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W+K Promotes Tait, Others to Partners

Wieden + Kennedy global interactive ECD Iain Tait (left) is among four execs at the agency who can now add partner to their titles. Joining him are W+K Portland managing director Tom Blessington and ECD Mark Fitzloff as well as London MD Neil Christie. This marks the first time in two years that W+K’s made partner additions, and as a result, the four new ones join a list that includes Dan Wieden (obviously), Dave Luhr, Susan Hoffman, Bill Davenport, John Jay, Tony Davidson and Kim Papworth.

While Tait’s only been with W+K since 2010, having joined from his shop Poke London, Blessington’s racked up 21 years at the agency, during which time he ran the Nike accounts in Portland and Amsterdam and served as the first managing director of the agency’s New York office. As for Christie, he’s served as W+K London’s managing director since 2004 while Fitzloff started as a copywriter at the agency back in 1999.

Family, Friends, Elements Won’t Stop Nike’s Running Girl

It took the joint efforts of W+K’s Portland HQ and Sao Paulo branch to come up with this new sport for Nike, which arrives just a week after AKQA launched its own running-themed piece for Nike+. Maybe it’s that time of year to motivate people to get off their asses and get in shape (but wait, isn’t it almost winter?). Whatever the case, W+K’s latest Nike work features an athletic, extremely focused gal who is undeterred by whatever life throws at her and can give Forrest Gump a run for his money (Rocky doesn’t stand a chance, but we’re somewhat reminded of his classic jog through Philly here). The spot, dubbed “Some Time Together,” promotes Nike’s Lunarglide + 3Shield line and will be complemented by weekly “Never Stop Running” challenges on Facebook and other social media channels. Credits after the jump.

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W+K Gives Isaiah Mustafa a Breather in Latest Old Spice Campaign

You know, these ads just aren’t the same without Isaiah Mustafa, but then again, maybe it was time for W+K Portland to make a fresh start with its valuable client, Old Spice. But we don’t know if this spot, which may have been copywriter/art director Eric Kallman‘s last writing effort for the brand (didn’t he jump to BFG9000 already?), is it. Here, a sea captain with the worst fake facial hair since Theo and Cockroach on The Cosby Show charms a lass while punching an octopus. The swagger and nod to Mustafa is still in effect, but our swooning has long since ceased. TV credits and a print element after the jump.

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W+K, Levi’s Proclaim ‘Now is Our Time’

Is it just us or does the tagline for Wieden + Kennedy’s next phase of the “Go Forth” campaign for Levi’s remind you of Justin Timberlake‘s cringe-worthy line in The Social Network? Whatever the case, the parties involved are back with a new, anthemic (and very oddly timed) campaign about “building a new and better future” that of course also promotes the Levi’s fall collection.

This time, the words of Charles Bukowski replace Walt Whitman‘s as the poetic narrative and the scene shifts to Berlin in this 60-second short film directed by Ralf Schmerberg. It’s not just about American pride anymore, folks, though the idea and imagery basically appears the same. Below, you can check out the Berlin-based collaboration between W+K Amsterdam and artist Alexandre Farto that officially kicked off the campaign last month. Peep film credits after the jump and check out the Facebook component here.

 

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Meet John Varvatos: Fashionista, Crate-Digger and Chrysler Driver

Hey, if hip-hop stars and NFL athletes can dig the Chrysler 300, why can’t fashion designers? Well, at least John Varvatos seems to. Just like the car itself, the current New York resident is also “imported from Detroit” and his rock-influenced style is reflected in this latest spot from W+K Portland (hey, the man is buying an Iggy & the Stooges record and his boutique took over CBGBs if you’re looking for credentials).

Guess that now that the love letter to the blue-collar world of Detroit has been sent with the Slim Shady Super Bowl (and BrandBowl-winning) ad, W+K is just content to let celebs take the wheel and set this campaign in cruise control. But, at least we give props to the agency for enlisting one of our fave directors, Mark Romanek, to helm this spot. Credits after the jump.

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Nike Unleashes a Horse on a Golf Course

The Nike 20XI: It’s a horse of a golf ball. Contrary to what this latest spot from W+K may look like, the ball is not actually black. So, if you’re a golfer (I’m not) and wondering what makes this ball so special, read the Golf.com review here and make up your own mind as to whether or not it’s blowing open the doors on golfing technology. As every golf accessory has claimed to do this since the game was invented, I’m guessing it’s not going to make much of a difference.

Now to this ad. Directed by Ellen Kuras, it definitely looks really cool. But, with Nike Golf’s biggest superstar still not quite back to form (despite an impressive showing at the Masters), instead of seeing a Tiger, we’re seeing a horse…a horse that runs around and destroys a golf course. That’s really all there is to it. The horse and the 20XI are one in the same, you see. They will destroy everything in their path. And, as we see in a spot called “Aftermath,” this doomsday device rolls just wide of the hole, leaving divots in its wake. Credits and “Aftermath” after the jump.

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W+K Bumps Allen Up to Old Spice CD

With Old Spice copywriter Eric Kallman leaving shortly to join up with Gerry Graf, Wieden+Kennedy is making some changes to its popular account, specifically moving creative director Eric Baldwin to global CD on Levi’s, where he will partner with Tyler Whisnand.

As a result of the Baldwin bump, Craig Allen (Kallman’s former partner-in-crime) is moving up to CD on Old Spice as well as Electronic Arts. The move seems to enthuse W+K Portland ECD Mark Fitzloff, who says in a statement, “We can’t wait to see what Eric brings to Levi’s. He is an impeccable designer and an inspirational leader. And who better to take his place on Old Spice, than the co-creator of ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’?”

Cannes Announces Film, Press, Radio Juries

As Cannes Lions rapidly approaches, the juries in various categories are finally taking shape as the festival organizers announced this week that the juries for Film, Press and Radio are set. As we previously mentioned, Y&R global CCO Tony Granger will preside over the first two while Publicis Worldwide CCO Olivier Altmann will lead Outdoor.

If you so wish, you can check out the long jury lists after the jump. FYI, Outdoor trophies will be handed out on June 21, Press on June 22 and Film on June 25.

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The Isaiah Mustafa Blitz Continues

We’re sure there’s many of you who think the Isaiah Mustafa-led Old Spice campaign has lost its luster, and perhaps some of the more recent spots have sullied the once-novel concept. But that hasn’t stopped Wieden+Kennedy from continuing to use its buff pitchman, who returns to dazzle the ladies and continue his role as  in this latest installment entitled “Fiji.” Does the fresh scent of Fiji make your man smell like a never-ending tropical sunset, personalized love song melody and a romantic puppy surprise? Mustafa says, “yes.”

Credits and an example of the print component after the jump.

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W+K, EA Unveil ‘Duty Calls’ Parody

Wieden + Kennedy gives it another go in promoting the first-person shooter gaming genre with its effort for EA’s Bulletstorm, which allows gamers to perform “Skill Shots” or crazy combos rather than killing your average mutant, alien, etc. In turn, the participants can earn the user more points.

The spot above, dubbed “Duty Calls,” basically rips on Call of Duty for being just another cliched shooter game, proclaims that Bulletstorm goes against the grain and continues W+K’s foray into parody. If you recall, the agency last took a shot at Halo in early January with “Last Call.

So if you feel like taking a five-minute stroll on the interwebs, check out W+K and Other Ocean Studios’ effort, which heckles some of the genre’s most worn-out conventions.

Credits after the jump.

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