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Australia’s Optus and Cuba Gooding Jr. Team up for iPhone Xs Commercial



Optus has launched a new ad for the new iPhone Xs which is playfully directed by Oscar-winning actor and director Cuba Gooding Jr.

Following last year's Optus iPhone 8 campaign featuring Cuba Gooding Jr., the Australian telecom company has launched its hugely anticipated new commercial directed by Cuba Gooding Jr, which stars Aussie actors selected by the Oscar-winning actor.

In the commercial, Cuba is seen in the director’s chair instructing the actors to look at an empty podium, “imagine” the newest mobile device available from Optus and show him what it makes them “feel”. The actors then show Cuba their honest and unscripted reactions while visualising the very latest mobile phone.

Optus Head of Marketing Melissa Hopkins said, “Optus is really excited to launch the very latest mobile device accompanied by an innovative and clever commercial which features the amazing Cuba Gooding Jr in the Director’s chair and some superb Aussie actors.”

In August, Cuba put a call out to Australian actors to audition for an Optus commercial and was inundated with videos from up-and-coming actors wanting to show off their talents to the budding Hollywood director.

Thirty people, selected from everyday Aussies who had submitted videos and some trained actors, were chosen to audition, with the process filmed in a reality-television style from beginning to end. The actors had no idea the audition would turn out to be the commercial, and so their reactions were genuine, unfiltered and captured in one take.

“At Optus, we like to challenge the status quo and with this commercial we did that. We placed up-and-coming Aussie actors in front of a Hollywood director to capture their genuine reactions in an unscripted and spontaneous reality-television style commercial, which is a really innovative concept for a marketing campaign,” Mrs Hopkins said.

“The finished commercial is a combination of CCTV footage and audition tape, because we knew that a phone this good didn’t need a big scripted ad. We love working with Cuba because he always brings spontaneity and creativity to the set, and he absolutely did that in the role of director for this shoot.”

The campaign was created by Emotive, one of Optus’ creative partners.



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De Bruyne and Dybala Star in the highly anticipated EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Campaign


In the next phase of promotion for the highly-anticipated FIFA 19 game, footballers De Bruyne and Dybala star in a print campaign and gaming assets for the new video game. Media Agency, Lagardère partnered with high-end sport and athlete photographer Rafael Astorga and LS Productions for the FIFA Ultimate Team shoot.

The players showcase their respective skills and signature on-field celebration poses in the striking images whilst adorned in their team kits and the FIFA Ultimate Team Kit for 2019.

Taking place over two days at London’s Big Sky Studios, LS Productions serviced and produced the shoot with De Bruyne and Dybala. With a wealth of experience working with sporting talent and a key production hub in Manchester, LS Productions are well-versed in working with high-end footballers.

LS Productions managed the footballers, their trainers and coaches on set to allow for the very best performances to be captured in a limited time frame. Abi Atkinson, Senior Producer at LS Productions says: “Athletes have demanding and strict schedules meaning the time they have on-set is often quite short. So it’s crucial to have a highly-skilled team and to be prepared.”



“We set up the studio and arranged body doubles of the footballers to do the pre-light run-throughs before the talent arrived, allowing us to be most efficient on the day. We also had the athlete’s trainers and coaches on-set to ensure they were comfortable to perform, and, of course, their preferred music to create a brilliant atmosphere!” says Abi.

The production service company also covered details for action shots such as laying AstroTurf and crash pads and arranged for makeup artists to ensure the talent’s skin reflected their dewy in-game complexion. LS Productions also organised a private jet for one of the players.

As well as the still shots, behind-the-scenes motion assets for socials were also capture on set. Abi adds: “The motion elements of the shoot were actually a last-minute addition but, because we had a tight team in place, were able to accommodate this and in just one day.” We brought on board a great team, who at short notice, were able to quickly ascertain what was involved creatively and get things in place ready for the shoot.

On working with LS Productions, Andy Gilooley, Video Producer at EA Sports, says: "Great service, very professional, wonderful people."

“Team was lovely, flexible and experienced!" says Melissa MacGillivray, Executive Producer at Rafael Astorga Photographer.

The creative assets form part of a wider campaign for the game launched in September 2018.

About LS Productions
LS Productions is a UK-wide service production company that goes beyond service. They understand the creative, working collaboratively with a unique in-house locations team and database on hand to produce shoots for TV commercials, music videos, online content, fashion campaigns and editorials.

Recent clients include: Anomaly, Anonymous Content, Czar, Ford, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, H&M, Johnnie Walker, Samsung, Strange Cargo, Stella McCartney, Stink Paris, Somesuch, British Vogue and Volvo.

Credits
Client: Electronic Arts (EA)
Executive Producer: Larre Sterling
Creative Director: Stan Zienka
Media Agency: Lagardère
Design Agency: Cinco
Art Director: Tom Crow
Production Company: LS Productions
Senior Producer: Abi Atkinson
Photographer: Rafael Astorga

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From Kenya to Canada: The Story of Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team



In Kenya, there is only one ice hockey team, and they have nobody to play against. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the Kenya Ice Lions take to the first-ever ice rink in East and Central Africa: a 1,400-square-metre rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Located next to Nairobi National Park, is where the Ice Lions take to the rink and play the game they love.

In Canada, it is sometimes taken for granted that Canadians can always find someone to grab a stick, find some ice and play a game. Tim Hortons heard the story about the Kenya Ice Lions and decided to share our love of the game by bringing them to the birthplace of hockey.

“In Canada - and as a company - Hockey is part of our DNA,” says Jorge Zaidan, Head of Marketing, Tim Hortons Canada. “We are so inspired by the story of the Lions. Despite having no other teams to play against, the players on the Kenya Ice Lions’ passion for the game is unwavering. Their shared passion and love of the game knows no borders.”

Moved by their love for Canada’s favourite sport, Tim Hortons flew 12 members of the senior Ice Lions team to Canada to have the opportunity to finally play their first game ever against another team. After dressing in brand new CCM hockey equipment and personalized jerseys, they discovered they were in for an even bigger surprise: hockey superstars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon were joining them on the ice as teammates.

“I was honoured to be able to join the Ice Lions as they played their first game against another team,” said Sidney Crosby, captain of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. “One of the things I love about hockey is how it’s able to reach so many people from so many countries around the world and bring them together.”

“While we played alongside the Ice Lions for their first game, we know it won’t be their last,” said Colorado Avalanche star, Nathan MacKinnon. “The team’s genuine passion and excitement for hockey is contagious – they were amazing teammates and it was great to play with them.”

“It is a dream to not only have the chance to play in Canada, but to play – for the first time – in full gear alongside two of the greatest players of the game,” says Benard Azegere, captain of the Kenya Ice Lions.“ When we first started playing in Kenya, we didn’t even have full equipment, but now not only do we have that, we can say we’ve played a real game with some All-Star teammates.”

Tim Hortons made a donation to Kenya’s Youth Hockey League to help ensure that the Ice Lions’ passion for the sport lives on for the next generation. To see the full video of the Kenya Ice Lions hockey game with Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, please visit https://youtu.be/CqYfhY5gVl8.

About TIM HORTONS
Tim Hortons, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,700 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at timhortons.com

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CREDITS:
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
Client (Company): Tim Hortons
Chief Creative Officer: Zak Mroueh
Creative Director: Gerald Kugler, Rodger Eyre

Art Director: Michael Siegers
Writer: Jonah Flynn
Agency Producer: Revital Grunberg, Jennifer Gillespie, Kevin Corvetti

Account Team: Hilary Roberts, Mike Johnson, Kayla MacDonald
Planning Team: Tim Hopkins, Sean Bell
Clients: Ricardo Azevedo, Jorge Zaidan, Jana Goodbaum, Paloma Azulay, Jordan Mascarenhas, Kevin Albert, Jane Almeida, Chris Wakefield,

Marketing Consultant: Rob Forbes (Forbes Sports Marketing)

Media Agency: UM
Media Agency Planners: Scott Dane, Alana Paterson, Ben Seaton, Nicole Matalik

PR Agency: North Strategic / Citizen PR
PR Agency Planners: Amy Shanfield, Sarah McConnell / Angie Lamana, Sean Citrigno, Ciara O’Riordan

French Partner Agency: The French Shop

Production House: Artifact NonFiction, Zulubot
Director: David Grabias

Production House Producer: Bryce Brentlinger
Executive Producer: Anne Edgar
Director of Photography: John Minh Tran
Second Camera: Scott Burton, Chris Goll
Segment Producer: Courtney Dickson
Kenya Producer: Anita Kasera
Sound: Alex Chege, Nick Davey
First AD: Soctt Weatherall

Video Post Facility / Editing Company: Zulubot
Editor: Jay Baker

Assistant Editor: Jessie Posthumus
Post Production: Alter Ego

Compositor / Online / Senior VFX Artist: David Whiteson
Colourist/Transfer: Eric Whipp

Post Producers: Julie Neff, Hilda Pereira
Audio Post Facility/Music House: Eggplant Music & Sound
Audio Director: Adam Damelin

Music Composers: Adam Damelin / Iain Gardner
Producer: Nicola Treadgold
Engineer: Nathan Handy

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