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TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Peyton Manning, Cam Newton for Gatorade

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke that went: “You don’t have to be sweating and holding a basketball to enjoy a Gatorade, you can just be a thirsty dude. Gatorade forgets about this demographic. I’m thirsty for absolutely no reason, other than the fact that liquid has not touched my lips for some time. Can I have a Gatorade too, or does that lightning bolt mean no?” Well, the brand seems to have finally issued its response to this question in a new campaign from TBWA\Chiat\Day, entitled “Sweat it to Get it,” with a resounding “No, you can not have a Gatorade, thirsty dudes.”

“Gatorade was invented to replace what athletes sweat out, Brent Anderson, executive creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles, explained to Adweek. “So the intent was to create something that might cause someone who reaches for a Gatorade to think, ‘Hold up…have I earned this?’” In other words, that lightning bolt does mean no.

In the campaign, starring Rob Belushi (son of Jim) and featuring cameos from Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (who also stars in an ongoing Under Armour campaign), customers at a gas station are told they can’t purchase Gatorade because they haven’t broken a sweat. The ads all follow the same basic formula, with Belushi as the straight man denying the customers and Manning or Newton appearing as either the manager or a fellow customer. The agency told Adweek that the ads were all “shot on location at an actual convenience store with over 15 hidden cameras” and directed by Jody Hill (Eastbound and Down). Stick around for credits and a few more spots after the jump. Read more

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Why Don’t Account Planners Like Dogs?


Miami Ad School’s Boot Camp for Account Planners sponsors Pick of the Litter, an annual competition for Account Planners, anywhere in the world, with less than 3 years experience. Pippa Seichrist, Miami Ad School Co-founder notes, “We saw that young creatives had so many competitions to showcase their great work but young planners didn’t. They needed a way to build their reputations.”

Planning Directors and Strategist from top agencies choose the winner and two runners up; the winner is then announced at the Jay Chiat Awards. This year, Rebecca Harris from TBWA/Chiat Day was a finalist for her insight into a mom’s role in her child’s athletic life for Gatorade. Mike Schmidt, from Gotham, was also a finalist for his Best Western brief that turned a perceived negative into a positive for the independent owners of Best Westerns across the country.

Unlike other competitions that award the winners shiny statuettes, the “Pick of the Litter“ can choose between a cuddly chocolate lab puppy or $2,500 in cold, hard cash. Since the competition started 11 years ago, only the first winner has picked the puppy. Keeping with tradition, this year’s winner James Thorpe, from Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners, chose the cash for his winning BMW ActiveE case study. We’re sure his landlord is happy. To view all the winning case studies, go to