Greetings from the remains of The Media Dept. Appreciate you advising that Stacey and I are safe and well and trucking on. Our building at Ground Zero was actually a damn good place to be. Whilst it may be very old, the complete refurbishment two years ago has meant it is as strong a place as any and stood up well enough for me to (stupidly?) race back in and get mobiles and the laptop! But the devastation in our area at High/Lichfield/Manchester is massive and unfortunately a lot of people will have perished around us.
We have had a number of wonderfully kind offers of assistance from up north and sincerely appreciate these. We’re holding up well but much of the worst news is clearly yet to come.
I can be contacted on mobile – 021 981-645 – and my email is now back up and running.
Who's it for: Holden by Ogilvy and Wanted Films
Why we like it: Toyota recently followed Matt Watson as he helped build the ultimate fishing Hilux. And now Holden is following the rebuild of a Monaro HT GTS as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations—and then giving it away. Check out some more of the anniversary celebrations, including a number of videos focusing on (mostly) men and their deep Holden love, here.
Who's it for: Toyota by Saatchi & Saatchi and Gorgeous Films
Why we like it: One of a series of ten quite funny spots to support Toyota's sponsorship of One News' Weather, the hirsute gentleman who featured in the 'tougher than you can imagine' ad tries to get to grips with meteorology.
Who's it for: Lotto NZ by DDB and Watermark
Why we like it: As far as ads featuring talking dogs goes, it's no 'bugger', but riffing off the extremely well-referenced Dogs Playing Poker painting and giving all the canine characters different personalities is a nice way to promote the game.
Who's it for: Anchor by Colenso BBDO
Why we like it: There's a long history of cheeky animated characters promoting brands aimed at kids, and Anchor has stuck to the textbook for its new yoghurt brand Uno (that cheeky character has also been promoting its wares in the real world). And there's even a bit of rock thrown in.