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PREACHER Rounds Up Texas Athletes to Promote ESPN’s Longhorn Network

PREACHER, the Austin, Texas agency founded earlier this year by CD Rob Baird and colleagues from Mother New York, released one of its first big-name campaigns today for ESPN. More specifically, they’re promoting Longhorn Network, a regional channel offering 24/7 coverage of Texas sports.

The first spot in the “All the Live Long Day” campaign stars former NFL stars Ricky Williams and Vince Young as tour guides:

Some context for those who don’t know Texas from New Mexico: the tower in this clip serves as the “metaphorical home” of Longhorn Network. It’s located just off the University of Texas campus in an area called “the 41st acre” in a reference the number of acres (40) originally allotted to the school.

Let’s just say there were a lot of native Texans involved.

Three more spots in the series below.

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Mother NY Alums Officially Launch Austin-Based ‘Preacher’

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The trio of former Mother staffers who left the agency’s New York office for an Austin adventure have officially launched their shop (just in time for SXSWi, we suppose) that’s been dubbed Preacher. Along with doing some experiential work for Nike retail and a content project for Skillshare, creative director Rob Baird, managing director Krystie Loyland and strategy director Seth Gaffney have landed clients including healthy snack company Snikiddy, a Texas-based coffee brand called Seventh Flag launching this March, and a new golf lifestyle brand that Preacher is helping create from scratch to launch this summer under a yet-to-be-disclosed name that the latter came up with.

In case you need some background on the Preachers’ past, Baird was one of the original staffers at Mother NY, overseeing client work Virgin Mobile, Stella Artois, Dell Computers, Coca-Cola, Yahoo! and Sour Patch Kids (and doing two stints in the process). During his career, the creative vet spent time at TBWA Chiat Day on Skittles and Absolut, and Fallon on Starbucks, Timberland and SoBe. Gaffney served as co-head of strategy at Mother while Loyland held the post of VP of new business and account director.

Veteran Mother Trio Splits for Austin to Start New Venture

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Just a month after losing longtime creative Piers North to Spring Studios, Mother is watching three more veteran staffers move  on as creative director, Rob Baird, Mother & former director of new business Krystle Loyland, and co-head of strategy Seth Gaffney are heading to Austin start up their own operation. In a statement regarding the departing trio, Mother NY founding partner, Andrew Dietchman, says,  “Rob, Krystle, and Seth have made huge contributions over the years. That we’ve repaid their commitment to Mother by helping them arrive at a place where they have the confidence and skills to venture off on their own is a point of enormous pride for me and my partners.  They will forever be part of our family and we’ll always support them in any way can.”

Baird had two stints at Mother during his career, rejoining the agency from TBWA\Chiat\Day NY in summer 2010 to lead creative on Dell, Stella Artois and Coca-Cola among others. As for Loyland, the exec spent six-and-a-half years at the agency, working with clients including Tanquery/Diageo and Google while Gaffney joined in his role at Mother in 2010 after serving on the account/strategy side at the likes of W+K  and Deutsch. We’ve been told the trio’s new venture will be announced soon and will open in early 2014.

Virgin Mobile Manufactures Celebrity Couple

Meet Sarah, a thin leggy blonde and her new dashing, confused beau, Spencer. With their powers combined, they become “Sparah,” Hollywood’s newest celebrity couple. Isn’t this exactly how you’ve always imagined celebrity couples are formed? A talent agent introduces the pair, goes over (in Spencer’s case) cringe-worthy wardrobe malfunctions and hands them the keys to a new SUV and a mansion?

In this case, Virgin Mobile’s latest campaign with Mother NY will actually make Spencer and Sarah into L.A.’s newest “it” couple over the next six months. That’s right, this sociological experiment will actually take place right before our eyes. “Sparah” will appear in commercials, at store openings and public events like Virgin’s Freefest. Celeb obsessed fans can even monitor Sparah’s rise to fame on Virgin’s Facebook page. Confused how this will play out? As the pair’s talent agent (who we’ll hopefully see more of) says, “That’s a tweet. Tweet that shit.” Credits after the jump.

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