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TBWA BEING Gets Goofy for Wheat Thins

TBWA BEING gets goofy in their latest spot for Wheat Thins, entitled “Trap Door.”

In the 15-second spot, a man explains to his wife that’s he’s created a trap door to keep anyone from stealing his Wheat Thins. Drawn to the box of Wheat Thins, he then falls through his own trap door. The spot concludes with the annoyingly shouted “Must! Have! Wheat Thins” tagline. It’s all pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds, but then that’s likely what TBWA was going for. Something about the comedic timing seems a bit off, though, and the humor falls flat. Read more

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CP+B Vet Assumes Head of Integrated Production Post at Chiat NY

chadtbwanyIt took some time, but the folks at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York have finally landed a new head of integrated production in Chad Hopenwasser, who joins the agency after spending nearly the last eight years at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Hopenwasser essentially succeeds Robert Valdes, who left Chiat NY last spring and eventually joined up with Droga5 NY to serve as head of interactive production. But Valdes, as you may know, has recently left Droga5 to join up with old Chiat pal Mark Figliulo at the latter’s new shop, Figliulo & Partners.

As for Hopenwasser, the exec spent the last couple of years at CP+B  serving as VP/director of video production across the agency’s network, working on, among other efforts, campaigns for Xbox and the new Kraft Mac n’ Cheese work starring Vanilla Ice. Prior to his lengthy stay at CP+B, Hopenwasser spent six years at Grey New York. He will officially assume his new post at Chiat NY in mid-March and work along the agency’s ECD, Matt Ian, and report to report to office president, Robert Harwood-Matthews.

Figliulo Joins Forces with Team Sprint

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Four months after parting ways with TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, where he was replaced as creative chief by Matt Ian, Mark Figliulo is now collaborating with Team Sprint–Leo Burnett, DigitasLBi and MediaVest– via his new agency, Figliulo & Partners. From what we’ve been told, “Bringing in new partners and ideas who complement an already strong multi-agency team, is both healthy and consistent with the dynamic needs of brands, consumers and the marketplace.” From what sources tell us, Figliulo will continue working out of New York City with a focus on broadcast. During his career, Figliulo, who replaced Gerry Graf at Chiat NY, served as chief creative officer at Y&R Chicago.

Mother, Anomaly Alums Head to TBWA\Chiat\Day NY

holmdahltbwaA little bit of staffing news for you this afternoon as TBWA\Chiat\Day NY has added to its creative department by welcoming Mother alums Erik Holmdahl and Beth Ryan, art director and copywriter, respectively, to the fold as CDs. The pair spent the last year, give or take, at Mother helping lead creative for Stella and Microsoft but spent the majority of their careers at BBH, with both working for over a half-decade at the latter agency on campaigns for the likes of Sprite, Axe and Google. Prior to BBH, Holmdahl worked at StrawberryFrog for a few years while Ryan put in the same amount of time at DDB Seattle.

The pair’s new boss and former BBH colleague, Matt Ian, who joined up with TBWA\C\D NY as creative chief from Deutsch LA this past summer, speaks highly (obviously) of the new hires, saying in a statement, “We hear the term ‘hybrid creative’ thrown around a lot, but I haven’t met too many who are genuinely ambidextrous. When I worked with them at BBH, I quickly came to realize that Beth and Erik are as strong digitally as they are with the traditional work. They think simply and inventively. They can give you an innovative idea for an app or a digital platform, and then turn around and hit a home run with a TV script.”

Along with the new CDs, Chiat NY has also brought on former Anomaly Toronto director of design Melatan Riden in a similar role as design director.

Volkswagen Swims with Sharks for a Week


Discovery’s annual Shark Week extravaganza not only confirms that viewers go crazy for underwater creatures that can rip them into a thousand pieces, but that brands will use just about any tangential connection to a popular theme to try and wring out that extra dollar. Take the fat, colorful Tide billboard above the Lincoln Tunnel that I came across yesterday: “We get the blood out, too.” That’s one way to do it.

Volkswagen and Deutsch are going all in as well, bringing cars and sharks a lot closer than they’ve ever been before, a true sharknado of brand association if there ever was one. The VW campaign is loaded on social media, mainly focusing on sharable videos through Instagram and Vine. VW created a Beetle convertible that will be used as an underwater cage hooked up to cameras for the remainder of the week, hoping to conquer a chunk of the digital space floating around with these exclusive videos. Credits after the jump.

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Monday Odds and Ends

-Starcom USA has appointed Xi Chicago (formerly Energy BBDO unit Proximity Worldwide) alum Andrew Kasprzycki as EVP/managing director on the Microsoft account. Kasprzycki will work out of Starcom’s Chicago office.

-Grey New York has teamed up with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch the NYC-based campaign, “Recycle Everything” (one print example above).  link

-A week after bringing on Matt Ian as its new creative boss, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York has welcomed former Barneys e-commerce director Jordan Holberg as director of technology. link

-After spending the last three years at the likes of Blast Radius and SapientNitro, Scott Weisbrod has returned to his old stomping grounds at Critical Mass Toronto to take on the role of VP/strategy. link

-It was only a matter of time before The Onion covered the Publicis/Omnicom merger. link

-Aaannnd our pal Rich Siegel chimes in on you know what. link

-New York-based prodco Rascal Films has signed director Adam Bonke for exclusive U.S. representation.

-Former Atomic Playpen project manager Julie Salfer and Periscope alum Abbey Jensen have joined fellow Minneapolis shop Clarity Coverdale Fury as account manager and production/traffic manager, respectively.

-Health/wellness firm inVentiv Health has opened two new offices in Tokyo and New York for its medical communications business. link

Well, Here’s Your Big Announcement Regarding TBWA C\D NY

We knew something was in the air when just the words “Matt Ian” popped up in our tips box on Saturday of all days. Well, as we alluded to in our earlier TBWA\Chiat\Day NY-related post this morning, the “big announce” is that, yes, Matt Ian, is taking over for Mark Figliulo as creative head of said agency’s New York office. As tipsters mentioned, the CCO title does not apply as of now; Ian, now in his second stint at TBWA, instead joins as executive creative director. Figliulo, who spent the last five-plus years as CCO/chairman of Chiat NY, is moving on to start his own shop.

Ian, meanwhile, joins from Deutsch L.A., where he served as EVP/group creative director on VW (recent examples include the baseball and Rubik’s Cube/racing spots). Prior to joining Deutsch, Ian worked as a senior creative at the likes of CP+B (on Microsoft Windows) and BBH New York, the latter of which he spent nine years at working on, of course, Axe as well as Johnnie Walker and Levi’s. In a statement regarding his move back to NYC, Ian says, “I wasn’t actively looking to leave Deutsch, LA or Volkswagen. But when I met Robert and talked with him about his plans for the NY office, jumping at the chance to write the next chapter of the TBWA\Chiat\Day NY story was a no-brainer.” Ian will officially join TBWA\Chiat\Day NY in August.

VW Teaches Your Son How to Throw a Baseball

It’s coming up on two years since VW and Deutsch LA’s beloved “The Force” aka “Little Darth” spot captured the hearts of America during Super Bowl XLV. While most agree that “Little Darth” was worthy of the acclaim and awards bestowed upon it, the VW/Duetsch duo has had a difficult time following it up. Last year’s “The Dog Strikes Back” fell well short of its predecessor, and perhaps this is due to an erroneous insight into what the public loved about “Little Darth.”

Yes, the Star Wars tie-in to “Little Darth” was great, but it wasn’t the reason the spot became one of the web’s biggest hits. “The Dog Strikes Back” also had a pretty blatant nod to Star Wars as well, but the spirit of “Little Darth” was lost, and the spot became more of a sequel than a standalone ad. The real reason the public loved “Little Darth” so much was because it was just so damn adorable, and judging by the above new spot for the VW Passat, this insight is now crystal clear.

What we have here is a great (and simple) slice-o-life spot, with an absolutely perfectly timed punchline that will make you giggle and then give a long “awwww.” It’s a bit surprising that VW didn’t hold the spot until this year’s Super Bowl, but I’m quite excited for what Deutsch has planned next. Credits after the jump.

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Volkswagen, Deutsch Race Cars Against Fast-Talkers, Rubik’s Cubes

To prove the speed of VW cars, Deutsch asks people who know the meaning of “fast” to co-star in their latest TV spots. Four YouTube sensations—a Rubik’s Cube wizard, a beatboxer, a speed reader, and a lightning-finger guitarist—accompany Eric Norris (son of Chuck) around a race track, aiming to complete tasks in their various skill sets before the VW cars complete a lap.

Granted, it’s far easier for a car to get around a track than for a vulnerable human to read the Gettysburg address while in said screeching, speeding car. The race might not have been very fair. But, these spots are still fun, and the quickness of the VWs is nothing to scoff at. Also, can we pause for a second to appreciate “speed cuber” Anthony Brooks, who can solve a Rubik’s cube with one hand (above)?! I can’t even look at a Rubik’s cube, knowing that as soon as I touch it I will be met with total frustration and humiliation.

Deutsch did well by choosing Internet-famous individuals with awesome, unusual talents. Their presence gives us the impression that VW cars aren’t just fast, they’re original and inventive, too.

Credits and more spots from the campaign after the jump.

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Another CP+B Alum Heads to Deutsch

Just two months after Matt Ian joined the ranks at Deutsch LA to serve as EVP/group creative director, his former CP+B colleague Shannon McGlothin has followed suit. Like Ian, McGlothin has assumed the title of EVP/GCD at Deutsch and in turn, is partnering with fellow EVP/GCD Jason Elm on the Playstation and Diamond Foods accounts.

During his 20-month stint at CP+B, McGlothin, who maybe looks like Seth Green from a distance, served as creative director on the Coke Zero account. Prior to that, he spent six-plus years at Wieden + Kennedy, serving as senior art director on projects for Nike, Coca-Cola, LVMH and EA. While at W+K, McGlothin perhaps most notably was part of the creative team behind the Grand Prix-winning Livestrong campaign for Nike.

So why the move from CP+B to Deutsch LA? There are several reasons, according to a comment from McGlothin: “An impressive roster of clients, great people, fantastic opportunity, lots of positive momentum within the agency and the chance to become part of something special.”

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