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180 Kingsday’s New Campaign for Amstel Russia Gets ‘Serious About Beer and Friendship’

In a year that’s been marked by discussion around gender roles and with headlines on ‘toxic masculinity’ - Heineken’s Amstel® beer sees a return to the more traditional values around men and male friendship. Exploring what it means to ‘Hold my Beer’ - Amsterdam based 180 Kingsday presents a poignant new campaign for Amstel® Russia.

It’s not a well known fact, but Amstel® beer was born in 1870 by the friendship of two Dutch men, Mr De Pesters and Mr Van Marwijk Kooy - who wanted to share a better quality of beer together. Owing to their real friendship – and their dedication to uncompromising quality - they created a revolution of sorts in the brewery industry. They extended the time of brewing up to 20 days and added the important ingredient to the recipe – the time. The quality of Amstel® is time-proved as well as the true friendship. Today people enjoy Amstel® beer in more than 100 countries including Russia.

New TV commercial ‘Hold my Beer’, is set in a charming European village, where an incredible act of friendship is portrayed in a bittersweet and humorous film.

As two friends enjoy a beer, one asks the other to hold his glass while he goes to the bathroom. Unfortunately it appears that the bathroom he stepped into was on a boat heading out to sea. His friend stands waiting patiently - like a true friend should. Holding both their untouched beers. Day after day. Season after season. The villagers help him eat, read, watch football and stay awake while he does his best to not drink his Amstel - an almost impossible feat. Several months later his friend then reappears - utterly astounded that his best friend is still standing - holding his untouched Amstel. A true act of serious friendship, for a seriously good beer.

Kalle Hellzen - ECD at 180 Kingsday said 'The simplest ideas are often the most engaging - and ‘Hold my Beer’ is one of those. We're really proud on how this latest iteration of our 'Serious About Beer and Friendship' platform continues to build a distinctive and premium charm, humour and relevance to the brand. And on top of it all, it was a pleasure to work with the team in Moscow on this campaign.'

The campaign was shot by acclaimed director Justin Reardon, of Budweiser Whasssup fame, and the spot captures the essence of Amstel's premium heritage in a way that is both funny and touching. The film is filled with great scenes and humour - brought to life by a fantastic cast.

‘Hold my Beer’ is the second film in 180 Kingsday’s 'Serious About Beer and Friendship Since 1870' communication platform. Last year’s ‘Pass it On’ established the brand's premium position in Russia.

Agency: 180 Kingsday

Production Company: Bas Production
Director: Justin Reardon (c/o Double Agent, London)
Line Producer: Alenka Protic
Production Manager: Kristina Mersak
Director of photography: Matyas Erdely

Editor: Fiona Fuchs

Music Company: Sizzer Music, Amsterdam

Sound Design: Stainless Sound, Amsterdam
Sound designer/mixer: Nick Smith

Post Production: MPC, Amsterdam
Post producer: Kayleigh Dugdale

VFX Lead: Ricky Weissman

Colourist: Toby Tomkins @ CHEAT, London

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On December 3, McDonald’s is putting a unique spin on a classic internet icon – the Hamburger Menu – in honor of its inventor, Norm Cox.

In the 1980s, Norm Cox changed the Internet forever by simplifying the dropdown menu on websites to create what is now known as the “Hamburger Menu.” As fellow burger lovers, McDonald’s is inviting fans to celebrate Norm’s Hamburger Menu on his birthday, December 3, through a creative activation that will make Internet history.

To help with pulling off a birthday celebration for an Internet Icon, McDonald’s is partnering with Reddit, the Internet’s front page. For the hamburger themed party, McDonald’s is dressing up Reddit’s beloved mascot Snoo, posting unique content, and taking over Reddit.com’s ‘Hamburger Menu’. Snoo will become the Snooburglar and wear McDonald’s iconic Hamburglar costume. Snooburglar is the perfect way for McDonald’s to incorporate Hamburglar’s burger-loving legacy and makes them the third brand that Reddit has ever allowed to ‘decorate’ Snoo.

On December 3, the adorable Snooburglar will show Redditors and burger fans alike how to get a hamburger through the Internet’s ‘Hamburger Menu’ for the first time ever. Content abouthow McDonald’s is changing up the hamburger menu in honor of Norm’s birthday will appear on Reddit and McDonald’s social media channels. Watch the launch video here. Also, Redditors can ask the one and only Norm Cox questions in an “Ask Me Anything” session hosted by McDonald’s at 2 p.m./CT on December 3.

Also, McDonald’s is celebrating Norm by making even more internet history and letting you get a burger through a Hamburger Menu. For one day only, fans can redeem deals on the McDonald’s app by clicking on the Hamburger Menu featured on the mobile versions of Reddit.com and McDonalds.com. Lastly, McDonald’s is updating the ‘Hamburger Menu’ icon to resemble a delicious McDonald’s burger.

McDonald’s Hamburger Menu Takeover Credits \

CLIENT: McDonald’s, US
Chief Marketing Officer: Morgan Flatley
Vice President of Marketing and Brand Content: Kenny Mitchell
Marketing Manager, US Brand Engagement and Social Content: Joseph Piaskowy
Marketing Supervisor, US Brand and Digital Content: Jaclyn Holtzman
Digital Optimization Manager: Shaurice Terry
Supervisor, U.S. Communications: Jessica Shulze
Manager, Media Relations, Global Communications: Andrea Abate
Manager, Brand Public Relations and Reputation: Emily Lyons

Chief Creative Officer, DDB North America: Ari Weiss
Chief Creative Officer, We Are Unlimited: Toygar Bazarkaya
Chief Technology Officer, DDB North America: Alexander Rhea
Executive Creative Director: A. Chris Moreira
Executive Creative Director: Mark Schöller
Associate Creative Director/Art: Jon Leachman
Associate Creative Director/Art: Jon Pliego
Associate Creative Director/Copy: Jeff Barry
Copywriter: Sarah Dembkowski
Art Director: Georgia Taylor
Account Supervisor: Carly Richter
Group Account Director: Chris Bergen
Integrated Project Manager: Andy Sandrick
Lead Developer: Ryan Carlos
Digital Art Director: Jim White
Digital Copywriter: Patrick Winegar
VP, Platforms and Partners: Justin Hood
Talent Manager: Shirley White
Motion Graphics Designer: Shane Swinnea
Senior Motion Graphics Designer: Chris Guy

Director: Nikki Calabrese
Director of Photography: Jake Wilganowski
Audio Supervisor: Jack Cline
Production Coordinator: CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
AC: Blake McNay
Editor: Mike Schwab
Audio Engineer: Justin Mayer

Media Agency: OMD
Associate Director of Social Media: Maura McNulty
Group Account Director: Erin Kienast
Media Supervisor: Kelly Martin
Media Coordinator: Marianna Bonadonna

Public Relations Agency: Golin

Media Partner: Reddit
Brand Strategist: Kyle Rogers
Account Manager: Anthony Gaba

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