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Wing Creates Spotify ‘Playlust’ to Promote Condom Use for Lifebeat

PlaylustIn a sign that the agency is expanding beyond their Hispanic roots, Wing has created “Playlust,” a series of commercial-free Spotify playlists promoting safe sex for non-profit AIDS prevention and education program Lifebeat. The program is part of a “Sex with no ads and no HIV” initiative aimed at young adults, which sees Wing handing out information and condoms at music venues in the New York area, along with directing folks over to “Playlust.” It’s a great way to offer a service (taking the commercials out of Spotify) people will value in order to draw attention to your cause.

“A few years ago, you might do a traditional ad campaign about using condoms,” explained Favio Ucedo, chief creative officer at Wing. “But there are too many pitches and messages aimed at Millennials. You have to add value.”

The program grew out of conversations at Wing about employees’ favorite songs for the bedroom. “We knew that people already made mix tapes (for atmosphere),” said copywriter Marc Duran. “In this case, we just did it for them.”

The playlists all have suggestive names, like “Don’t Expect Breakfast,” “My Roomate Isn’t Home” and “In The Morning It’s Going To Be Awkward.” Clearly, “Playlust” comes with a sense of humor. There’s even a one song playlist entitled “Even If You’re A 1 Minute Man.” Mostly these playlist are filled with the kinds of songs you’d expect for a campaign aimed at youngsters, with the likes of Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Pharrell Williams, to name a few (surprisingly Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” does not make an appearance). I’m not sure what it says about me that the playlists I find most appealing are “Cougar’s Closet,” “Rock Me Tender” and “The Spooning After,” but there you have it. Stick around for a couple playlists after the jump. Read more

RPA, Tool Share Terrible Parenting for Newport Beach Film Festival

RPA teamed up with production company tool for a new campaign celebrating Newport Beach Film Festival’s 15th anniversary entitled “15 Years Under the Influence.”

The centerpiece of the campaign is a short film called “Bedtime Story.” In the two and a half minute video, directed by Tom Routson, a daughter asks her father to read her a story before bed. The father begins a story about “a beautiful princess who lived in a magical castle far, far away,” but soon finds himself bored with the story and strays from the narrative, deciding that the princess is not actually a princess but a “beautiful operating system” (referencing Spike Jonze’s Her). From there his story bounces all over the place, referencing memorable moments in independent film from the last 20 years or so, with a rather gory ending. Somehow, through all this his daughter manages to fall asleep, making the display of truly awful parenting seem almost sweet. In addition to its home online, the film will screen during this year’s festival in Newport Beach, which will take place from April 24th-May 1st. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Gentleman Scholar Launches New Site, Welcomes CG Supervisor

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L.A.-based multimedia production Gentleman Scholar has just announced the launch of their new site, and the addition of Tim Hayward as CG supervisor.

The new site offers a more in-depth look at Gentleman Scholar’s working process, via mini case-studies showcasing talented Scholars and providing a “variety of media and behind-the-scenes elements.” There’s also a new blog and “journal” section, offering insights into Gentleman Scholar culture.

Along with the site launch comes news that Tim Hayward will be joining as the studio’s CG supervisor. Hayward joins Gentleman Scholar with over a decade of VFX and animation experience, most recently freelancing for the likes of Imaginary Forces, Brand New School, and Iron Claw. His career includes stints as 3D generalist at The Famous Group and Buck. According to Gentleman Scholar, the hire signifies their “continued evolution in content creation and expression in constantly pushing the limits of design and animation.”

Berlin Cameron Steals Dress for Gilt

Berlin Cameron United’s new campaign for Gilt features a chase scene and some unusual disrobing.

Upon sighting a model in a sleek yellow dress, a woman decides she can’t live without the outfit and chases after her. The model frantically runs away, because that’s what you do when you’re pursued by a woman with a crazy look in her eye. Appropriately set to the song “Suit” by Boom! Bap! Pow!, which features lyrics like “You’re so cute, I want to wear you like a suit. I think you’d look pretty good on me,” the chase concludes with the woman accessing Gilt’s site on her smartphone. This causes the dress to seamlessly slide off the model and on to the chaser, leaving the model in her underwear. While a tad on the ridiculous side, the spot shows off the instant gratification of shopping on the designer fashion site in a fun way. The 30-second ad, which went up on YouTube today, will spread to television on Monday, reports Adweek. Credits after the jump. Read more

Rokkan Takes to Tumblr for TAG Heuer

New York digital agency Rokkan has launched “Owners Circle,” described as “a Tumblr dedicated to haute horology lovers” for luxury watch brand TAG Heuer.

The launch is timed to kick off the brand’s presence at Basel World, the world’s largest luxury watch and jewelry show. Drawn by the visual nature of Tumblr, TAG Heuer is one of the first luxury brands to explore the possibilities of the platform. “Owner’s Circle” features photos and GIFs “to inspire fans to share, collect and learn more about each model,” as well as “videos [see above] that weave in stories of precision craftsmanship and history, immersing viewers in the brand’s rich heritage.” TAG Heuer is hoping their foray into relatively new social territory (only 31% of the Interbrand Top 100 Brands have created Tumblr accounts) helps them to engage their audience in new ways and wins them a few converts.

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Kim Dempster, Ntropic Document Staged Human Auctions for Freedom For All

Around two weeks ago, we covered Freedom For All‘s “Stop the Nightmare” campaign featuring a series of surreal videos directed by Blank Productions’ Kim Dempster in collaboration with creative colleagues and without the aid of an agency. Now Freedom For All has extended their campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking with video footage from a staging of three human auctions held on Wall Street, Times Square and Washington Square Park on March 5th.

The auctions were written and directed by Kim Dempster, who considers the campaign “the most important project [she's] ever worked on,” with editing by Ntropic, led by creative director Steve Zourntos. Dempster’s 3:15 video of the auctions provides a powerful look into the PSA stunt, including the outrage and disbelief it engendered in onlookers. The nature of the staged auctions was not revealed until the auction was completed, and clearly many in the audience believed it to be real. Freedom For All succeeded then at shocking people into the realization of a problem many don’t realize exists.

“I was excited to be part of this powerful project,” said Zourntos. “I found myself in this surreal and disturbing world that is a terrifying reality for over 27 million people. It was a project that put us through an emotional roller coaster of disbelief, shock, sorrow and outrage. We were honored just to be part of it.”

Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Maxus Partnerships, Factory Media Target Extreme Sports Fans for Jeep

Maxus Partnerships has teamed up with Factory Media and their creative agency Prime & Fire for “Original Freedom,” a new campaign targeting extreme sports fans for Jeep Wrangler.

The campaign launches today with a road trip and mountain biking video (featured above), hosted on Factory Media’s digital action sports network MPORA. In addition to mountain biking, the campaign will also focus on snowboarding and surfing, “utilising major sporting athletes from these fields, including seasoned mountain bikers James Hughes and James McKnight.” Two more video edits will be released over the course of the campaign, which runs until the end of the year, via MPORA’s specialist sports brand social platforms. The campaign also includes three competitions to be hosted on the Jeep Wrangler website, giving visitors the chance to win snowboarding, surfing, and mountain biking equipment.

“Our target audience is made up of young adventure-seekers who are looking for a vehicle that can tackle tough terrain,” explained Damien Dally, head of brand at Jeep Wrangler, Fiat Group. “Maxus Partnerships offered a different, integrated solution for communicating the freedom of adventure message of the Wrangler. The agency has also added value by helping the brand move into territories which create great content that communicates to a younger audience and which can be pulled through-the-line.”

 

Neighbor Agency Showcases New CD with ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Taste’


Full-service integrated marketing agency Neighbor Agency recently launched a campaign for Tillamook’s new line of Greek yogurt, Farmstyle Greek, which was led by the agency’s new creative director, Jodi Pierce, who began work with Neighbor Agency late last year.

The campaign, entitled “Slow and Steady Wins the Taste,” is “a digital-centric campaign that also includes out-of-home billboards, radio and experiential engagement through a sampling tour.” But Neighbor’s involvement began long before that, with the agency collaborating on “product development, ingredients, flavor profiles all the way to creative conception and execution of the campaign.”

Video vignettes introduce viewers to Tillamook’s Farmstyle Greek yogurt by showing simple recipes, rooted in the brand’s “slow and steady” philosophy, that complement the yogurt, like homemade granola and blueberry jam. It’s an interesting approach, one that emphasizes Tillamook as a lifestyle brand while providing viewers with information to better enjoy the product.

“We’re proud to debut the work that our creative team, and new Creative Director developed for Tillamook’s Farmstyle Greek Yogurt,” said Chad Seymour, CEO of Neighbor Agency. “The hire of Jodi is one that we took very seriously, and didn’t fill the position until we found the perfect fit for our agency, and our clients.”

For more information on the campaign, head to the brand’s Farmstyle Greek website.

Rooster NY Teases New ‘How to Do Everything in the World’ Series for Vans

Rooster NY has teamed up with Vans for a new series called “How to Do Everything in the World,” starring Gavin McIness, of baby-fighting fame.

The series marks the third straight season Rooster has teamed up with Vans for their “Off The Wall” programs, a common sense match considering the agency/production company’s skateboarding proclivities. “With all the life hacks and listicles available on the web, we wanted to make sure that the really, really, really important things people need to know didn’t slip through the cracks,” says Arzi Rachman. The new series promises to teach viewers how to “fight, drink fly, and more.” And if Gavin McIness’ involvement is any indication, we can probably expect it to be pretty funny. Check out the trailer for yourself above, and keep your eyes peeled for the new series starting on April 23rd at the Off The Wall site.

 

Wing Showcases Power of Film for Havana Film Festival

This weekend, Wing (once again: not that Wing) created a new campaign for the Havana Film Festival, taking place April 3-11 in New York.

Wing’s goal for the campaign was to “show that the films developed at the Havana Film Festival showcase authentic stories and characters — so much so that its storylines stick and resonate with audiences beyond the time spent in the theatre.” To accomplish, they created a pair of television spots in both 30 and 15 second formats, in addition to full-length versions on Havana Film Festival’s website. These spots attempt to show the staying power of the Havana Film Festival’s movies, showing a couple of individuals projecting stories from the films they saw onto people in their day to day life. For example, a hairdresser doles out sympathy (and extra highlights) for her customer, because, she says, “I know the nightmare you are living.”

The second spot, “Office,” gives a similar treatment to the work environment. The results are a bit over the top, as the premise spills perhaps a bit too far into the absurd. It appears the spots reference real films in the festival, though, leaving viewers to wonder how the story ends, which is a nice touch. Both versions of each TV spot will air in the tri-state area in both English and Spanish until the end of the festival on April 11th. You can watch the full-length version of “Beauty Parlor” above, and stick around for “Office,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

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