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Posts Tagged ‘Renny Maslow’

Havas Taps Former College Football Stars for DISH Network

Havas Worldwide Chicago tapped former college football stars Matt Leinart, Heath Shuler and Brian Bosworth in their latest spot for DISH Network, promoting the DISH Anywhere app.

Also featuring the kangaroo mascots that just refuse to go away, the spot finds the three athletes deciding to head back to college after misunderstanding a conversation about watching live college football anywhere with DISH’s app. This is about as painful as the rest of DISH’s recent advertising, with the involvement of Leinart, Shuler and Bosworth the only thing really differentiating it. Hardcore college football fans might get a kick out of seeing the trio, but for the rest of us this is just another annoying DISH ad. Credits after the jump. Read more

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Applebee’s, CP+B Bring Back the Lunch Decoy

CP+B originally ran with the idea of a blow-up doll lunch decoy last year, suggesting that people could secure more time at Applebee’s by tricking their bosses. In 2013, the same old bag of tricks comes in the form of a longer ad – 102 seconds – showing various worker bees running out of the office to indulge in some Applebee’s. I’ve never been a fan of the fine dining cuisine at such establishments, but I’m told customers can enjoy hundreds of lunch combos starting at $6.99. If you can get a restaurant combo for that cheap, you may want to think twice.

The spot itself isn’t digging much into new ground. There is one interesting bit, when a black construction worker uses a white lunch decoy. I’m not sure what that is trying to say, if anything at all, but the man’s boss must not pay very good attention to his staff if the lunch decoy can be effective while using a different skin color than the man who is jolting to Applebee’s (Ed. update: CP+B clarifies that it did use the likeness that most resembles of its construction worker as part of the campaign. Go here). Maybe the man’s boss is using his own lunch decoy, at which point the men would run into each other at an Applebee’s and ruin the trick for everyone. Credits after the jump.

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Cottonelle Aims to Gussy Up Spare Toilet Paper Rolls

Look at that spare roll of toilet paper waiting expectantly atop your toilet. Doesn’t it make you feel self-conscious? Don’t you wish it looked pretty? Well, does Cottonelle have the solution for you!

As part of Cottonelle’s “Respect the Roll” campaign (which debuted in August), the Kimberly-Clark T.P. brand employed the talents of popular “happy chic” designer Jonathan Adler to produce three “groovy” new toilet paper roll covers. As part of the campaign, Chicago-based agency Tris3ct created two new TV spots starring characters who live in the fictional town of Where the Sun Don’t Shine. (So…they live up someone’s anus?) In this dark town, residents apparently “respect” their backup toilet paper so much that they’ve given it a little house to live in, all the while teaching each other about proper toilet paper care and etiquette. Credits and one more spot follow after the jump.

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State Farm Supplies LeBron with World’s Smallest Violin

How did Miami Heat forward LeBron James and his buddy smash an SUV into a mail box and sever the head of a marble lion statue in the middle of the day? We may never know, but thankfully his State Farm agent arrived to the scene well before the cops showed up and started asking these difficult questions.

Though this spot from Translation NY refuses to respond directly to the anti-LeBron smear campaign competitor Allstate has been running in the Chicago area, it still uses the familiar magical jingle State Farm insurance is pushing in all of their commercials. Sadly, this spot doesn’t have an appearance from “The Girl From 4E” or Weezer. If a “binky for Baby Bron-Bron” doesn’t sound appropriate, maybe State Farm could add Boston Celtics center Glen “Big Baby” Davis to its ever-growing roster of celebrity endorsers. Credits after the jump.

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NFL on FOX Crew Touts the Advantages of Super Bowl Rings

Believe it or not, the NFL regular season is already more than halfway over. Yes, it’s depressing, and at this rate, Randy Moss will have played for six different teams by the time we reach the playoffs. So, we look toward the end of the seasons as America’s most watched (and most annoying) NFL Sunday team shows the differences between the “Have and Have Nots” in this campaign previewing Fox’s coverage of the Super Bowl.

As is the case with most former professional athletes, a lot of ordinary and mundane tasks can come down to bragging rights. So, while Joe Buck, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer may leer in jealousy at their Super Bowl-winning counterparts, they know that their lives drove them to be journalists instead of professional athletes, and while press passes do come with their benefits, they automatically mean getting to party with Usher or Hugh Laurie. Also, we get why Laurie’s there as his show House is on Fox, by why is Usher there? Was he just in the neighborhood?

Basically, the kind of folks who find the NFL on FOX funny and relevant will truly love this campaign. These are the same folks who think Howie Long is a studly stud, Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman are gods among men for restoring the Dallas Cowboys to greatness, Michael Strahan‘s sitcom should have been on longer and Terry Bradshaw was great in Failure to Launch. Still, I have yet to find anyone who thinks Frank Caliendo is funny or entertaining.

Two more spots and credits after the jump.
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