons” will make it to the top. Well, good to know.  Check out two more ads and credits after the jump.

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Gerry Graf Encourages Moms to ‘Log Off’

While the Barton F. Graf 9000Work page still consists mostly of his past advertising glories, Gerry Graf is slowly getting down to developing some new projects including this effort called “The Log Off.” Graf served as creative director, copywriter and art director on this “viral” video, which features a cutesy tune and lip-synching children who just want some time with mommy, though she’s too busy social networking away on Facebook.

The clip leads to the website TheLogOff.org, which is a basic homepage hosted by web portal MomFilter that includes the copy below:

In a statement, Graf says, “I had this idea about promoting online moderation and shared it with [the viral’s director] Harold Einstein and this piece was born. When we were thinking, ‘Who is this for?’ the idea of using the mother as a central character resonated, and we tapped into our partner MomFilter.com through friends of Harold’s as the ideal way to reach that audience.”

Maybe now that Graf’s hired an old TBWA\Chiat\Day NY colleague, he hopefully won’t have to shoulder so much of the creative responsibility on the next project. Credits after the jump…

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Cutwater, Corddry Try to Bring Brotherhood Back to Gaming

Cutwater SF presents these new “viral” videos starring Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Rob Corddry for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood- the latest addition to the developer’s franchise.

The spots directed by Station Film’s Harold Einstein mark a notable departure from the usual clip-filled Assassin’s Creed promos and since competitive gamers usually bicker regardless of the what they’re playing, it was a good strategy by Cutwater to exploit that human truth. Corddry, sporting a Peter Brady wig to go along with his patented funny asshole attitude,  attempts an open dialogue with his buddies above.  The Youtube channel that was created for the promotion of Brotherhood basically serves as the hub of the campaign. You can view more clips and credits after the jump.

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