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Meet the Martha Stewart of Molly in DDB Canada's Anti-drug PSA

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Editors' Choice: Toronto Crime Stoppers serves up 'recipes' for recreational drugs

Meet the Martha Stewart of Molly in DDB Canada's Anti-drug PSA

Toronto Crime Stoppers launched its first public service campaign today that provokes recreational or party drug users to become more vigilant about MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or Molly. Warning consumers, “Molly is not the drug you think it is,” the new awareness-building initiative features a video, parodying a cooking show, where a drug lab “cook” shares his recipe for Molly laced with methamphetamine and bath salts.

“After the tragic loss of two youth that was linked to party drugs at the VELD Music Festival this past summer and recent seizures of ecstasy pills containing methamphetamine, we felt compelled to raise awareness about this issue to help make our communities safer,” says Sean Sportun, vice chair, Toronto Crime Stoppers. “MDMA pills don’t come with a list of ingredients and since they can be cut with anything from LSD to caffeine, users can never be certain of what they are getting.” 

The “Cookin’ with Molly” creative, developed pro-bono by Toronto Crime Stoppers’ agency of record, DDB Canada Toronto, was unveiled at a Toronto Police news conference today to commemorate Crime Stoppers month.  Targeting people between the ages of 15 and 25, the video is currently running online and is supported by preroll, newspaper and transit shelter ads, out of home advertising, and a social media outreach program. The creative drives consumers to, which offers additional content and shareable assets.

“These party-type drugs have been a growing concern, and Toronto Crime Stoppers wanted to tackle this head on without being heavy-handed, so the cooking show format is intended to be tongue-in-cheek,” says Craig Ferguson, senior art director, DDB Canada Toronto.  “At the same time, this creative still allows us to educate people on the harmful, hidden ingredients found in MDMA which was our key objective.”

The online film is directed by Michael Downing of Partners Film.

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Advertiser: Toronto Crime Stoppers

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Cem Ozkilicci, Alter Ego

Post Production Company: Fort York VFX

Production Company

Director: Michael Downing

DOP: Andre Pienaar

Executive Producer: Gigi Realini

Producer: Erik Wilson

Production Company: Partners Film

Creative Agency

Account Managers: DDB Canada, Toronto

Art Director: Craig Ferguson

Chief Creative Officer: Cosmo Campbell

Copywriter: Allan Topol

Executive Creative Director: Paul Wallace

Photographer: Jake Bundock

Head of Print Production: Julia Morris, Lorrie Zwer

Producer: Julia Morris, Lorrie Zwer

Media Agency

Media Agency: OMD

Print / OOH

Art Director: Craig Ferguson

Copywriter: Allan Topol

Photographer: Jake Bundock


Audio Post Production: Pirate Radio

Composer: Paul Wallace

Executive Producer: Joanne Uyeyama

Music Production: Paul Wallace

Producer: Chris Tait

Sound Engineer: Ian Boddy


Edit Assistant: Brett Rostrup

Edit Company: Rooster Post

Editor: Jeff Poremba, (Online) Andrew Rolfe, Fort York

Genres: Comedy

Categories: Anti drink/drugs/smoking, Corporate, Social and PSAs

DDB Canada - Toronto, Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:05:24 GMT