VW fatigue detection ads win first round

The “Road/Drive/Street” campaign was written by Jim Curtis & Ryan Fitzgerald from DDB Sydney. The ad, ‘Road’ also won the single category, and was highly commended in the craft category.
The winning writers said:“The bones of the ad came out of the rhythmic sound car tyres make when driving along freeways. It seemed to be a good place to start when thinking about fatigue.”
“Radio is one of the most enjoyable mediums to work with. You can literally think of anything without the worry of ‘how the hell are we going to shoot that?’ Hopefully through winning this, we’ll be able to add some more radio to some of our upcoming campaigns.”
Judge, Paul Le Couteur from Flagstaff Studios said: “This campaign really does use hypnotic technique to lull us into a place where we really get the point that fatigue is a major factor in road accidents.  So why are we smiling?  Great writing and production makes this campaign sing.” Judge, James Rickard from kwp! added: “Simple. Intriguing. Compelling. With the product at the heart of the idea.”
The “Road/Drive/Street” campaign is now in the running to win the Gold Siren for best radio ad of the year, which will be announced in May 2014. Writers of the best radio ad for 2014 win airfares, accommodation, plus automatic entry and tickets to the Cannes Advertising Lions Festival in June 2014. The client of the Gold Siren winning ad also wins a trip to Cannes and the festival.
Winner of the craft category was the ad titled “Squirrel Monkey”, produced by Ralph van Dijk (Eardrum) and Paul Taylor (Sound Reservoir) for Perth Zoo. The humourous ad was also highly commended in the single category.
Two further series of ads were highly commended in the campaign category; a Mother’s Day campaign for the City of Perth, “Burbs”, by Marketforce’s Alida Henson and Megan Riley, and BMF’s “Enemies” campaign for Lion Nathan, written by Piero Ruzzene and James Ross-Edwards. 
Chief executive officer, Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said: “The entries into the Siren Awards are always highly creative and prove just how effective radio is as an advertising medium.”
The winner of the 2013 Gold Siren, the ad “Set Fire to Your Hair”, written by John Mescall and Pat Baron of McCann Melbourne, is up for awards in the Radio category at the Cannes Lions, with winners to be announced early morning AEST Thursday, 13 June. The ad was part of the “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign for Metro Trains Melbourne.
Round two of the 2014 Siren Awards is now open. Entries close for round two on 12 July.
Media contact: Melissa Fleming – 0417 499 529 or Robbie Keswick – 0424 951 910
Listen to Round 1 winning ads at www.sirenawards.com.au and find the Siren Awards on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/sirenawards

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