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BBDO Scores More Beer

bud_light_lime_largeAnd now for some more BBDO news: the agency’s ongoing relationship with Anheuser-Busch got a bit fruitier today as its Chicago office won the Bud Light Lime account from Steve Stoute’s Translation.

This move comes less than a year after Bud Light made the same switch; Energy BBDO will run the account.

From AB’s official statement:

“…we are moving Bud Light extensions work to BBDO now to gain synergies.”

And yes, “Translation continues to be a valued creative partner and collaborator on our successful Budweiser Made in America program.”

Just not in Chicago.

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Translation to Close Its Chicago Office

new_logo_860We’ve just received word that New York-based Translation, the agency famously founded by Steve Stoute in partnership with Jay-Z, will be shuttering its Chicago office.

Founder/CEO Stoute writes:

“As an agency our mission has always been to provide exceptional service to our clients, and to bring purpose and precision to our creative output. With the recent additions of President Nils Peyron and CCO John Norman in New York, and always with an eye toward the long-term growth of our organization, we have made the decision to bring our team together in New York and close Translation’s Chicago office. This was a hard choice for all of us, but one that will strengthen the agency immediately and for years to come.”
 More info as it comes in.

Here’s a Brief Statement from Mother Regarding BK Loss

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Well, the relationship fairly briefly, but as you may heard, Burger King has parted ways with Mother New York. You might remember that said agency joined BK’s roster and became the fast-food chain’s lead agency in early 2013, in the process coming up with ads like the Mary J. Blige-starring spot that drew somewhat agreeable comments from Translation chief Steve Stoute and was also lampooned by Second City. Anyhow, here’s your succinct statement that was just sent to us from the agency:

“We were optimists going into the relationship and after a substantial test ride, it did not work out. We wish our friends at Burger King all the best.”

Yes, Richie Glickman is No Longer at Translation

Well, we’ve received tips about this since the spring actually and all the way up to yesterday, so let’s just put this to bed once and for all and say that Richie Glickman‘s time at Translation has come to an end. It didn’t take much to uncover that tidbit, but we can’t say for sure if Glickman was part of the cuts made by Steve Stoute & Co. a month ago. Whatever the case, Glickman, who’s now owner/curator of something called “Camp Glickman,” officially joined Translation last August as group creative director and led efforts for Bud Light and Bud Platinum including this year’s Super Bowl spot starring Stevie Wonder.

Prior to his most recent agency gig, the creative vet spent nearly a decade at JWT, where he last served as ECD and led global work for Royal Caribbean. During his time at said agency, Glickman also worked on Kimberly-Clark brands including Kleenex and Huggies. We’ll try to find out what Camp Glickman is exactly (most likely a fancy freelancer moniker), and will keep you posted if and when we do.

Rihanna Joins Jay-Z in Translation, Budweiser’s ‘Made for Music’ Campaign

Budweiser’s new campaign “Made for Music” launches in 85 countries today, featuring Jay-Z and Rihanna carefully dispersed amidst other artists including an ice sculptor and street art painter. Jay-Z’s ad is backed by his song PSA, while Rihanna’s features her newest single, “Right Now.” Both spots are directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, Bee Season) and each closes with inspirational words from Bud: “It begins and ends with what you make.”

Made for Music was inspired by the Budweiser Made in America Festival which debuted in Philly last year and Jay-Z headlined. This year, Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will take the marquee billing over Labor Day Weekend.

Jay and RiRi’s ads are mildly inspiring with their filmic, black-and-white “creative spirit.” After the Samsung deal, Jay-Z’s authenticity feels slightly compromised, but both he and Rihanna are still solid examples of hard-working performers. The scenes are nothing new–star reads in the car, star makes decisions with sweeping hand motions, star stands triumphant as the lights go down–so I wouldn’t mind a bit of original dialogue, but all in all these spots do the job. Time to turn up Magna Carta Holy Grail and channel HOV’s productivity.

Credits after the jump as well as clips from our interview last year with Translation CEO Steve Stoute on his agency’s relationship with “the king of beers.”

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Another day at Cannes produces another infographic from SapientNitro. Now, we head to the ’70s and a nod to Vivienne Westwood. link

-In case you missed it, above we have a recent Samsung digital short created by Huge (which is also busy vindicating Cap’n Crunch) and starring Usher. link

-Well, Steve Stoute  was truthful in telling us that his agency Translation still maintains a healthy relationship with A-B InBev (on Bud Light Platinum, Made In America, etc.), though not on sole ad duties for Bud Light. link

-Brian Sheehan, former Saatchi & Saatchi Japan/Australia and Team One CEO, has written a book called Loveworks. link

-Blast Radius Vancouver has promoted longtime staffer Michael Howatson to the newly created role of executive creative director, platforms/West, effective immediately. link

-Digitas has launched the next phase of its “The Big State” campaign for the New York Stock Exchange. link

-Dunkin Donuts says its “Time to make the donuts” slogan is dead and that it’s now appealing to the gluten-free demo. link

 

Here’s a Quick Update on Translation

We arrived this morning to a flood of tips regarding the state of Translation, mainly that the NYC-based agency cut several staffers last week. While many of those on the Spy line were spouting numbers including “38,” we heard directly a short while ago from Translation founder/CEO Steve Stoute, who clarifies that he had to actually let go of 17 people across departments last Friday.

From what the exec tells us, it had nothing to do with specific client issues (and yes, we are looking into the one many of you mentioned), but that “when you grow to where we grew, [there are staffers] who are not culturally fit, are overpaid or are not qualified.” Stoute adds, “I have to keep the talent at my company at the same level as the opportunities that come our way.” We’ll keep you posted if and when we hear more.

We Hear: Cereda Out at Translation?

It’s never been easy to get some prompt, direct feedback from Translation, and this week’s been no exception. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve received several tips that Chris Cereda, who’s led creative at the New York-based agency for a year as CCO, has left Translation. Once again, we inquired directly to the agency and without comment, were directed to the man himself, Translation founder/CEO and Adage’s latest Executive of the Year, Steve Stoute, who we’ve come to know a bit in recent months.

Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to reach Stoute (let alone Cereda, who’s LinkedIn appears to have disappeared as well) when calling his office and are still waiting to hear back. As for Cereda himself, the Translation CCO has led the charge on various notable campaigns in recent months including the fun State Farm “Chris Paul/Cliff Paul” work and of course, the various Bud Light/Platinum efforts. Prior to joining Translation, the creative chief served as ECD at KBS+P and has worked at McCann on accounts including MasterCard during his career. We’re checking with all resources on this, so we’ll update with comment if and when we do hear back (wishful thinking, perhaps).

Hmm, So Did Translation Win Another Bud Pitch Yesterday?

Well, the details are as scant as can be on this one at the moment, but receiving a “no comment” from an agency on the matter versus flat-out denial certainly raises our suspicions. From what sources tell us, NYC-based agency Translation has apparently won a pitch to A-B InBev and Jay-Z himself yesterday for a global music initiative with Budweiser, which doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering the Hova’s close ties with agency CEO Steve Stoute (not to mention, duh, his actual involvement in Translation) and the former headlining the Bud-sponsored “Made in America” festival last year.

We’re hearing that several folks from the AB-InBev were in attendance yesterday along with Jay-Z and a few Roc Nation execs. You know Translation’s stance at the moment, but we’re of course checking with the brew giant on the matter.

Chris Paul, Cliff Paul Return for State Farm

From Translation comes the second installment of the Chris Paul/Cliff Paul State Farm saga, which will make its TV debut tomorrow night.

If you recall, Episode I (the entire premise of which rested on a pun about the word “assist”) premiered during the NBA’s Christmas Day games. This obviously isn’t the first time we’ve seen a professional athlete star in State Farm campaigns, but what Translation realizes that DDB Chicago doesn’t is that having a professional athlete actually attempt to deliver lines and, well, “act” isn’t the best idea. I’m a Packers fan through and through, which is why it made me so unbelievably uncomfortable to watch Aaron Rodgers totally bomb during those “Discount Double-Check” ads. Seriously, the dude was out-acted by a bunch of preschoolers.

Unless you have Blake Griffin or Peyton Manning at your disposal, just dress up your professional athlete in funny clothes, offer 3-5 variations of the site gag, and don’t ever give them lines. Hey look, it’s Chris, er, Cliff Paul wearing funny glasses and a dapper suit and an argyle sweater. Haha, so silly. See how easy that was? Now I want to watch more. Credits after the jump.

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