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Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Ferruzzo’

W+K NY, Rudy Hype College Football Playoffs for ESPN


Sean Astin reprises his role as Rudy in a new spot W+K New York created to hype the new college football playoff format for ESPN.

In the spot, Astin apes his inspirational speech from Rudy, this time riling up the locker room with the promise of a playoff format for college football. When he reveals that the format won’t take effect until 2014 however, the reception falls somewhat flat. Filmed at St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn, New York, the spot takes place in 1975, the year Rudy Ruettiger played for Notre Dame. While the famously cheesy movie certainly deserved a satirical send up, W+K’s spot fails to really hit the mark and feels a bit drawn out at 90 seconds. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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The Vault Taps Dante Exum for Foot Locker

The Vault tapped NBA Draft prospect Dante Exum for a humorous new Foot Locker campaign.

The series of 15 second spots, entitled “Everything Changes After the Draft” highlight how things don’t change after the draft. Although Exum seems to perceive himself as a celebrity, it’s evident no one else does. The approach works best on the above “Paparazzi,” in which Exum informs friends that he doesn’t want to head to Foot Locker because “paparazzi might be there,” eliciting uncontrollable laughter from his two buddies. Other spots in the campaign take a similar approach, seeing Exum practicing his autograph, interacting with a dorky neighbor, combing through “fan mail” and making a dinner reservation. We’ve included “Reservation” and “Fan Mail,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Pereira & O’Dell NY Talks Accuracy for Realtor.com

Pereira & O’Dell New York have a new campaign for Realtor.com championing the site’s accuracy in home listings, thanks to “its unique, direct relationships with more than 800 multiple listing services that provide consumers with 98 percent of all for-sale properties listed in the U.S.

Entitled “Accuracy Matters” the broadcast campaign features two 30-second spots — “Mom” and “Doghouse Architects” — which will run through 2014. The spots attempt to find the humor in inaccurate real estate listing as a means of highlighting the importance of the accuracy Realtor.com provides. While the humor mostly comes across as cute rather than funny there is one slapstick moment in “Mom” worth a chuckle, and the approach at least helps differentiate Pereira & O’Dell’s work from typical real estate advertising cliches.

“Coming from a real estate family, I’ve seen my share of formulaic advertising in the category,” explains Dave Arnold, executive creative director at Pereira & O’Dell. “Our goal with ‘Accuracy Matters’ is to not only connect Realtor.com to a singular product message it can rightfully own, but to also have some fun with inaccurate listing information.”

Stay tuned for “Doghouse Architects” and credits following the jump. Read more

Evolve Asks Gun Owners Not to Be Dumbasses

Today, Saatchi & Saatchi New York is launching the first ever campaign for the gun responsibility organization Evolve, encouraging people to take personal responsibility for gun safety and generally not be dumbasses.

Saatchi & Saatchi’s pro-bono campaign features a short, satirical video called “The Bill of Rights for Dumbasses.” The 1:40 video portrays Thomas Jefferson and other historical figures debating the language of the second amendment. Jefferson thinks the amendment runs a little long, and after much debate, convinces the rest of the council to remove the “as long as they aren’t being dumbasses about it” part from the amendment. While the founding fathers are debating the matter, viewers are treated to a humorous montage of gun owners engaging in questionable practices, before Jefferson concludes it’s common sense that you shouldn’t act that way with a gun. The video ends with the founding fathers playing pinata with a gun, followed by the tagline, “It’s the right to bear arms, not the right to be dumbass” and a message prompting viewers to go to takeonthecode.com and sign the code of gun responsibility.

Evolve co-founder Rebecca Bond hopes that “Humor can be a gateway to taking away the defensiveness that is the legacy of these discussions.” Joe Bond, also an Evovle co-founder, added, “We want the ‘Dumbass’ concept to catch on in popular culture the way ‘friends don’t let friends drive drunk’ did for safe driving.”

Since it’s rare to find people discussing guns without getting hysterical about it, Saatchi & Saatchi’s employment of dumb humor is somewhat refreshing. But will it really chip away at the defensiveness that gun rights activists feel when discussing anything related to guns? Or are they more likely to take offense at the video depicting gun owners, and even founding fathers, as dumbasses? Unfortunately, I doubt the video will convince many viewers to “take on the code,” because even though Evolve professes to be a “third voice” in the gun debate without political affiliation, gun rights activists will still likely view the video’s satire as an attack on them. Meanwhile, the video will appeal to plenty of gun reform proponents — people who don’t need any convincing on the importance of gun safety, and mostly don’t own guns (and therefore have no need to take Evolve’s pledge). That’s too bad, because Evolve’s responsibility code is really just common sense and something any gun owner should be able to get behind — which makes this feel like a missed opportunity. Credits after the jump.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

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-EVB co-founder/ECD-turned-Tool of North America director Jason Zada, the man behind the award-winning short, “Take This Lollipop,” is moving into feature films as he’s teaming up with Dark Knight/Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer on a supernatural horror flick set in Japan called The Forest. link

-Global production company ACNE has brought on Saatchi LA/Campbell Ewald alum Shayan Amir-Hosseini as senior digital producer. link

-The One Club is now accepting entries for the 2014 One Show. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014. link

-Ogilvy and McCann Melbourne (surprise!) took top honors at London International Awards 2013. link

-The 2014 SoDA Report, which reveals global digital trends for next year, is out and free to download here. link

-NYC-based Mammoth Advertising, which works with clients including Showtime, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate, has appointed Marc Mannino as director of business development & client services.

-Philly-based agency Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners encourages you to “Get Caught” in Swarovski’s first-ever North American integrated campaign developed for the U.S. market (one image above). link

-L.A.-based Arcade Edit has opened up shop in NYC. The new office will be led by EP/partner Sila Soyer and editor/partner Jeff Ferruzzo.