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Adam Kerj Named CCO at JWT New York

Adam KerjJust over two months after the announcement that Jeff Benjamin would be transitioning out of his role atop JWT North America’s creative department, the agency has named a new CCO for its New York office.

Adam Kerj joins the agency after serving in the same role for headline-winner 360i (which, coincidentally, just announced the appointment of its own new CCO). Kerj joined the digital shop in May 2012 and recently told Digiday that “there is no such thing as creative genius” while using the same headshot you see here.

The new chief creative spent a decade of his career at Saatchi & Saatchi’s Stockholm office, which he co-founded; prior to that period, he worked in creative positions at Leo Burnett’s Chicago and Denmark locations as well as TBWA Sweden.

Kerj is replacing Matt MacDonald, whose position has been empty since he left last November to help run the AT&T account under BBDO’s David Lubars.

He will report to worldwide CCO Matt Eastwood, and the release tells us that he will work on Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Puma, Vonage and Royal Caribbean (among other clients). Eastwood went all out on the quote as well:

“Adam is the ultimate modern communicator. He has achieved sweeping success as a digital pioneer, but has a background rooted in traditional advertising. He is an exceptional creative, a brilliant leader and a great human being. A true global citizen, he has lived and worked around the world, and we are thrilled to have him join our flagship New York office.”

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CCO Jeff Benjamin Out at JWT

Jeff BenjaminWe can officially confirm a series of tips we received this morning: chief creative officer Jeff Benjamin will soon be former CCO at JWT.

Despite the claims of several tipsters, the agency’s press release holds that Benjamin will leave to launch “a new creative venture” (though we get no specifics on that project).

One source says that Benjamin, who joined JWT from CP+B in 2012, was “very out of place” at the agency from the start. Contrary to prevailing stereotypes, he was more “an indie agency guy than a Mad Man”, and his non-traditional way of doing things (which often included working unusually long hours and calling fellow creatives at odd times) did not sit well with upper management.

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DDB NY Introduces ‘Future You’ for New York Lottery

Today DDB New York is launching the first ever campaign for New York Lottery to use a “for life” concept rather than a lump-sum jackpot.

The spot, entitled “Future You” shows a young man in a convenience store who goes to the register to make a purchase and eyes up a deck of cards. As his future self looks on (somehow), from a spacious futuristic mansion, he changes his mind and decides to buy a Cash 4 Life Quick Pick instead. “I scared me,” says a relived future you, before zooming off in his hover chair. It’s never explained how “Future You” watches his younger self, or how he could not know that he’s won the lottery if he’s already been enjoying his winnings, but I guess we’re just not supposed to think about that.

In addition to the TV spot, the campaign also includes radio spots in both English and Spanish, print ads, billboards, digital and a social media element centered around the hashtag “#CASH4LIFE.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

CCO Matt Eastwood Leaves DDB for JWT

Matt Eastwood

The move is now official: agency vet Matt Eastwood has left his position as CCO at DDB New York to become worldwide chief creative officer at JWT (or, as they’d prefer, the J. Walter Thompson Company).

The Australian-turned-New Yorker worked with DDB in his home country and served as CCO at Y&R before he replaced a departing Eric Silver in DDB’s Manhattan office almost exactly four years ago.

Eastwood brings an extensive portfolio to the new role; he scored the #5 spot on the Ad Age “most awarded” list for 2013, and his name has appeared atop the credits for recent campaigns featuring everything from bearded, lottery-playing hipsters to seniors who never remember to wear their condoms.

Beginning next month, Eastwood will report directly to JWT global president Gustavo Martinez. He will be the first to fill the global CCO role since the 2009 departure of Craig Davis, who left to rejoin the continent of Australia.

DDB NY Welcomes Hipsters, Dogwalkers to Lottery Fold

Another month, another New York Lottery game and therefore, a DDB NY campaign to support it. This time around, the agency has unveiled a pair of online spots to hype the new Bejeweled Scratch Off game. And what better way to entice folks to hit the bodegas and play the game than, uh, hipsters and dogwalkers, true cornerstones of NYC culture. Along with the beard & animal-heavy online promos, there is a “second chance” sweepstakes to be had, which you can learn more about in a :40 clip after the jump. While this is a rather quick and painless exercise in lottery promotion, we still miss the bumpin’ and grindin’ presidents and zombies that reigned supreme in past DDB NY efforts for the brand.

 

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DDB NY Launches ‘The Girl Who Couldn’t Cry’ for Water is Life

Yesterday, DDB New York launched a follow-up to last year’s “Kenya Bucket List” for Water Is Life entitled “The Girl Who Doesn’t Cry.”

The 1:20 spot examines the difficulty of life without adequate drinking water, utilizing the realization that dehydration can prevent the body from producing tears. DDB New York tells the story of a girl born into a brothel, who picks through a landfill, watches her brother die, and is forced to marry underage. Despite the tragic events of her life the girl is unable to cry, due to dehydration. While the story can tend toward the melodramatic at times, the excellent production and editing help make the spot emotionally affecting — a thoughtful examination of how living without drinkable water can make an already difficult life worse. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

DDB Chicago Unveils ‘Celebrate with a Bite’ for McDonald’s

The biting of the medal has become a tradition at the Olympic games that symbolizes victory. DDB Chicago draws the connection between this iconic symbol and the biting of McNuggets and other McDonald’s products “sometimes used to celebrate life’s smaller victories” for the juggernaut Olympic sponsor.

The spot “takes viewers on a ride through Olympic history [which] cleverly juxtaposes medal-biting images with shots of fans across the world biting into McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.” The first 45 seconds or so of the 60 second spot are given to a well-produced homage to Olympic history. When athletes start biting their medals, the text “The greatest victories are celebrated with a bite” appears on screen, followed by shots of people digging into their McNuggets. It’s well executed, even if the idea of likening winning a gold medal to biting into a meal made of molded leftover chicken parts is quite the stretch. Credits after the jump. Read more

Menno Kluin Out at DDB (Updated: Kluin Joins Deutsch NY)

MattmennoA phone call has confirmed that Menno Kluin is no longer with DDB New York, which he joined nearly three years ago as ECD/head of art. Kluin’s arrival at DDB NY marked one of said office’s then newly christened CCO Matt Eastwood‘s first notable hires (Eastwood and Kluin pictured l-r). Kluin joined DDB after spending three years at Y&R, serving in a similar role as CD/head of art and putting out efforts such as this. During his career, the creative exec also served as an award-winning art director at Saatchi & Saatchi. No word on where he’s headed to next but we’ll fill in the blanks if and when we find out.

Update: Well, there you go. Deutsch New York has hired Kluin as ECD/head of art & design. Menno starts Tuesday, January 21.  He will be reporting to CCO Kerry Keenan.

Those Who Win the Lottery Will Spend Money Frivolously

How rich is “Yeah, that kind of rich?” According to DDB NY’s new spots for the New York Lottery, the answer is: rich enough to buy laughs.

“Invasion” (above) shows a guy pranking his friend with an elaborate alien takeover just to snap an embarrassing photo of his reaction. Apparently wealth hasn’t gone to this guy’s head, since he only cares about posting humiliating pictures of his boys online.

“Writer’s Room” (below) is the better of the two spots and tells the story of a regular guy who buys a team of writers captained by Andy Richter, so they can feed him quality jokes through an earpiece. I don’t think Andy Richter would be my first choice for my comedic squad, but he does beat Paul Shaffer. As the punchlines add up, pay attention to the quick cuts at the end. The protagonist even cracks people up at a funeral, which is one of those small touches that’s offensive enough to be funnier than most PC commercials allow.

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The NY Lottery Grinds with Dead Presidents at a Beach Party

And so, we move from the undead to dead presidents in DDB’s latest bizarre spot for the NY Lottery, one that suggests winning the “Cash Blast” scratch-off game means an instant beach party with your pals Washington, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant and Franklin. In fact, should you win millions playing the odds at your local convenience store, it probably would be a pretty good idea to hire impersonators of these presidents/forefathers to join you in celebration as you flaunt your cash to the legions of friends you just bought. They say “money can’t buy happiness,” but “they” are a bunch of jealous poor people who haven’t had Abraham Lincoln throw up on a techno DJ at one of their soirees.

Any guesses as to what Ulysses S. Grant is smoking when he walks by camera? If you invite an Alexander Hamilton impersonator to your shindig, are you duty-bound to also invite an Aaron Burr impersonator to see if things heat up? More importantly, will giggling at a lottery spot about a pretty generic scratch-off game make you want to play it? Credits after the jump.

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