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DDB New Zealand to Bring Down King Joffrey for SKY TV

Bring Down The KingTo stoke viewers’ (already feverish) anticipation for season 4 of international hit Game of Thrones, DDB New Zealand has crafted a unique social media/experiential event for SKY Television’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, entitled “Bring Down The King.”

With help from production company Finch, DDB has erected a seven meter statue of the show’s much hated King Joffrey in Aotea Square, one of the largest public squares in Auckland. A rope is positioned around the statue’s neck, attached to a winch, and fans are challenged to topple the statue using the hashtag #bringdowntheking on Twitter. For every tweet using the hashtag, the statue will be one step closer to toppling, but it will take one million such tweets to bring down Joffrey.

Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and King Joffrey is quite possibly the most hated fictional television character of all time,” explained SKY’s director of programming, Travis Dunbar. “It’s exciting to give fans an opportunity they are dying for; to assist in the demise of the King of the Iron Throne.”

DDB executive creative director Shane Bradnick was equally enthused, saying, “It’s great to be working with clients that want to create ideas that bring the fictional, digital and real worlds together. Let’s bring the bastard down!”

You can keep up with the campaign at bringdowntheking.com. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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Monday Morning Stir

-Spikes Asia 2012 announced more jury presidents, the latest round being JWT Shanghai CCO Yang Yeo for Design, MSL Group Asia president Glenn Osaki for PR and Finch EP Michael Hilliard for Branded Content & Entertainment.

-NYC digital studio 1stAveMachine welcomed Greg Anderson and Ariel Altman as VFX supervisor and lead VFX artist, respectively.

-Cramer-Krasselt alum Brian Mandelbaum is back yet again, this time proposing a 24/7 social media shop. Wait, what happened to ClearStreamlink

-Jack Daniel’s sends quite a polite cease-and-desist letter. Take note, overly litigious brands. link

-UK loyalty program Nectar has launched a “daily deal hunt” in London this week (above).

Savar, Eslinger, Zacharias Topline Final Cannes 2012 Juries

The Cannes committee has rolled out its final jury lists and there are some notable names, as expected, in the bunch. Namely, Big Fuel’s founder/CCO Avi Savar will topline the Branded Content & Entertainment jury as president, Saatchi & Saatchi global digital creative director Tom Eslinger will oversee the Mobile Lions and Ivan Zacharias, director on the Stink roster, will take on the jury president role for the Cannes Film Craft Lions. Phew, thus ends our Cannes coverage, we think, until the actual fest gets underway. Check out the full jury lists after the jump.

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Toyota Development is Rather Bombastic, Fueled by Nazareth

There are industry secrets us laymen will always have questions about.  For filmmakers, how do you make it look like one actor is playing twins?  For McDonald’s employees, what exactly is in your special sauce?  And for laundresses, where the heck are all my socks?

I have to admit, how Toyota thermal tests their cars during development isn’t high on my list of curiosities.  Though I suppose it’s always good to know.   Aussie agency Publicis Mojo’s latest spot for Toyota shows a procession of cars on a track, in a giant warehouse, being alternately frozen and heat-blasted by machines resembling an X-treme carwash set-up.

“During development, we’ll thermal test a car to see how every part of it reacts when pushed to its limits,” says the Aussie voiceover.  ”It may seem excessive, but that’s how we test for quality.  That’s what makes it a Toyota.”

I often think of the Prius as the emblem of my generation: my parents were the first to baby-proof their houses, and my friends and I are the first to buy hybrid cars.  But, I wonder if the company is still fighting to recover from last year’s bad press amidst rumors of slipping standards and poor quality production. I get it, when we think Toyota, they want us to think quality, hence the technician in the Eskimo suit and vehicle-rotisserie. But, do they also want us to to think heavy metal because they are playing Nazareth in the background? Toyotas are sensible. They’re just not that rock and roll. Credits after the jump.

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