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W+K Tokyo and Nike Just Want to Have Fun

Here’s an energetic spot to end a short week: South Korean high schoolers love sports just as much as all teens, but the press release tells us that “many barriers” like school and family responsibilities prevent them from having a good time.

The team at Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo took to the streets to gauge their sentiments and came up with the tagline, “When Fun Wins, You Can’t Lose.”

The resulting ad stars “Korean football legend Ji-Sung Park, rising tennis player Duck-Hee Lee, K-Pop superstar Taeyang from the group BIG BANG” and a bunch of kids who just want to enjoy their soccer/baseball/basketball/running and dancing.

Don’t forget the dancing.

We’re still partial to the glow-in-the-dark basketball dude.

Credits below.

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We Hear: W+K Signs S7 Airlines

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While the agency’s official comment is “no comment”, an anonymous tipster can confirm today that Wieden+Kennedy‘s newest client is S7, formerly known as Siberia Airlines.

Never heard of it? It’s the largest domestic airline in Russia, or the equivalent of our own Southwest to Aeroflot’s United.

We’re told that the company, which previously stuck with Russia-based agencies like Leo Burnett Moscow for its advertising needs (a Burnett campaign won two awards at Cannes this year), wanted to expand and go with an overseas shop in order to win greater market share as more and more Russians travel for both business and pleasure.

W+K–which also serves as AOR for Delta–beat three other agencies on the pitch.

Some odd S7 ads after the jump.

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WPP’s TAXI Begins Brewing New Relationship with Maxwell House

old maxwell house adThe year was 2010 when WPP rolled out the red carpet and doled out the cash for yet another advertising agency — TAXI.

The Toronto-based shop was bought to stand alone within the group and grow its own offices rather than merging with other units, according to Y&R Brands CEO Peter Stringham.

Apparently that was a good strategy: TAXI just wrangled itself a strong cup of the Kraft Foods empire with Maxwell House. Previously, the account was with W+K Portland.

The change comes only a couple of months after the coffee brand launched a new campaign called “Say Good Morning to a Good Day“; mcgarrybowen ran the account prior to W+K.

Seems that “the last drop” arrives more quickly each year. Stay tuned.

Apple Officially Takes More Ads In-House

The strained relationship between Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day has reached a new stage.

Two months after unflattering email exchanges between Apple’s head of marketing and TBWA’s Media Arts Lab surfaced as part of the extended Apple vs. Samsung copyright battle, Bloomberg was the first outlet to report that the company will now be creating more (if not all) of its TV spots in-house.

An Apple spokesperson reminded Bloomberg that the internal team, which “includes at least two people Apple hired away from Media Arts Lab”, is responsible for recent spots like this one:

The shift has been in the works since early 2013, with Apple deciding to take control of more production duties and build up its own team rather than search for a new agency.

Other outside hires include at least two higher-ups from Wieden+Kennedy: Tyler Whisnand and Bill Davenport.

No one at MAL–which recently went through some staffing changes of its own–offered a comment to Bloomberg, so the current and future status of the partnership remains unclear. 72andSunny CEO John Boiler did weigh in, however, calling the company’s decision to hire from within MAL “…an indication of some seriously broken trust.”

W+K Presents the User-Generated Content Version of Coke’s ‘AHH Effect’

As the season finale of any major show approaches, advertising agencies and brands gather together around their chai teas, complicated brownies and erasable markers to determine how they can collectively take advantage of the ratings spike to come.

Coca-Cola figured out a way to win during the season finale of ‘American Idol’: user-generated contact.

Of course, the brand needed the help of Wieden+Kennedy to pull it off.

The video, which will premiere during tonight’s finale, was the result of a contest that began months ago under the “AHH” umbrella of ingenuity. Consumers created each clip, and editors completed the final cut of 40 AHHs by drawing from a group of more than 400 submissions from around the world.

While the “AHH Effect” campaign has been airing on VH1, MTV, and other channels broadcasting everything but music, this spot marked its network debut.

Credits after the jump.

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Layoffs at W+K Portland

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We’ve confirmed, via agency spokesperson, that a series of layoffs officially hit the Portland offices of Wieden+Kennedy today.

In summary: after parting ways with a few unspecified clients, W+K had to make some unfortunate decisions regarding the size of its staff.

Agency reps could not comment on totals or titles, but several anonymous tipsters told us the number of layoffs was greater than 30 and that it included more than one Creative Director.

Updates if/when we receive them.

McCann Wins Mucinex (CEO Memo Included)

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This morning brought big news on the expectorant front for McCann Worldgroup: outsized “health, home and hygiene” consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser–maker of pretty much everything that comes in a package–signed the agency to lead creative on Mucinex and Delsym, two of the industry’s top products for treating coughs.

This move comes as part of a series of announcements following a full review that also led to wins for Droga5 (Air Wick, Clearasil) and Wieden+Kennedy (Finish).

Before choosing McCann, Reckitt’s in-house team handled advertising for Mucinex.

The full employee memo from chairman/CEO Harris Diamond after the jump.

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CP+B Names Spence Kramer Global Managing Director

Spence KramerCP+B‘s Miami office has a new role and a new name to fill it: Spence Kramer, fresh off running Coca-Cola for Wieden+Kennedy, will be the agency’s new global managing director.

In his new position, Kramer will work across all eight CP+B offices from L.A. to Stockholm while also “identifying new international growth opportunities” and managing relationships with current clients.

Prior to handling Coke, Kramer headed Nike for W+K; previous positions include in-house stints with Virgin America and ESPN. In a career marked by a talent for managing massive companies’ marketing strategies, he also has extensive international experience.

In the release, Kramer writes:

“I can’t think of better people and a smarter, more forward-thinking company to join than CP+B. The best years of this agency are ahead of us.”

On a side note, he easily won our office’s unofficial “Headshot of the Week” contest.

W+K Names Colleen DeCourcy as Partner

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Wieden+Kennedy has named Colleen DeCourcy as the newest partner in its global network.

DeCourcy most recently served as Global Coexecutive Creative Director; she joins Dan Wieden, Dave Luhr, Mark Fitzloff, Susan Hoffman, Tom Blessington, Bill Davenport, John Jay, Neil Christie, Tony Davidson and Kim Papworth on the partner team.

DeCourcy worked at W+K for only eighteen months before the promotion; prior to joining the agency, she founded her own shop called Socialistic, which she ran as CEO and chief creative officer. The release states that, during her time at W+K, she has “extended the creative department’s capabilities beyond advertising, into both experience and product design.”

Her full ad industry resume includes stints in leadership positions at TBWA New York, JWT and Organic.

ESPN Stoke World Cup Excitement, National Pride with ‘I Believe’

ESPN has  just unveiled their latest FIFA World Cup 2014 spot, raising excitement for the event with just about 2 months left until it kicks off in Brazil on June 12th.

Entitled “I Believe,” the 60-second spot attempts to pump up Americans for the event, which has gained popularity nationally in recent years. Shots of Team USA in action and crowd footage are accompanied by a chant of “I believe that we can win.” Given the odds against the American squad, “I believe that we can make it past group stage” seems a bit more realistic.

Update: We’re told that, despite their normal involvement with ESPN, W+K did not have anything to do with the above spot.

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