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Fictional anchor Ron Burgundy becomes Chrysler pitchman

Fictional anchor Ron Burgundy becomes Chrysler pitchman

I'M RON BURGANDY: Will Ferrell will try to help Chrysler sell cars. Photo: Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — When you’ve got the smallest marketing budget of the Detroit Three automakers, you have to take risks to get your TV spots noticed.

That’s why Olivier Francois, the marketing chief for Chrysler, gambles a lot.

He’s following successful ads featuring rapper Eminem and movie star Clint Eastwood with a pitch from a fictitious character — egotistical airhead television anchorman Ron Burgundy from the 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

And this time, Francois got the talent to pitch a refurbished version of the Dodge Durango SUV for free.

He said that Paramount Pictures bartered work on the commercials by Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, in exchange for the promotion in the ads of an “Anchorman” sequel that is due out in December.