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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Williams’

W+K Portland Helps Craig Robinson Protect His Dodge Dart

Amazingly, comedians Craig Robinson and Jake Johnson had yet to appear in any major films, shows or campaigns together before this week.

That all changed with the release of these inaugural clips in W+K Portland‘s new campaign for client Dodge. The theme is simple: no one can touch Robinson’s new Dart — even his equally famous and strangely nosy neighbor.

That’s the first of three :30 spots…

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Full Contact Examines ‘Moving Day’ for Cumberland Farms

Boston-based agency Full Contact has a new television spot promoting convenience/gasoline staple Cumberland Farm’s Farmhouse Blend iced coffee.

The spot marks a departure for the brand, who in recent years have relied on David Hasselhoff in their iced coffee campaigns, such as last summer’s “Thirsty for Love.” Full Contact takes a simpler, more product-driven approach with “Moving Day,” while still employing humor. “Moving Day” sees a woman give her partner and his buddies Cumberland Farm’s Farmhouse Blend iced coffee to fuel them as they move into a new place. She soon regrets the decision, though, as the guys are so unwilling to put down their iced coffees that they break a series of valuables.

Cumberland Farms Senior Manager of Brand Strategy David Heilbronner said the ad “speaks to the quality and value of Cumberland Farms’ Farmhouse Blend iced coffee, and the spot focuses more on the product itself than our past iced coffee commercials. Our agency, Full Contact did a great job inserting iced coffee imagery into a chaotic and humorous scenario…”

While the ad does highlight the actual product in a way the campaigns featuring The Hoff didn’t, it’s far less memorable than “Thirsty For Love,” and it’s very unlikely that it will draw the same kind of attention to the brand. On the other hand, the ad was clearly made on a tighter budget than previous campaigns and it’s unclear if all the attention surrounding The Hoff actually led to increased sales. Stick around for credits after the jump.  Read more

ESPN Honors Idiotic Sports Betting

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a great ESPN spot from W+K, hasn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I got a few good chuckles in while watching last year’s “Jumbotron Marriage Proposal.” But, I still yearn for the days when I would hear things like “Yeah, the game was boring, but did you see that new ESPN/SportsCenter spot they aired during the commercial break? It almost made watching that travesty worthwhile.”

“Shake On It” marks a subtle new take on W+K NY’s long-running “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” campaign. In the past, we’ve seen spots showcasing fanatics doing outrageously flamboyant things in the name of sports because they want to. In the above spot, we see these people doing similar stupid feats because they have to. After all, it’s written in the Man Handbook that “If you make a bet and lose, you have to accept the consequences.” If you bet that you’d dance around in a dangerous part of town while wearing a diaper and bonnet if you favorite team lost, then you have to do it. That’s what being a grownup is all about.

And, before you say that these kinds of extreme bets rarely happen, I give you this poor bastard’s thigh tattoo of centaur Tim Tebow as evidence otherwise. Credits after the jump.

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Bill Hader Goes Spelunking in the New VW Jetta

It would seem, from this three-minute long discussion of the new Volkswagen Jetta, that the car has a pretty spacious interior. Sure, it does other things, but that interior? It’s so spacious that comedic actor and Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader has to get caving gear to explore it. Of course, if there’s anything we’ve learned from the movies (seriously, watch that clip), we know that a spacious Jetta can fit awesome state-of-the-art street racing components. Thanks, Volkswagen Academy!

Wait, are Volkswagen and Deutsch LA attempting to sell us a vehicle we can use to break the law? Well, with all that room (and with a Hader lost in your backseat), you can easily hide your winnings from street racing in the car’s interior without the fuzz ever finding it. And, if the gentlemen are wondering who the nice lady with the glasses is, her name is Danielle Gumro, and her official title is “Volkswagen Product Specialist.” Credits after the jump.

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