Schools That Can - Best seats in the house - (2012) :45 (USA)

Schools That Can - Best seats in the house - (2012) :45 (USA)

A simple, unadorned classroom seat that millions upon millions of students sit in every day, every year, everywhere.

That iconic seat is the centerpiece of a new 45-second animated video created by Psyop and Ogilvy & Mather New York on behalf of Schools That Can, a national non-profit network of high-performing urban schools in under-served communities.

Helmed by Psyop Creative Director Gerald Ding, the spot depicts some of these aspirational occupations by piecing them together from playful illustrations of educational ephemera. Protractor-shaped spaceships zoom by in outer space and test tube clusters play the part of undersea coral.


DUCK Throws a Knife Party with Latest Addition

DUCK has sliced two birds with one stone, considerably escalating its presence in both the live-action and animation realms with the addition of versatile director Knife Party. The Sydney, Australia-based talent - also known as Simon Robson - will focus on ad campaigns, full-length feature films, and cause-based special projects.

Ted Kaczynski,

"I still believe in global warming. Do you?" asks Ted Kaczynski in now pulled billboard.

The Seventh International Conference on Climate Change have already pulled their billboards in Chicago, less than 24 hours after they went up. The billboards showed Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, Charles Manson, a mass murderer, Fidel Castro and other global warming alarmists including Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee, linking belief in global warming to being a mass-murdering certified psycho-nutter. Beacuse you know, those things are totally the same.


Ben and Jerry Street art - Dublin is made of ice-cream

Ben and Jerry's Ireland introduced their new Core flavour Karamel Sutra to Dublin via this installation where a giant spoon dug into Dublin's core to find said ice-cream. To create this, Ben & Jerry teamed up with street art activist Will St Leger and built this punny "good to the core" moment in Dublin’s city centre.


Rock Paper Scissors Cuts Refreshed Go Daddy Campaign / Marlena & Wallace Berries (2012)

Rock Paper Scissors Cuts Refreshed Go Daddy Campaign / Marlena & Wallace Berries (2012)

Don't wave goodbye to the barely-clad babes just yet, but Go Daddy has introduced a whole new cast of characters short on looks and big on brains.


Popchips pulls "Raj the Bollywood producer" from world wide lovers campaign as it's seen as racist

Here's an update on those popchips ads we posted earlier this week. Gawker pondered if "racism sells?", since Asthon Kutcher put on a brownface when he played "Raj the Bollywood producer" in the popchips world wide lovers campaign. After Gawker wrote about it, so did Anil Dash and the ad has now been pulled off the intarwebs by the Popchips company. Quoting Gawker here who seem to have the same issue I have with these ads, they just plain ain't funny.

Following a thoughtful piece by Anil Dash criticizing Popchips usage of brownface in their latest ad campaign, the company's founder, Keith Belling, apologized "to anyone we offended," and promptly pulled the ad. Snippets of "Raj" still remain in this composite ad, but it too will likely be removed shortly and revised.


Cooperman Joins jumP

jumP LA is delighted to announce the hiring of veteran editor Richard Cooperman. His recent work for L'Oreal, Lincoln and T-mobile, in collaboration with Jonas Akerlund and Emnet Mulugeta via top tier agencies, offers prime examples of the creative and technical spark he brings to jumP.

"We are so excited to continue building our LA office with a talent like Richard," noted jumP LA EP Betsy Beale. "He brings the exact combination of talent and experience that we were looking for to expand our roster."


Decon Keeps Rolling with Sacha Jenkins

After snagging a pair of key advertising talents in EP Misha Louy and CD Wyatt Neumann, Decon is keeping the momentum going with the addition of publishing, music and TV veteran Sacha Jenkins. He will play a major role in the studio's burgeoning ad business, in addition to bolstering its well-established music division.