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Zulu Alpha Kilo Unveils Follow-Up to its Global Viral sensation ‘Say No to Spec’



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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As part of the campaign, Samsung has partnered with Statement Films and CNN on the “Apollo 11” documentary. This feature film created from newly-discovered, never-before-seen 65mm and 70mm archival footage from NASA and the National Archives and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, remastered into a remarkable 8K film, and premiered at film festivals and in IMAX theaters. As part of the partnership, the :60 spot will also air within CNN’s broadcast premiere of the documentary.

“TV technology has been essential in bringing the world together to experience critical moments in modern history,” said Grace Dolan, Vice President, Home Entertainment Demand Generation, Samsung Electronics America. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of Samsung Electronics and the first steps on the moon by a human, it’s only fitting that our “Making History” QLED 8K TV commercial and multimedia campaign with CNN celebrates the past while giving a glimpse into how Samsung will continue to bring people together in the future through the power of 8K.”

David Brown & Daniel Bonder, ECDs, adam&eveNYC added: “Apollo 11 was one of those unforgettable moments where the world came together to watch something beyond anything they’d seen before . Samsung QLED 8K TV is allowing a new generation to experience the power seeing something truly groundbreaking.”

In addition to “Making History Again” creative running across broadcast, OLV, digital, in-store and social, the cross-platform campaign also includes globally-produced branded content featuring astronaut Scott Kelly, and a globally-led sponsorship of a three-part digital video series spotlighting a new generation of female leaders who are determining where the next great discoveries will be made, developing the groundbreaking technology to send humanity to the farthest reaches of the universe, and tapping a younger, more diverse recruiting pipeline that is opening doors for the next crop of dreamers.


Credits

Client: Samsung
Brand: Consumer Electronics
Project name: QLED 8K

Clients:
Jesse Coulter, CCO
Grace Dolan, VP of Marketing, Demand Generation
Brian Choi, Director of Marketing, Demand Generation
Nicole Murakami, Marketing Manager

Chief Creative Officer: Richard Brim
Executive Creative Directors: David Brown, Daniel Bonder
Associate Creative Directors: Jordy Molloy, Toby Kennedy
Head of Design: Mitch Horton

Agency Head of Production: Victoria Bennett
Agency Associate Producer: Erica Serio
Digital Production: Sion Prys

Group Strategy Director: Stuart Harrison
Comms Strategy Director: Lindsay Orosco

Managing Director: James Rowe
Group Account Director: Lily Waters
Account Supervisor: Erin Brogan

Media agency: Starcom

Production company: Pulse Films
Global President: Davud Karbassioun
Producer: George Saunders
Director: James Marsh
D.O.P: Alwin Küchler

Editing Company: Work Editorial
Editor: Neil Smith
Post Production: The Mill
Post Producer: Luis Martin
VFX Supervisor: Kshitij Khanna
2D Artist: Krissy Nordella
Colorist: Fergus McCall

Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch
Music Supervision & Licensing: North America - R 3 D Music (ASCAP), Global Du Vinage Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Audio Post Production: Wave Studios
Sound Design: Aaron Reynolds


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