Commercials

New Musical Gets Sweet Spots

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 13:36 -- Nick Dager

A mouth-watering new advertising campaign from AKA NYC promotes next year’s premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new musical as bringing a special excitement to New York City. In the first of three teaser spots breaking online this week, the show’s arrival in Manhattan is heralded by a thick bank of purple clouds that spreads over the city, and the appearance of a mysterious figure in white spats and a purple coat. Rolling out over the next several weeks, additional spots depict a city increasingly electrified by Wonka magic. The campaign’s climactic ad is a visual effects tour de force as the eccentric candy maker works his magic on some of New York’s most familiar landmarks…with spectacularly sweet results.

Bully Pictures Creates an Opus for GMC

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 09:16 -- Nick Dager

The precision engineering of GMC’s redesigned Acadia is compared to a world-class orchestra in a beautifully-crafted new spot, directed by Bully Pictures’ Sebastian Weiland for Digitas and Leo Burnett. Shots of a symphony orchestra, playing the introduction to The Who’s classic Eminence Front, are seamlessly blended with images of the next generation SUV driving through spectacular urban locales and landscapes. The voiceover invokes the confidence and attention to detail embodied by both orchestra and vehicle.

Dietrich Creates Frighteningly Big Sea Spot

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Sailors manning an ocean liner, panic when they find themselves steaming toward an object of titanic proportions. In a scene reminiscent of a blockbuster movie, the ship’s crew work frenetically to keep the vessel from colliding with a mammoth object looming before them in the frigid Atlantic. The scene is part of a new commercial directed by Peter Dietrich for Chapita’s Molto croissants.

Shaking Up the Ad Business

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:37 -- Al Caudullo

There is a huge push for haptic advertising. Simply put, to add nuanced tactile effects to simulate a realistic feeling to 360 virtual reality content: the shaking of a martini glass in a Stoli ad; the power of the engine in a Peugeot ad and the flickering of lights in the American Poltergeist trailer. These are a few of the ways that haptic advertising has been utilized using Immersion’s Touchsense Design Cloud. Starting in 2014, Stoli was the first to break the ice, so to speak, with the first tactile ad. Now 554 mobile apps and 481 tablet apps on the Opera Mediaworks network have the capability to run haptic ads. These ads have the potential to reach 14.9 million total impressions, 4.2 million unique viewers

Take it to the Bank

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 13:06 -- Nick Dager

Although it serves a state with a population of less than 1.5 million people, First Hawaiian Bank is intent on reaching its audience with the sophistication of an international financial powerhouse. Teaming with Honolulu agency MVNP and Los Angeles-based production company Accomplice Media, FHB has launched an ambitious branding campaign centering on people coping with life’s milestones. Rather than pushing specific retail services—as most regional banks do—these funny, beautifully produced spots aim to forge an emotional connection with Hawaii residents from all walks of life.

Unique Airbnb Campaign Debuts in Cinemas

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Calling it a new frontier in cinema advertising Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, is taking its Live There campaign to theaters this weekend. The split-screen experience debuted during 3D showings of summer blockbusters Finding Dory, Independence Day: Resurgence, and The Secret Life of Pets in the UK only. Moviegoers will have a first-of-its-kind, immersive experience that contrasts standardized mass tourism with the unique moments of travel and authentic experiences only possible while traveling on Airbnb.

Selling Security’s Lighter Side

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:08 -- Nick Dager

A cat burglar offers advice on home security while invading someone else’s house in a spot introducing the security and home automation system Sage By Hughes. Directed by A Common Thread’s Eli Green for Colorado agency Victors and Spoils, the spot lends a comedic touch to a product category often promoted through fear. While paging through the owners’ books and lounging on their bed, the glib thief explains that his Sage system includes monitoring features that he can control from his phone, “which means I have more confidence to take out of town jobs, like this one.”

And, Now, for Something Different

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:47 -- Nick Dager

Seeking to provide brands with an alternative to the traditional agency model, former Ogilvy & Mather executive creative director Tommy Henvey and executive producer Patti McConnell have launched Something Different. The new creative marketing boutique will leverage a lean and flexible business structure to provide brands with the thing that agencies do well—produce great creative—while avoiding pitfalls that cause work to bog down and cost too much.

Go to Your Shiny Place

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:08 -- Nick Dager

George’s Lorcan Finnegan has directed a new campaign for Electronic Arts and Team One that offers a whimsical take on the life-altering power of the new match-3 game Bejeweled Stars. In one of four spots, a man finds escape from his wife’s boring television show in a game of Bejeweled Stars. He matches a set of tiles and suddenly everything around him changes. His gauche apartment is transformed into curling arena, lit like a disco dance hall. His wife and dog furiously sweep the ice as he rides a giant curling stone toward a goal. The campaign tagline is Go to your Shiny Place.

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National CineMedia Targets Millennials

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 13:07 -- Nick Dager

At the start of National CineMedia’s fifth annual upfront event at the AMC Lincoln Square movie theater on Wednesday, the company’s new CEO, Andy England, posed a rhetorical question: “Why do Millennials love the movies?” The answer, he said, is that “opening weekend for movies are, by definition, culturally relevant. Millennials want to see films as they are released because it puts them in the know. It gives them social currency. Having a point of view on Deadpool or the Jungle Book, or being excited about Bad Moms, is to be part of the narrative or to be woven into the fabric of popular culture.”

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