Drinks giant Diageo is reviewing its flagship Johnnie Walker account, currently shared between MDC Partners’ Anomaly and 72andSunny. It has already moved some digital business from R/GA to AnalogFolk, a big win for the independent digital and social network.
Before appointing the MDC duo Johnnie Walker spent 15 seemingly successful years at BBH and it remains to be seen if BBH finds itself on the list. But Publicis-owned BBH is now a big Pernod Ricard agency.
Anomaly’s debut campaign for Johnnie Walker featuring actor Jude Law was a monumental clanger although the work has perked up since. Drinks companies as a whole are seemingly marooned in a state where they can’t say much about the product and are left to somehow dramatise the people they hope will drink it, leading to lots of creative guff.
BBH sidestepped this with another, epic, effort featuring an actor – Robert Carlyle.
They don’t make ’em like that any more (that was 2009.) Diageo should demand that someone does.