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Sky Streaks Into Summer with New Sport Campaign

Sky encourages Kiwis to let it all hang out in latest campaign via DDB New Zealand

Sky Streaks Into Summer with New Sport Campaign

Sky and DDB New Zealand have released a new ‘Summer Of Sport’ campaign, as part of the Life Needs More Sport platform, that encourages Kiwis to let it all hang out this summer.

The work features a cheeky – literally – toddler who escapes the grasp of his dad, ditches his diaper and runs along a beach, making his way through a game of cricket, much to the delight of a group of toddlers who cheer him along. Just like iconic streaks in big sporting fixtures, he’s pursued by security, in the form of two burly lifeguards, but in this instance he leaves them in his dust and carries on running with a huge smile across his face.



Directed by Fred Bobbsey (aka The Bobbsey Twins from Homicide) through Finch, the film is accompanied by the cult Sixties classic ‘Let It All Hang Out’ by The Hombres. Commentary comes from the ‘voice of sport’, Ian Smith, making the campaign uniquely, and hilariously, Kiwi whilst reminding viewers of the pure joy a bit of sporting fun can bring to everyday life.

The film is accompanied by executions in out of home, print and digital, all of which celebrate Sky’s Summer Of Sport, with non-stop action across its 12 channels.

Chris Willingham, DDB New Zealand managing director says the agency saw an opportunity to take some great sporting flare and add it to to the kiwi summer tropes that New Zealand takes pride in: “It’s a beautifully simple idea that captures the joy of sport and the carefree spirit of a Kiwi summer combined. Ian Smith’s commentary, a consistent piece in all the Life Needs More Sport films, tops it off very nicely.”

Steve Bayliss, Sky’s chief marketing officer, is excited by how the new campaign will be received by Kiwis as the Summer of Sport gets underway: “If anyone is tempted to have a crack at bringing our latest campaign to life at the beach – we’d strongly recommend a little self-reflection.  As a general rule, the older we get, the more it shouldn’t be seen and can’t be unseen.  Nor is it easily forgotten thanks to cell phone cameras and social media.  Otherwise, let it all hang out and enjoy a wild summer of sport with Sky.”

Life Needs More Sport this Summer is rolling out with a 45”, 30” and 2 x 15” TVCs, and social.

Featured Companies: Finch Auckland

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Client: SKY TV

Chief Marketing Officer: Steve Bayliss

Head of Sport and Brand Marketing: Helen Fitzsimons

Sport Marketing Manager: Conor Beggs

Creative Agency: DDB New Zealand

Chief Creative Officer: Damon Stapleton

Executive Creative Director: Gary Steele

Creative Director: James Conor and Christie Cooper

Senior Art Director: Paul Kim

Senior Copywriter: Graeme Clarke

Managing Director: Chris Willingham

Senior Business Director: Aaron Hodgson

Senior Planner: Tom Sykes

Head of TV: Judy Thompson

Senior Agency Producer: Claire Colohan

Production Company: Finch

Executive Producer: Corey Esse

Executive Producer: Loren Bradley

Producer: Rebekah ‘Bex’ Kelly

Casting: Catch Casting

Director: The Bobbsey Twins from Homicide

DOP: John Toon

Post Production Company: Atticus

Editor: Luke Haigh

Colourist: Dave Gibson

Sound Mix: Jon Cooper, The Coopers.

Music: “Let it All Hang Out” written and performed by The Hombres.

Music Licensing: Jonathan Mihaljevich, Franklin Rd.

Category: Media and Entertainment , TV and Radio

Genre: Comedy