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BBDO NY, LeanIn.org Want to ‘Ban Bossy’ for Young Girls

Coming on the heels of International Women’s Day, BBDO New York has launched a new educational campaign for LeanIn.org and Girl Scouts of America encouraging achievement and leadership in girls.

The new campaign, entitled “Ban Bossy”offers “educational resources to help girls and women take the lead and give parents, teachers, troop leaders and managers hands-on strategies for supporting female leadership.” In addition to educational materials, the campaign includes celebrity endorsements, a new website, and the above 45 second PSA, “Change the Story.”

The thought-provoking PSA begins with girls listing all the things they won’t do, like “designing a building that reshapes the skyline” and “ask the questions that change the whole conversation.” This leads seamlessly into what stops these girls from accomplishing those things: “Here’s where I start to doubt myself,” one girl says. Finally, this leads into the name calling that causes the girls to stop asserting themselves, names like “stubborn,” “pushy,” “know-it-all” and, as you might expect, “bossy.” Ending on a positive note, a girl says “Here’s where I will change it all,” followed by the message: “Ban Bossy. Encourage girls to lead. Take the pledge at banbossy.org. The important message here is delivered in a way that works backwards from consequences to actions. It’s a great way to show all that is lost when we tell girls not to assert themselves, implicitly or explicitly.

“We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age—and instead, we need to encourage them,” explains Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org.

“Girls are twice as likely as boys to avoid leadership roles for fear of being disliked or deemed ‘bossy’ by their peers,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez adds.

Since launching, many organizations and individuals have pledged support for Ban Bossy, including Teach for America, Common Sense Media, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Edmodo, KIPP, AARP, Free The Children, Kids in the House, UrbanSitter, Babble, BlogHer, Upworthy, BBYO, Pantene and Always. Lifetime has also partnered with the initiative to create a PSA entitled “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” featuring celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmie Johnson, and Jane Lynch. Stick around for that PSA, along with credits, after the jump. And don’t forget to head over the the Ban Bossy site to make your own personal pledge to ban it yourself. Read more

Clemenger BBDO Wields Goofy Viking Spot for V Energy

Clemenger BBDO’s Sydney branch teamed up with Exit Films and Tool for the goofy viking-themed spot for V Energy featured above.

“Hey, viking begins with ‘V,’” someone over at Clemenger BBDO presumably decided, and the agency ran with it. In the 30 second spot, a viking crew organizes a mutiny to overthrow their leader in favor of the same guy drinking V Energy because “He’s a bit better at pillaging and setting fire to things.” The V Energy drinking usurper bests the leader at axe throwing, naturally leading into V Energy’s “The Massive Hit That Improves You A Bit” tagline. The spot’s goofy humor, like the leader’s axe throw, misses the mark — largely because by now the whole vikings in advertising thing has been done to death. Maybe it’s time to stock up on some V Energy and work on some new, improved ideas. Credits after the jump. Read more

Alright Already, Here’s Your Mark Taylor Update

marktaylorListen folks, we love you, but we can’t be everything to everyone, whether it concerns the likes of Mark Taylor, the man who had three stints at Crispin Porter + Bogusky (yes, three) and a brief spell at GSD&M, who parted ways with the MDC-owned agency last summer.  In case you didn’t read the post from AdAge, which by the way still hilariously lives in some Mad Men era and/or ranks themselves up with the New York Times –”my exclusive or the highway”–but is even more anachronistic (just fucking be civil, not political), Taylor has now joined up with Energy BBDO as its new chief creative officer.

Anyhow, I digress. Here is a statement from Energy president/CEO, Tonise Paul, who says, “Mark is an amazing talent and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome him to our Energy BBDO family. When you look at Mark’s work, you will see a history of marketing innovation. With the challenge of increasingly parity products and the opportunity afforded by the constant emergence of new technologies, this is how brands today win. Mark’s work is a collection of big, original ideas that have solved big business challenges. You will recognize it because it was often the first time you saw it done, starting with Subservient Chicken. On top of his track record of great work, Mark is a wonderful guy.”

Taylor will assume his new role on April 7 but until then, Chicago-based Energy BBDO will continue to be led by a group of senior creative directors.

MLB Selects BBDO NY as Creative Agency Partner

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With spring training in full swing, Major League Baseball has appointed a new multimedia creative agency partner, minus review, in BBDO New York, which will not only handle advertising/marketing for brand but also MLB Jewel events such as Opening Day, the All-Star Game and postseason. Tim Brosnan, MLB EVP/business, says in a statement, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Major League Baseball, and BBDO is exceptionally well-suited to help us bring the best game in the world to our fans in uniquely creative ways. We look forward to having them apply this creativity to further fuel the unprecedented success that baseball currently enjoys by creating innovative ways for fans to connect with MLB.”

While BBDO NY takes on MLB brand/Jewel duties (which were previously handled by a few different agencies), IPG-owned, Boston-based Hill Holliday will remain on as agency of record for MLB Fan Cave. This marks the second notable account win this month for BBDO NY, which added to its Pinnacle Foods roster by winning Wish-Bone duties.

 

 

BBDO NY Crafts Flights of Fancy for GE’s ‘Childlike Imagination’

If you’ve been watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at all, chances are you’ve seen the above spot for GE by BBDO New York.

The 60 second spot, “Childlike Imagination,” portrays GE’s range of individual businesses (turbines, aviation, 3-D printing, and others) through the imagination of the daughter of a GE employee. Its artful approach marks a departure from previous GE campaigns, which tended to focus on just one of these businesses. This change of approach works well for GE. The girl imagines “underwater fans that are powered by the moon,” “airplane engines that can talk,” “hospitals you can hold in your hand,” and “trains that are friends with trees.” The imaginative concept makes for a fun, visually interesting effort designed to capture your attention. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

BBDO Toronto Shows ‘What’s There’ for Paralympics


BBDO Toronto has crafted a new spot for the Canadian Paralympic Committee in anticipation of the upcoming Sochi Paralympic Games, with the uplifting message/tagline “It’s not what’s missing, it’s what’s there.” The line describes the need to look past physical differences to the incredible talent of these athletes and all the hard work they put in to train for the games.

“When we look at Paralympic athletes, we can make the mistake of focusing on their disabilities, instead of their extraordinary abilities,” said Simon Craig and JP Gravina, Associate Creative Directors, BBDO Toronto. “This campaign forces the viewer to see all the amazing things that make these Paralympic athletes great. To catch them in the midst of competition is an awe-inspiring experience by any definition.”

To accomplish this, the 60 second spot employs a letterbox effect to focus in on a select portion of each athlete, only revealing their identities toward the end of each scene, and thereby highlighting their athletic prowess and impactful performances rather than their disabilities. It’s an interesting fusion of form and function that really underscores the message behind the campaign, even if it risks alienating some viewers who complain about such a small portion of the screen being used at the start of the spot.

The athletes featured  here are snowboarder Michelle Salt, sledge hockey players Tyler McGregor and Dominic Larocque, and cross country skier/biathlete Mark Arendz. Arendz called the campaign “an awesome opportunity to increase awareness and demonstrate what we as Paralympic athletes are capable of.”

Nomination for the Canadian Paralympic Team is still going, with the full team set to be officially announced at the end of the month. The 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will be held from March 7-16. Canada will send approximately 50 athletes to the games, competing in all six sports, with the goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count. Credits after the jump. Read more

Energy BBDO Debuts Cannibal Potato Spot for Lay’s

Chicago-based Energy BBDO are behind this new cannibalistic spot for Lay’s, featuring the classic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters.

The 30 second spot, which was created in collaboration with production company Psyop and directed by Lauren Indovina and Borja Pena, shows Mr. Potato Head arrive home from work unable to find his wife. When he finally locates Mrs. Potato Head, he discovers her hiding in the pantry eating Lay’s. Mr. Potato Head overcomes his initial trepidation at delving into cannibalism immediately after trying a potato chip, accompanied by the tagline, “One taste and you’re in love.” Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head’s abhorrent crime against nature becomes their “little secret” in what, in a bizarre way, is something of a Valentine’s Day themed ad. The choice of Mr. and Mrs. Potato is something of a curious one, since Energy BBDO and Psyop had little chance of competing with Pixar’s likeness of the characters in the Toy Story series, and viewers will undoubtedly make that unfavorable comparison. Chalk this one up as a head spud scratcher. Credits after the jump.  Read more

BBDO Releases New Olympics Visa Spot, ‘Night Swim’

BBDO has just released a new Olympics spot for Visa featuring U.S. Olympic Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace.

The 45 second spot, “Nightswim,” follows Torin on one of his night runs through “an ocean of snow,” where “it’s only [him] and the mountain.” Torin explains that he skis at night because the days just aren’t long enough, and he can engage his passion in private at night, without the pressures and distractions he faces during the day. The spot closes with Morgan Freeman‘s narration that Visa has been “supporting Olympic athletes for over 25 years.”

Like a lot of the Olympic advertising we’ve been seeing, “Nightswim” is pretty straightforward, allowing the athlete involved and the idea of Olympic sponsorship to speak for itself. The most unusual thing about the spot would have to be the nighttime setting, which allows for some interesting visuals, but also some moments where it’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on. Credits after the jump.

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Dan Fietsam, Energy BBDO Part Ways

danenergyAfter spending the last five-plus years at Chicago-based Energy BBDO, word has trickled down through the departments that Dan Fietsam is no longer with the agency. If you recall, Fietsam replaced Marty Orzio over a half-decade ago as EVP/chief creative officer at the agency. We were forwarded a note from Energy sent from Energy’s president/CEO, Tonise Paul. See below:

“From: Paul, Tonise
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Subject: Thanks, Dan!

 

Team,

After 5-1/2 years, Dan is leaving the agency.  It’s been a good run, and we are thankful for Dan’s contributions to our collective success.

When Dan started, Energy BBDO was a smaller agency and, like the rest of America (and world), we were amidst one of most difficult macro economic downturns.  We continued to grow and succeed and Dan was a key player.

Under his leadership, we drove award-winning work and got recognition from the creative community. Most importantly, he brought in wonderful creative leaders.

In the “Next Phase for Fietsam”, Dan yearns to get closer to the creation of the work. And that’s what he’ll do in his last month with the agency. We are in a search for Dan’s replacement and, in the interim, will rely on our outstanding group creative directors to continue leading their businesses.

We are grateful to Dan for all he’s done to help make Energy BBDO what it is today. I know you will all join me in offering your personal thanks to Dan.

Tonise”

 

James Harden Returns for Foot Locker, This Time Confronting ‘The Brow’

What happens when two NBA athletes confront each other in an ad campaign dubbed “Approved” for Foot Locker? This. Now, BBDO NY continues its successful, appealing streak with the sports apparel retail chain by bringing in New Orleans Pelicans’ unibrowed star Anthony Davis to join forces with James Harden, the bearded star of the Houston Rockets. You might remember Harden from his previous roles in Foot Locker ads including one where he exposed his singing talents. In the first Harden-less spot, Davis cruelly crashes a youngster’s hoop dreams while meeting with Harden in the second one below. It keeps continue to be appealing so let us try to get a laugh, out of this, the horrible post-ice storm day.  The first one above is for Kids Foot Locker while the one below is for regular Foot Locker.

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