T. Marzetti

It Simply Sells Itself

Agency: The Shipyard


The Shipyard has partnered with renowned actor, podcaster, and producer Paul Scheer to spearhead an improvisational campaign for Marzetti's new line of healthy salad dressings, aptly named Simply.

The campaign, titled "It Simply Sells Itself," showcases Simply's 11 exciting new flavors, each boasting on 50 calories and 2grams of sugar or less per serving. Through clever humor, comedic timing and a touch of unexpected awkwardness, the ads highlight the brand's commitment to simplicity and deliciousness.

“Because the product is such an easy sell, each spot ends early,” says Mark Hillman, Executive Creative Director at The Shipyard. “Which leaves our spokesperson needing to fill time. Which leads to awkward improvisation. Which leads to Paul Scheer being the perfect director.”

Scheer, known for his memorable roles in popular TV shows like 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The League, as well as his long-running podcast How Did This Get Made?, brings his love of improv and willingness to explore new comedic angles to infuse the campaign with deft spontaneity. Scheer is backed by highly acclaimed production company, RYB, based in RED Studios in LA.

“We were looking for a very straight-forward, product-focused campaign that delivered our simple message – great taste, 50 calories and 2 grams of sugar or less – in a fun and memorable way,” says Jonathan Zimmer, Vice President, Marketing at T. Marzetti Company.

Comprised of four unique spots (two 30-second and two 15-second spots), the integrated campaign will be featured across various traditional and social media platforms, including TikTok and Instagram. Additionally, Marzetti also plans to share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and stills from the set.

“The Simply launch is critical for the Marzetti brand as we innovate to meet consumers' needs for healthier choices,” explains Carl Stealey, President of Retail at T. Marzetti Company.

This professional campaign titled 'It Simply Sells Itself' was published in United States in July, 2023. It was created for the brand: T. Marzetti, by ad agency: The Shipyard. This Content medium campaign is related to the Food industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted 10 months ago by Lynne Collins.


Brand: T. Marzetti

President – Carl Stealey

VP of Marketing, Dips/Dressings - Jon Zimmer

Brand Manager - Katie Waters

Assistant Brand Manager – Anna Noll

Assistant Brand Manager – Haley Webster

Agency: The Shipyard

Chief Creative Officer - David Sonderman

Executive Creative Director - Mark Hillman

VP Production – Liz Ross

Senior Producer - Jackie Robles

ACD/Art Director - Lauren Wetula

ACD/Copywriter - Lauren Larsen

Digital Exec Producer – Kyle Vicioso


Group Account Director - David Hogrefe

Account Director - Katie Schoessel

Account Manager – Laura Hammerstein


Executive Strategist - Sarah Rivera

Media Director - Megan Isler

Media Planner - Lauren Golda


Production Company - RYB

Director - Paul Scheer

Director of Photography – Elias Talbot

Production Company Producer - EP,Jenn Mickelson // LP, Jeremy Nachbar

Production Design - Central Campus, Central Scenic // Heather Glass-Oaks

Studio – Central Campus

Photography - Ryan Benyi

Editing/Post Production/Special Effects

Editorial Company - FitFinish

Editor/VFX - Mike Goubeaux


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