Feeling Wound Up
BRAND Pristiq CLIENT Wyeth
J Walter Thompson sat in focus groups for over a year and a half listening to women explain what they thought of depression
commercials. One after another, the women said that they felt worse after they saw ads depicting women sitting in a dark room,
all alone, unable able to continue their lives. Misery begets misery—that's not exactly what pharma firms are going for in
their DTC ads.
FROM LEFT: Jennifer Chanowitz, account director, Bob Tabor, creative director, Mari Helen Bohen, creative director, Leo Tarkovsky,
director of business strategy, Howard Courtemanche, CEO, Health
"When we heard that, we had such sensitivity for the people who suffer from depression, and we wanted to depict the depressed
person as someone who is surviving and looking to do their best," says Bob Tabor, executive creative director, senior partner,
JWT. "Patients said that they felt like a wind up doll, and we captured that and created the concept."
The wind-up doll is a representation of a woman's inner feelings. With it, the patient can speak freely and work through
her emotions. The symbolic nature of the doll is the main reason why the agency chose to eschew a contemporary doll for something
classic. "I didn't want people to think that the ad was [making light of the disease] in any way," Tabor says. "It had to
be an antique—something that is made out of metal and has been around for a while—that has charm and is something ingrained