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44. How a Real Life Ad Agency Inspired the Robin Williams CBS Sitcom, "The Crazy Ones"

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Every professional communicator has had a day that seems like it came straight out of a TV sitcom.

For Rob Davis and John R. Montgomery, working at the Chicago ad firm Leo Burnett in the early 2000’s, it was a regular occurrence.

In fact, the stories from their time there were so singular, that when they shot a pilot and pitched it to Hollywood, it was picked up and run as a CBS sitcom starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

From wacky hijinks to high-stakes drama, unbelievable coincidences to larger-than-life personalities, "The Crazy Ones" sourced its comedy from real-life agency anecdotes, amplified by the creative genius of its all-star cast and famed executive producer David E. Kelley.

And Rob and John found themselves on a wild Hollywood ride that would alter the course of both their careers.

In this episode, they tell us what it took to get the project off the ground, what it was like repackaging their professional lives as TV scripts, and how they pitched a new approach to brand integration on television that was years ahead of its time.

Subscribe to the Podcamp Media e-newsletter for more updates on the world of strategic communication.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Every professional communicator has had a day that seems like it came straight out of a TV sitcom.

For Rob Davis and John R. Montgomery, working at the Chicago ad firm Leo Burnett in the early 2000’s, it was a regular occurrence.

In fact, the stories from their time there were so singular, that when they shot a pilot and pitched it to Hollywood, it was picked up and run as a CBS sitcom starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

From wacky hijinks to high-stakes drama, unbelievable coincidences to larger-than-life personalities, "The Crazy Ones" sourced its comedy from real-life agency anecdotes, amplified by the creative genius of its all-star cast and famed executive producer David E. Kelley.

And Rob and John found themselves on a wild Hollywood ride that would alter the course of both their careers.

In this episode, they tell us what it took to get the project off the ground, what it was like repackaging their professional lives as TV scripts, and how they pitched a new approach to brand integration on television that was years ahead of its time.

Subscribe to the Podcamp Media e-newsletter for more updates on the world of strategic communication.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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