In June last year, Pio Terei hit the screens as Freeview's new mascot and, with the help of its agency True, he attempted to convince those Kiwi TV viewers clinging to their analogue signals to buy a box and get their content for free. And the man of many acting talents has channelled Eddie Murphy in a new ad shot by Greg Page of Flying Fish to showcase the kind of shows that are available on the platform.
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Unilever's Rexona brand has made pretty good use of its All Black sponsorship, from the earnest rituals spot for the Rugby World Cup to some friendly training banter and even a bit of French farce. But the latest work from Naked Communications Sydney is taking things a bit further and demanding some sweat.
Gutters. They're certainly not the sexiest product in the world. And they're not renowned for inspiring great advertising. But Tenfold Creative and Flying Fish's Greg Page and Kerin Casey have added some class with an ad to launch Marley's new Stratus design range of premium spouting and downpipes.
There are many differences between New Zealand and Italy. We're more likely to have milk with our coffee, our menfolk generally only wear budgie smugglers at the beach if they're triathletes or surf lifesavers, and our prime minister's parties are pretty tame in comparison to Silvio's. But as Publicis Mojo's latest campaign for Subway's Italiana range shows, there are a few similarities between the two laid-back countries, including a striking upside down geographical resemblance.
Brands increasingly need to look for creative ways to make the most of their sponsorship dollars. And bands increasingly need to look for creative ways to make money. So, what better way to do both of these things than by filming and editing a pretty bloody good music video in one rather manic day at Auckland's last Big Day Out, something Kiwi band I am Giant and Speight's Summit did.