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72andSunny, Adam Carolla Prank Kids for Skylanders Stunt

72andSunny teamed up with Adam Carolla to prank children on behalf of Activision’s new game Skylanders Trap Team.

The online spot was filmed at a Glendale, California Toys R’ Us, where Carolla acted as the evil voice trapped within the game’s crystal trap. Unsuspecting kids visiting a demo of the game were surprised by Carolla’s voice, as the evil trapped within, and mostly amused by their interactions with the inanimate object — although one kid was insightful enough to call Carolla “the most annoying person in the world.”

The team at 72andSunny chose selected pieces from their footage and edited it down to a 3:19 video for the online spot. While the rest of us may be a bit jaded by the whole prankvertising approach, the kids involved seemed to be having a blast, and we imagine young Skylanders fans will want to share this one and/or beg their parents to buy them the new game. Read more

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Bryce Out at FCB LA

michaelbryce1After spending nearly 15 months at what is now FCB L.A., Michael Bryce has left the agency, sources familiar with the matter confirm. Bryce, whose last day at FCB was Friday, joined the agency as executive creative director at the beginning of 2013 following a yearlong CD stint at 72andSunny, where he worked on campaigns for Samsung GS II and Activision. During his time at FCB, meanwhile, Bryce led creative efforts for the likes of Levi’s, Dockers and Nabi.

The creative vet, though, spent the majority of his career at Deutsch LA (14 years, give or take), where he last served as EVP/group creative director and managed the agency’s U.S. Playstation account while leading work for clients such as CiCi’s Pizza, DirecTV and TGIFridays along the way. No word yet on replacement plans at FCB, etc, but we’ll likely fill in the blanks soon enough.

Draftfcb LA Continues Full-Court Press for Nabi

Just two weeks ago, we were covering the first wave of Nabi spots from Draftfcb, a pair of 30-second ads that favorably compared kid-friendly Nabi tablets to Kindle devices a la Microsoft vs. Apple. Our Erik Oster found them to be informational and appealing. However, these two new spots, “Fear Not Question” and “Swagger,” drop the comparison technique for an unconvincing plea for Nabi to be a lifestyle brand.

“Fear No Question” presents the Nabi brand as classroom-friendly, going right after a parent’s sense of idealistic learning, so in turn, that parent will go right for his/her wallet. It’s a boring and safe play that may have worked out if Draftfcb hadn’t already launched the Kindle attacks that are much more memorable.

“Swagger” goes straight after the kids. Promoting Nabi headphones – think Beats for kids – the spot shows a little kid walking down a school hallway in slow-motion as he gives headnods to his friends and long stares to the girl he probably has a crush on. This is more Fubu than Fuhu. This is also just a bad commercial, corny and overdone, even for a children’s market. The tagline of “Everyone Needs a Theme Song” actually has a nice ring to it, but the visual execution is too silly. The clip almost plays like a mocking comedy skit of itself.

At 30 seconds, both ads are easy to watch and easy to forget. ”Swagger” and credits after the jump.

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Draftfcb LA Pushes Nabi in First Campaign as AOR for Fuhu

Draftcb has unveiled two new spots for the Nabi, its first campaign for Fuhu since becoming their agency of record in September.

Fuhu has done incredibly well for themselves with the Nabi, a soft-edged tablet designed for children, even being named “the fastest growing company in America” by Inc. There’s certainly no change in strategy from Draftcb for these two new spots. “Good Morning” and “Glow in the Dark” tout the Nabi’s kid-friendly features via comparison with the Kindle, which comes out looking sorely lacking in the kid-friendly department.

If you are going to buy your kids a tablet, I suppose it should be one that’s made for them, right? These spots do a good job extolling the Nabi as the perfect option for children. In “Good Morning” (featured above) that means talking about the Nabi’s “time controls” — in this case, a good morning song to wake up to. The Nabi does its thing before asking a silent Kindle what its good morning song is.

“Glow in the Dark,” meanwhile, highlights Nabi’s glow in the dark feature. No surprise there. Also not a surprise: the Kindle does not glow in the dark. Score: Nabi 2, Kindle 0. Plus, the Nabi just looks like something a kid would want to play with. So make that Nabi 3, Kindle 0.

We see plenty of these “direct comparison to our biggest competitor” ads with tech gadgets, but few seem to take the wind out of the competition the way these ads sucker punch the Kindle. At least for the Nabi’s target audience. If I were shopping around for a tablet for a child, this campaign would have me convinced that the Nabi is the way to go. Thankfully, I won’t find myself in that situation any time soon. Credits and “Glow in the Dark” after the jump.  Read more

Here’s a Quick Update on the State of DFCB SoCal

Well, despite what tipsters and those we know have been saying ad nauseum over the last few days, we’ve been told by parties involved that “any suggestion” that Draftfcb’s West Coast SoCal operation is no longer working with Taco Bell “is wrong” (Seattle and SF offices are not in play here). After all, the agency did just bust out this ad campaign this week for the fast-food chain for better or worse. But anyhow, the Draft camp has updated its announce from two weeks ago regarding the revamping of its SoCal agency structure, offering the statement below:

“Last month we announced that Rahul Roy would be taking on expanded responsibilities as the managing director of our operations in southern California.  He is partnering with Eric Springer and Michael Bryce, former creative partners at Deutsch L.A. who joined the agency several months ago as chief creative officer and executive creative director respectively, to revamp our operations there.  While we will keep a small service office in Irvine, we are shifting the heart of our business to new offices in L.A. so that we can tap into a deeper talent pool for the benefit of clients like Taco Bell while attracting new business.

Our latest new hire is Sandip Vadher, who has joined the agency as SVP, group planning director; he succeeds Ken Muench. Sandip had most recently held the same role at Pitch. He has deep QSR experience, working with clients like Burger King and McDonald’s over the years.  His keen strategic thinking has also benefited clients and brands like Microsoft, Target, Coke Zero and Samsung.

While a number of our Orange County people are now assigned to work in L.A., the decision to retool our operations in southern California means that we also need to part ways with some talented people. They were informed of this decision Wednesday. We are doing all we can to provide a smooth transition to those who are affected; we deeply appreciate their contributions to our agency. In the long run, we believe these strategic shifts should fortify our business in Southern California.”

We’ve inquired about number of staff affected and headcount as a result of Draftfcb’s SoCal restructuring. We’ll keep you posted.

Taco Bell is Excited About Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, Therefore You Must Be, Too

Hey, did you know that Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos tacos now come in a Cool Ranch variety? Of course you did, and you and your 20-something-year-old friends are probably celebrating in a parking lot or pool hall right now according to this spot from DraftFCB. “By golly, what a wonderful new offering,” you thought to yourself. “I should throw a Doritos bag containing a taco to my similarly aged friend across town. That is what I shall do.” And then you did.

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Bryce Joins Draftfcb OC as ECD

It didn’t take long for newly installed Draftfcb Orange County chief creative officer Eric Springer to get down to business as the exec’s kicking 2013 off by recruiting a right-hand man in Michael Bryce, who joins the agency as EVP/executive creative director. Bryce most recently spent the last year as a creative director at 72andSunny, working on Activision and the notable Samsung GS II campaign.

The new hire, though, spent the majority of his ad career at Deutsch LA (nearly 14 years), where he managed the U.S. Playstation account (he helped lead creative on the nifty “Michael” campaign for the brand) and also led work for clients such as CiCi’s Pizza, DirecTV and TGIFridays. Now at Draftfcb OC, Bryce will help his new boss Eric Springer steward the Taco Bell business (of course) and lead the soon-to-be-opened satellite office in LA (we’ve been told that the agency is in the process of looking for the right space).

Speaking of CDs, Michael Bryce Joined Up with 72andSunny

While we’re on the topic, Deutsch LA veteran Michael Bryce, who had spent over 13 years at the agency, is now a 72andSunny creative director. Bryce’s last hurrah at Deutsch was helping lead creative on the PlayStation “Michael” work, which our own writer proclaimed was the “video game ad of the year.” During his long stay at Deutsch, where he spent the last four years as EVP/GCD, Bryce worked on campaigns for the likes of DirecTV and Cici’s Pizza. No word from the MDC agency on what accounts he’ll be working on at this point, but we’ll let you know (as if you needed more 72andSunny coverage).