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Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Straight’

Rihanna Joins Jay-Z in Translation, Budweiser’s ‘Made for Music’ Campaign

Budweiser’s new campaign “Made for Music” launches in 85 countries today, featuring Jay-Z and Rihanna carefully dispersed amidst other artists including an ice sculptor and street art painter. Jay-Z’s ad is backed by his song PSA, while Rihanna’s features her newest single, “Right Now.” Both spots are directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, Bee Season) and each closes with inspirational words from Bud: “It begins and ends with what you make.”

Made for Music was inspired by the Budweiser Made in America Festival which debuted in Philly last year and Jay-Z headlined. This year, Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will take the marquee billing over Labor Day Weekend.

Jay and RiRi’s ads are mildly inspiring with their filmic, black-and-white “creative spirit.” After the Samsung deal, Jay-Z’s authenticity feels slightly compromised, but both he and Rihanna are still solid examples of hard-working performers. The scenes are nothing new–star reads in the car, star makes decisions with sweeping hand motions, star stands triumphant as the lights go down–so I wouldn’t mind a bit of original dialogue, but all in all these spots do the job. Time to turn up Magna Carta Holy Grail and channel HOV’s productivity.

Credits after the jump as well as clips from our interview last year with Translation CEO Steve Stoute on his agency’s relationship with “the king of beers.”

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Bud Light Asks That NFL Fans Consider It When Adopting Gametime Rituals

From Translation comes a new spot for Bud Light that debuted during the NFL season kickoff this past weekend. To the tune of Stevie Wonder’s classic jam “Superstition,” we find a diverse selection of fans imbibing The King of Beers’ slightly less caloric sibling while conducting a bevy of bizarre pregame rituals.

Okay, so maybe these aren’t quite as bizarre as they could be, but Bud Light doesn’t generally target much of an insane demographic. Rather, Bud Light seems to be attempting to pick up market share among the kind of people who think that buying the same kind of nachos every Sunday is zany. Still, Colts fans will undoubtedly love the horseshoe in the fridge move, and this will more than likely inspire some of your least favorite people from Indiana to giggle gleefully about this on game day.

In other news, is that a Bills fan we see actually having something to high-five about? Credits after the jump.

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NYC Copywriters Pen ‘Passive Aggressive’ Greeting Cards

With a little spare time on their hands, Tara Lawall and Jeremy Straight, who are currently serving as copywriters at McCann and Translation, respectively, have churned out several greeting cards that would be fitting for, say, the not-so-loved ones in your life. Whether it’s an anniversary, new job, birthday or Mother’s Day, the pair’s “Passive Aggressive” greeting cards will serve whatever occasion to make recipients chuckle somewhat or slowly cut ties with you. Whatever works. If you’re looking for something more kindhearted, you can give W+K’s cards a try. Otherwise, head over to Lawall and Straight’s Etsy page and fork over $5 to add some subtle snark to your sentiments.