Turkish Airlines Recreates Didier Drogba's Life Story in a Colorful, Hand-Painted Minute

Brand Aims to Repeat Viral Success

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Sep 22, 2015

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Featuring soccer legends in its ads is a strategy that has worked phenomenally well for Turkish Airlines. Several of its ads, by Crispin Porter & Bogusky, have gone seriously viral including Kobe vs Messi which was voted the top YouTube Ad of the Decade at the Webby Awards.

The airline's previous spot featuring Didier Drogba has been viewed over 62 million times on YouTube, and now Drogba appears in another execution, which takes a lighthearted look at how he built his career and persona.

Colorful, hand-painted sets help recreate the locations that "made" Drogba, including his hometown of Abidjan in Ivory Coast, and cities such as Marseille, London and Paris where he honed his playing skills, sense of style and philanthropy. The sets were hand-painted by Hungry Man production designer Steve Summersgill.

Directed by Richard Bullock of Hungryman, altogether the spot does a good job of condensing Drogba's life into into an exuberant 60-second feast -- and judging by Drogba fans' previous reaction, it could be another viral hit.

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Sep 22, 2015
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Turkish Airlines
Creative Team:
Joe Bruce
Creative Team:
Kate Baker
Creative Director:
Henrik Delehag
Creative Director:
Ben Carey
Director of Integrated Production:
Matt C. Minor
Agency Producer:
Joe Bagnall
Nimi Raja
Account Management:
Charles Faircloth
Account Management:
Jonathan Philips
Account Management:
İlkay Dibekoğlu
Account Management:
Genevieve Sexton
Production Company:
Richard Bullock
Executive Producer:
Matt Buels
Jack Beardsley
Production Manager:
Melissa Eaton
Production Assistant:
Sophie Lumley
Ray Coates
Production Designer:
Steve Summersgill
Art Dept Buyer:
Rebecca Du Pont
1st A.D.:
Joe Carter
2nd A.D.:
Dan Precious
Sound Mixer:
Sam Mendelssohn
Make-up & Hair:
Lou Hinton
Costume Designer:
Rebecca Rich
Offline Editor:
Fiona Fuchs
Offline Editor:
Matt Prickett
Post Production:
Absolute Post
Post Producer:
Kirsty Rutherford
Lead VFX:
Phil Oldham
Lead VFX:
Chris Chitty
Flame Assist:
Chris Tobin
Flame Assist:
Carl Godwin-Alvarez
Matt Turner
Pure Soho
Simon Bass
Song Title:
Turkish Airlines Drogba
Simon Bass
Simon Bass
Record Label:
Pure Soho Ltd.

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