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NFL Premieres ‘Get Ready to Celebrate’ Campaign Starring Andy Garcia and J.B. Smoove


The National Football League (NFL) premieres a new multi-platform ad campaign "Get Ready to Celebrate" to kick off the new season on Sunday Night Football's heated matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on 9/16.

The campaign, created by Grey New York, hones in on the popularity and creativity of the touchdown celebrations sweeping the league. With the pressure on to shine, players reach out to high-powered celebrity coaches from Hollywood and elsewhere to polish up their end zone prowess.

In Sunday's debut spot, one unlikely coach, Andy Garcia, the Oscar-nominated actor from "The Godfather Part III," is enlisted by Toddy Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams. Garcia channels his inner tough guy, complete with mysterious burner phone, and provides unexpected musical advice for the running back's touchdown performance.

NFL - Burner Phone


In a second spot, J.B. Smoove, the comedian best known for HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "SNL," teams up with Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. In a fast-talking monologue he advises the running back to unleash his best Panther animal magnetism during the touchdown dance. (Catwalk :30) The commercial airs online and ingame later in the season.

NFL - Catwalk



Sam Howard, Director of NFL Advertising, said, "Celebrations have become something our fans look forward to, something new to savor after a score."

New commercials will feature even more celebrity coaches helping players crack their celebrations as the season unfolds. The integrated campaign, part of a broader League and media effort focusing on the joy of touchdown celebrations, includes online video, social media, public relations and team activations as well as network television.
A teaser ad, already airing, is a light-hearted tribute to players who use their precious free time to up their celebration game. The spot features Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia Eagles), Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers), Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) and DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans). Their competitive spirit makes up for what they lack in dance skills.

Last season set the bar high for touchdown celebrations as immortalized by the NFL's "Dirty Dancing" parody starring Odell Beckham, Jr. and Eli Manning. The commercial, which aired on Super Bowl LII, became one of the big game's most famous commercials ever.

CREDITS

GREY
John Patroulis – Worldwide Chief Creative Officer
Jeff Stamp – Deputy Chief Creative Officer
Mike Cicale – Creative Director
Fanny Josefsson – Senior Copywriter
Ilana Wolstein – Senior Art Director
Raya Rios – Project Manager

Brian Weston – EVP, Global Account Director
Elizabeth Gilchrist – SVP, Account Director
Claire de Lannoy – Account Supervisor
Catherine Sullivan – Account Executive

Tony Lederer – Executive Strategy Director, Content + Activation
Bryce Mathias – Senior Content Architect
Nicolas Pilaprat – Senior Planner


TOWNHOUSE PRODUCTION
James McPherson – Chief Production Officer, NA
Tania Salter – Head of Integrated Production
Alison Horn – VP, Executive Integrated Producer
Elizabeth Auwaerter – Production Coordinator
Diane Wolfe – VP, Executive Business Affairs Manager
Leland Drake – Music Producer


BISCUIT FILMWORKS – PRODUCTION COMPANY
Aaron Stoller – Director
Shawn Lacy – Partner/Managing Director
Holly Vega – Executive Producer
Mala Vasan – Producer
Mercedes Allen-Sarria / Rachel Glaub – Head of Production
Sebastian Pfaffenbichler – Director of Photography
Shepherd Frankel – Production Designer (Getting Ready To Celebrate)
Tim Moen – Production Designer (Burner Phone + Catwalk)


ARCADE EDIT – EDITORIAL COMPANY
Paul Martinez – Editor (Get Ready To Celebrate :60/:30)
Dave Anderson – Editor (Burner Phone :30 + Catwalk :30)


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In 2015, a video called Say No to Spec went viral around the world and sparked a dialogue about ending a requirement for ad agencies to produce unpaid creative work in new business pitches.

Now the agency behind it, Zulu Alpha Kilo, has launched a follow-up.

Called the World’s Worst RFP, the film skewers all the wrong ways to run an agency pitch, from spec creative, the sheer number of agencies invited, to how people behave during presentations. Inspired by post-game media scrums in professional sports, the film opens with the client and winning and losing agency at a press conference before a throng of reporters.

“Today was the final of the biggest pitch of the year,” starts the film. “Six grueling months, 25 shops and four rounds of spec creative later, only two competitors were left standing.” Soundbites from the agencies include: “The client was on her phone the whole time,” “We cave twice as fast as the competition, we do sub-par creative, we kiss a lot of ass” and “We fumbled the clicker handoff during the PowerPoint.”

World’s Worst RFP was unveiled at the Agency of the Year, an annual awards show hosted by strategy, Canada’s largest trade publication for the industry. Zulu was nominated in three categories: Digital, Design and Advertising Agency of the Year. The agency ended up winning overall Gold as Design Agency of the Year and Bronze as Advertising Agency of the Year.

Say No to Spec premiered at the same event in 2015.

“Every year, Strategy invites the agencies shortlisted for Agency of the Year to produce a video to debut at the gala. And so we wanted to entertain, but also use the platform to call attention to how our industry can be better for both clients and agencies,” says Zulu founder and chief creative officer Zak Mroueh. “Hopefully World’s Worst RFP and smarterpitch.com will start a dialogue just like Say No to Spec did.”

Along with the video, the agency has consolidated its observations about the pitch process into a thought-leadership piece at smarterpitch.com. Zulu is inviting clients, agencies, pitch consultants and other industry players to add to the list by using #smarterpitch.

CREDITS:
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
Creative Director: Zak Mroueh
CD/Art Director: Rodger Eyre
CD/Writer: Gerald Kugler
Agency Producer: Bette Minott
Account Team: Violet Karbalaei
Production House: Zulubot
Director: Zak Mroueh
Director of Photography: James Klopkp & Nathaniel Chadwick
Producer: Bette Minott / Christina Hill
Audio Mixer/Boom: Paolo Di Teodoro
Casting Director: Jigsaw: Shasta Lutz
Video Post Facility / Editing Company: Zulubot
Editor: Marissa Bourgougnou
Compositor / Online: Zulubot
Colourist/Transfer: Alter Ego: Connor Fisher
Audio Post Facility/Music House: Zulubot
Engineer: Stephen Stepanic

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