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FCB Does the Creative Shuffle

FCB Jon

FCB announced two big moves atop its North American ranks today: Chicago EVP/ECD Jon Flannery is moving up to Toronto and Dan Fietsam has been hired to take his place.

Flannery’s promotion comes in the wake of the success of a certain campaign you may have seen that involved the shipping of pants; the win earned him an ECD promotion just over a year ago. The man called himself “a late bloomer” in a Chicago Business Journal interview about that campaign, though he served as CD/VP during a nine-year run at Leo Burnett and spent seven years at Element79 before joining FCB.

Flannery replaces CCO Robin Heisey, who left the Toronto office for parts unknown after 14 years at the agency. Flannery will officially take over on August 11th, working “in tandem” with FCB Canada President Paul Mead.

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FCB Chicago Launches The Paint Studio for Ace Hardware with ‘Helpful is Beautiful’

Ace Hardware tapped FCB Chicago to help introduce The Paint Studio, which seeks to provide a “more style-inspired and personal paint shopping experience” for Ace customers with exclusive paint collections from Clark+Kensington, Valspar Optimus and Valspar Aspire. The resulting campaign, “Helpful Is Beautiful” is the largest ever for Ace Hardware, spanning television, radio, print, social and digital.

“Helpful Is Beautiful,” which was developed by FCB Chicago in association with Ace and Valspar, riffs on tropes from beauty advertising in an effort to emphasize the more design-oriented aspects of The Paint Studio. The attempts at humor fall flat (painfully so), but the spots do get across the more personalized approach Ace’s new Paint Studio takes when compared to other hardware mega-stores. Still, the three 30-second spots are pretty tough to watch.

“For years, women have expressed loyalty to their favorite cosmetics brands and the inspiring shopping experience that comes along with it,” explains John Surane, executive vice president, marketing, merchandising, and sales for Ace Hardware. “Ace and Valspar recognize the emotional response evoked by color and built the ‘Helpful is Beautiful’ campaign and The Paint Studio at Ace around this connection as a way to offer consumers a differentiating paint shopping experience featuring the brands they know and trust.”

Ace also launched a new website for The Paint Studio today, created by GSD&M, and will be featuring special offers to get customers to experience The Paint Studio throughout the month of May. Stick around for credits and a second spot after the jump. Read more

FCB Chicago Introduces ‘The Truck Whisperer’ for Fleetmatics


Earlier this month FCB Chicago introduced “The Truck Whisperer” for fleet tracking and management service Fleetmatics.

While a “Dog Whisperer” parody may have come across as edgy and topical say, 6 years ago, FCB Chicago’s character mostly felt flat and slightly annoying. The newly added additions to the campaign, unfortunately, take things even further in the annoying direction. The new spots — “What?”, “Therapy”, “10 & 2” and “Cinderblocks” continue embellishing the “Truck Whisperer” character. “Cinderblocks” (above), for example, sees the character pained over the fate of a truck and wishing he had been contacted sooner. If you like the character already (can’t imagine that’s a lot of you), the new spots may tickle your fancy, or may sour you on him, as there’s even less to like than with the original “Meet The Trick Whisperer” spot. If you don’t, they certainly won’t do anything to change your mind. All told, this is kind of a curious approach for Fleetmatics, and we’re not sure it’s doing much for the brand. Stick around for credits and more from the “Truck Whisperer” after the jump. Read more

Draftfcb Chicago Lets Pets Speak for The Shelter Pet Project

We thought we’d round out Monday on a cute note.

Draftfcb Chicago created a new pro-bono campaign for The Shelter Pet Project that lets the animals speak for themselves. Working in partnership with The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund, Draftfcb’s integrated campaign features TV, outdoor and web PSAs promoting pet adoption. The campaign showcases the adorable and amazing personalities of real dogs and cats adopted from shelters, who practically reach through the screen and invite viewers to play with them. Draftfcb plans to take things a step further later this week with the launch of a new online experience on The Shelter Pet Project’s website allowing visitors “to virtually meet and play with the pets from the PSAs.” You can view the PSA for the friendly feline Stetson above, while dog lovers can meet the energetic Arnie below. Still not enough aww to round out your Monday? Stick around for another feline/canine pair and credits after the jump.

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Draftcb Releases Holiday ‘Ship My Pants’ Sequel for Kmart

If you were a fan of Draftcb’s almost-expletive filled “Ship My Pants” spot for Kmart, (which we covered back in April) you might be glad to learn that the agency has just released a holiday follow-up, “Ship My Trousers,” which hopes to recapture the viral success (over 20 million views) of that spot.  Draftcb’s sequel follows the formula of the original very, very closely. In fact, “Ship My Trousers” uses the same actors, and most of the same lines, as the original “Ship My Pants” spot. It’s pretty much the same ad, just adapted for characters from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. If you enjoyed the original “Ship My Pants,” chances are you’ll find the sequel amusing as well. If you didn’t, you probably won’t want to bother watching “Ship My Trousers” above. Personally, while I don’t understand what characters from A Christmas Carol are doing shopping at Kmart, the “I just shipped my bed” guy’s delivery just about makes up for it. Idea for next time: hire the actor who played Clay Davis on The Wire to say “sheeeip.” Credits after the jump. Read more

Draftcb’s Joe Boxer Spot for Kmart Stirs Controversy Amongst the Easily Offended

You may have read about the controversy surrounding Draftcb Chicago’s new Joe Boxer spot for Kmart, “Show Your Joe.” If you actually watch the spot (featured above) and have any sense, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Kmart, of course, is no stranger to controversial advertising: a recent Kmart spot featured Satan and Genghis Khan, and their “Ship My Pants” spot is still our favorite of the bunch.

“Show Your Joe” opens with a group of tuxedo-wearing men behind a curtain, ringing bells. After a few seconds the curtain is whisked away to reveal the men clad in only boxer shorts from the waist down, and they begin playing “Jingle Bells” by shaking their hips. Presumably the, uh, bells, are tucked away somewhere in those boxers. The men perform the chorus of the song…and that’s it. To be clear: there’s nothing all that risque about the execution — the camera is panned way out and these dudes are in boxers, okay? No junk visible. Repeat: no junk visible.

The holiday effort is a little juvenile perhaps, but offensive? Hardly. The most offensive thing about it may be that it’s not all that funny. Either the cries to arms are coming from those who feel this ad violates the “sanctity of Christmas” (you can see these people riding around in cars with “Put the Christ back in Christmas” bumper stickers and complaining about government handouts), or they are the typically hypocritical complaints that arise from anything remotely provocative associated with male body parts. Overtly sexualizing women in every single women’s underwear ad ever? That’s okay. Suggesting that a group of guys are playing “Jingle Bells” with parts tucked away in their boxers, away from view? Congratulations, you’ve just awakened the seven horses of the apocalypse.

Kmart has reportedly refused to pull the ad, despite a long list of complaints on their Facebook page (although a quick glance at the page while writing this turned up at least as many comments supporting the ad). Good for them. If anything, the controversy will just call more attention to the spot, Kmart and Joe Boxer. Let us know what you think about the so-called controversy surrounding “Show Your Joe” in the comments section. Credits after the jump. Read more

Tuesday Morning Stir

-The Eurobest crew has announced its final 2013 jury presidents. link

-Estee Lauder celebrates “The Beauty of Night” with the help of Brooklyn-based design shop, HUSH. link

-Olympics protests be damned, Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase is being shown for the first time in Moscow (trailer above). link

-Pierre Conte has been appointed as CEO of GroupM France.

-Draftfcb Chicago CCO Todd Tilford plays guest judge for Bestads “Top 6 of the Week.” link

-Pascal de Decker, most recently ECD at Palm + Havas, is joining Taxi Montreal effective Sept. 3 as ECD. link

Here’s the Memo Regarding Draftfcb Chicago’s Biz Dev Director Shift

As noted above, we’ve just obtained the memo from sources regarding a changing of the guards on the business development side at Draftfcb Chicago. After spending a decade at said agency, most recently serving as VP/biz dev director, Jamie McGarry is moving on. Taking over in the role of what is now SVP/group management director, new business development will be 15-year DFCB vet Sue Redington. You can read the full memo from Draft Chicago president Michael Fassnacht, CCO Todd Tilford and Redington’s direct boss, group management director Mark Bellissimo to staff after the jump.  As for McGarry, sources say that she is headed to O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, which was launched in Chicago earlier this year by fellow Draftfcb alums Tom O’Keefe and Nick Paul as well as ex-Amazon exec Matt Reinhard. Anyhow, read on if you so choose.

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DFCB, Kmart Continue to Make Puns, Offer ‘Big Gas Savings’

When DraftFCB and Kmart released their spot “Ship My Pants” last month, it was lauded far and wide as shot of adrenaline for both the retail brand and the Chicago office of the agency. Sure, it was silly, considering the spot’s entire charm rested on the fact that “ship” can sound like “shit,” but it was still a funny and delightfully unexpected execution for brand not known for taking risks.

After “Ship My Pants” racked up a whopping 17 million+  YouTube views, it would be foolish to switch up a formula that’s proven itself on such a grand scale. So, we now have “Big Gas Savings,” a new spot which tries to recreate the lightning-in-a-bottle success of its predecessor. Now first off,  it lacks the unexpectedness of “Ship My Pants,” not to mention that “gas” and “ass” is a bit further of a reach than “ship” and “shit.” And, of course, “shit” is a far funnier word than “ass.” Also, advertising discounts on gas might not be the best way to get people into your store. In other words, no, this doesn’t live up to “Ship My Pants,” but really could it?

Kmart was left with two options here when it became clear that they had to stick to an execution they knew would bring in viewers. The first, which they went with, was to use a different swear word. The second, which may have worked better, was to continue going with “shit” and come up with new jokes. This isn’t to say that “Big Gas Savings,” isn’t better than 90 percent of ads out there. In fact, it’s still a very enjoyable watch. It’s impossible to hit it out of the park with every swing, and a single sure isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Credits after the jump.

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Flannery Moves On Up to ECD at DFCB Chicago

Well, as those in know are telling us, a few tipsters may have received some mixed signals. Jon Flannery is NOT replacing Draftfcb Chicago CCO Todd Tilford but instead has been promoted from EVP/group creative director to EVP/executive creative director and will still report to the latter exec. Tilford in fact offers a statement with a little reveal, saying, “Jon is an exceptional strategic thinker and creative talent, and he knows how to engineer a collaborative environment where great work happens. We are in the process of turning the Chicago office into an open source creation studio, and Jon will play a critical role in making it happen. The path we are taking is going to be a an exciting one.”

Flannery has been with DFCB Chicago for over four years and was promoted, according to the agency, as a result of his work with clients including Kmart (he led creative on the recent viral hit for the brand, “Ship Your Pants”), Dow Chemical and The Shelter Pet Project. Prior to Draftfcb, the Chicago agency vet spent seven years as a senior creative at Element 79 (which was folded into Omnicom sibling DDB Chicago last fall), where he worked on Gatorade among other clients. Prior to E79, Flannery spent nearly a decade at Leo Burnett.

 

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