A New Star Wars vs. Star Trek Standoff; 2020’s Emmy-Winning Ad: Tuesday’s First Things First

Plus, Twitter steps outdoors to promote mask wearing

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Patrick Stewart and Mark Hamill Are Rivals in Uber Eats’ Charmingly Confrontational Ads

Long have fans been at war over the superiority of either Star Wars or Star Trek, and in a new series of Uber Eats ads, that battle reignites. Star Wars’ Mark Hamill and Star Trek’s Sir Patrick Stewart face one another in a series of epic (but also charmingly humorous) standoffs over intense games like air hockey and Connect Four. 

Watch: No tomatoes, or extra to-mah-toes?

Sandy Hook Promise’s ‘Back-to-School Essentials’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding Commercial

The striking and harrowing PSA “Back-to-School Essentials” from Sandy Hook Promise and BBDO New York earned the Emmy for Outstanding Commercial this year. [Watch the ad here.] The ad contrasts back-to-school messaging against school shootings by depicting safety measures as essential and terrifying elements of students’ prep. 

Emmy nominations: Find out which other ads were in the running for the top prize.

Related: The 2020 Emmys went just as Jimmy Kimmel foretold: The show lost 25% of its audience from last year in the coveted adults 18-49 demo, falling to a record-low rating.

Twitter Turns Tweets About Wearing Masks Into Its Newest Outdoor Ads

Twitter has once again leveraged the voices of the users on its platform to promote the use of masks amid the pandemic. A new outdoor campaign features humorous and positive tweets about mask-wearing on billboards, murals, landmarks and sidewalks across the country. It’s also added the mask emoji to DM reactions and to the #WearAMask hashtag to boost awareness.

Walking the walk: Twitter will also give away free masks, all in an effort to fight “caution fatigue.”

Voice | Dealing With Grief in the Time of Coronavirus

The past few months have been a challenging period for nearly everyone, but none more so than those who have experienced loss during this time. Kat Gordon, founder of The 3 Percent Movement, suddenly lost her long-time creative partner, Marguerite Lutton, in August. In a Voice piece, she shared her experience and thoughts for others who have lost close friends and family recently. “When you lose someone who was your collaborator on countless past projects, you also lose the possibility to collaborate with them on a single future project.”

How to cope: Gordon offers three tips for creatives inspired by Lutton’s legacy.

WeChat Downloads Soared This Weekend Ahead of Potential Ban

Amid the threat of a ban for both apps, WeChat saw 110,000 U.S. installs on Friday and Saturday, 1,058% week-over-week increase. TikTok raked in 700,000 U.S. installs, though that number was down 11% from the same time last week. The biggest spike for TikTok—which reached an agreement with partners Oracle and Walmart that prevented Trump from enacting his threatened ban of downloads after Sunday—was back in March, following the initial Covid-19 shutdown. 

Still, Trump’s threats to ban the app were the talk of Tok this weekend.

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@JessZafarris jessica.zafarris@adweek.com Jess Zafarris is an audience engagement editor at Adweek.
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