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December 27, 2019
Brian Bacino

Look What Santa Left Under The Baker Street Tree!

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Four Gold Communicators, and a Silver Telly, which is ironically the top Telly, despite its hue, and 4 Bronze Tellys, which are actually second place, along with another Communicator of Distinction.

Complicated and perhaps meaningless, but it gives us a chance to celebrate the creative we are proud of and the people that helped make it. So without further ado, the winners:

1. Honda “Gingerbread Man” :30 TV Spot

— Gold Communicator Winner | Category: Use of Animation

— Bronze Telly of Distinction Winner | Category: Automotive Advertising

We certainly were not the first to employ a gingerbread man as a spokes-character, but matching Honda’s legendary safety features and gas mileage to the primal survival of a gingerbread man fearing a cannibalistic demise…well, that earned top honors.

2. NCAA College Football National Championship “Guess Who’s Coming” :30 TV Spot

— Silver Telly of Excellence (Top Award) Winner | Category: Best TV Commercial

We gamified last year’s College Football Playoff National Championship game by creating an iconic, interactive billboard that invited fans to make predicitons. Then we filmed it. Then we got this cool trophy.

3. Honda “Dream Commute” :30 TV Spot

— Gold Communicator Winner | Category: Best Use of Animation

— Bronze Telly of Distinction Winner | Category: Best Use of Animation

The animation from our friends at Bent in Portland won the awards, but the song, “Shaboom” performed by the Chords stole the show, along with a clever story from the Bakers.

4. Honda “Time Machine” :30 TV Spot

— Silver Communicator Winner | Category: Best Copywriting

— Bronze Telly of Distinction Winner | Category: Best Copywriting

The dumbest metaphor of the year — that Honda’s “No Payments for 90 Days” sale was the equivalent of a magic time machine, earned top writing honors with the judges. So dumb.

5. Honda Hispanic “Siempre Contigo” :30 TV Campaign

— Gold Communicator Winner | Category: Best TV Campaign: “Antonio’s” :30, “Floaties” :30, and “Missing Monkey” :30

Our Hispanic brand campaign for Honda, translates to “Always with You” and has resulted in category-defying sales results for the last 4 years. Our latest three chapters tapping into emotional truths among Hispanic families earned gold from the American judges.

6. Hotel Nikko “Stay in the Moment” Campaign

— Gold Communicator Campaign Winner | Category: Best Print, Outdoor, and In-Hotel Print & Poster Series Campaigns

Hotel Nikko offers a Zen-like experience — they pride themselves in providing guests an elevated level of service that never calls attention to itself. We want our guests to enjoy their experience without distraction, inviting them to “Stay in the Moment.”

National Geographic Campaign: UK Audience

Out-Of-Home Posters to Promote Restaurant ANZU

In-Hotel Print & Poster Series

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1. Honda “Gingerbread Man” :30 Credits

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Copywriter: Michael Williams
Art Director: Sarah Inglis
Producer: Brody McHugh
Social Media Video Editor/Copywriter: Harrison Chapman
Social Media Animator: Xavier Li
Creative Manager/Social Media Copywriter: Lesly Pyle
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Senior Account Executive: Lisa Coonts
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Line Producer: Kevin Hayes
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Animation Production Credits:
Animation Director: Joshua Cox, Bent Image Lab Partner/Executive Producer: Ray DiCarlo, Bent Image Lab
Producers: Brianna Vitale, Bent Image Lab
Editor: Brent Heise, Bent Image Lab

2. NCAA College Football National Championship “Guess Who’s Coming” :30 Credits

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Copywriter: Bob Dorfman
Art Directors: Corey Stolberg/Jason Wong
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager: Lesly Pyle
Design Studio and Production Manager: Jeff Teator
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Nick Spillner
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino
Executive Producer: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Director of Photography: Cliff Traiman, Little Giant Lighting & Grip
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Motion Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Post Producer: James Hagedorn, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Jeremiah Moore, Rough House Editorial

3. Honda “Dream Commute” :30 Credits

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Copywriter: Harrison Chapman
Art Director: Sarah Inglis
Producer: Brody McHugh
Social Media Animator: Xavier Li
Creative Manager: Lesly Pyle
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Lisa Coonts
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Directors: Solomon Burbridge and Joshua Cox, Bent Image Lab
Executive Producer: Ray Di Carlo, Bent Image Lab
Director of Photography: Kevin Fletcher, Bent Image Lab
Editor: Brent Heise, Bent Image Lab
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Motion Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Post Producer: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

4. Honda “Time Machine” :30 Credits

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
TV Copywriter: Brian Bacino

Art Director (All Media): Sarah Inglis
Radio & Social Media Copywriter/Social Video Editor: Harrison Chapman
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager/Script Supervisor: Lesly Pyle
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Account Supervisor: Megan Boland
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Line Producer: Kevin Hayes
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

5. Honda Hispanic “Siempre Contigo” Credits

Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Copywriter: Claudio Martinez-Valle
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager: Lesly Pyle
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Credits, Production:
Director, Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer, Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic
Producer: Tamara Treu, Ntropic
Senior Flame Artist: Amanda Amalfi, Ntropic
Sound Engineer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

6. Hotel Nikko “Stay in the Moment” Credits

Client Credits:
VP/General Manager: Anna Marie Presutti
Director of Marketing and Revenue Strategy: Jeanne Ferrari
Associate Director of Marketing: Dani Ortega

Agency Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer/Copywriter: Brian Bacino
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Copywriter: Lesly Pyle
Design Studio and Production Manager: Jeff Teator
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Account Supervisor: Nick Spillner
Senior Account Executive: Juliana King

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December 27, 2017
Brian Bacino

Honda’s Delicious End to Happy Honda Days

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Smell that? That’s not just the smell of Honda’s tasty new Gingerbread spokesman, it’s also the scent of an altering national mood.

“Gingerbread Man” :30 TV Commercial

Our Behavioral Economist, Howie Leibach, detected something in the air this holiday season. People are so exhausted by political issues and global concerns, they are in no mood for anyone trying to sell them something. You probably noticed how many advertisers responded with heart-warming holiday messages, whose connection to a brand promise was at times tenuous. We however had a job to do: We were tasked with creating urgency, in the face of an agitated National mood, for the final days of Honda’s biggest national sales event.

So our content creators dreamt up this holiday fantasy where a Gingerbread Man, trying to avoid being eaten, heads to the Honda dealer for an escape ride. And luckily there’s just a few days left!

Awesome! Urgent yet fun and fanciful. The only problem was it required a full-film shoot plus character development plus CG animation and we only had a month to make it.

That’s when our mighty producers and account peeps squeezed enough time out of our schedule to pull off the Holiday miracle. Then our other-worldly talented friends at Bent, especially animation director and karaoke killa, Josh Cox, helped us create the perfectly baked, high anxiety, Woody Allen inspired Gingerbread Man. Of course before we turned our delicious little friend into a TV star and internet sensation complete with life-size POP and digital assets, we had to find just the right guy. You can see how tough that was in the “lost casting sessions” videos created by our own Harry Houdini Chapman.

“Gingerbread Man Auditions” Social Media Video 1

“Gingerbread Man Auditions” Social Media Video 2

The Gingerbread Man also made an appearance at our annual Baker Street “Santa Stealing” Party.

This was Baker Street at its best: data, insight, creativity, execution, tremendous hustle, and I bet you’ve seen it out there in the market ’cause our media squad rules, for the win.

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriter: Michael Williams
Art Director: Sarah Inglis
Producer: Brody McHugh
Social Media Video Editor/Copywriter: Harrison Chapman
Social Media Animator: Xavier Li
Creative Manager/Social Media Copywriter: Lesly Pyle
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Senior Account Executive: Lisa Coonts
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Line Producer: Kevin Hayes
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Animation Production Credits:
Animation Director: Joshua Cox, Bent Image Lab Partner/Executive Producer: Ray DiCarlo, Bent Image Lab
Producers: Brianna Vitale, Bent Image Lab
Editor: Brent Heise, Bent Image Lab

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Holiday Advertising, Honda

June 26, 2013
Brian Bacino

From the Desk of the Creative Chief: Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson Go Surfing

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With Honda’s July 4th sales event coming, we enlisted our Holiday Hipster icons to spread the news.  You may remember Tommy J and Sam from last year’s July 4th Honda spot, where they were hanging in a coffee shop, surf’n the web, and just chillin.

Honda Hipsters

Well, this year, our idea was to send Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson surfing for real, showing off how epic Honda’s are for the great outdoors, and hype the deals at the July 4 Honda Sales Event. To make this spot work, we wanted to make the cars look like a million dollars even though the comedy is fairly cheap.  Check out how ridiculously hot the CR-V looks with a surfboard on its rack.  And marvel how a surfboard can fit in the back of a fuel-efficient sporty Fit and stylish Civic.

surfin pres

Check out the :60 extended version here.

To get the perfect look for the cars and TV spot, we headed out to the Oregon coast, a couple hours outside of Portland, where our actors, JJ Johnston and Dallas Bryant, reside.

Oregon, the beautiful

We also enlisted the talents of DP extraordinaire Kevin Emmons.  Kevin’s eye and a rare 2 days of incredible weather (thanks David) made for a luscious look. And as promised, the comedy was plenty cheap.

Three cars 4 Honda

See the :10 shortened cut here.

Now the twist on this story created a story of its own.  The punch line of this spot is that as TJ steps from the car bragging about his spectacular 44 mpg, he reveals a bathing suit that is… well as Uncle Sam so delicately put it, “Tight.”

To find just the right suit that everybody felt walked the line between funny and “awkward” (as my 12 year old put it) we had to scour the streets of San Francisco from the Castro to the Haight.  Here’s the short list, so to speak.

Option #1: The Hugo Boss

Option 1

Option #2: The Star Spangled Spanx

Stars

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Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Holiday Advertising, Honda

December 28, 2012
Brian Bacino

From the Desk of the Creative Chief: 2012 It’s Almost Over

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To mark the end of a pretty amazing year, the Baker Street Players got together to create this blockbuster sales event campaign for the Northern California and Northwest Honda Dealers.

Bringing this kind of production value and sheer enthusiasm on a budget of a two week sales event requires the “Our Gang” approach: “Let’s put on a show!”

Final Spot: “Happy Honda Days: Almost Over”

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Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Holiday Advertising, Honda