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Dogs Are Woman's Best Friend Too in IWD 2017 Campaign for CESAR

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BBDO SF turns the age-old saying of ‘man’s best friend’ on its head

Dogs Are Woman's Best Friend Too in IWD 2017 Campaign for CESAR

On International Women’s Day, CESAR has launched 'Woman’s Best Friend Too,' a program that highlights the special bond between women and their dogs, and turns the age-old saying of ‘man’s best friend’ on its head. The new campaign, created by BBDO San Francisco, features a video showcasing real women and their canine best friends who stand by their side at all times. To support the campaign, the brand has teamed up with Elias Weiss Freidman, the photographer behind the popular website and New York Times bestselling book, The Dogist, to capture the real-life stories of 14 every day women, as well as actress Lucy Hale, to share her relationship with her dog.

“CESAR Brand believes in celebrating the bond between dogs and their human companions. The ‘Woman’s Best Friend Too’ campaign showcases the depth of the relationships between women and their pups with stories from real women in a variety of scenarios and showing how their dogs stick by their side when they need them the most,” said Dan Jackson, Marketing Director at Mars Petcare. “It’s a campaign that truly celebrates the love between women and their dogs.”

To bring “Woman’s Best Friend Too” to life, Elias Weiss Freidman took to the streets of New York, capturing images and stories of 14 real women and their canine companions. Friedman captured women from all walks of life, including Shakirah DeMesier, 29, from New York City, whose pup Khani helped her through the loss of her mother. “My mom used to call her Macaque, which means monkey in French. We’re Haitian. She’d always respond to it, even though that’s not her name.” When Shakirah’s mother passed away, Khani was there with unconditional love and playfulness to pull her out of her sadness. “We care for each other in ways that I don’t think exist in a human relationship.”

Actress and dog lover Lucy Hale has also joined the campaign to share her own special relationship with her dog, Elvis. As Lucy puts it, “Elvis is my majestic little creature! He joins me on the road and at home as my constant companion. His playful and mischievous personality reminds me of my childhood dog, Jack. This similarity helps keep me close to my family and friends back home in Tennessee.”

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Executive Producer: Michele Millard

Sound Mix: Jeff Levy


Edit Assistant: Cutler Gray

Edit Company: Cartel

Editor: Chris Catanach

Producer: Lauren Pullano

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Siggy Ferstl

Flame: James Bohn & Wes Waldron

Senior Producer: Matt Moran

Production Company

Director: The Mercadantes

Executive Producer: Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Scott Howard

Production Company: Park Pictures

Creative Agency

Art Director: George Thorman

Chief Creative Officer: Matt Miller

Copywriter: Jared Johnsen

Creative Agency: BBDO SF

Executive Producer: Louise Doherty

Head of TV / Production: Anne Bobroff

Managing Director: William Jones

Producer: Colin Moran

Senior Account Director: Kimberly Fredkin

Senior Account Executive: Marissa Osowsky

Senior Art Director: Michael Cornell

Senior Copywriter: Eric Mayse

Genres: Storytelling

Categories: Home, Pet Supplies

BBDO North America, Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:37:41 GMT