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Spain hits the jackpot again with lottery Christmas campaign 2016

Posted on November 16th, 2016 in Consumer PR,Regional PR,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Clocking up 3m views on YouTube already, the Spanish lottery has produced a real tear-jerker in the form of its Christmas advert this year, set to give the British campaigns a run for their money yet again.

Playing on the heartstrings of the world yet again, the 2016 advert tells the story of Carmina, a retired teacher, who mistakes the previous year’s broadcast of the Christmas Lottery (El Gordo, held every year on the 22nd December), for the present and believes she is holding the winning ticket. However, rather than disappoint the jubilant grandmother, the people of Villaviciosa, a town on the Eastern coastline of Spain, gather and celebrate her ‘victory’.

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The Christmas lottery has been embedded in Spanish society since the 19th century, and the live broadcast of the event lasts several hours with students from Madrid’s San Difenso School singing the winning numbers out.

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In recent years, La Lotería’s big-budget campaigns have proved just as important as the event itself , after a very successful 2015 hit which featured Justino, the security guard who worked lonely night shifts in a mannequin factory, and the 2014 sentimental story of Manu, who hadn’t bought a share in the sweepstake at his local bar.

– izzirichards

A day of mourning for GBBO

Posted on October 27th, 2016 in Attraction PR,Entertainment Brands,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Now, I don’t know about you – but I was certainly weeping at the final of Great British Bake Off last night, and if you thought that was bad the London Dungeon has taken the departure even worse.

In response to the loss, Mrs Lovett, resident (human) baker at the dungeons has parked a hearse outside of the BBC, with a wreathe of white roses saying RIP GBBO.

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Let’s take a moment to remember the best baking show of all time, ever. #RIPGBBO

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– @chloe_mcneillis

Undead ‘walkers’ descend on London

Posted on October 19th, 2016 in Entertainment Brands,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Sky News anchor Isabel Webster looks visibly shaken as she reports on various sightings of undead ‘walkers’ across the nation, alongside a chilling cell-phone video of these ‘walkers’ captured in London. Webster advises viewers to be extra vigilant and under no circumstance approach infected individuals.

 

Thankfully for us all, this is just Sky’s latest stunt to promote the return of American horror show, ‘The Walking Dead’, for its seventh season on 23rd October in time for Halloween. ABC has also confirmed the release of season eight in 2017, extending the undead pandemic for the foreseeable future…

– @turntHQ

Dave’s Best Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 in Awards PR,Celebrity PR,Comedy PR,Event PR,Television Industry PR.

Edinburgh, 23rd August 2016: Award-winning entertainment channel Dave has announced the winner of the ninth annual award for Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe.

In a brand new show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, West Bromwich-based comic Masai Graham produced the joke which 27% of the respondents voted their funniest joke of the Fringe; ‘My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.’

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The announcement is the ninth year for the coveted award whose previous winners include Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm.

In its mission to find the most hilarious one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an expert panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK’s foremost comedy critics.  They scoured venues at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe over a week-long period to nominate their five favourite jokes. The shortlisted gags were then put to 2,000 Brits, with no reference to the comedians who told them, who then voted for the jokes they found the funniest.

Dave’s Top 15 Funniest Jokes from the Fringe Festival 2016

 “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card.  He’s a man after my own heart.” – Masai Graham– 27%

“Why is it old people say “there’s no place like home”, yet when you put them in one…” – Stuart Mitchell – 25%

“I’ve been happily married for four years – out of a total of 10.” – Mark Watson – 21%

“Apparently 1 in 3 Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed which is mad because those places are really well lit.” – Mark Smith – 21%

“I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn’t much use.  Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer… came second.” – Will Duggan – 20%

“Brexit is a terrible name, sounds like cereal you eat when you are constipated.” – Tiff Stevenson – 20%

“I often confuse Americans and Canadians.  By using long words.” – Gary Delaney – 18%

“Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks?  Because he’s Tudor.” – Adele Cliff – 16%

“Don’t you hate it when people assume you’re rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?” – Annie McGrath – 15%

“Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask.” – Jordan Brookes – 15%

“Hilary Clinton has shown that any woman can be President, as long as your husband did it first.” – Michelle Wolf – 15%

“I spotted a marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound.” – Roger Swift – 14%

“Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer.” – Arthur Smith – 13%

“I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses.” – Zoe Lyons – 13%

“Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word.” – Phil Nicol – 12%

 On being awarded the top spot, Masai Graham, self-proclaimed “General Punochet”, said I’m proud and honoured to win Joke of the Fringe. The funny thing is that it was Dave’s Joke of The Fringe that inspired me to become a comic. I remember picking up the paper years ago, reading the top 10 gags and wondering if I could write a decent one myself, so it feels fantastic to have actually won!”

In order to compile the shortlist, each of the judges sat through an average of 60 different comedy performances and sifted through more than 3,600 minutes of material. This meant they each had a potential pool of around 7,200* different jokes to choose from.

The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst shining a spotlight on the individual jokes, not just the performances. In fact, so as to ensure the jokes are ranked fairly, the comedian’s name or show are not revealed during the voting process – it is purely down to the jokes themselves.

Steve North, General Manager of Dave commented: “The Fringe is renowned for being the best place to spot new and emerging comedy talent, and although there are some returning contenders in our top 10 this year, there is a high volume of new talent which is very exciting to see.”

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is widely acknowledged to be the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Starting in 1947, it was seen as a post-war initiative to reunite Europe through culture, and was so successful that it inspired more performers than there was room for.

2016 marks the ninth year of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe. You can also follow Dave on Twitter at @join_dave and Facebook at facebook.com/davewittybanter.

 

 

Powerpuff Girls take on Dubai

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 in Children's Brands PR,creative publicity,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Cartoon Network succeeded in attracting attention when it announced the release of a new series of The Powerpuff Girls.

Their clever plot to catch the eye of the people of Dubai was more effective than they could have anticipated- it even had people running in pursuit and pointing. To promote the return of the famous characters Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, 3 custom made drones were created.

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To the amazement of onlookers, these drones embarked on a scenic, aerial tour of Dubai. Their flight path included a low altitude trip over some of Dubai’s most iconic sights such as Kite Beach, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.

In the video put out by Cartoon Network the Powerpuff drones zip through the air superman style to the theme tune of the famous cartoon.

Kids stared open-mouthed as they flew by, but the legendary trio caused the greatest stir amongst people who had been alive to witness them in action on screens in the 90s. In interviews those who had witnessed the Powerpuff girl’s fly through recounted nostalgic tales of great times spent watching the Townsville triplets. It is fair to say that after ten years of Powerpuff free TV we are glad to see them back.