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National Geographic Partners with Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Zedd to Create an Original Music Video



Leveraging the power of music to guide viewers through a unique perspective on planet Earth, National Geographic has partnered with multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning artist, DJ, composer and producer Zedd and Universal Music Group & Brands to create an original composition and performance music video, inspired by the channel’s “ONE STRANGE ROCK” episodic series executive produced by Darren Aronofsky & Nutopia.

The partnership, conceptualized and managed by Universal Music Group & Brands, also sees Nashville-based multi-award-winning content studio Evolve Studio handle end to end production and post production on the video and BTS films featuring Zedd’s creative journey and performance.

Directed by Evolve’s Joel Edwards, the leading 3’31” film shot in Hollywood’s Bronson Canyon cave combines live-action, VFX and projection-mapping to produce mesmerizing visuals to complement Zedd’s original music piece. As the musician performs on a grand piano, in the infamous ‘Batman’ cave, the stunning images of our planet and solar system encapsulate the space. As the music heightens the world in the cave comes to life and gravity starts to warp.

Director at Evolve Studio, Joel Edwards reflects: “This one was just flat out fun. Definitely out there conceptually and really was just our attempt to create an experiential homage to our beautiful planet and this beautiful series National Geographic has produced. The locations in the show really challenge us to think about who we are and what an amazing and strange world we live in. Our biggest challenge was working out how to do justice too and enhance that with Zedd’s performance, without taking away from original beauty of the show’s footage. We ended up projecting many of the show’s best moments and mixed them with a bunch of new custom VFX elements we created. It was an incredible project to work on; with Anton (Zedd), one of the most talented artists in the game and with a full plate of stunning visual inspiration from OSR.”

The video’s Producer, Melissa Daniels, also echoed the excitement of this project. “Working with the entire Zedd, Universal & Nat Geo team was a collaborative process from beginning to end. It was incredible seeing the vision for this project realized. The care our team put behind ensuring the projections matched not only the music itself but the intricacies of the cave was a true challenge. Our production team really rose to the occasion and knocked it out of the park. Projecting nature on nature and mixing in the track created a unique way for us to connect and celebrate this planet that gives so much to us.”

Mirroring how ONE STRANGE ROCK unravels the story of our planet, the performance is part of a series of four films which follow Zedd over the course of his creative journey with, an interview and a behind-the-scenes look at Zedd’s recording process — all culminating in this final performance.

Zedd comments: “I’ve always been a fan of Darren Aronofsky, and am really excited to partner with National Geographic to create an original composition for the series. I’ve immersed myself in the visual spectrum and am inspired to take on a different approach by experimenting with natural sounds and exploring grand themes that are representative of the world around us.”

The film launches on Zedd’s Vevo account on Monday 9th April.

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The One Club for Creativity and Diageo North America Announce Partnership to Recognize and Promote Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality Among Young Global Creatives


The One Club for Creativity, a leading global non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in advertising and design, and Diageo North America today announced a significant partnership to recognize and promote diversity, inclusion and gender equality among young creatives around the world.

The partnership ties in with The One Club’s Young Guns program, which for more than 20 years has served as the industry’s only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of globally and culturally diverse creative professionals 30 years of age and under.

The first component of the partnership is the Diageo-Young Guns Diversity & Inclusion Award, kicking off this fall. Teams at Diageo North America and The One Club will review portfolios of all Young Guns 16 global finalists and select a winner of the new award.

That winner, to be announced at the Young Guns 16 ceremony and party on November 15, 2018 at the Highline Ballroom in New York, will have the opportunity to collaborate on a creative project for Diageo on one of the company’s global brands, which include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan's whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Sophie Kelly, senior vice president, North America Whiskeys Portfolio, Diageo, explained that the partnership with The One Club is a great fit because diversity, inclusion and creativity are all core value that are nurtured and celebrated at Diageo.

“A wide range of viewpoints, experiences, skills and capabilities is critically important to any business today, and we depend on diverse talent to drive our business,” said Kelly. “We look forward to working with The One Club to identify and recognize the emerging talents of young creatives around the world, and help them to grow further as they realize their potential.”

“One of the four pillars of our organization is a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in advertising and design, and we are thrilled to have Diageo play such a significant role in supporting our work in that area,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club for Creativity. “This new partnership will raise awareness on the topic and help elevate those inspiring young creatives who are leading the way and making a difference.”

Diageo is known for its strong track record in areas of diversity, inclusion and gender equality. The company achieved gender parity on its board with an intent to have its senior leadership team 35% female by 2020. Half of the members of the Diageo North America executive team are women, led by Deirdre Mahlan, president, Diageo North America. Industry recognition includes Diageo being listed on the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, ranked fourth in the Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index and a signatory of Free the Bid.

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Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan's whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of the prestigious One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing focusing on creativity of idea and quality of execution. The ADC Annual Awards honors the best creative work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.



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