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Last night at the sfBIG awards, D/C’s campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program took home the top BIG Star prize over a stellar field. “Wake Up” is an integrated effort, across TV, out-of-home, digital and point-of-sale, focused on the issues of e-cigarettes, especially among young people. Thanks to the brilliant judges of the San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group and to our thoughtful and supportive client. And congrats to the entire creative, account, strategic and comms planning teams, many of whom can be viewed looking good and acting bad in the following funky video.

With a new commercial, two new digital videos, an updated website (StillBlowingSmoke.org) and a new outdoor campaign, D/C has just launched the second year of the State of California’s effort to educate citizens about the potential perils of vaping nicotine. In light of alarming new statistics that are highlighted in the TV spot, there’s a special focus on young people. And a perfectly ironic pop song.

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Thirty-two industry judges bestowed top prize on D/C in the non-profit category of the 10th annual Pixel Awards. The award is for design and technology, and the agency won for StillBlowingSmoke.org, the website part of our comprehensive, integrated campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program. Huzzah for health. And us.

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Congrats to our friends and clients Staffan Terje and Umberto Gibin on last night’s official opening in San Francisco of their latest culinary masterpiece Volta, where classic Gallic fare cozies up to classic Nordic. With a pedigree of Perbacco and Barbacco, and a name and identity by the chefs de branding at Duncan/Channon, this is guaranteed to be the hottest reservation of 2016. (Got room for two on Friday night?)

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No stranger to the pages of Communication Arts, our own ECD, Anne Elisco-Lemme, was chosen to be a member of this year’s esteemed panel of judges for the prestigious Advertising Annual. If your work was passed over for recognition, you can address her directly in the comment section below. (And congratulations, Anne. Well-deserved.)

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Jackpot for D/C at the 2015 Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards, sponsored by Modern Healthcare and Ad Age, Thursday night in Chicago. It started with a silver in the video category for John Muir Health, a pair of golds for California Tobacco Control (CTCP) in the video and integrated campaign categories and was topped off with Best in Show for CTCP.

The John Muir silver was for the long-running “Be Heard” TV. The CTCP golds and the Best in Show were for the “Wake Up” e-cigarettes TV — those spots with the asterisks and vintage soundtracks — as well as for Wake Up interactive bus shelters, banners and billboards and the stillblowingsmoke.org site.

Big ups to two stellar clients. A smoke-free celebration shall ensue.

From TV to digital to print to a partnership with the Cooking Channel and Chef Kelsey Nixon, Diamond of California is serving up a complete creative feast in its first campaign, launching today, from D/C. With the tagline “Made for Homemade™,” the audience focus is the home cook and baker, while the product focus is Diamond’s premium cooking and baking nuts. Across all platforms, the work emphasizes the fun of a great holiday meal, the versatility of nuts as an ingredient and the creativity that brings them all together. Nom nom.

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Tina, Tara and the green rescue van are at it again in three new spots for DriveTime — including (if you’re paying attention) one bumpin’ a lil “Turn Down for What.” The loopy ladies are once more putting wheels under peeps who’d previously been locked out of car-buying entirely. This is D/C’s third set of commercials for the Phoenix-based client, which operates 130 dealerships nationwide and has seen sales leads bumpin’ up more than 30% since the start of the campaign.

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