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FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, Jon Hamm, a cast member in the television series "Mad Men," poses before the PaleyFest 2012 panel discussion about the show, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

March 14, 2017

New Heinz ketchup ads inspired by 'Mad Men'

Fictional ad executive Don Draper reportedly 'created' the new campaign

NEW YORK — Heinz is launching ketchup ads inspired by the TV show "Mad Men."

The idea of the campaign, which shows foods like French fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments, is to underscore that they need ketchup to be complete. Kraft Heinz is noting, tongue-in-cheek, that the "Pass the Heinz" campaign was created by the main character of "Mad Men," ad executive Don Draper. It is also crediting Draper's fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as its real-life agency.

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The Kraft Heinz Co. says the campaign will run as traditional print ads, such as in the New York Post, and on outdoor billboards.

"Mad Men," a drama set in the 1960s New York advertising world, ended its seven-season run in 2015.