Get your own Little Black Book.

Build your own personal news stream. Discover the latest work created that interests you, share your favourite stories and follow your favourite people and companies

Already have an account?

Editors' Choice

BBC Launches 2018 FIFA World Cup Campaign with 'Unbeweavable' Tapestry Animation

Editors' Choice: Produced by Blinkink and created by BBC Creative with BBC Sport Marketing the epic animated spot reconstructs iconic football moments

BBC Launches 2018 FIFA World Cup Campaign with 'Unbeweavable' Tapestry Animation

The BBC has today (Saturday 19th May 2018) launched its marketing campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

Every World Cup has a host of iconic moments and everyone has their own individual favourite that immediately takes you back to that time and place.

In assuring us that ‘History Will Be Made’, the BBC’s 2018 campaign provides a timely reminder of football’s greatest tournament and why we love it. 

The campaign, created by BBC Creative with BBC Sport Marketing and animated by Blinkink, journeys through World Cup history via the skill of Diego Maradona, the flair of Zinedine Zidane and the emotion of Paul Gascoigne, to a preview of the most exciting talents of this year’s finals including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane. 

Animated launch film The Tapestry, directed by Nicos Livesey, takes us on a journey through iconic moments from the competition’s illustrious past, and introduces us to the faces that will surely create memories this time around.

The team have modernised the traditional tapestry technique by creating a dynamic film in which every single frame has been individually embroidered. More than 227,000 metres of thread were used to create over 600 unique frames of tapestry, that if laid end-to-end would measure over 1,200 metres in length. 

This visual style will then become the look and feel for the BBC’s coverage, extending into programming graphics, website design, social media, BBC One’s look, and more.

The idea will be fully realised in a real 7-metre long tapestry that will be put on public display. Moments from this year’s competition will be added to the tapestry after the tournament’s completion, creating a historical record of the 2018 World Cup. More details of this will be announced in due course.

Tim Jones, Creative Director at BBC Creative in Salford said: “Choosing which iconic moments to feature was a detailed process, where do you start and finish with the most iconic tournament in the world? To have made this film and a real life tapestry, is testament to the creativity, talent and ambition of the team in Salford and everyone involved in this project.”

The launch film’s accompanying music is Ochi Cheryne - a traditional Russian folk song in keeping with the historical theme of the campaign. The song was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, arranged by Alex Baranowski, and features distinguished bass-baritone Sir John Tomlinson alongside a 40-piece orchestra. The lyrics speak of unification and friendship – the ambition of the World Cup itself.

James Parry, Head of Marketing – BBC Sport and Events, said: “The World Cup is steeped in stories, and our campaign brings to life some of its most memorable moments with a unique interpretation of a centuries-old Russian tradition, accompanied by a traditional and iconic piece of music which we all fell in love with instantly."

The new campaign makes its debut on UK screens at half time in the FA Cup final on BBC One on Saturday, 19th May.

No advertising is to appear around the film, or in pre-roll and the film must be clearly credited as ‘BBC Sport/BBC Creative'.
Sign up to our newsletters and stay up to date with the best work and breaking ad news from around the world.

Advertiser: ‘BBC Sport/BBC Creative

Brand: Marc Jones

Marketing Communications Executive: Helen Worsey

Marketing Manager: John Sprott

Head of Marketing: James Parry (Portfolio)

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: BBC Creative

Producer: Liz Dolan

Executive Creative Director: Aidan McClure, Laurent Simon

Media Planner: David Wheadon

Head of Design: Laurence Honderick

Head of Planning: Mike Lean

Creatives: Edward Usher, Xander Hart

Designer: Luke Carpenter

Production Company

Production Company: Blinkink

Executive Producer: Bart Yates

Director: Nicos Livesey

Producer: Alex Halley


Composer: Alex Baranowski

Sound Designer: Mark Hills & Anthony Moore

Sound Design: FACTORY


Producer: Lucy Spong