Johnny Dantonio (’07)

Category: Alumni Promise | Awards

A 2007 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, Johnny Dantonio credits his experience as an English major with a concentration in creative writing for jumpstarting his career in the advertising industry.

As creative director at Anomaly, an agency in New York, Dantonio wrote the heartwarming Budweiser Super Bowl ad “Puppy Love.” The ad earned one of the most coveted advertising honors, the top spot in USA Today’s consumer-judged Ad Meter for Super Bowl commercials. Dantonio also contributed to the 2013 winning ad, “Brotherhood.”

In 2014, Dantonio wrote the Dick’s Sporting Goods holiday commercial, featuring the song “American Beauty” by UT alum Drew Holcomb (’03). Adding another award to Dantonio’s mantle, the ad was named the top ad of 2014 by USA Today.

Dantonio and his team at Anomaly do most of the international advertising for Budweiser. In addition to Budweiser, Anomaly handles most of the advertising for Converse, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Renaissance Hotels, Captain Morgan, as well as a number of projects with Google, P&G, and international beverage supplier Diageo.

Prior to Anomaly, Johnny worked at Portland’s Wieden + Kennedy, known for its work with Nike, Coke, and Target.
Johnny Dantonio
2014 Alumni Promise Award Winner