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Vaccination: our state’s best shot
As reported in AdAge and Adweek, DC was awarded the state’s $40 million campaign to bolster public confidence in Covid-19 vaccinations. And work is already underway on this critical effort.
e.l.f. 2020 Halloween activation
Duncan Channon’s LA team kept the halloween spirit alive by bringing a spooky holiday pop-up straight to beauty influencers’ homes.
Covered CA on Adweek’s cover
DC is thrilled to announce that we were awarded the five-year, $400-million Covered CA account. We are resolute in helping at this crucial time when more Californians need coverage than ever.
“They can’t take your ballot”
At a time of unprecedented voter suppression, the mission of Vote From Home 2020 is more essential than ever. Our new “Suppress This” campaign helps them get ballots into the hands of disenfranchised voters of color. You can help, too.
Beautyscape influencers launch e.l.f. collection
It’s a beautiful day at DCLA with the launch of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Retro Paradise collection — the new collection from e.l.f.’s Beautyscape winners Alissa Holmes, Diana Curmei, Elicia Aragon, Jessa Green and Valeria Loren.
Nicotine = Brain Poison = Clio
Our work for CTCP has awakened parents to the teen vaping epidemic and won a slew of awards in the process (not nearly as important, but nice). The latest is that most venerable of ad accolades: the Clio.
Million-dollar talent from Upwork
To support COVID-19 projects, Upwork is donating a million dollars of time from their network of independent professionals. And who better to tell us about it than the pros themselves?
Cotteleer in Campaign US
DC’s chief experience officer speaks with Campaign about the virtual world and how COVID-19 has actually brought DC’s SF and LA offices closer.
Empowering the pandemic parent
Amy, along with our CEO Andy, talking to MediaPost about the agency’s support plan for working parents suddenly at home with kids.
Cotteleer talks COVID-19 in Adweek
As we seek to chart our way through the uncharted, DC’s Amy Cotteleer shares her thoughts on brands’ best course of action during the pandemic.
Another sweet new client
If you missed it in Adweek and Ad Age, DC went to the Black Forest and hit the gummy bear motherlode.
We have all made sacrifices.
Upwork goes nationwide
This week marks the launch of Upwork’s first national campaign. Broadcast TV, digital video and radio show us how all our offices could, in fact, be much larger than we realize.
New business and beyond
DC is pleased to announce the arrival of Noel Johnson as our first director of marketing and client engagements.
A new leader in a new role
Gary Stein joins DC as our first chief integration officer. He’s here to accelerate collaboration between strategy, media and creative.
40 over 40
Amy Cotteleer was tapped by Campaign US for its annual digital 40 over 40 list. The honor is bestowed upon those at the forefront of digital transformation.
Nicotine: the teen nightmare
Nicotine is a neurotoxin whose changes to the teen brain could be permanent. And that’s what our campaign sets out to communicate.
How sweet (and also tart) it is
It’s not just the sugar talking when we say that we’re so fired up about our new client: iconic candy brand and childhood favorite, SweeTARTS.
Keepin’ it real in HR
HR is about helping real people. The H is for human, remember? So why does so much HR advertising feel so unreal?
Buy stuff, get Steph
Rakuten is back with the latest installment of the “Power of R” campaign, this time featuring a relatively well-known professional basketball player.
New partner, new locations, new DC
We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of A2G, a pioneering experiential and social influencer agency with offices in LA and New York.
The lazy tyranny of Facebook's best practices
Our ECD John Kovacevich challenges whether Facebook's "best practices" are really the best we can do. He is also aware that he uses lots of ironic quotation marks.
A couple locals go national
The two lovable locals that anchor Kona Brewing’s Dear Mainland campaign are about to hit the court and the big time in a series of new spots running for the first time nationally during this year's March Madness.
Playing the name game with InnovAsian
These four 15-second spots use rhymes that play with the catchphrase “InnovAsian occasion” to help consumers better remember the brand when navigating the crowded freezer aisle.
Rakuten makes Grammy debut
The Japanese e-commerce giant dropped its first ever North American campaign during last night’s Grammys. Directed by acclaimed duo Vania & Muggia, the TV introduces Rakuten as a premium lifestyle brand and is the introduction of a months-long, DC-led brand overhaul.
Upwork is happening today
Oh, it's happening alright: the new campaign for freshly IPO'd Upwork launches this very morning and portrays an experience familiar to us all in the workaday world: the “oh shit, how am I going to get this finished?” moment.
Ad exec/poll worker
For yesterday’s midterms, a big chunk of DCers added the title poll worker to their already sparkling resumes.
Kovacevich accepts the rose
After arm-twisting, haranguing and even shedding the occasional tear, DC finally convinced the multi-talented John Kovacevich to join us full-time as executive creative director.
Golden State Warriors: Game recognize game
The new campaign for the NBA champs celebrates the franchise's 47-year legacy in Oakland through novel pairings of Warriors — old-school and new — playing in perfect sync across a continuum of time.
Social smoking hurts more than you think
While children of the 1990s and 80s grew up seeing anti-tobacco efforts targeted at heavy ‘pack-a-day’ smokers, social smokers age 21 to 35 typically don’t view themselves as ‘smokers’ — and thus, underestimate the harm.
Our assignment was to convince teens and tweens that Universal was the “what’s next” vacation for them and their families.
What better venue to make a grand re-entrance than Fashion Week? Shiseido’s pop-up experience drove huge engagement, reintroducing the brand in style.
Being Purposeful this Football Season
With pre-season underway, our Purpose Practice Director, MJ Deery, recommends some serious changes to the NFL’s playbook in Adweek.
The tobacco industry has a kids menu
Today marks the launch of DC’s latest campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program. The work exposes the tobacco industry’s latest deception: using flavors and products that masquerade as snacks and flash drives to hook kids when their brains are most susceptible to addiction.
DriveTime's new direction
The new campaign from DriveTime asks the burning question: if you’re not buying your car at DriveTime, how smart are you?
Hey World! Upwork’s here to help
DC’s first campaign for Upwork positions the freelancer network as a movement of motivated people who are here to roll up collective sleeves and make stuff happen.