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LeBron Kicks Back with Family, Friends for Samsung Galaxy

We are now in the season of LeBron James commercials. He’s like Victor Cruz, only taller, better, richer, and not a Time Warner Cable lackey. If you happened to watch the opening night of the NBA season, you saw three different LeBron endorsements, including a new two-minute Samsung spot (:60 version with just the family after the jump) that gives viewers a glimpse into the family life of the best basketball player in the world.

If you care about such things, you may remember last year’s Samsung/LBJ launch, which also premiered on opening night as the Miami Heat were getting their first set of rings. That 2012 spot was more about LeBron and his friends ruling Miami in barber shops and ice cream trucks. This year’s version is all about LeBron and his family: his sons hanging out in the pool or on a driveway basketball court as his wife films from a Samsung Galaxy. ”The Next Big Thing is Here” flashes on the screen as LeBron’s son celebrates after swishing a jump shot. We get it, but it’s still fairly interesting to let two little boys take some of the spotlight away from the real star.

The spot is an easy watch, a relaxing tone that rubs off on the viewer. Life is good for LeBron, and even though I typically prefer product-focused ads to lifestyle ads, when the spokesman is one of the most famous people on the planet, customers may take notice. Smiles all around and credits after the jump.

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72andSunny Waxes Nostalgic in New Spots for Samsung Galaxy Gear

72andSunny pays homage to sci-fi and television history in their new campaign for Samsung Galaxy Gear.

The spot “Evolution” traces the evolution of wristwatch communication, from Dick Tracy and Star Trek to Inspector Gadget and even Predator. The spot ends with the text “After All These Years It’s Finally Real” before introducing Samsung’s latest product. It’s a fun way to highlight the evolution of modern technology and say “The future is now” while making Galaxy Gear seem pretty cool.

A second spot, “A Long Time Coming” pays similar homage, showing characters talking into their wrist pieces in rapid succession. It’s not quite as strong as “Evolution” and perhaps more than a touch too similar to the iPhone’s “Hello” spot, even if it does touch some similar bases.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is available now for the futuristic price of $299. Knight Rider not included. Check out the second spot and “Evolution” credits after the jump.

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Monday Odds and Ends

 

-McCann Worldgroup alum Matt Jacobs joined the newly opened Digitas San Francisco office as SVP of strategy & analysis. link

-Former Energy BBDO EVP Patty Cohen joined SapientNitro’s Chicago office as VP, group account director.

-TBWA/Organic alum and current Socialistic CEO Colleen DeCourcy reveals that she’s the female ad exec who confessed to Digiday. link

-Ex-Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has found a new gig as chief exec at ShopRunner. link

-Y&R Israel unveils a new location-based print ad for native chain, Coffee Joe (above).

-EuroRSCG Chicago was named AOR for Bel Brands, which counts the Laughing Cow and Boursin cheeses among its lines. link

-Effie Worldwide released a report on the “key drivers of marketing effectiveness.” link; link (PDF)

-Culver City/Vancouver-based VFX house Zoic Studios promoted Tony Meister to art director.

-San Francisco digital shop Odopod moved to a bigger office in the Hayes Valley. link

-L.A.-based prodco The Cortez Brothers signed director Ago Panini to its roster. (link to work)