Sunday, May 31, 2015

Emmy Consideration and other TV billboards turning heads in L.A.'s skies in May 2015...

Aside from all the movie, fashion and lifestyle billboards filling L.A.'s skies this month, the big story dominating the city skyline was the kickoff of the annual Emmy consideration campaigns by studios, networks and channels all vying to win the coveted TV industry accolades. Here's a glimpse of some of the Emmy billboards, plus all the other outdoor ads for new shows and seasons making May's skies so exciting.

TV Billboards
Red Nose Day Statue of Liberty billboard
First up deserves a special mention as Red Nose Day finally makes its debut in America, with a little help from the Statue of Liberty and this fun 3D adorned billboard.

The charity telethon fundraiser has been going in the U.K. for around 30 years and this star-studded U.S. version may not have been a ratings winner for NBC, but it did raise $21 million for children and young people living in poverty.

If you like this special billboard, be sure to check out these other funny Statue of Liberty themed billboards from recent years.
The Americans season 3 Emmy billboard
Meanwhile billboards like this amended season three creative for 80's Russian sleeper spy drama, The Americans, and this Manhattan atomic bomb series billboard helped kick off the Emmy campaigning in the skies of L.A. this month.
Manhattan Emmy 2015 billboard
As ever HBO has a huge Emmy presence for all its shows, mini-series and TV movies, last year garnering a massive 99 nominations (and 19 wins).
Veep season 4 Emmy 2015 billboard
If you like these amended season creatives for Veep and The Leftovers, be sure to check out the rest of HBO's 2015 Emmy consideration billboards.
The Leftovers Powerful 2015 Emmy billboard
Meanwhile Netflix keeps pumping out quality scripted series, and I have to admit this Grace and Frankie series premiere billboard filled my heart with glee at the prospect of seeing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together again on screen, as I love the movie 9 to 5. I'm currently half way through the series and luckily it's already been renewed for a second season.
Grace and Frankie series premiere billboard
Another new dark comedy coming this Summer is The Brink, starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins and 'Pornstache' from Orange is the New Black, about politicians and the armed forces trying to avert a potential World War III.
The Brink series premiere billboard
Another fun ad creative this month is the season three ball pit billboard for IFC's comedy series starring comedian Marc Maron in the titular role, as a fictionalized version of the himself.
Maron season 3 IFC billboard
Bringing the supernatural scares this Summer to strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere is ABC's new imaginary friend drama, The Whispers.
The Whispers series premiere billboard
Whilst after seven seasons as 'Hank Moody' in Showtime's Californication, David Duchovny returns to TV in the gritty 60's crime drama about the Manson Family murder spree, Aquarius.
Aquarius series premiere billboard
And while it's good to see that NBC is trying something new in the drama department, in the world of reality TV shows they are remaking another British TV survival series this summer, The Island.
The Island US series premiere billboard
Meanwhile over on Fox Twilight's Kellan Lutz is hosting a new reality game show, Bullseye, and this special extension billboard for the series really hits the mark.
Bullseye series premiere billboard
Released in April (but as I was in London for half the month I only recently spied this billboard), Netflix was bringing a more gritty (and bloody), street level approach to superheroing, with the fantastic Daredevil, with Charlie Cox as the blind 'Man With Out Fear' of Hell's Kitchen.
Daredevil series premiere billboard
I totally binge-watched the debut season and can't wait for the next Netflix Marvel shows - Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

Plus if you're a fan of Marvel Comics like me, be sure to check out all these other comic book movies and TV show billboards from recent times.
Stitchers series premiere billboard
Speaking of the fantastical and ABC Family's new Stitchers series is bringing us a procedural crime drama with a twist of sic-fi this Summer, as a young woman is recruited by a covert secret agency to go into the memories of the recently deceased and find out how they were killed.
The Last Ship season 2 billboard
Over on TNT, The Last Ship is back for more post-apocalyptic pandemic action and intrigue in the second season, and I can't wait to see how all the trust season's cliffhangers play out.
Giant Power season 2 billboard
Another series back for a sophomore season is Starz drug-dealing drama, Power. This super-sized crowded subway ad creative was a nice visual to convey that old expression, 'keep your friends close and enemies closer'.
Halt and Catch Fire season 2 billboard
Also back for a second season with lots of billboards this month is the 80's tech drama, Halt and Catch Fire.
Deadbeat season 2 billboard
Plus Hulu's original ghost-talking comedy Deadbeat also had this billboard in the city skies, although compared to Deadbeat's launch ad campaign last year, I hardly saw any other support apart from a few bus shelter posters.
Inside Amy Schumer season 3 billboard
Over on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer was back for a third season of sketches and inappropriate humour with this butt-packed billboard.
Unreal series premiere billboard
Lifetime wasn't afraid of using a little nudity to grab our attention this month for their new behind-the-scenes reality dating show drama, UnReal.
Texas Rising TV mini-series billboard
And for Memorial Day Texas was rising and kicking off a 10-hour History scripted mini-series. If you like this dramatic creative, be sure to take a look at these other Texas Rising billboards from the outdoor campaign.
True Detective season 2 billboard
One new series making a big impression above L.A.'s skies this month was the second season of HBO's acclaimed crime anthology drama, True Detective.
True Detective season 2 billboard
If you like these ad creatives with the top of Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch's heads cut off, be sure to check out these other True Detective season two billboards with Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, including a giant-sized billboard towering over the Sunset Strip.
Chef's Table series premiere billboard
Meanwhile the new Netflix documentary series, Chef's Table, was taking viewers into six different superstar chefs lives and kitchens to showcase their culinary talents. I love this visually striking billboard for the docu-series, it almost looks like an exotic alien eye from afar.
Americas Got Talent season 10 billboard
America's Got Talent is back for a tenth season and their obviously running out of ideas of how to pose for their promo billboards.
I can do that series premiere billboard
And in the same vein, but replacing ordinary talented folks with minor celebrities, I Can Do That (another overseas import) sees the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Burke, Ciara, Joe Jonas and more, try to replicate everything from dance, to magic to dangerous stage acts for your viewing pleasure.
Chris DElia Incorrigible billboard
In the world of comedy, Chris D'Elia brings you another stand-up special with this Incorrigible billboard for Netflix.
Nick Swardson Taste It comedy special billboard
Whilst Nick Swardson tries a bit harder with this mock bank note ad creative for his Taste It stand-up special on Comedy Central.
YouTube Grace Helbig billboard
And they may not be traditionally TV shows, but these YouTube web series are certainly what pass for entertainment these days especially among young viewers, wether it's Grace Helbig's amusing videos or Hannah Hart's cooking tips.
YouTube Hannah Hart billboard
And finally, this giant patriotic billboard for the Women's Soccer World Cup coverage on Fox Sports (everyone else around the globe calls it football) highlights the changing face of the Sunset Strip, as those new hotel developments are shooting up and getting in the way of all kinds of things (and don't get me started on the delays or lack of parking, whoever approved so much construction at the same time in West Hollywood should lose their job, or at least be forced to sit in the traffic all day as punishment).
Giant Fox Sports World Cup Soccer billboard Sunset Strip
As you can see it's been a jam-packed skyline this month and with the Summer TV season and more Emmy campaigns about the kick off I'm sure June's skies will be just as crowded.

Come back next month for another snapshot of the advertising skies around Los Angeles and be sure to check out Daily Billboard every day for all the latest cool creatives...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cool drinks and lifestyle billboards filling L.A.'s skyline in May 2015...

By now from my recent posts you can probably tell that the weather has been a bit problematic in capturing this month's billboards around the streets of L.A., but despite the 'May grey' here's a selection of drinks, technology and more lifestyle outdoor ads that caught my attention.

Drinks billboards
Introducing new Corona can billboard
First up is this ingenious ad idea for Corona's new can format, which has been washed shore like  message in a bottle. With the headline saying can and the main visual saying bottle this billboard makes you look twice to work it all out. Very clever.
Flavor that cant be tamed Tecate beer billboard
Another very arresting beer billboard this month was this bold eagle creative for Tecate, which almost feels like it's staring straight at you and daring you to drink it.
Coors Light beer billboard 2015
Meanwhile after a year of the amazing Coors Light 3D mountain climber billboard installation, the beer brand has switched to a far simpler frosty mountain view creative.
Ladies night was his idea Dos Equis beer billboard
And Dos Equis is back this month with another billboard in The Most Interesting Man in the World ad campaign, be sure to check them all out and stay thirsty whilst you're doing it, my friend.
Firestone walker 805 beer welder billboard
California brewery Firestone Walker continues to advertise its 805 ale with these black and white billboards, and this month I even saw a display in my local Pavilions supermarket for the beer.
Hollywood next step Johnnie Walker Entourage billboard
In the world of spirits, Johnny Walker Black Label scotch whisky was tying in with the new Entourage movie with this cool sprawling L.A. nightscape in a bottle creative.
Grey Goose Vodka Fly Beyond 2015 billboard
And Grey Goose Vodka returned to the skies of Los Angeles this month with a new wave of their 'Fly Beyond' ad campaign.
Grey Goose Fly Beyond Studio apartment to Studio City billboard
It's still my favourite vodka brand (and as a bonus it's from France and not Russia), so feel free to send a case my way whenever you want.
Avion best tasting tequila billboard
Meanwhile in the world of tequila, Avion was making some mighty big claims, that it's been voted the world's best tasting tequila (although that was back at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a lot can happen in that time).
Jessica Alba Zico Flourish inside out billboard
Actress Jessica Alba was back in the skies this month for premium coconut water brand, Zico, and at least the beverage is trying to do something different compared to its relaunch, with its 'flourish from the inside out' approach.
Once you go black Juice billboard
And this cheeky Juice brand made me smile with its 'once you go black' creative for its Charcoal Lemonade, which does not sound appealing in the least to me.

Technology and telecommunications billboards
Porsche Design Blackberry billboard
In the world of smartphones BlackBerry is swiftly being left behind in terms of technology, but good design never goes out of fashion, especially when it's a special edition designed by Porsche.
Shot on iPhone 6 boat billboard
This month another fresh wave of creatives took to the skies for Apple's inspirational Shot on iPhone 6 outdoor ad campaign, this boat in a desert creative is one of my favourite new ones, so be sure to check them all out.
Introducing Surface 3 billboard
After the success of the pricey Surface Pro 3 business-friendly tablet, Microsoft have scaled down the product to a more affordable price, but retained the key features and is smaller, lighter and thinner for better portability.
T Mobile Rise up data fans wall mural
And this 'friend selfie' wall mural for T-Mobile has been along Melrose Avenue for a little while not, but it's the first time I've passed by without any cars parked in front spoiling the view. The hot pink design really makes it stand out and its perfectly sited opposite Fairfax High School for maximum young eyeballs.

Travel and tourism billboards
convertible Getty Villa billboard
The Getty Villa in Malibu continued its fun tourism advertising campaign with this witty chariot convertible creative and if you like this, be sure to also check out its chiseled abs billboard.
Aria Vegas Pool parties all grown up billboard
Whilst the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas was trying to convince passersby that its pool parties were for 'grown ups' and not just debauched all-you-can-drink orgies in Sin City.

Exhibition and live event billboards
Marvel Universe Live billboard
In the world of entertainment, if you can't get enough of Marvel's superheroes on the big screen this Summer in Avengers: Age of Ultron, then you can go see Marvel Universe Live!, the live-action arena experience with all your favourite Marvel heroes, special effects and motorbike stunts.
Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition billboard
And if it's something more sedate and historical you'd like to do with your time then you can go see the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at the California Science Center.

If you liked this collection of billboards, be sure to stay tuned for more visions in vinyl from the world of television this month.

See you soon (and bring a friend)...

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