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Tobacco flavors that seem fun and vaping devices that look like tech gadgets have led teens, and even parents, to underestimate the damage of nicotine. Most people know it’s powerfully addictive. But addiction is only the beginning. Nicotine is actually a neurotoxin whose changes to the teen brain could be permanent. And that’s what our campaign sets out to communicate.

New TV spots show teens in familiar adolescent scenes, yet homework sessions, prom and parental squabbles burst with enough tension to make the viewer wonder if there is more going on than garden-variety angst. To create the unsettlingly true-to-life campaign, DC and director Floyd Russ, who is best-known for his award-winning documentary short Zion, allowed teens to inform the action of the spots — which were entirely unscripted.

Complementing the TV and video are arresting outdoor boards running across the state and a website solely devoted to the dangers of nicotine on the teenage brain.

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As the world-champion Warriors tip off tonight for what will be their final season at Oracle, DC drops a campaign that acknowledges the 47 years of Dubs teams running the floor in Oakland and the loud and loyal fans that were there all along.

In outdoor, digital and broadcast, the “Game Recognize Game” work celebrates the franchise’s legacy through novel pairings of Warriors — old-school and new — playing in perfect sync across a continuum of time.

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“The fans know that before the Splash Brothers, there was Run TMC. And Manute, Sleepy, Baron and Barry,” said Parker Channon, co-founder of DC. “Seeing a Warriors super team built across generations feels like a genuine gift to long-time fans and a natural fit for a team that routinely acknowledges the work and history that precedes their accomplishments today.”

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DC’s design director, Jennifer Kellogg, had this to add: “Bringing the Game Recognize Game idea to life visually using nearly 50 years of photography was a fun challenge. We were intentional about treating the photography to make players from different decades feel like they’re in the same world, on the same court. And the Game Recognize Game type reflects off itself to convey this sense of appreciation and interaction between generations of players and fans.”

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Today marks the launch of DC’s latest campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program and our first since landing a new five-year contract. The work exposes the tobacco industry’s latest deception: using flavors and e-cigarette products that masquerade as snacks and flash drives to hook kids when their brains are most susceptible to addiction. Four out of five kids who’ve used tobacco started with a flavored product.

The country’s largest-ever campaign to take on flavored tobacco includes TV, digital video, radio, and OOH launching April 24 in all 14 markets across California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento. The campaign will include creative in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog, produced with Acento and APartnership, as well as a San Francisco BART station takeover and two painted walls in Los Angeles. See more at FlavorsHookKids.org.

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Today marks the launch of DC’s first campaign for Upwork, a global network of freelance talent. But, as the campaign has it, this is more than some indiscriminate mob of freelancers from here, there and everywhere. Rather, this is a unified movement of motivated people — freelancers and managers alike — here to roll up collective sleeves and make stuff happen. And like any good movement, they aren’t afraid to speak truth to power with a hearty “Hey! How can we help?”

“Upwork is a vibrant, expressive brand that’s contagiously optimistic about the potential of freelancers to solve big problems and drive the evolution of business,” said Michael Lemme, chief creative officer, Duncan Channon. “The ‘Hey World’ campaign has some fun, but is serious about the idea that talented freelancers can get stuff done for people who need stuff done, including some brands, artists, institutions and pop culture figures you know.”

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In its latest effort for the California Tobacco Control Program, DC taps into Californians’ green sensibilities, shifting focus from the health dangers of cigarettes to the environmental dangers of cigarette butts. The “Come Clean” campaign features new TV work and outdoor, including a billboard filled with 12,000 toxic butts scooped up from the streets directly around it.

 
The 12,000-butt billboard:

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DC just launched a brand new campaign for brand new client, So Delicious. In response to growing demand for plant-based foods, the inaugural work, which spans products across the So Delicious portfolio, emphasizes taste to challenge the misperception that choosing non-dairy somehow equals non-delectable. Look for digital videos and print ads running throughout the summer (aka ice cream season).

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For the second year in a row, DC brought home top honors at the sfBIG awards. Last year, it was our anti-vaping work for CTCP. This year, it was, in part, our pro-marijuana work for Kettle chips. Big thanks to sfBIG for their kind acknowledgement and congrats to the whole Kettle team (one of whom was also named Creative of the Year, but she — or he! — prefers to remain anonymous).

This just in: as this post was being created, we learned that the Kettle “Edibles” billboard just received an Obie for outstanding outdoor last night in New Orleans. Which begs the question: how did we not attend an award show in New Orleans!? We’re getting soft.

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At a time when wannabe competitors are trying to get on their natural chip tip, Kettle Brand is answering back with an irreverent new ad campaign. The “Stirring the Pot” work celebrates the brand’s counterculture legacy and all those that zig when others zag. In addition to wild postings, bus shelters, digital radio, Snapchat filters and social content, there’s an outdoor board with actual grab-able bags of chips that gets refilled each day at 4:20pm. “As far as the refill time of the Oregon’s second best edibles billboard, there’s no special significance to that. Just a random time between lunch and dinner,” said executive creative director, Anne Elisco-Lemme. “No story there.”

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