Develop anthem ads, digital billboards, and larger-than-life moments for NBCU’s 2017 and 2018 seasons that entice media buyers and showcase how the media company continues to redefine the industry.
Leverage the brand’s premium content, star power, and unrivaled audience reach to demonstrate the precision, value, and innovative strategies behind NBCU’s advanced advertising initiatives year to year.
Two refreshingly simple, future-oriented collaborations speak to how NBCU aims to transform the way broadcasters, advertisers, and entertainers interact with audiences around the world.
+ Brand Strategy + Graphic Design + Experiential Design + Live Action + Animation + CGI + VFX + Print Design + Copywriting + Editing + Music Supervision + Original Music + Sound Design + Post-Production + Toolkits
2018 Anthem Campaign
Our team creative-directed 11 Anthem spots showcasing NBCU’s top talent, shooting spots across two cities and multiple locations. We also directed several live action consumer scenes to demonstrate how the brand reaches into the daily lives of its audience, using light as a metaphor linking consumers to the media company’s real-world aspirations. Anthems range in size and scope from industry-specific spots and tailored social content, to a Spanish-language version that can be deployed and utilized across all of NBCU’s targeted ad initiatives.
As part of the anthem package, we also produced and designed a variety of moving, digital billboards for display in NBCU’s global properties and brand ecosystem. Each mini-spot focuses on a different talent, then pivots to an end consumer payoff. Anthem messaging focuses on how NBCUniversal helps move the industry from connotations of “clutter to clarity,” “likes to love,” and “engagement to influence.” The billboards are currently on display at every NBC headquarters, as well as on buses, billboards, elevator screens and ad agencies across the country.
2018 Upfront Event
NBCU kicked off their upfront campaign with an event at Radio City that brought together the company’s entire portfolio in a star-studded entertainment experience. The look and feel we created in the anthem spot was continued as a narrative thread throughout the entire live presentation, with frames and beams of light linking all of NBCU’s networks together with a consistent, aspirational identity.
In-house fabrication, pre vis, motion-tracking, compositing, editing, and animation allowed us to maintain a distinct creative vision throughout the production process. Our sonic partners at YouTooCanWoo developed original music for each of the spots, bringing a more energetic feel to NBCU’s campaign. The end result is a tight audio, visual, and messaging system that can be easily utilized and deployed across all platforms.
2017 Anthem Campaign
The previous year, we partnered with NBCU’s creative team to showcase their vast media reach, producing five targeted verticals for sports, news, entertainment, lifestyle, and Hispanic programming. Unique copy-driven “equations” informed by star talent and hit shows added up to a huge opportunity for buyers who wanted to capitalize on NBCU’s “Unequaled” media presence. By the end of 2017, the campaign ended up generating over 8.5 million digital impressions in addition to the network’s massive broadcast reach.
2017 Sports Moment
NBCU kicked off their upfront week at Radio City with a showcase of their 2017-2018 portfolio. We helped close out the event with a riveting 5-minute, multiscreen experience spotlighting NBCU’s exclusive broadcast rights the biggest sporting events of 2018; including the FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl LII, and the Winter Olympics. Driven by the core concept that breathing unites us, the spot explores the full range of heightened emotions moving athletes and impassioned fans around the world.
Our collaboration included a live action shoot on a vacant NBC Studio lot. We comped in giant CG screens to project NBCU’s bold upfront message, which was amplified by an epic original score composed by our sound partners, YouTooCanWoo.
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