MILTON BRADLEY�S OPERATION GAME AND NBC�S 'SCRUBS' TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE CAVITY SAM�S 39TH BIRTHDAY
OPERATION Integration Scheduled to Air on October 19 Episode
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- October 13, 2004 -� Milton Bradley�s classic children�s game, Operation, turns 39 this year. In an irreverent celebration of this milestone birthday, the game�s eternal patient, Cavity Sam, will be diagnosed with a new ailment. In 2003, thousands of Americans cast their votes by phone and online for one of three possible new ailments � Brain Freeze, Growling Stomach or Tennis Elbow. The updated OPERATION game featuring the winning ailment will make its primetime television debut on the October 19 episode of the NBC hit medical comedy �Scrubs� (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT). In the scene, members of the cast will play the new OPERATION game and be challenged by Cavity Sam�s new ailment.
Milton Bradley and NBC are supporting the new game and episode with a fully integrated marketing program, including print, online and on-air promotion, as well as a national �Operation Scrubs� sweepstakes. Now through November 30, 2004, fans will have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a three-day, two-night trip for four to Los Angeles to visit the set of �Scrubs� and a one-day pass to Universal Studios Hollywood by going to www.nbc.com/Scrubs.
Print ads in support of the promotion are running in both Star and People�s October 18 issues. In addition, the October 17 issue of TV Guide features a unique four-page advent unit � an ad insert on heavier card stock � in the top 10 markets with a special tab for readers to lift to reveal the new ailment. The same ad will run on glossy paper in the rest of the U.S. A half-page ad will also run in all markets in the Tuesday, October 19th Prime Time listing section.
Prior to the broadcast on October 19, NBC is running :10 second spots featuring the integration and urging viewers to go to the promotional mini-site on www.nbc.com/scrubs to enter the sweepstakes. The website also features a link to an online Operation game demo for fans. Additional advertising vehicles include, a magazine rack card at grocery reminding consumers to tune in and online eye blasters � floating pop-up web ads�teasing the new ailment.
�OPERATION is a classic children�s game that has a rich history with generations of Americans,� said John Santanella, marketing director for Milton Bradley. �It�s been great to involve the American public in the evolution of the game through the new ailment voting campaign. In addition, the product integration with �Scrubs� and supporting ad campaign help to keep the game relevant and top-of-mind with fans, while bringing new consumers to the brand.�
�Integrating OPERATION into an episode of �Scrubs� is a really fun idea as the game�s light-hearted approach to medicine is a great fit for the quirky medical humor of the show,� said John Miller, chief marketing officer, NBC Universal Television Group. �We�re happy to help mark this milestone in the game�s history.�
The �Scrubs� integration was brokered by Alliance and The NBC Agency. The advertising campaign was developed by Grey Worldwide.
The goal of the OPERATION game is to use your skill, concentration, coordination and the game�s tweezers to remove Cavity Sam�s �ailments� without setting off the buzzer � and his red nose. The OPERATION game is for one or more players, ages six and up, and is available at all major toy and game retailers for an approximate retail price of $13.99.
Winner of a prestigious Humanitas Prize and a People�s Choice Award, and nominated for a Producer�s Guild and five Emmy Awards, �Scrubs� focuses on the strange experiences of fresh-faced medical resident John �J.D.� Dorian (Zach Braff) as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients � where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time. Joining the rumpled J.D. at Sacred Heart Hospital is fellow resident Chris Turk (Donald Faison) � J.D.�s college buddy who is part of the more elite surgical group � Turk�s no-nonsense wife, nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes); and the beautiful but socially awkward Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). Keeping a watchful eye over these young doctors are the caustic chief of medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), the abrasive but caring Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), and Neil Flynn as the hospital janitor � and J.D.�s nemesis. �Scrubs� is produced by Touchstone Television. Bill Lawrence (�Spin City�) is the executive producer and creator.
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