DON'T WORK IN THE PAST
In this content series, we featured Gary Cole in the role of Bill Lumbergh from Office Space as the perfect relic of a business past we're all trying to leave behind.
LESSONS IN 3CONOMICS
Ad Age wrote: "Wendy's has done a nice job in positioning its menu of inexpensive sandwiches under the '3Conomics' banner. And – even more refreshing – it has not resorted to a desperate hard-hitting tone in the work. Instead, it's continued with the effective use of humor, while clearly expressing the 3Conomics value idea. Who says you can't sell with a smile in hard financial times?"
The spots were directed by Chris Smith and helped Wendy's stay ahead of the King during the recession, while earning us a Golden Bagel at KBS.
MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD
The man, the myth, the advertising juggernaut. I wrote countless social posts for this award-winning rake. Here are just a handful.
During my time freelancing at mcgarrybowen, I was put on an assortment of Verizon projects. Here are a few.
ALWAYS AL DENTE
The brief was to show Barilla as pasta that's always al dente for life's special moments. And what's more awww-inspiring than the kiss from Lady and the Tramp? What would have happened if the Tramp had served flabby, overcooked pasta? I don't even want to think about it.
CRAIG: "It was one of those gigs that makes you curse freelance. I came in and wrote a lovely little spot, then the in-house team traipsed off to the Amalfi Coast for two weeks to shoot it."
TOMORROW WIDE OPEN
What the average retirement plan lacks is the idea of a future that is constantly evolving, when in fact, nothing is "fixed." As an investment partner, Schwab understands the need to adapt, always helping to keep your choices for tomorrow wide open.
If you're cold, you're thinking about being cold. If you're thinking about being cold, you're not thinking about the game.
Or go home.
MAKE THE WISER CALL
Targeted toward male sports fans who might typically drink beer on game day, we came up with fun, familiar scenarios evoking bar smarts. The same smarts used to order a whisky drink over beer.
I've been part of major, real-time social response war rooms for events including the Oscars and Superbowl for Samsung as well as the Critic's Choice Movie and TV Awards for AMC. I was also a staff writer for the 2013 MTV VMAs which had me catering last-minute award intros to some of the biggest egos on the planet. Point is, I can churn out art-directed, fact-checked, spell-checked, bit.ly'd pieces of content in under 140 characters before Kanye can hijack the next acceptance speech.
Harry Bliss is an acclaimed illustrator and hilarious human being. I emailed him one day asking if he'd be willing to draw up some of my ideas. He said, "How did you get my email?" The rest is history. These are some of our collaborations, which have landed in publications including The New Yorker, LA Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune.
Writing the perfect caption to a cartoon, to me, is like writing the perfect headline...to sell a cheeseburger.
If working in the Nike Quad at Weiden doesn't turn you into a sneaker head, it certainly rouses you to invent custom wooden drawer components designed to look like classic Nike shoeboxes that neatly house dozens of pairs of kicks in any spatially challenged room. Behold the Nike Kickstack.
Nike Backyard was a line of branded game sets and swag that celebrated backyard sports like tetherball, horseshoes and badminton. Nike Backyard still rallied you to Just Do It, but with less intensity, more joy and nostalgia. Weiden + Kennedy loved Backyard and featured the work in their "Wild Pitch" presentation to Nike.
My stand-up has always informed my work as a copywriter. It's essentially the same insight-excavating muscle.
While I recently blacked out my stand-up appearance schedule, I do perform weekly as the warm-up act for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Having done warm-up for years for the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and many others, I feel that constantly generating new material for an intelligent, millennial audience is the ultimate form of creative exercise. It's basically cross-fit for my brain.
SOBRO – A WEB SERIES
This is what happens when I go too long without a gig that allows me to write witty dialogue.
SoBro (South Brooklyn) is set in the trendy, child-riddled neighborhood of Cobble Hill. It revolves around two 40-something dads who struggle to advance their lives despite being stunted, self-sabotaging man-children. Only now, the race is on to make something of themselves before their kids are old enough to recognize failure.
When I look back on the ads I've seen, I remember a bunch of smart, funny, shareable lines. I try to tweet lines like that.