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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.”

All videos below, after the jump.

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Craft beer is like indie music. If you get too popular, you’re no longer cool. Just ask Redhook. In the early 80s, they took off like a rocket, Anheuser Busch came calling and the brand was labeled a sellout. “Budhook!” the beer nerds snickered. Never mind that Redhook basically invented the craft beer category they were tossed out of.

So how do you get the next generation of craft lovers to take notice, to see you in a new light? The answer wasn’t an ad campaign. The answer was an experience. A brewpub that put Redhook’s pioneering, innovative techniques on display.

“We knew we had to bring Redhook’s values to life rather than merely talk about them,” said DC’s CCO Michael Lemme. “In developing the Brewlab concept and identity, our job was to make sure everything from the name to the smallest detail in the customer experience communicated how Redhook Brewlab is purpose-built to experiment, innovate and test the results on Seattle humans of legal drinking age.”

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We’re going to the show, you guys! Look for our Stand Up to Cancer spot during game four of the series. As part of a long-term partnership with the MLB, the campaign for SU2C challenges the common perception that the only way to beat cancer involves one monolithic cure. DC’s spot points out that every innovation — no matter how seemingly small — is a step toward victory. Plus, Adweek thinks it’s a winner.

When you’re sick, injured or facing a frightening diagnosis, you want more than just clinical excellence. You want a support system. You want a squad. And John Muir Health has your back. Here’s what our ECD, Anne Elisco-Lemme, had to say about our approach to the new work: “Cancer is probably one of the most terrifying diagnoses anyone could ever hear. So our challenge was to create a :30 spot that speaks to the enormity of the situation while remaining hopeful. We took a page out of how sports brands create epic, emotional and highly visual marketing to tell the story of how your entire medical team at John Muir Health is with you, no matter what life throws your way.”

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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One of the cooler new parts of the already pretty cool media plan DC created for Kona Brewing’s 2017 push is a special integrated program with CBS. In addition to our regular spots running during their highly rated Thursday (aka “Little Friday”) primetime lineup, CBS and DC also created special California spots shot on location in LA, Orange County, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco. The Hawaiian and Californian spots will run in tandem and also live on local CBS websites. Watch as our brothers spread their island wisdom across the Golden State.

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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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