Verizon Spoofs Kelis' 'Milkshake' Music Video With Ad Aiming to Make Prepaid Cool

Traktor Directs Funny Spot Aimed at a Cross-Cultural Audience

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jun 02, 2016

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Verizon has created its own music video version of Kelis' 2003 hit, "Milkshake" in a campaign that aims to prepaid phone packages cooler.

Directed by Traktor at Rattling Stick for The Community, the ad takes place in a diner where a group of young business guys are comparing streaming speeds. One complains that his prepaid is useless, but another guy leaps up and breaks into song with the intro: "My prepaid brings all the gigs to the plan, my network is better than yours." An entire music video ensues, complete with dancing cops and waitresses, funny lyrics and examples of what better streaming can enable you to do, like watch funny fails and animal videos.

The spot is airing in seven regional markets across the U.S. -- Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC and Phoenix -- aimed at a cross-cultural audience. It aims to counter the bad reputation of prepaid phone packages in a light-hearted way. Leo Prat, executive creative director of The Community, said in a statement. "Verizon prepaid gives people control, but also gives them freedom. And that's how we approached this project: with freedom. Trying to make prepaid cool in a fun and simple way, like the product itself."

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Jun 02, 2016
The Community
Founder, Chief Creative Officer:
Jose Molla
Founder, Chief Creative Officer:
Joaquin Molla
Executive Creative Director:
Leo Prat
Fede Diaz
Ricardo Chuecos
Lyndsey Stormer
Art Director:
David Uribe
Group Account Director:
Ana Bermudez
Management Supervisor:
Rosemary Rosas
Senior Account Executive:
Gala Pazos
Executive Planning Director:
Andrew Speyer
Sr. Director of Culture & Strategy:
Jeffrey Beck
VP of Integrated Production:
Laurie Malaga
Executive Producer:
Israel Shannon
Kelli Denyer
Production Company:
Rattling Stick
Executive Producer:
Joe Biggins
Executive Producer:
Richard Ulfvengren
Line Producer:
Rachel Curl
1st Assistant Director:
Anthony Dimino
Director of Photography:
Ketil Dietrichson
Editorial Company:
Beast Editorial
Executive Producer:
Astrid Downs
David Blackburn
Music Company:
Barrow Street Studios
Finishing Company:
Method Studios
Color Company:
Company 3
Sean Coleman
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer:
Diego Scotti
Brand Marketing Director:
David Bowen
Brand Communications Director:
David Bowen
Marketing Manager:
Eleni Giatras
Brand Communications Manager:
Eleni Giatras

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