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Churchie's Rebrand Has Him Looking Chur-Chill in Campaign from ENGINE

Iconic nodding dog mascot gets a fresh CGI look in film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig

Churchie's Rebrand Has Him Looking Chur-Chill in Campaign from ENGINE

Churchill is relaunching this Autumn with a new campaign and rebrand that encompasses every element of the insurer’s identity, from the company logo to its iconic figurehead.

The new campaign, created by ENGINE, launches on the 4th October with a TV spot shot by award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig, through MJZ, and confidently reasserts the brand’s appeal to a modern, busy audience – inviting them to ‘Chur-Chill’.

The original ‘nodding dog’ mascot has been given a full makeover, replaced by a completely fresh CGI incarnation of Churchie. As part of the brand relaunch, Churchie is seen effortlessly gliding through life on a skateboard. The campaign evokes the feeling that being covered by Churchill offers. Customers can chill, safe in the knowledge that Churchill is doing all the hard work to get things sorted out.

The all new, life-like Churchie has been brought to life by the visual artists at Untold Studios, an independent creative studio currently working on ‘The Crown’. Untold conducted extensive character exploration before they set out building a fully CGI version of him, from his skeleton all the way to the surface. The end result is not only anatomically correct on the surface, but also beneath the skin, delivering a performance that feels realistic, authentic and engaging.

The fully integrated campaign will premiere with an ‘ITV introduces’ spot in the break of ‘Emmerdale’ and run across an eight-week period spanning TV - including a second TV ad that will break on the 28th October - radio, cinema, blipverts, channel sponsorship, social and a Spotify partnership.

Lucy Brooksbank, head of Churchill Marketing, said: "Our audience has always loved Churchie, but they don’t expect him to stand still. So, with our new relaunch of the brand, Churchill rides on, making life feel that little bit more effortless - as we believe it should do for all our customers allowing them to just... chill."

Paul Jordan, executive creative director, ENGINE CREATIVE, said: “Churchill is one of the nation’s most loved brands. But brand love can slip into overfamiliarity if you’re not careful. ENGINE was determined that no one should take Churchill for granted. So, we’ve given Churchie a complete makeover. Goodbye nodding dog. Hello lean, mean Chill machine.”

Neil Davies, executive creative director at Untold Studios, commented: “We had so much fun creating Churchie - he is such a dude. It’s been a privilege to be part of this campaign!” 

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Client

Client: Lucy Brooksbank – Head of Marketing

Agency

Agency: ENGINE

Executive Creative Director: Paul Jordan

Creative Directors: David Dearlove, Richard Nott

Creatives: Chris Lapham, Aaron McGurk

Agency Producers: Sally Miller, Bradley Woodus, Lindsay Moyes, Camilla Hempelman Adams, Sophie Richaume, Victoria Doran, Elena Sanz, Charlotte Riley, Lauren Oldfield, Melody Sylvester, Leila Bartlam.

Account Handling: Emma Marsland, Carolina Gutierrez Vargas, Chris Moger, Gabriella Ghigi, Kya Boon-Cohen.

Strategy: Elisa Edmonds, Katherine Morris, Duncan McLauchlan, David Blackett.

Agency Designers: Patrick Gibson, Connie Boulton, Gustavo Rigon, Polina Dyer, Alex Talikowski, Sam Hopkins, Brandon Falconer.

Media Agency

Media agency: Mediacom

Production Company

Production Company: MJZ / Untold Studios

Director: Nikolai Fugslig @ MJZ

Producer: Steven Johnson @ MJZ, Helen Tang and Ian Berry @ Untold

Editor: Untold Studios

Sound Design: James Benn @ Bark Studio

Post-Production: Untold Studios

Audio: Bark Studios

Exposure: TV, Radio, Cinema, Blipverts, Sponsorship, Social, Spotify partnership

Category: Finance , Insurance

Genre: Visual VFX