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New Nespresso Campaign Relies on Combined Star Power of Clooney, Damon

McCann and Lowe have put together a new global integrated campaign for Nestle’s espresso line Nespresso featuring good pals/Oceans Eleven co-stars George Clooney and Matt Damon.

The new spots follow in the footsteps of the eight part, award-winning campaign with George Clooney, who’s been the face of Nespresso–especially outside of the U.S.–since 2006. In this latest effort, “Nespresso: In the Name of Pleasure,” (featured above), Clooney is snubbed by an attractive female, which is supposed to be funny because he’s George Clooney. In the cheesy, not surprising “twist,” the woman tells a crowd “George Clooney’s inside,” causing a stampede.

In the shorter complement to the main Nespresso “Pleasure” ad, Clooney runs into his Hollywood colleague and informs everyone of the latter’s presence, causing a similar stampede. If you like the gimmick, or love the talent enough not to care either way, you’ll fall for it. Otherwise, you may be wondering what the appeal is (like me). Check out the Damon follow-up as well as credits after the jump. Read more

Mountain Ejaculates Billions of Rose Petals Onto Unsuspecting Ghost Town for Sony

You may have thought the word “ejaculate” was a little strong for this spot for the Sony Bravia from McCann London. Then you watched the spot and realized, “Nope, that’s what actually happens. A mountain or volcano or something blows its flowery wad all over a city.” See? I wasn’t being hyperbolic.

Now, as I’m a bit of an urban, indoor being, I honestly can’t tell you if what I’m seeing occur in this spot possibly happens in real life. I would assume it doesn’t, as a mountainside town taking a big old rose-y facial would seem to be a newsworthy story. But, now I notice McCann London sent a three-minute behind-the-scenes video along with this spot, so I’ve embedded it below.

Huh, looks like they spent a lot of money getting that volcano to blow its 8-million petal load. If you buy an expensive new Sony 4k TV, it will all be worth it. Credits after the jump.

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Jose Cuervo, McCann NY Want You to ‘Get Stung’

Jose Cuervo is introducing its new Cuervo Cinge — “Cuervo with a cinnamon sting”  – with a new animated spot by McCann NY and Elastic.

Directed by Andy Hall, “Get Stung” is pure eye-candy. The spot is well-animated, with a very appropriate red-tinted effect throughout (because cinnamon, get it?). There’s not a whole lot to the 30-second spot: scorpion walks into a bar, drinks tequila, sets bar on fire. But then there doesn’t have to be. Why the bartender serves tequila to a scorpion is never really explained, but suspension of disbelief, right?

As an introduction to a new product, the spot works well. If you like the idea of cinnamon-flavored tequila, this ad will make you excited to try it. If not, you can still appreciate the artistry that went into animating it. I’m rarely going to have something negative to say about a simple, well animated spot about liquor. I wasn’t crazy about the “Get Stung” tagline at first, but they make it work with the whole “sting of cinnamon” description and it serves its function as a way to help people remember the product.

It’s a departure from McCann’s “Have a Story” opus starring Kiefer Sutherland, and a welcome one. Perhaps the “be more interesting, be different…” approach typified by certain Dos Equis ads is finally on its way out. Hopefully this simple, elegantly animated approach from McCann spreads beyond their other work for Cuervo and starts a new trend in boozey advertising. Credits after the jump. Read more

McCann Nabs Lockheed Martin Biz

lockheedDetails are a bit vague at the moment on this, but yesterday, we received a tip that McCann was awarded integrated ad duties for Lockheed Martin. We inquired throughout the day and were left in the dark until last night when we finally received this reply from a Lockheed spokesperson that confirms the integrated win: “We recently conducted a review of our advertising and media agencies and selected McCann to be our agency of record beginning in early 2014.” No word from Lockheed on who the incumbent was (if there was one, though we’re digging) but we’re hearing that the Bethesda, MD-based defense contractor, which is also furloughing approximately 20 percent less workers than planned due to the government shutdown, actually made its decision last week.

By our count, this marks the third notable account win for McCann in the last six months following the USPS and Cuervo. We’ll keep you posted if and when we find out more about its latest.

Update: Well, to fill in the blanks a bit, folks on the Spy tell us CT-based Keiler & Company was the incumbent on Lockheed. As for the review, we’re being told other agency finalists included Arnold and Doremus.

Sources: McCann NY Nabs Zurich US Biz

Details are foggy at this point, but sources familiar with the matter that McCann Erickson New York has won the U.S. biz for Zurich Insurance following a pitch. From what we’re hearing, the brand has worked with a few U.S. agencies in the past including a pretty familiar incumbent but has now solidified a U.S. agency. There have been some names thrown into the mix including a few outside of the IPG network. We’re checking with Zurich on the matter for clarification/comment.

Let’s Go Adventuring with Kiefer Sutherland, Jose Cuervo, Shall We?

Kiefer Sutherland’s voice is somehow simultaneously soothing and forceful. His gravelly intonation, coupled with his beautifully weathered face, is completely convincing regardless of the words involved. In this Jose Cuervo spot created by McCann Erickson New York, Sutherland’s ultimate message is, “Have a Story.” He pushes a shot across the bar to us and then we follow him for an impromptu concert, a spontaneous tattoo, a brief lover’s brawl, and some bonsai clipping.

It’s not the first time Sutherland’s channeled his 24 character, Jack Bauer, though Cuervo’s spot is a subtle representation. For Acer of course, he got jazzed about a new Dynamite Cupcakes business, obviously involving explosions and suspense.

This is the classic alcohol campaign (be more interesting, be epic, defy expectation, blah blah), but Sutherland pulls it off gracefully. And since ‘story’ has been a buzzword of late, McCann did well to incorporate in this effort for the tequila fave. Let’s take that shot.
Credits after the jump

McCann Germany, Studiosus Project Ancient 3D Faces Onto Trees

Studiosus, a German “culture lover’s travel guide,” wanted to pay homage to extinct cultures of the world while publicizing their unique approach to travel. So they partnered with Clément Briend, a French artist who creates large scale projections, sometimes on the Arc de Triomphe, other times on anonymous city walls. For this project, he made 3D representations of ancient faces and projected them onto trees in Dusseldorf’s Hofgarten Park. Next to each shining work, an old-looking stone slab read, “Discover the World’s Faces – Studiosus.”

“The works of Clément Briend and the travels of Studiosus have a lot in common,” said Bill Biancoli, COO of MacCann Germany. “Both send the viewer on a journey. When looking at Clément’s projections, the viewer goes on an internal journey. With Studiosus, the outside journey with its varied impressions influences our inside, thus creating a fascinating and unique view of our world.“

Briend agreed on the multifaceted nature of his work (something that inevitably coincides with a travel brand like Studiosus): “Everyone can find his own point of view in my works,” he said. “Because reality presents itself in different perspectives. Some like my art, some are frightened by it. My photo-projections are a mirror of the viewer’s mind. They project the images they bear inside.” Are YOU afraid of the dark?

McCann NY Makes Some Cuts

We’ve received confirmation that McCann, which of course just brought on Suzanne Powers as its new CSO, has also had to cut some staff this week in its New York hub. Sources tell us that reductions were made in staffing levels and capabilities across departments. The reason? Well, as we’ve seen time and time again in these kinds of situations, it was “to best service clients.” From what we’re hearing, the number of those affected by McCann’s move is over a dozen and less than 20. We’ll fill you in if we hear more.

 

Powers Assumes Global CSO Role at McCann

Busy day on the IPG-related front, to say the least, as now McCann Erickson has announced that Suzanne Powers has joined the agency in the global role of EVP/chief strategy officer. Powers takes over for Daryl Lee, who was bumped up to global CEO of McCann sibling, UM. The new global CSO, meanwhile, arrives from CP+B, where she spent two-and-a-half-years in a similar position as global strategy officer.

In a statement, McCann Worldgroup chairman/CEO Harris Diamond says of his agency’s new hire, “We are pleased to have Suzanne join us. Suzanne has the energy, passion and skills to lead our incredibly talented group of strategic executives. She brings us a unique perspective on how to build global insights and ideas across our brands, geographies and culture.”

Prior to CP+B, Powers spent a decade at TBWA, moving up the ranks from account planner to global strategy director, working with brands including Mars, Nivea and GSK along the way.

MRM, Singer Part Ways

Well, there are more changes on the MRM front to be had according to those in the know. Less than a week after undergoing various leadership shifts, including Bill Kolb‘s promotion as well as an alignment and changing of the guard in its West Coast operations, we’ve received confirmation from sources familiar with the matter confirm that Mark Singer and MRM have parted ways. Singer (pictured), who originally joined MRM in December 2008 as SVP/account director on the U.S. Army account, eventually moved up the ladder to serve as EVP/general manager at the agency’s New York hub.

From what we’ve been told by our sources, MRM worldwide president Michael McLaren will absorb Singer’s responsibilities for the time being, but there will be an eventual replacement for the latter exec (no timetable set yet, though). Prior to McCann/MRM, Singer spent nearly two years as SVP/senior partner at Ogilvy on American Express. Update: Sources add that Singer left June 3 after a long transition period” to go back into management consulting as a partner at Deloitte, where he had a previous five-year run as senior manager.

 

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