Creativity

Newcastle: Believe

Newcastle calls out the B.S. in beer advertising.

Published on Mar 30, 2012

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Heineken USA recently recently outlined its 2012 marketing plans for Ad Age. Among the marketer's big pushes this year is the first national campaign for British brew Newcastle. The brand previously debuted interesting work under the "Taste the Lighter Side of Dark" tagline, but the new direction, out of Droga5 takes a "No Bollocks” approach to marketing beer. Print work and TV ads directed by Smuggler's Ivan Zacharias take the piss out of traditional beer advertising. At first, they seem to be headed for the "highbrow" approach other brands have tried, but end up taking a humorous turn, calling out the B.S. In other words, beer is beer, man.

Print and outdoor also takes the same tack, including one strategically positioned near one of its competitors.

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About

Credits

Date
Mar 30, 2012
Agency:
Droga5 New York
Client:
Newcastle
Creative Chairman:
David Droga
Executive Creative Director:
Nik Studzinski
Executive Creative Director:
Ted Royer
Director:
Ivan Zacharias
Production Company:
Smuggler
Group Creative Director:
Kevin Brady
Associate Creative Director:
Scott Bell
Senior Art Director:
Dan Treichel
Head of Integrated Production:
Sally-Ann Dale
Executive Producer:
Ben Davies
Strategy Director:
Tom Naughton
VP Marketing:
Colin Westcott-Pitt
Brand Director:
Charles Van Es
Brand Manager:
Gwendolyn Boyce
Director of Photography:
Jan Velicky
Partner:
Brian Carmody
Partner:
Patrick Milling Smith
Executive Producer:
Alison Kunzman
Producer:
Nick Landon
Editor:
Filip Malasek
Editorial Company:
Robota
Postproduction:
The Mill - New York

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