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Victors & Spoils Wants to Help Out American Airlines

Hey, if it worked for Harley-Davidson, maybe lightning can strike twice for Boulder’s Victors & Spoils. Today, chief exec John Winsor penned a note on his blog to American Airlines, which filed for Chapter 11 protection this week. Winsor’s post is directed specifically at at the airline’s new CEO/chairman Thomas Horton, who took over for Gerard Arpey around the same time as the filing. What is Winsor & Co’s strategy? Well, according to his blog, V&S is pretending as if it were already American Airlines’ agency and has sent yet another unsolicited brief to its thousands of creatives (as well as offering $10K) to come up with the best idea on how to make the carrier “more nimble.”

Guess if it works out, the Victors & Spoils camp can always add more minutes to their work reel.

V&S Shows Off Two Years’ Worth of Work (Updated…Again)

Has it been two years already since John Winsor, Evan Fry and Claudia Batten launched Victors & Spoils? Time sure does fly, and apparently enough so that the Boulder-based crowdsourcing crew is ready to unveil an epic showreel of their own. But according to notes posted on The Denver Egotist, the seven-minute clip above is a rough cut and is “still missing Smartwool and Virgin America Provocateur digital initiative walk-thrus.” Don’t worry, we believe there’s still enough material here for our audience to weigh in on.

Update: Wow, that didn’t take long. As you can see, it appears someone caught wind at Victors & Spoils and has taken the video private. Well, if you’re looking for some sort of showreel from the V&S camp in the meantime, there’s this work for Virgin and a “Liberation” spot for Harley-Davidson.

Update 2: Aaaaand, it’s back up and running…for now.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-ESPN, W+K get in draft day mode (above).

-JWT acquired L.A.-based shop Lunchbox LP.

-Victors & Spoils’ John Winsor offers some new insight. link

-Twitter is ready for commerce. link

-Director Marcus McCollum signed with prodco, HELLO!

-What can Gandhi teach us about advertising? link

-MEC is one of the parties behind a new entertainment property for AT&T. link

-New York-based strategy shop Gotham Direct is opening up shop in London.

-Verizon seems to be hacker-friendly. link

V&S Soliciting CMO Briefs via Twitter


Now that Victors & Spoils’ crowdsourced ad for Harley-Davidson has made its debut (and has already prompted mixed reaction on Twitter),  it looks like CEO John Winsor is looking for new projects to indulge his shop’s rather sizable creative department. From what we’ve been told, Winsor’s tweet above is an open call to CMOs at brands to submit project briefs to V&S. The exec will then put the “coolest, most interesting brief” out to the V&S crowd to come up with creative. Essentially, he’s asking CMOs to “pitch” V&S if they want to work with “the largest creative department in the world.”

Monday Odds and Ends

-Kim Kardashian dies for a good cause: Alicia Keys‘ AIDS charity (above).  link

-Google is reportedly buying Groupon for $2.5 billion. link

-Grey Amsterdam and the Council of Europe band together to fight child sexual abuse with “The Underwear Rule.” link

-Mobile brand Orange’s poster campaigns get lost in translation in Paris Metro stations. link

-Canadians love their social media. link

-Leo Burnett wins big at Hong Kong’s Kam Fan Awards. link

-Ari Emanuel wants to kill other ad agencies dead. link

-V&S’s John Winsor wants to start a new trend of giving. link

Victors & Spoils’ Harley Brief Apparently Works Out

AdAge has the scoop that Victors & Spoils is one of three agencies that’s been tapped by Harley-Davidson, the well-known motorcycle brand that parted ways with Carmichael Lynch after 31 years. If you remember, a few months back, Victors & Spoils chief John Winsor sent an unsolicited brief to Harley that included a plug of the shop’s Squirrel Fight platform and an open call-for-ideas. Well, what do you know, the crowdsourcing-loving, Boulder-based V&S won out and will handle creative for HD’s $11 million account, while Digitas handles digital work and sister shop Starcom does media planning/buying. When reached, V&S reps wouldn’t comment at press time.

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