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Tatarka Leaves Mother

It looks like eight years at Mother NY was long enough for Allon Tatarka, who has left the agency to give it a go as a freelancer. The copywriter initially joined Mother from Fallon (as did his partner-in crime/art director Rob Baird) in the spring of 2004 . Tatarka subsequently worked on a host of campaigns for Virgin Mobile (one of the most recent was “Manufacturing Sparah”) as well as Spike TV, Dell, Target and Sour Patch Kids (you might remember this Method Man/SPK music video from last fall).

Tatarka spent seven years in all at Fallon prior to joining Mother, first in the Minneapolis base and then the now-defunct New York office. We’ve been told his last day at Mother was March 9. His former cohort Baird, if you remember, rejoined the agency in June 2010 after a stint at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY.

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Let’s Take a Moment to Mourn the Loss of an Ad Star, Promote Animal Awareness

There once was a dog named Phoebe, and from the looks of quotes below, she had quite an effect on the agency world. Hey, it’s Friday and the industry (as well as us) are in or will be in Austin this weekend, so cut us some slack. Anyhow, we lament the loss of an apparently prolific pet, which has appeared recently in ads for Nissan and Milwaukee’s Best.

“Over the past 9 years Phoebe was a mainstay at agencies including TBWA\Chiat Day in LA, and Mother, Y&R and most recently Deutsch in NY. A full breed Papillion, and owner of Deutsch NY’s Director of Art Production Helen O’Neill, she passed away on Tuesday, March 6th. In addition to her work at the office, Phoebe was also a part time model, appearing in ads for Nissan and Milwaukee’s Best, she also graced the cover of Creativity with her bosses from Mother in 2008.

Phoebe’s unexpected passing came from ingesting something laced with poison off of the streets of NYC.

In honor of her contributions to making the workplace a better place for all, and to help other unfortunate animals in our area, we will be hosting a fund raiser for the ASPCA at Il Bagatto on Thursday March 15th.

We asked a few of her employers to share with us a few words:

- Greg DiNoto (CCO Deutsch NY): “Phoebe had brains and beauty and never met an ad she wasn’t afraid to take a piss all over.”

- Rob DeFlorio (Former Partner Mother NY): “Phoebe was the ideal employee at Mother…A good listener that didn’t say too much”

-Val DiFebo (CEO Deutsch NY): “Phoebe roamed the Deutsch halls happily, making people smile. She’ll be missed”

-Lee Clow (Chairman and Global Director TBWA\Worldwide):  “Little Phoebe – I’ll never forget those ears. What a cutie!

-Rob Baird (CD Mother): “Phoebe had such an infectious spirit and energy. She was definitely opinionated and particular, but I think everyone respected her for that. If she liked something you were doing, you knew you’d cracked it.

-Rich Kolopeaua (CD Deutsch – followed Phoebe from Y&R): “I think Phoebe was more interested in art directors than actual work.

-Paul Malstrom (Parther Mother) : “Phoebe started as an intern at Mother, but already within a year she got promoted to Action Team Squad Leader as well as Head of Security. Her rise in the ranks were completely on her own merits, although I think her charm, and beautiful hair had something to do with it as well.  I will miss her very much.”

-Alain Sylvain (Strategery at Sylvain Labs): “Phoebe made work feel like home”

-Allon Tatarka (CD mother): “There are many reason’s why Pheobe’s immense talents were wasted in advertising. Not least of which being that she was a dog, and her main talents were being fluffy and eating tiny bits of kibble. She was, however, our strongest Strategist.”

With the loss of Phoebe, Madison Ave has launched a charity in her memory and, yes, created an email address for her to send your thoughts.

Method Man, Sour Patch Kids Roll Deep

You know what’s a real thug-ass candy? Sour Patch Kids, that’s what. Know how I know? Because Method Man, the 40-year-old rapper and actor of Wu-Tang Clan and How High fame, made a music video co-starring Sour Patch Kids running around his crib and messing around in his recording studio. If you don’t think teens and young adults can connect with this sort of product/celebrity placement on an emotional level, well, you just don’t get it.

From Mother NY comes the greatest Method Man-related collaboration since he teamed up with Mary J. Blige for the 1995 hit, “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By.” This new track from Meth, “World Gone Sour (The Lost Kids),” will also be featured in a new Sour Patch Kids video game. However there’s no word as of now as to whether or not it will be featured on Method Man’s new album, The Crystal Meth, expected to be released this year after a string of delays.

To be perfectly honest, I’m amazed that Mother NY got a rap legend like Method Man to be the new spokesperson for this Kraft Foods candy brand, and I applaud Method Man for doing something more child-friendly as his focus is shifting from being a hardened representative of East Coast rap to being a family man. But, as has happened with names like Ice Cube, the target audience for this campaign doesn’t remember 36 Chambers or the impact that album had on the pop music landscape.

So, it’s kind of bittersweet that today’s youth might only think of Method Man as “that Sour Patch Kids guy,” as they probably already think of Ice Cube as “that TBS sitcom guy” or Dr. Dre as “that Dr. Pepper guy.” Admittedly, I saw Ray Charles play live before he passed away, and though I had heard of his impact on music (which was obviously much more significant than any of the aforementioned rappers) and in some way understood it, it was hard not to think of him as “that guy from the Pepsi commercials.” But, at the end of the day, maybe that’s alright. At least a new generation of consumers will know the stars of yesteryear in some way. Credits after the jump.

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Virgin Mobile Manufactures Celebrity Couple

Meet Sarah, a thin leggy blonde and her new dashing, confused beau, Spencer. With their powers combined, they become “Sparah,” Hollywood’s newest celebrity couple. Isn’t this exactly how you’ve always imagined celebrity couples are formed? A talent agent introduces the pair, goes over (in Spencer’s case) cringe-worthy wardrobe malfunctions and hands them the keys to a new SUV and a mansion?

In this case, Virgin Mobile’s latest campaign with Mother NY will actually make Spencer and Sarah into L.A.’s newest “it” couple over the next six months. That’s right, this sociological experiment will actually take place right before our eyes. “Sparah” will appear in commercials, at store openings and public events like Virgin’s Freefest. Celeb obsessed fans can even monitor Sparah’s rise to fame on Virgin’s Facebook page. Confused how this will play out? As the pair’s talent agent (who we’ll hopefully see more of) says, “That’s a tweet. Tweet that shit.” Credits after the jump.

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It’s Easy to Go Overboard with Unlimited Data/Web

For only $25 a month, Virgin Mobile along with the the new LG Optimus V offers unlimited data and web giving you access to email, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, etc.. As you will see, it can be both a blessing and a curse. If you have a crazy Valentine stalker as depicted in this campaign, everything mentioned above can be used as a tool to follow your every move.

This creepy/comedic effort marks the next phase of the “Crazy Life” campaign created by Mother, which if you remember won back the Virgin Mobile business last summer.  Tom Kuntz handles directing duties for these spots, which we know are just a tad untimely, but better late than never. View one more spot and credits after the jump.

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