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Posts Tagged ‘Padma Lakshmi’

BBDO/NY, Wondros Tap Celebrity Chefs for (RED)

BBDO New York teamed up with production company Wondros for a new campaign supporting AIDS charity (RED).

The 30-second spot, directed by Christian Weber, features food celebrities such as Chef Mario Batali, Chef Wylie Dufresne, Food and Wine Magazine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, Martha Stewart and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi demonstrating how much food you can buy for 40 cents. Then Batali returns holding two pills, and informs viewers that 40 cents per day buys HIV sufferers the pills they need to survive. The spot ends by directing viewers to visit www.red.org to find a list of restaurants bars and food trucks participating in the 10-day EAT  (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES event.

“Christian and I were on board the second BBDO & RED called. Having a chance to help bring awareness, and ultimately funding to support those living with HIV, is an honor,” said Wondros’ executive producer, Gina Zapata.

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And Now, a Quickfire Super Bowl Ad Q&A with an Agency ECD

Our pre-Super Bowl coverage continues, this time with a little insight from Tripp Westbrook, who’s actually not a character from Knots Landing, but in fact the partner/executive creative director at Dallas-based agency, Firehouse. Conjuring up the words of Padma Lakshmi, here’s a quickfire Q+A regarding the Big Game with Westbrook, who’s worked as a creative director at GSD&M  and an ACD at Fallon prior to Firehouse.

What ads you’re most looking forward to this year?
I’m trying to go into it with no expectations and just let them wash over me. Yes, I think that might be best.

Is the ever-increasing Super bowl ad cost really worth what’s now $4 million a spot?
Wow, that’s certainly a big number to try and get a return on. However, I think that for the right client with the right execution, it’s certainly possible to generate PR, and talk value, that far exceed the actual media cost. The value can get amplified even further if you leverage other digital/social assets to work hand in hand with it.

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Digitas Really Wants ‘Top Chef’ to Come to Boston

Well, it probably won’t make up for yet another Patriots Super Bowl fumble, but perhaps regular Padma Lakshmi sightings could bring some folks in Boston a little cheer. Digitas is trying to lure Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and the rest of the gang from Bravo’s Top Chef to film their tenth season in Beantown via a social media campaign called “You Gotta Try Boston.”

As you’d expect, the Digitas effort includes a Facebook site (nearly 600 likes and counting) where visitors are (obviously) raving and posting photos/links about Boston’s restaurants, dishes and the like. Of course, Twitter also comes into play and Digitas is asking folks to tweet about what makes Boston the best with the hashtags #topchef and #yougottatryboston. If you’re so inclined to join in on the conversation, go here.

Speaking to the site called, yes, Wicked Local, Digitas ECD Rob Rizzo says that the campaign idea was hatched a couple of weeks ago and regardless of the outcome, he hopes that some of the smaller, low-profile restaurants around town gain notice. We’re big fans of Top Chef, but to be honest, we’re not willing to go all in on a Boston season next year.