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Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Goodby’

Joe Alexander & Friends Throw Support Behind Obama in Animated Clip

There’s no children’s choir singing hymns of impending doom a la Jeff Goodby‘s controversial pro-Obama submission (which has since been pulled, drats), but now-official Martin Agency CCO   Joe Alexander and a few of his pals make clear their political leanings via the clip above. The spot, dubbed “Let’s Finish the Job,” was created outside the agency and actually originated with SVA students who Alexander taught last year. It’s perhaps a bit less divisive than what Goodby was preaching, but reiterates what many were chanting during President Obama‘s stop in Ohio this morning: “Four more years.” Feel free to leave your kudos or scorn below. Credits after the jump.

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Goodby Welcomes Back NBA with ‘Countdown’

Ah yes, the 2012-13 NBA regular season is almost upon us and to get things warmed up, Goodby Silverstein & Partners has unveiled the spot above called “Countdown,” which is part of the agency’s larger, ongoing campaign for the Association dubbed “BIG.” The tick-tock syncs up well with the rituals of several players including Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Andre Iguodala, leaving us hyped enough for the Kia tip-off next week. Still, it remains to be seen if every hoopster in this cast will be healthy enough for opening night. Credits after the jump.

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Cisco Shifts Business to Goodby

As we thank our tipsters, let’s chalk one up for Jeff Goodby and the gang as we’ve received confirmation that San Francisco’s GS&P has picked up the global advertising business for tech giant, Cisco, which previously worked with Ogilvy. We’ve obtained an internal memo sent from Cisco CMO Blair Christie to staff earlier this afternoon, which you can read verbatim below and after the jump. GS&P itself deferred to client for further comment.

“Team,

We continue to evolve the Cisco Story to ensure our relevance and differentiation in the marketplace. As part of this important “One Voice” effort, we have made a strategic decision to award our global advertising business to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (GSP). Based in San Francisco, California, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners is part of the Omnicom Group, Inc., an advertising holding company whose agency networks include BBDO, DDB Worldwide and TBWA Worldwide.

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Your Final Cannes Lions 2012 Report

With the 2012 Cannes Lions is in the books, we’d like to thank our roving reporter Yunilda Esquivel, EP at The Institute, for providing her take on the week-long event. Here are her final observations and thoughts from the French Riviera. Take it away.



Hello AgencySpy Readers!

After a hectic week of panel discussions, pool parties and endless warm Mediterranean nights on the Carlton’s infamous terrace, it all boils down to the much anticipated final gala in the Palais’ Grand Audi Auditorium. Highlights of the evening: MJZ won the Palm d’Or, again. Wieden + Kennedy was deemed the advertising agency of the year. BETC Paris won the Film Craft Grand Prix for ‘Bear’ for Canal+. And, the highly sought after Titanium Grand Prix went to R/GA New York for ‘Nike+ Fuelband’. Check out the full list of winners here.

And now, I leave you with a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the week:

Biggest Breakthrough:
Caviar entering the Palm D’or list, finally. Bravo!

Most Anticipated Success:
Chipotle Back to the Start, Branded Content and Entertainment Lions Grand Prix.  One of the sweetheart campaigns of the year for its beautiful execution and heartfelt message to support farming families in the United States. Check out the case study here.

And, if you haven’t yet, download Willie Nelson’s frank, raspy version of “The Scientist” here. All proceeds go to Chipotle’s Cultivate Foundation that, as their site explains, is committed to creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply and to raising awareness concerning food issues.

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Mangan Does His Best Goodby Impression in ‘Exit Interview’

Two weeks ago, we learned that Craig Mangan was leaving Goodby Silverstein & Partners after 17 years to take the creative helm at BBDO San Francisco. Anyhow, this video just dropped in our tips box last night and even if you’ve seen it already, we figured we’d share Mangan doing his own exit interview, complete with Jeff Goodby wig, impression and all. Sure, he’s taking the piss, but it sure looks like his departure was amicable. Now, let’s hear fake Goodby visit the rooftop and talk about his youth spending time at an ashram in India and doing drugs among other things, shall we?

Barrett Splits from Goodby, Starts New Shop

Well, maybe it’s too little, too late since other folks picked this up but hey, still newsworthy. Since we were out indulging ourselves in all the ADC Awards shenanigans, we missed a couple of tips that came into the Spy line last night telling us that Goodby Silverstein & Partners ECD/partner Jamie Barrett called it quits at the agency after an 11-year run. Jeff Goodby himself sent a lovely memo out to his San Francisco operation, which you can read in full after the jump. Here’s the first paragraph of Goodby’s tome regarding his former employee, who led creative work on everything from the NBA to Comcast to the now-defunct Sprint account and is now starting up his own Bay Area operation.

“With regret and incandescent best wishes, we must announce today that Jamie Barrett is leaving us to start his own company, somewhere in San Francisco. We are happy for him, of course, because this company started one day with a similar leaving. We know how scary/liberating/appalling/delicious it can be. We are also happy because it is all very amicable. We will stay close to Jamie’s venture, and probably even share some projects together.”

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Did You Pay Your Taxes…Or At Least Do Happy Hour?

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners launched this new ad for just in time for tax day deadline yesterday. Did you take advantage of the brand’s all-price happy hour to alleviate the pain (or joy) on this, the merriest day of years. Anyhow, check this out and if you’re into gaming mode, Sonic has a “Tax Cut” game for you to play here. Yes, the two guys are in effect as well, who give you some advice on how to attain the highest score. Credits after the jump.

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GM Taps GS&P + McCann to Lead Global Chevy Biz

Odd, but interesting turn of events as rival holding companies Omnicom and IPG earlier joined forces to create “Commonwealth,” which will now serve as global AOR for Chevrolet. Specifically, the Chevy business will be jointly handled by Goodby and McCann Erickson and based in Detroit. Guess our tip from yesterday afternoon stating verbatim that “GSP is going to win the Chevy business” was pretty spot-on.

GM’s VP, global CMO Joel Ewanick explains in a statement, saying, “This is the first time that two large marketing communications holding companies have come together to form a single company. Commonwealth will be based right here in Detroit, and its only focus will be on strengthening and growing Chevrolet into an iconic global brand.” The four creative execs at Commonwealth will consist of creative chairman/GS&P namesake Jeff Goodby, Washington Olivetto, McCann London/New York CCO Linus Karlsson and Prasoon Joshi.

We suppose the alignment of two major agencies, following a six-month review, shouldn’t be too far-fetched considering Goodby has been working on domestic advertising while McCann has handled a fair amount of global work. Responsibility for global efforts, according to the announce, will be transitioned by Commonwealth, save for China, India and Uzbekistan, which will continue handling regional efforts assigned to their specific agencies. We’ve been told China and India were not part of the RFP, though McCann has been leading the ad accounts for Chevrolet in said countries.

 

Sonic’s ‘Two Guys’ Get ‘Rehired’ in Social Media Publicity Stunt

For eight years, NYC-based former “The Colbert Report” writer Peter Grosz (driver’s seat) and Chicago-based improv comedian T.J. Jagodowski (passenger’s seat), were best know as “those two guys” from the Sonic Drive-In spots. While noshing on fast food from the front seat of their car, the duo’s silly inane (and mostly improvised) slice-o-life conversation made unlikely stars of the pair. That is, until the two were “phased out” two years ago.

Since then, Sonic left indie Kansas-City, MO-based Barkley after a 17-year run to name GSP+P as the chain’s new AOR. Perhaps inspired by a drive-in serenade video that caught fire on YouTube last month with over 1.2 million views, Goodby decided to slowly re-introduce the brand’s longtime spokesdudes via social media. As Jeff Goodby told The New York Times in this gargantuan feature that ran this morning, the two guys “were put away a little too early because if they stayed around they really would have come into their own in the social media context.”

Over the last few weeks, Grosz and Jagodowski seemed to plead for their old jobs back via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a few “self-produced” videos posted to YouTube. Now, before we start declaring this a shoo-in for every social media award in adland, let’s look at the numbers: 158 followers on Twitter, 10,701 “Likes” on Facebook, nine connections on LinkedIn, and 3,100 views on their most popular YouTube video (excluding the video which is a direct response to the aforementioned drive-in “serenade” video).

Even if it’s not quite the social media sensation that some are making it out to be, at least it’s nice to see “those two guys” back in the saddle. Now, what happened to all of those other Sonic spokespeople? Credits and another video follow after the jump.

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Jeff Goodby Sends Us a Note Regarding Staff Cuts

We’ve been hearing about it for the past few hours on the Spy line and now we’ve received word straight from the source that it’s true that Goodby, Silverstein + Partners is cutting staff today. The numbers are all over the place according to tipster comments (we’re hearing in the hundreds and words such as “staggering” have been used), but the agency co-namesake wouldn’t divulge specifics. Read his note to us verbatim below:

“Today, we at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners have begun adjusting the size of our staff in the wake of losing Sprint and parting ways with Hewlett-Packard.  We don’t divulge the number of people or the percentage of our staff affected, but it’s commensurate with the numbers you’d have for accounts this size.

It pains us immensely to do this stuff, but we have a responsibility to the people here to maintain a healthy, vigorous company going forward.  We will have that, and are confident about the work we are doing right now on all fronts.

It is an emotional day.  These people are not just co-workers but friends.  As always in these situations, we will help them find other positions with an open heart and no doubt welcome many of them back someday.

Thanks for respecting their privacy about all this in the meantime.

Sincerely,

Jeff Goodby

Co-Chairman

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

San Francisco”

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