This is a funny badlander, that somehow escaped our attention when it first happened, this should have appeared under dupliclaims already two years go. We are slacking, our bad.
Back in 2008 Selmore in Amsterdam created a campaign for New York Pizza, playing up mobster stereotypes with a twist, saying these Italian-americans really cared about their Pizza, and thus the New York Pizza was a damn good one. Acting all "Scarface" in front of a pile of white powder, New York Pizza guy is very very upset about the quality of the goods.
Then in 2010, Hell Pizza in New Zealand do the exact same skit. No, I mean exactly. Watch.
Hell Pizza - Mafia Flour - 2010
You'd think that was damning enough, but as Adformatie in Holland shows us, there's one more. In that article, Ad agency Selmore are shocked at the blatant plagiarism, Jakko Achterberg from the agency says it also proved one can't get away with these things anymore when everything is on the internet. Meanwhile the client Danny Bouman, head of marketing at New York Pizza, also said it saw no point in taking legal action. "We do not want long drawn out procedures, which are also beyond national borders." So congrats Hell Pizza, you're safe. Legally, anyway.
In this little mafia-scene, the argument is about he quality of the
blood ..err.. I mean sauce.
New York Pizza - Sauce
The New Zealand copy is spot on like it, except with lesser acting chops.
Hell Pizza Mafia Sauce
In creative execution, Selmore beat
Barnes, Catmur & Friends, in my humble opinion. Your milage may vary.
The Hell Pizza spots were created by Cinderella Marketing, Auckland - owned by Matthew Blomfield, who at the time also owned five Hell Pizza stores - and posted on YouTube in June 2010.
Thus, it's Cinderella Marketing that didn't manage to find an über-mafia-like Italian actor in their version. THE MORE YOU KNOW, mates.
Someone in the comments says that Cinderella Marketing had nothing to do with it either. Everyone up to date now? Cool.
Nobody made the carbon copy ads. They just appeared.